Sony STR-DH790 7.2-Channel Home Theater AV Receiver

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Model: STR-DH790 UPC: 027242908406 Item: 170758

Sony STR-DH790 7.2-Channel Home Theater AV Receiver

Sony’s new STR-DH790 is one of the most affordable full-featured and full-powered A/V receivers out today. Seven independent amplifiers power all the top surround formats, including the latest around-and-over Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. And this receiver can create a virtual surround sound field just from two front speakers in restrictive areas. The four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output pass-through full 4K Ultra HD the way it was meant to be viewed – with the finest details and most vivid colors. If you don’t need all seven channels in one room, hook up a Zone B, or bi-amplify suitably equipped audiophile speakers. The included microphone and Advanced DCAC circuitry adapt the audio to the listening environment. Setup and control are simple with on-screen graphic menus and the included remote. Flexible, feature-packed and powerful, the STR-DH790 squeezes the best performance from any source and any associated home-theater equipment.    

Product Information

Home Theatre in High Definition

Give your home entertainment system a cinematic upgrade. The powerful 7.2 channel receiver supports the latest three-dimensional surround sound audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, drawing you into the middle of the action you see on screen. And with 4k Ultra HD picture quality, and Dolby Vision, that’ll transform your viewing experiences, you’ll enjoy an immersive theater-like experience in the comfort of your own home.


  • 7.2 Ch x 145W per channel (6ohms, 1kHz, 1ch THD 0.9%)
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X™ object-based surround sound
  • 4K HDR/Dolby Vision compatibility with HDCP 2.2 support
  • HDMI 4-in/1-out with Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
  • Built-in Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream from other Bluetooth devices
  • Advanced Auto Calibration technology (Adv. DCAC)
  • S-FORCE PRO front surround sound
  • Low-profile design (5 ¼” tall) fits easily into conventional AV cabinet
  • Pure Direct mode for improved signal clarity and detail
  • 4 stereo RCA audio inputs, 2 digital audio inputs (1 optical and 1 coaxial)

Get Lost in the Action with Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos delivers breathtaking realism with 360º surround sound by accurately positioning sound from every angle in your environment – even from above. The result is rich audio that completely envelops you. 

Life-Like Sound Whatever the Setup with DTS:X

DTS:X decoding delivers multi-dimensional surround sound that adapts to your speaker configuration in real time. Sound is positioned precisely around and above you, thanks to object-based audio decoding. 

7.2ch Cinematic Sound

Get the real big screen experience with a fully-fledged 7.2 channel surround speaker system. 

Virtual Surround with S-Force PRO

Ideal for smaller rooms, S-Force PRO front surround delivers a virtual surround sound experience using only two speakers. 

Guarantee the Best Sound in Every Room

Since every room is different, Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (Advanced D.C.A.C.) analyzes the room’s acoustics, calibrates, and then optimizes the sound, ensuring the best sound in every room, and with Automatic Phase Matching (APM) your surround sound experience will be even better. Even if you are working with a different combination of speakers, APM works by automatically aligning the phase characteristics of each speaker, so that all the channels work perfectly together 

A Clearer Picture with High Dynamic Range

With High Dynamic Range (HDR) signal pass-through, you can enjoy the incredible jump in contrast and brightness it brings – and the additional shadow detail and highlights further enhance picture detail and brings color to life. The latest HDR standards such as HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and Dolby Vision are also supported. 

Consistently Stunning 4K Quality

 Maintain 4K quality from source to screen – the 4K pass-through feature allows data to pass through the receiver without compromising image quality and is HDCP 2.2 compatible.

Smarter Bluetooth Connectivity

Not only can you connect to the STR-DH790 through Bluetooth and play all your favorite tracks, but with Bluetooth Standby, you can turn your receiver on straight from your paired smartphone or tablet.

Get Connected

Just plug in and press play. With four HDMI inputs, optical/coaxial digital and analog audio connections, you can easily connect your UHD Blu-ray Disc player, gaming console, and more. 

