Sony STRDH590 4k HDR AV Receiver 2020 Updated Review

Sony STRDH590 4k HDR AV Receiver 2020 Updated Review.

4K and HDR are the new resolution standard, period. 1080p is trying its darndest to stay relevant, but that ship is slowly sailing away. As a new generation of TVs enters our living rooms, the demand for updated audio equipment is becoming an international crisis. Here is an updated review on the Sony STRDH590 4k HDR AV Receiver.

Sony STRDH590 4k HDR AV Receiver 2020 Updated Review

Experience the bigger, clearer picture when you upgrade your home theatre setup with the STR-DH590. The 5.2ch AV receiver brings movies to life with 4K HDR pass-through, Dolby Vision™ and flexible surround sound. Bring all your entertainment together with BLUETOOTH® technology and multiple inputs.

 

About Sony STRDH590 4k HDR AV Receiver

Sony’s newest entry to their line of audiovisual receivers boasts an impressive line of features, including 5.2 multi-channel surround sound, 4K HDR pass-through, Dolby Vision imaging technology, and Bluetooth connectivity. The STR-DH590 is Sony’s mid-end receiver, fitting comfortably between the lower-end model, the STR-DH190, and their pricier option, the STR-DN1080.

The most important feature to note here is the STR-DH590’s direct 4K and HDR pass-through, a feature which will allow people with High Dynamic Range compatible TVs and media to experience the HDR video, without sacrificing video quality due to multiple adaptations.

The image contrast was much more defined and the visuals were much brighter. We also noticed a major increase in shadow detail and highlights, resulting in a much more colourful and immersive experience.

The STR-DH590 supports the latest HDR standards, including HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and Dolby Vision. Because of its versatility and HDR performance, the STR-DH590 is one of the more impressive 4K receivers we have reviewed.

Features

  • Cinematic Sound at Home: Enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows and more with theatre like sound in the comfort of your home
  • Virtual Front Surround: S Force PRO delivers virtual surround sound with only a 2 speaker setup
  • 4K Pass Through: 4K HDR Compatible with Hdcp 2.2 Support for Sharper Source to Screen Image Quality
  • Smart Connectivity: Stream music and use Bluetooth Standby to turn on the receiver from your phone
  • Multi Functional System: Enjoy a Multi Channel Stereo Setup, Fm Radio Tuner and 1/4 Inches Headphone Jack
  • Dynamic Setup: 4 Stereo Rca Audio Inputs and 2 Digital Audio Outputs (1 Optical and 1 Coaxial)
  • SPECS: 5.2 ch, 725W, 6 ohm, 1KHz, THD 0.9 percent AV receiver with 4 in/1 out HDMI and Audio Return Channel
  • In the Box: Foldable Headphone, Carry Case, Charging Cable and Audio Cable for a Wired Connection

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Technical Details

Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 16.76 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.75 x 17 x 5.25 inches
Item model number STRDH590
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No
Color Name Black

Speaker Set-up

The STR-DH590 provides 5.2 multi-channel surround sound with 145 watts per channel. Because of the additional subwoofer output provided by the 5.2 system, the richness of the audio is enhanced with double the rumble.

5.2 channel sound provides, in general, a more cinematic experience than that of a 5.1 channel system. The five-speaker setup is the same, but the ability to integrate an extra sub-woofer creates that deep rumble that only theatrical speakers can provide.

In addition to 5.2 channel, the STR-DH590 also supports a 2.1 channel virtual sound system, using S-Force PRO front surround sound to make less, sound like more. Using only two speakers, the virtual surround sound experience uses sound engineering to create the illusion of surround sound.

While the 2.1 channel system was clearly inferior to the 5.2 channel system, the 2.1 is a great alternative for someone not ready to drop the extra dough on a five speaker system.

Calibration

Calibration

Anyone who has installed a sound system at multiple locations, rather it be because you had to move or just decided to set up a surround system in a second room, knows that every room handles sound a bit different.

Everything from the insulation, to construction material, to the rooms dimensions can affect the way that sound is perceived. Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (D.C.A.C.) system is the most convenient and user friendly way to optimize your sound.

The D.C.A.C system automatically analyzes a room’s acoustics and then uses the collected data to calibrate and adjust various audio levels. The result is optimized sound, much like that of a surround sound system that has been professionally installed.

After allowing the auto calibration to do its thing, the difference was night and day. Everything sounded so much more balanced. We felt like our ears were hearing what they were supposed to be hearing. It was a marked change over other surround systems we had used in the past.

Final Thoughts

There is something about the Sony STRDH590 that feels very complete. It is abundantly clear that Sony put a lot of time and effort into making this receiver an extremely versatile device. The STR-DH590’s combination of value and feature strength make Sony’s AVR one of the most desirable and practical pieces of audio equipment on the market.

With a combination of 5.2 multi-channel surround sound, 2.1 channel S-Force Pro virtual surround sound, 4K and HDR pass-through, Bluetooth connectivity, auto-calibration and ample port real estate, the STR-DH590 is the best choice for the everyman.

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