The STR DN1030 AV receiver gives an excellent sound, we are using it in a 7.1 speaker mode with Wharfedale main speakers and KEF surround and base speakers. The speaker connection is fiddly especially with thick speaker cable and there is only one set of speakers provided for. Multiple video inputs via HDMI or composite connections giving smooth switching between components, TV, blu-ray, PVR, games boxes. The DN1030 also has Apple Airplay available for use with Apple iPad (etc.) or download software updates. However, setting up the router is fiddly and can take some patience to do so, the user guide is not very helpful, the on screen GUI takes some getting used to and is not very intuitive to use, but is better than spending hours on your knees. Zone 2 (in another room or 'zone') provides additional speaker connection via a second amplifier via a pair of phono cables, this is misleading as all you can get in zone 2 is the receiver, SA-CD/CD or 'source'. None of the digital inputs (TV, blu-ray, game, etc.) can be used in zone 2 so is quite limited if you want to listen to the TV audio output as an example. To connect an Apple iPad to, this is very easy to do providing you use a Wi-Fi router, not a Mi-Fi router, to connect, this is not made clear in the user guide and the Sony shops don't know about this either. Although the connection is automatic using Airplay, the DN1030 does not revert to the last input once the iPad is switched off. A USB connection is available for connecting iPod or iPhone for video playback, we have not tried this. All in all a good receiver but the user guides do need a look at to remove any ambiguity and clear instructions.