Low-Profile Design

With a low-profile, space-saving design, the receiver fits easily into any conventional AV cabinet 

Powerful 3 DSPs

3 powerful digital signal processors support the latest sound formats like Dolby Atmos/DTS:X, ensuring the highest accuracy in signal decoding. 

Power Amplifier for Minimal Distortion

The power amplifier uses a glass-epoxy circuit board for reduced vibration and distortion, giving clear, high power from each of the discrete amplifiers. 

Constructed for Precision 

A reinforced frame and rigid beam chassis reduces vibration induced distortion caused by speaker sound pressure to very low levels maintaining signal fidelity for an even better sound.

Large Capacity Power Transformer Built for Clarity

 Care and attention to the highest quality audio starts with the power transformer, ensuring the right dose of current is always ready 

Expertly Designed to Prevent Overheating 

The heat sink’s specially designed fins maximize air intake, helping to dissipate heat keeping the amplifier circuitry cool and protecting it against unwanted sound pressure. 

Easy-to-Use Graphic User Interface

It’s easy to navigate your receiver’s settings thanks to an intuitive user interface. Control what you watch, identify which devices are connected, and choose how you want to listen with pre-set sound modes. 

The Way the Artists Truly Intended 

Enjoy the subtlest nuances of studio-quality sound in higher-than-CD quality with High-Resolution Audio. Passion for music unites every component from signal to speaker, so it feels like the artist is performing right in front of you. 

DSD Decoding 

Co-developed for High-Resolution Audio by Sony and Phillips, the companies behind the original CD format, DSD offers a revolutionary way of capturing and playing back audio. Its sampling frequency is 64x that of CD. 

Your Favorite Radio with an FM Tuner 

The STR-DH790 has an FM tuner with 30 digital preset radio stations, with auto tuning and direct tuning available. 

Product highlights

  • Full 4K video pass-through with HDCP 2.2
  • Support for latest Ultra HD video protocols including high dynamic range, HDR10, hybrid log-gamma and Dolby Vision, for greater detail and wider color range
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for around-and-above surround
  • Seven discrete channels of amplification (90 watts each, 20-20kHz @ 6 ohms) for full 5.1.2 surround
  • Dual subwoofer outputs
  • Zone B and bi-amp capable
  • 4 HDMI video inputs; four analog audio and two digital audio inputs
  • S-Force PRO creates virtual surround from two front speakers
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Auto-Calibration (DCAC) coordinates speakers with each other and listening environment
  • High-resolution audio and DSD compatible
  • Stream from phone or pad with Bluetooth
  • FM tuner with 30 presets
  • Slim design for installation flexibility
  • Dimensions: 17" wide x 5-1/4" high x 11-3/4" deep
  • Weight: 16.4 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support



Audio Features

  • A/V SYNC: Yes (Variable)
  • A/V sync time/sampling frequency: 300msec
  • Crossover frequency: 17 points (40-200Hz)
  • Decodable channel number: 7ch
  • Night mode: Yes
  • OP processing: Yes
  • Pure Direct: Yes
  • Speaker selector: A/B/A+B/OFF
  • Speaker terminal type: Screw (Ni) for Front, Push for Center and Surround

Audio Input

  • Analog Audio In: 4
  • Coax.: 1

Audio Output

  • Headphone Out: Yes (Gold)
  • Pre Out (Subwoofer): 2

DCAC Features

  • Automatic phase matching: Yes
  • D.C.A.C. EX / Advanced D.C.A.C. / D.C.A.C.: D.C.A.C only

Input/Output Others

  • Bluetooth Receiver: Yes

Output Power

  • Center: 145W (6ohms, 1kHz, 1ch THD 0.9%)
  • Front: 145W (6ohms, 1kHz, 1ch THD 0.9%)
  • Number of amp. channels: 7
  • Speaker impedance: 6-16ohms
  • Surround: 145W (6ohms, 1kHz, 1ch THD 0.9%)
  • Surround back: 145W (6 ohms, 1kHz, 1ch THD 0.9%)

