1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Denon AVR-X3200W

Sony STR-ZA2100ES

SCORE:
87
SCORE:
82

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 105 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 9ch + Phantom 2ch channel processing
  • 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Ethernet
  • USB input

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X3200W to Sony STR-ZA2100ES to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X3200W's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X3200W gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X3200W

Sony STR-ZA2100ES

AMPLIFIER
88
VIDEO FEATURES
96
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
84
MULTIZONE
84
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
89
OVERALL
87
AMPLIFIER
78
VIDEO FEATURES
96
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
76
MULTIZONE
89
MISCELLANEOUS
65
RADIO
59
OVERALL
82

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X3200W

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X3200W over Sony STR-ZA2100ES.

Denon AVR-X3200W has more power per channel, more analog pre-outs and bigger power supply. It supports DSD streaming via USB, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. It has DTS Dialog Control.

Denon AVR-X3200W vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
Dolby Digital EX vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs
DSD via USB 2-ch Input vs
DTS Dialog Control vs
Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
isf Certified Calibration Control vs
DLNA 1.5 vs
AirPlay AirPlay vs
Wi-Fi vs
Bluetooth vs
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 vs 4
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / vs 1 /
More Composite Video Inputs 3 vs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
More Analog Pre-Outs 7.2 vs 2.2 (Height L/R and Subwoofers)
Headphone Out 6.3 mm vs
Internet Radio vTuner vs
Pandora vs
Spotify vs
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
Bigger Power Supply 600 W vs 290 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 105 W (0.08% THD) vs 75 W (0.09% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 135 W (0.7% THD) vs 115 W (0.9% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (digital) 102 dB vs 96 dB (20 kHz LPF)
Wider AM Frequency Range 520 kHz - 1710 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

Advantage of Sony STR-ZA2100ES

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X3200W over Sony STR-ZA2100ES.

Denon AVR-X3200W has more power per channel, more analog pre-outs and bigger power supply. It supports DSD streaming via USB, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. It has DTS Dialog Control.

Denon AVR-X3200W vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES
More Channel Processing 7.1 vs 9ch + Phantom 2ch
Dialogue Lift vs Center Speaker Lift Up
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
More Zones 2 vs 3
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out vs HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 1 / 2
Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 5 Years
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 102 dB vs 105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby Atmos
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   DTS:X
👍   DTS Neural:X
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DTS-ES
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   HLG
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
👍   Ethernet
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Component Video Inputs
👍   Analog Pre-Outs
👍   Zones
👍   Detachable Power Cord
👍   Analog Tuner
CONS
👍   No Front Wide Channel Support
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   No Phono Input
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Tidal
👍   No Deezer
👍   No Napster

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X3200W and Sony STR-ZA2100ES have 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X3200W delivers 105 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-ZA2100ES delivers 75 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X3200W and Sony STR-ZA2100ES support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. The Denon AVR-X3200W can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers and the Sony STR-ZA2100ES can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-X3200W and Sony STR-ZA2100ES support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. The Denon AVR-X3200W can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers. The Sony STR-ZA2100ES can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Digital Legato Linear

Sony STR-ZA2100ES features Digital Legato Linear (D.L.L.) to play audio signals with high-quality sound. The D.L.L. function is a technology developed by Sony that allows low-quality digital and analog audio signals to be played with high-quality sound. This function is available for Linear PCM signals, as well as lossy compression audio formats and analog audio signals. It works when [2ch Stereo], [Direct], [A.F.D.] or [Multi Stereo] is selected.


Connectivity

Denon AVR-X3200W

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Denon AVR-X3200W can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

Sony STR-ZA2100ES

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Sony STR-ZA2100ES can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (6 in / 2 out) copy protection. There are 2.2 (Height L/R and Subwoofers) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X3200W and here - Sony STR-ZA2100ES.

BASICS Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
BrandDenonSony
ModelAVR-X3200WSTR-ZA2100ES
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20152017
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Maximum Channel Processing7.19ch + Phantom 2ch
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialogue Lift Center Speaker Lift Up
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT D.C.A.C. EX
VIDEO Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/60p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2 (6 in / 2 out)
HDMI Input8 (1 front)6 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory1 (Front) for update and setting
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input54
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 1 /
Composite Video Input32
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input22
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs7.22.2 (Height L/R and Subwoofers)
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Zones23
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2HDMI, Pre OutHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output11 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 11 / 2
MISC Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages33
Remote ControllerRC-1192RM-AAU217
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Speaker Terminals77
Large Speaker Terminals77
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption600 W290 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 388 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 237 mm x 388 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-5/8" x 15-3/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-3/8" x 15-3/8")
430 mm x 174 mm x 410 mm
17" x 6-7/8" x 16-1/4"
Weight11.3 kg (24 lbs 15 oz)12.6 kg (27 lbs. 13 oz.)
Warranty3 Years5 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X3200W Sony STR-ZA2100ES
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2105 W (0.08% THD)75 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2135 W (0.7% THD)115 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ150 mV/50 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)102 dB105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)
S/N Ratio (digital)102 dB96 dB (20 kHz LPF)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)10 Hz - 100 kHz/±3 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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