Built-in Bluetooth & FM Tuner
Remote & Convenience Features
7-Channel Discrete Amplification: The Sony STR-DH790's
discrete 7-channel amplifier delivers high power and quality sound. It is rated
at 90 watts (into 8Ω, @ 20-20kHz, with THD
0.0%, driving 2 channels). The power amplifier uses a glass-epoxy circuit board
for reduced vibration and distortion, giving clear, high power from each of the
discreet amplifiers. Every component in the STR-DH790 has been designed for
detail and clarity.
- Reinforced Metal Chassis: A reinforced frame and beam chassis
design reduces transmitted vibration from speaker sound pressure for more
focused, powerful sound. The metal framework and heat sink bracket shield
the circuits from sound pressure and radiation, for high-rigidity and
clearer sound quality.
- Large Capacity Transformer & Specially Designed Heat Sink:
The stereo receiver utilizes a large capacity power transformer
built for clarity. The heat sink is specially designed to maximize air
intake, keeping the amplifier circuit cool to reduce distortion and increase
Amp Assignment: The AV receiver's Surround Back amplifier
channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.
- Surround Back: Allows you to enjoy high-fidelity
reproduction of Dolby Digital TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD
(High-Resolution Audio or Master Audio) with 7.1 channel surround, using the
Surround Back speaker channels.
- Dolby Atmos: Setup a 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos system using
the receiver's Surround Back amplifier channels to power a pair of Dolby
Atmos top middle or front speakers.
- Front Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround
Back/Front Height at all, you can connect them to your front speakers using
a bi-amplifier connection (if applicable). This provides even better sound
quality from your front speakers. Your home theater setup will be limited to
- B-Speakers: If you are only connecting a 5.1ch
speaker system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height amp channels as a
Speaker B output, allowing you to place a pair of speakers in another room
of the house. Speaker B can be played at the same time of Speaker A, or by
itself. Speaker B uses the same volume control and source input as Speaker
Advanced DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) + APM (Automatic
Phase Matching): Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC)
automatically optimizes sound based on where you sit in relation to your
speakers, to help give you the best from your home theater system. The included
microphone plugs into the receiver's front-panel 3.5mm mic input and then
automatically checks for speaker connections, adjusts the speaker output levels,
calculates the distance from each speaker to the listening position, and
distinguishes frequency characteristics of each speaker. Automatic Phase
Matching aligns the phase characteristics of your speakers to the front left and
right speaker channels, so they all work perfectly together to deliver a more
effective surround sound experience.
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV
receiver's speaker settings.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) & Supported Digital Audio Formats:
The STR-DH790 incorporates three powerful DSPs that support the latest
surround sound formats and ensures the highest accuracy in the decoding of a
variety of Dolby Digital, DTS, DSD & PCM audio formats. The digital audio
formats that this receiver can decode depend on the digital audio output jacks
of the connected device. This receiver supports the following audio formats -
| Digital Audio Connector ||Audio
Signal Type || Audio Signal Format |
| HDMI (4 Inputs/1 Output) ||High Definition Audio Bitstream ||
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution |
DTS, DTS ES,
DTS 96/24, DTS Express |
| Linear PCM ||2ch to 8ch, 32-192kHz,
|DSD ||2-6ch, 2.8MHz, 1-bit |
| Optical (1)/Coaxial (1) ||Bitstream ||
Dolby Digital, DTS,
DTS ES, DTS 96/24 |
|2Ch Linear PCM ||2ch to 6ch, 32-96kHz,
Immersive Surround Sound: The Sony STR-DH790 AV receiver
goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats -
including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS:X, and DTS Neural:X.
- Dolby Atmos: With
Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead,
to fill your home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and
depth. The STR-DH790 has the processing power to run a more enveloping
5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos layout utilizing ceiling mounted or Dolby Atmos-enabled
speakers (sold separately). A 5.1.2ch speaker configuration is based upon a
traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by 2 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled
- Dolby Surround:
Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your 2ch or
multichannel movie soundtracks using your existing 5.1ch, 7.1ch or Dolby
Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving
the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It
does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control
over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can
be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and
greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer
and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the
entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".
DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio
technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement
of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape -
in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than
ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to
the speaker layout that best fits your space.
- DTS Neural:X: DTS Neural:X will be enabled through an
online firmware update coming later this year. DTS:X incorporates Neural:X,
the latest spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully
immersive output for all types of source content; this includes DTS
bitstreams and non-encoded (PCM) data. Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense
of immersive sound to your speaker layout regardless of the original source
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-DH790 supports DSD 2.8 MHz (up to 5.1ch) decoding thru HDMI.
HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD-D.C.S): HD Digital Cinema Sound
(HD-D.C.S.) is Sony's new innovative home theater technology using the latest
acoustic and digital signal processing technologies. It is based on precise
response measurement data of a mastering studio. With this mode, you are able to
enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies at home with not only the high quality of sound,
but also the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in
the mastering process. Select between the following HD-D.C.S modes -
- For Movies:
- Dynamic: This setting is suitable for an
environment which is reverberant but lacks a spacious feel (where sound
absorption is not sufficient). It emphasizes the reflection of sound and
reproduces the sound of a large, classic movie theater. This emphasizes
the spacious feel of a dubbing theater and creates a unique acoustic
- Theater: This setting is suitable for a general
living room. It reproduces the reverberation of sound just like in a
movie theater (dubbing theater). It is most appropriate for watching
content recorded on a Blu-ray Disc when you want the atmosphere of a
- Studio: This setting is suitable for a living room
with the appropriate sound devices. It reproduces the reverberation of
sound provided when a theatrical sound source is remixed for a Blu-ray
Disc to a volume level suitable for home use. The level of reflection
and reverberation of sound is kept to a minimum, while dialogues and
surround effects are reproduced vividly.
- For Music:
- Hall: Reproduces the acoustics of a classical
- Jazz Club: Reproduces the acoustics of a jazz club.
- Live Concert: Reproduces the acoustics of a
300-seat live house.
- Stadium: Reproduces the feel of a large open-air
- Sports: Reproduces the feel of sports broadcasting.
- Audio Enhancer: Reproduces clear enhanced sound
from your portable audio device. This mode is ideal for MP3s and other
Stereo Modes: The STR-DH790 provides a 2-channel stereo
mode, multichannel stereo mode, and a headphone 2ch mode.
- 2-Channel Stereo: Plays back 2-channel audio signals
without adding any surround effect. Monaural and multi-channel audio signals
are output after being converted into a 2-channel signal.
- Multi-Channel Stereo: When 2-channel or monaural audio
signals are input, the receiver outputs sound from all speakers without
adding any surround effect. When multi-channel audio signals are input,
sound may not be output from certain speakers depending on the speaker
settings or playback content.
- Headphone 2ch: Plays back 2-channel audio signals
without adding any surround effect. Sound from monaural and multichannel
audio signals are output after being converted into a 2-channel signal (this
mode is automatically selected when listening to headphones).
Direct Modes: The receiver's Direct mode outputs audio from
only the front left and right speakers without any tone or DSP processing; only
the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active. To further enhance
sound quality, the receiver's Pure Direct mode not only bypasses the tone and
DSP processing, but also turns off the front-panel display to suppress any noise
which may affect sound quality.
Audio Enhancements: The Sony STR-DH790 offers a variety of
audio enhancements to help tailor the sound to your listening application.
- Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass &
treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.
- S-Force Pro Front Surround: Ideal for smaller rooms, S-Force PRO Front
Surround delivers a virtual surround acoustic field using only two front speakers.
- Night Mode: This function allows you to retain a theater
like environment at low volume levels. When watching a movie late at night, you
will still be able to hear the dialog clear even at a low volume level.
- DRC (Dynamic Range Compressor): This feature allows you
to compress the dynamic range of the sound track. You can select standard or
maximum compression, or off (only works with Dolby Digital sources).
- TV Volume Offset: If the level of the TV sound output from
speakers connected to the receiver is lower than that of other devices
connected to the receiver, you can increase the TV output sound level. This
function works when you connect a TV compatible with the Audio Return
Channel (ARC) function to the HDMI TV Out jack, or connect a TV to the
Optical In jack or Audio TV In jacks.
Audio Outputs: The Sony STR-DH790 is fitted with the
following audio outputs.
- Speaker Terminals: The receiver is
equipped with binding post terminals for the front speaker outputs and
spring-clip terminals for the center, surround, and surround back speaker outputs. The binding
post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10 AWG), pin-connectors, and
banana plugs (single only). The spring-clip terminals will accept bare wire
(up to 12AWG) and pin-connectors. Use speakers with a 6- to 16-ohm impedance.
- Dual Sub Outputs: The AV receiver is fitted with two
subwoofer preamp outputs to connect dual powered subs (the subwoofer outputs
share the same input signal and are not discrete).
- Front-Panel Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged
into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are
HDMI 2.0a: The receiver is equipped with four HDMI 2.0a
inputs and one HDMI 2.0a monitor output for connecting HDMI-equipped
audio/video component; such as your satellite/cable receiver, Blu-ray/DVD
player, and game system; plus your TV. The receiver's HDMI 2.0a jacks are
compatible with 4K/60Hz video, 4:4:4 color subsampling, HDR (High Dynamic Range)
& BT.2020 video, & HDCP 2.2.
- 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: 4K/60Hz pass-through allows the
Sony STR-DH790 to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass
the video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor.
It will also pass a 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signal.
- HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by all of the
receiver's HDMI jacks. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content
Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility
with Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable providers.
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The receiver's HDMI jacks
support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4 color subsampling for more vibrant and lifelike
images, as well as YCbCr 4:2:2 and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling. With
4:4:4, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same
rate, resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate
for a video image with more total colors, plus greater color accuracy and
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard
delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total
visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as
the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only
35% of the total visual color spectrum.
Note: When you use high bandwidth video formats (such as 4K/60p
4:4:4, 4:2:2 and 4K/60p 4:2:0 10-bit), be sure to set the HDMI signal format
HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range)
reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing
greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This increased contrast
reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the
brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. Previously hidden areas of dark
shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity and detail.