Sound Field

  • 2ch: 2ch stereo: yes
  • Audio Enhancer: Yes
  • Auto format decoding: Yes
  • Direct: Yes
  • Dolby Surround: Yes
  • Front Surround: Yes
  • Headphone 2ch: Yes
  • Multi Stereo: Multi ch stereo: Yes
  • Neural:X : Yes

Speaker Out

  • Bi-AMP: Yes (common with Surround Back)
  • Center: Yes
  • Front A: Yes
  • Front B: Yes (common with Surround Back)
  • Height: Yes (common with Surround Back)
  • Surround: Yes
  • Surround Back: Yes

Tone Control

  • Center (Bass/Treble): Yes
  • Front (Bass/Treble): Yes
  • Height (Bass/Treble): Yes
  • Surround (Bass/Treble): Yes
  • Surround Back (Bass/Treble): Yes


  • Auto tuning: Yes
  • FM/AM: FM only
  • Preset channel (FM/AM): TTL30 (30/-)
  • Station name: Yes

Video Input

  • HDMI Input supporting HDCP2.2(Front): 4(0)

Video Output

  • HDMI Output supporting HDCP2.2: 1


  • Audio Return Channel: Yes

HDMI Decoding Formats

  • DSD: Yes (Up to 2.8MHz 5.1ch)
  • DTS / DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1): Yes (DTS only)
  • DTS 96/24: Yes
  • DTS HD MA / DTS HD HR: Yes/Yes
  • DTS:X: Yes
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Dolby Digital: Yes
  • Dolby Dual Mono: Yes
  • Dolby TruHD/Dolby Digital Plus: Yes/Yes
  • LPCM: Yes (Up to 192kHz/24bit 5.1ch)


  • Audio Widget: Yes
  • BRAVIA SYNC (CEC Control): Yes
  • Standby Through: Yes

Video Features

  • 3D over HDMI: Yes
  • HDR: Yes (HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma, Dolby Vison)

Help Guide

  • English (US) or English (GB): Yes
  • French or French (CA): Yes (CA)
  • Spanish or Spanish (LA): Yes (LA)

Instruction Manual

  • English (US) or English (GB): Yes
  • French or French (CA): Yes
  • Spanish or Spanish (LA): Yes

Quick Setup Guide

  • English(US) or English(GB): Yes
  • French or French(CA): Yes(CA)
  • Spanish or Spanish(LA): Yes(LA)


  • Input Assign (HDMI/Component/Opt/Coax): Yes (Opt/Coax)
  • Sleep Timer: Yes (up to 2 hours)
  • Auto Standby: Yes
  • Pin jack: Nickel
  • Power consumption: 240W
  • Power consumption (Power Stand By): 0.3W Bluetooth Standby: 0.5W
  • Power requirement: AC 120V 60Hz
  • Remote commander: RMT-AA401U
  • System update (Internet/USB/PC): Yes (USB only)

Weight and Measurements

  • Receiver dimension (W x H x D): 17" x 5 1/4" x 11 3/4"
  • Receiver weight: 16 lbs. 6 oz.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • STR-DH790 7.2-Channel Home Theater AV Receiver
  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • FM antenna
  • Calibration mic (mono)



