For what it’s worth, I’m really impressed with the Sony STR-DN1080, coming from a Denon X1300W.
I’ve owned two Denon AVRs, two Marantz AVRs, Arcam and Anthem separates in the past, so sound quality has always been a priority. In recent years, I settled on Denon as a “good enough at everything” choice to reduce cost and complexity. My last two were 3312CI and X1300W.
I decided to buy the Sony on a whim when it dropped to $350 a few weeks ago. I was beyond frustrated with the (well-documented) lip sync issues with Denon and my LG OLED TV. I told my wife, “even if the sound quality is worse, it’s probably worth it”. I even had a contingency plan to keep the Denon for music.
Given those tempered expectations, I was shocked at how good it sounded - far surpassing the two Denons. I wondered if I was falling for some psycho-acoustic trick, given how important room correction EQ is these days. But I threw all my reference stuff at it and heard more detail and punch. I always felt that the Audyssey curve was a bit anemic, but defeating or changing it introduced other issues. Sony’s DCAC is no joke. I use the Engineer auto calibration setting.
To summarize: my old Arcam and Marantz gear sounded great, but the soundstage suffered due to lack of room correction. The Denon had good soundstage, but lacked some dynamics. The Sony has both, which seemed inconceivable at $350. And the lip sync issues are gone. Icing on the cake: the internal Chromecast receiver works perfectly as a Roon endpoint for music - and doesn’t even have the 96Khz stutter that the Chromecast Audio firmware has now.
There are caveats though. The build quality isn’t spectacular, and I had to exchange one due to transformer hum. It’s also less configurable and provides less info about input/output streams. But I’m really happy I made the switch. For reference: I’m only driving a 5.1 system, my room isn’t huge, and my sub does a lot of the heavy lifting, so raw power isn’t as important in my system. I also don’t need many inputs and outputs. Your results may vary.