High-Resolution Audio with Direct Stream Digital (DSD)
Enjoy studio-quality sound thanks to the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio codec - designed specifically for High-Resolution Audio. This 1-bit format utilizes a stream of very high frequency 1s and 0s to recreate audio waveforms at a higher resolution than conventional codecs. The result is clearer, crisper, High-Resolution Audio quality. The STR-DN860 supports DSD 5.6 MHz (2ch) decoding thru USB and network connections, as well as DSD 2.8 MHz (up to 5ch) decoding thru HDMI, USB and network.
See more detail with 4K upscale / 4K pass through with HDCP2.2
A native 4K source can be passed directly through to 4K HDMI IN with HDCP2.2 . Standard HD resolution can be enjoyed with higher quality and more visible detail thanks to video upscale technology. Previously, only upscale from 1080/24p up to 4K/30p was possible, however for the new STR models there is no limitation for the input video resolution.
7.2 channel receiver for immersive surround sound
Lose yourself in entertainment, thanks to 7.2 channels of room-filling surround sound and 165 W per channel of power output. A dedicated channel enables you to connect two active subwoofers, so you can distribute bass evenly around the room. So whether you're watching movies, playing games, or listening to your favorite songs, you'll enjoy a next-level entertainment experience.
Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
STR-DN860 supports both Dolby® TrueHD® and DTS-HD® Master Audio to enable Blu-ray Disc soundtracks to provide unsurpassed audio quality. Reproducing near studio-quality lossless audio, these advanced high-definition audio formats allow the user to experience multi-channel audio and be immersed in expansive cinema surround sound when viewing movies and music.
Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
Enjoy immersive movie sound wherever you choose to sit. Advanced Digital Cinema Automatic Calibration (ADCAC) optimizes audio performance to ensure well balanced sound. Use the supplied mic to measure the acoustic properties of your room in relation to where you sit, and the position of your speakers. The system adjusts and tunes sound accordingly, eliminating any weak sound spots to establish a wide, natural sound stage.
Sound Optimizer for clear audio at any volume
Enjoy clear, dynamic sound at any volume thanks to a built-in sound optimizer. The A/V receiver automatically measures speaker efficiency and adjusts the frequency response based on audibility. As a result, a rich sound atmosphere is created - even when watching or listening to content at a normal room volume level.
Center Speaker Lift Up
Center speakers are typically positioned below the screen, so all centrally located sounds come from below the screen. This feature enables the center speaker to appear to be located at the position of the screen. The height of the sound from the center speaker can be raised to a desired height. (This works with actual installed front high speakers.) The center speaker lift up can be set to 0 (OFF) or between 1 and 10. With a higher setting the center position is raised, so listeners can customize this function to suit their preferences. This function can be used with A.F.D. mode (which adds no sound field) and movie modes like HD-Digital Cinema Sound, etc.
In-ceiling speaker mode
This feature will virtually re-locate the Front and Center speakers of the in-ceiling speakers to around the screen. Now the customer will hear their characters' voices coming from the screen instead of the ceiling. This mode also makes music sound more natural and rich in the room with in-ceiling speakers.
HD Digital Cinema Sound®
Emulate the exceptional acoustics of the iconic Cary Grant Theatre at home. Developed with Sony Pictures Entertainment, HD Digital Cinema Sound® is based on measurements taken at the Cary Grant Theatre - used in dubbing sound for Hollywood movie productions - so you can give every film you watch the Hollywood movie treatment.
Simulate the acoustics of live performance with Concert Hall mode
Replicate the live concert hall experience in your own living room. Based on acoustic measurements taken at some of the world's most renowned music venues, Concert Hall mode offers a choice of three venues.
Works with Google Home
With Google Home, you can voice control Sony's audio products. With a simple voice command, you can play music from popular music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity.
The simple way to send music to your speakers
Chromecast built-in lets you stream your favorite music apps from your personal device to your speakers. Simply tap the Cast button in a music app on your Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac®, Windows laptop, or Chromebook and select a speaker or group of speakers to get started.
High quality wireless streaming
LDAC is a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth®. With 3x the data transmitted, LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music.
Seamless streaming with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®
All your music is a simple connection away. Stream your favorite songs wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop using Wi-Fi® - there's no need for cables. Bluetooth® means easy connections, or just tap to pair your compatible device using NFC as well. What's more, AirPlay lets you stream music from your iOS device through the amp to your speakers.
One-touch listening and one-touch mirroring
To start streaming music wirelessly, simply touch your NFC smartphone or tablet against the STR-DN860 to connect wirelessly. With the combination of NFC One-touch and Bluetooth connection, you can enjoy "one-touch listening" of music you are playing on your smartphone or tablet through the STR-DN860. Likewise, the combination of NFC One-touch and Wi-Fi® connection provides "one-touch mirroring" or Miracast(tm), for viewing of videos on your smartphone or tablet through the amp and onto a TV, with no wireless router required. There are no messy wired connections or complex setup. Even in cases where NFC is not available, connection is possible with manual pairing.