Customer Reviews for Sony STR-DH790 7.2-Channel Home Theater AV Receiver

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Rated 3 out of 5
Works fine.
I wish I noticed the crappy FM antenna connection. Hopefully there is a coax conversion adapter so I can use my outside roof antenna for quality reception.
April 22, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent piece of kit!
I've always bought Sony AV equipment due to it's excellent quality and value for money. This receiver is easy to set up and the sound quality and features are amazing. I'm still playing with the settings but so far I'm more than impressed.
April 15, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
its great, easy
I have had others like the sony and loved them and not hard to set up, instructions easy to follow
March 26, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Sold on Sony
Replaced a Denin receiver I had for 8 years. This model was half the price and the sound quality is far superior. In addition, set up and ease of use are MUCH better. I may have to stick with Sony for future needs.
March 21, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to operate and compact
Great sound, works great with TV and satellite TV .
March 13, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
MORE than what it says on the tin !
Our old Onkyo gave up the ghost so opted for this unit.
Compared to others in the market place, was a tad dubious to how it would work due to its price ... Worries Over.
Easy to set up using old wiring sytem (5.1 surround) to Kef speakers. Options according to what you are listening to or watching is easiy accessible and easy to change. Then there's the Bluetooth connection, how easy is that? Connected within seconds and pumping out some very clear sounds.
Used it now for a few weeks and so pleased we opted for this unit (Sony ST-DH790) purchased from Richer Sounds. As far as home system (not bespoke room for theatre, but average open lounge with furniture, ornaments and pictures which will effect the sound for the purests) goes, does exactly what we needed and impressed with the drifting sounds reflected in the films/programmes we watch.
February 21, 2022
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Rated 1 out of 5
Poor repalacement for STA-DA5700ES
Bought this unit to replace my old trusty STA-DA5700ES. What a disappointment, Pitiful programming GUI. Lots of missing functions (Where's the test tone, phase detection?) Signal drop out when connected to Sky Q, very , very poor, DO NOT BUY !!!. Sent it back for refund, loyal exclusive SONY buyer for years, any more of this and I'm done with SONY products
February 18, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
eARC allows for HD sound and ease of operation
I picked this up after upgrading my TV and needed an eARC compatible receiver to complete my audio needs. Atmos sounds awesome and the receiver is capable of outputting 4K/60 (which includes the majority of devices) and I’ve simply put the 4K/120 straight to my TV. I don’t imagine I will be buying a lot of 120hz devices, but the TV has space for two of them, with the rest being able connect to the TV also, or direct to the receiver. The receiver is smaller in height than my previous one, making fitting it in a breeze. The lack of pluggable speakers connections (only the front l and r have them) means no banana plugs on Center and Surround Left/Right connections may mean you might want to check your wire gage, but otherwise a great package at a good price.
February 15, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic mid range receiver.
Fantastic mid range av receiver,great sound with plenty of power to drive my 9 speaker surround sound set up.Easy to set up for own personal preference,wifi, bluetooth,cast and of coarse atmos sound.Very happy with this purchase.
February 6, 2022
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Rated 4 out of 5
Best buy for the money!
My first experience with the new sound technologies and Sony delivers in every aspect along with easy to use features.
February 2, 2022
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Why did you choose this?
World Wide Stereo Store
Mar E on Feb 5, 2020
Half the price of other systems I’ve looked at.
Bradford J on Nov 9, 2019
Mar E on Feb 5, 2020
I picked the Sony-DH790 7.2 channel Home Theater AV Receiver based on, 1) previous experience with Sony products, 2) Home Theater's list of best AV receivers of 2019, 3) World Wide Stereo's most excellent price (with FREE SHIPPING, no less!)
David W on Nov 29, 2019
Half the price of other systems I’ve looked at.
Bradford J on Nov 9, 2019
Valcrey G on Oct 6, 2019
Price and Features
Jon C on Feb 23, 2019
I already have a Sony STR-DH550 in the bedroom and love it! This one is for the Living Room Home Theater. It has all the power I need plus it covers all the audio options I like. I do not think one can go wrong with this product.
James B on Nov 18, 2018
I picked the Sony-DH790 7.2 channel Home Theater AV Receiver based on, 1) previous experience with Sony products, 2) Home Theater's list of best AV receivers of 2019, 3) World Wide Stereo's most excellent price (with FREE SHIPPING, no less!)
David W on Nov 29, 2019
Valcrey G on Oct 6, 2019
How do I turn on the speakers?
A shopper on Feb 3, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. A button on front panel allows scrolling through speaker switching options, including an Off Speakers option.
Can you play wireless speakers in other rooms with this device?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The Sony STR-DH790 has no provisions to connect with any wireless speakers. Note that it is Blue Tooth capable but only for receiving streaming from your hand held device to listen to music on the Sony and connected speakers.