- HDR 10: HDR 10 is an open standard and currently the
most popular HDR format on the market. It supports 10-bit color and 1,000
nits. It uses static metadata at the start of a movie to tell the receiver
and your TV that the video content is encoded using HDR.
- HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma): HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) is
primarily designed for live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It uses
no pre-encoded metadata and is backwards compatible with SDR. HLG's native
compatibility allows much of today's existing SDR infrastructure to be
re-used for HDR in the future.
- Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static
metadata and HLG which uses not metadata, Dolby Vision adjusts brightness,
color, and contrast automatically for each scene. Dynamic metadata carries
information that maps every image to your TV's display capabilities, so you
see more of what the content creator intended.
Note: Note: Use a premium high-speed
18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.
Other HDMI Features: Other HDMI features of the Sony
STR-DH790 receiver include 3D video, HDMI Standby Pass-Through, A/V Sync, and
- 3D-Ready: The Sony AV receiver supports 3D video
pass-through (720p/1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games
and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be
connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D
- HDMI Standby Pass-Through: The HDMI Standby
Pass-Through feature conveniently allows you to access all your HDMI
connected devices without having to power on the receiver.
- AV Sync: The audio output can be delayed (60ms) so
that the time gap between the audio output and the visual display is
minimized. This is especially helpful when you are using a large flat-panel TV or a projection
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the HDMI
monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your
receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and
video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to
No Analog Video Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DH790 contains no analog composite or component video inputs/ outputs.
Built-in Bluetooth & FM Tuner
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Sony STR-DH790 features
built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.6. You'll be able
to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your
Bluetooth source device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.) to the stereo
receiver. You can pair up to ten devices with the Sony STR-DH790, but only one
can be connected and used for playback at a time. The STR-DH790 has a wireless
Bluetooth range of approximately 98.4'.
- SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the STR-DH790 offers support of AAC. By
supporting AAC, the AV receiver offers better audio performance of the
music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
- Playback Control: You'll be able to control Play/Pause,
Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Stop functions from the
included IR remote. Advanced music browsing will still need to be handled
from your Bluetooth source device.
- Bluetooth Standby: With Bluetooth Standby, you can even
turn the AV receiver on from your paired smartphone or tablet.
Note: The STR-DH790 does not display song/artist/album
information on its front-panel LCD screen or your HDMI-connected TV; continue to use your Bluetooth source device's screen to view
FM Tuner: The Sony STR-DH790 AV receiver is equipped
with a built-in FM tuner with 30 digital presets, station naming (up to 8
characters), and auto tuning. You can switch between Stereo & Mono mode. An FM
wire antenna is included. This receiver is not equipped with an AM tuner.
Remote & Convenience Features
On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Wizard (via HDMI): You can display
the receiver's on-screen menu on your HDMI connected TV screen and select the
function you want to use from the on-screen menu using the included IR remote
control. You can easily access and manage your input devices and settings with
this intuitive 5-panel "activity based" on-screen menu. The STR-DH790
on-screen, set-up wizard will take you through everything you need to create and
control your home theater experience.
Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected
to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the
receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not
the front-panel display.
On-Screen Menu (via HDMI): You can display the menu of the
receiver on your HDMI connected TV screen and select the function you want to
use from the on-screen menu using the included IR remote control.
IR Remote + Bravia Sync: The supplied IR remote provides
wireless operation Sony's
Bravia Sync feature allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA
televisions and Sony HDMI audio and video components with a single remote. By
connecting Sony components that are compatible with the HDMI Control function
with a HDMI cable, operation is simplified in the following ways.
- One-Touch-Play: When you play content on a device (such
as a Blu-ray player) connected to the receiver; the receiver and the TV are
turned on automatically, the input of the receiver is switched to the input
of the device being played, and sound is output from the speakers connected
to the receiver.
- System Audio Control: If you turn on the receiver while
you are watching a connected TV, the TV sound will be output from the
speakers connected to the receiver. The volume of the receiver can be
adjusted using the TV remote control. When you turn on the TV, the receiver
is turned on automatically and the TV sound is output from the
speakers connected to the receiver.
- System Power Off: You can automatically turn off the
receiver and any device connected to the HDMI jack when you turn off your
Input Mode: When you connect components to both digital and
analog audio input jacks on the receiver, you can fix the audio input mode to
either of them, or switch from one to the other, depending on the type of
material you intend to watch.
Input Name: You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for
each of the receiver's inputs (except Tuner & Bluetooth) and display the name on its
display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks with the names of your
Sleep Timer: The unit may be set to automatically turn off
after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
USB Charging Port: There is a rear-panel USB-A (5V/1A) port that can
be used to charge the battery of your smartphone or other USB-enabled portable
Auto Standby: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch
to standby mode automatically after 20 minutes when you do not operate the
receiver or when there is no signal input to the receiver.
Software Update: By downloading the latest version of
software from Sony, you can take advantage of the newest functions. Software
updates are done via USB. Visit the
eSupport website for
the latest software updates.