HDMI, optical digital and AV connectivity
For a flexible home entertainment setup, there are 5 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, as well as optical digital and analog AV connections. So there's room for your current equipment-including your TV, Blu-ray Disc player, and speakers-plus scope to expand.
Play HD video clips, photo and music while you charge with two MHL ports
The STR-DN860 is smartphone ready. HD video clips and photos can be viewed on the TV's big screen. Use of phone apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Maps is possible. MP3 music tracks can be played through the receiver. One slim cable links the STR-DN860 while charging the phone's battery. The TV's and STR's remote control can be used to control the MHL capable Smartphone as required. Thanks to an additional MHL socket at the rear, a product like Roku can be connected at the same time.
Set your music free with multi-room listening
Fill your home with the sound of your favorite tracks, thanks to multi-room listening. The multi-room feature includes modes such as the Party mode where the same music can be enjoyed simultaneously with multiple speakers, and the Personal mode where different music can be enjoyed with multiple speakers.
Unite your music with SongPal
Download SongPal for your smartphone or tablet and take control of your music collection. Simply connect over Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi® and you'll have seamless access to all your favorite tracks, whether they're stored on your PC, server, or online music service. The app can also be used to customize sound settings to ensure great, balanced audio, and control multi-room listening.
Control made easy with a Graphic User Interface
It's easy to navigate your receiver's settings, thanks to an intuitive home menu. Control what you watch, identify which devices are connected, and choose how you want to listen with pre-set sound modes.
New Pre-amplification volume IC (TBD)
Newly developed for the STR-DN860, the pre-amplifier IC CXD90035, completely separates the ground in the IC and draws it outside of the IC. As a result, interference between each stage is eliminated, enabling high stability amplification to realize high-quality sound with rich low frequencies. In addition, the internal amplification circuit's new design improves excess properties and reduces distortion, for sound with a more open and airy feel.
The STR-DN860 offers improved structural stability for better sound via the analogue signal path. This circuit is located on a glass epoxy board in order to achieve higher speed and power.
Localized Analog Power Supply
The supply-ground path around the devices is voltage regulated locally to ensure that high frequency elements are minimized, thereby reducing electromagnetic radiation from the circuit and keeping the analog signal path and amplifier circuit noise free. This design delivers an improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio of digital audio and digital video signals so low frequency sound is more defined, with greater purity and reality.
Sony Tuned Electrical Components
Large sized custom made block electrolytic capacitors are used for the main power supply. Selected audio grade resistors are used in all analog signal paths. Large sized resistors are used together with the original type at selected critical locations. A bigger sized body offers less impedance drift from any thermal effect caused by current flow. This helps the amplifier to achieve a higher grade of sound imaging.
Premium construction for optimum sound
For optimum audio-visual performance, the STR-DN860 uses the highest quality components and design. The rigid steel chassis uses a frame and beam design to reduce external speaker pressure for more focused sound. While a resin-coated circuit board improves structural stability and enables greater output from the power amplifier. The unique heat sink design maximizes air intake into the amplifier circuit, helping to withstand unwanted sound pressure - all combining to deliver powerful, refined sound.
Large Capacity Power Transformer
A process of vacuum varnish achieves flat and even varnishing on internal wiring for the power transformer. Inclusion of both a copper short-ring and steel hum-proof belt around the coil and the core prevents noise leakage. This achieves rich bass and fine reproduction of image detail plus more powerful bass and lower frequency drive. The level of detail helps deliver more accurate acoustic bass and vocals, offering a new sense of clarity with space.
Heat Sink Design
By studying the fin shape and controlling the uniformity, good and stable sound can be achieved. The amplifier circuit is able to better withstand unwanted sound pressure.
Digital circuit board
The circuit board for the digital stage is secured with strong metal frames to protect the board from speaker sound pressure. This heat sink bracket takes on the duty of shielding the digital circuit from unwanted radiation, and shields the high impedance circuit in the main body from unnecessary noise, thereby realizing clearer sound quality.
Second generation ES solder
Years of sound engineering experience and continuous sound testing by Sony helped to create an ES-grade sound quality solder. A high purity tin base is mixed with small amounts of specially chosen metal elements to create a special alloy capable of delivering sound that is responsive and very smooth.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
The STR-DN860 incorporates a powerful DSP that supports the latest surround sound formats and ensures the highest accuracy in the decoding of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High-Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital and dts Digital Surround. DTS 96/24, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS Neo:6 format can also be processed.
D.L.L (Digital Legato Linear)
The STR-DN860 is equipped with a 7 channel analog amplifier for use in a full 7.2 audio system. In addition, this receiver provides the options of Speaker B and Bi-amping. Thus, the surround back speaker amplifiers can be assigned to either speaker B or bi-amplification use.