Integra DRX-5.2 vs Sony STR-ZA3000ES Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
91
SCORE:
76

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Overview

Here we are comparing Integra DRX-5.2 to Sony STR-ZA3000ES 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. The Integra DRX-5.2 has 9 channel and the Sony STR-ZA3000ES has 7 channel amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Integra DRX-5.2 Highlights

Sony STR-ZA3000ES Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™ certified
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • Airplay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.2 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Ethernet
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Integra DRX-5.2 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.

Integra DRX-5.2

Sony STR-ZA3000ES

AMPLIFIER
92
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
89
CONNECTIVITY
84
MULTIZONE
93
MISCELLANEOUS
89
RADIO
90
OVERALL
91
AMPLIFIER
79
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
70
CONNECTIVITY
75
MULTIZONE
90
MISCELLANEOUS
65
RADIO
59
OVERALL
76

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 Integra DRX-5.2

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Integra DRX-5.2 over Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

Integra DRX-5.2 has more channels, more channel processing, more analog pre-outs, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DSD streaming via USB, SONOS, internet radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. It has DTS Dialog Control and phono input. In video department only Integra DRX-5.2 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
More Channels 9.2 7.2
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2)
Certified 4 Ω Performance
More Channel Processing 11.1 7.1
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DTS Dialog Control
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with SONOS
AirPlay Airplay
HDBaseT Compatible
In: 1
Out: 1
RS-232: 1 (Pasth through)
IR In: 1 (Path through)
IR Out: 1 (Path through)
Maximum Video Resolution: 4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:4:4)
More HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 4
Phono Input
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) 7.2
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
More Powered Zones 2 and 3 2
More GUI Languages 9 3
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Internet Radio TuneIn
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
More Speaker Terminals 11 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 7
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 870 W 290 W
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB 105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)
Wider AM Frequency Range 522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz 531 kHz - 1602 kHz

Advantage of Sony STR-ZA3000ES

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Integra DRX-5.2 over Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

Integra DRX-5.2 has more channels, more channel processing, more analog pre-outs, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DSD streaming via USB, SONOS, internet radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. It has DTS Dialog Control and phono input. In video department only Integra DRX-5.2 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
DTS Neo Neo:6
Dialogue Lift Center Speaker Lift Up
Ethernet Switch 8-Port Gigabit
More Composite Video Outputs 1
More Component Video Outputs 1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI HDMI, USB
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
More Presets 40 60 (30/30)
Longer Warranty 3 Years 5 Years
Higher Rated Preout Level 1 V/470 Ω 2 V/1 kΩ (All channels and Subwoofer)

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
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. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
Ethernet 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
WEAKNESSES
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+ 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
No Bluetooth 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Integra DRX-5.2 has 9 channel and Sony STR-ZA3000ES has 7 channel amplifiers. Integra DRX-5.2 delivers 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-ZA3000ES delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Sony STR-ZA3000ES can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. Integra DRX-5.2 supports 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

Integra DRX-5.2 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 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

Integra DRX-5.2 supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 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.


THX™ Certification

Integra DRX-5.2 is THX™ certified which offers optimal performance, superior quality and seamless integration. THX works with partners from the ground up, so that certified products deliver professional quality audio-visual experiences right out of the box. They only certify the very best products with uncompromised quality, performance and consistency. They ensure that THX certified devices play well with lower performing devices and components. THX listening modes make the receiver to have one speaker set up for movies, music and games. They are tested for power output, bass management, signal-to-noise ratio and feature RE-EQ, timbre matching, boundary gain compensation and THX Loudness Plus.


Digital Legato Linear

Sony STR-ZA3000ES 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.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Integra DRX-5.2 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.


Connectivity


Integra DRX-5.2

Integra DRX-5.2 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. The Receiver works with SONOS and supports[y] Airplay. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI input.

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Sony STR-ZA3000ES

Sony STR-ZA3000ES can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (2 in / 2 out) copy protection. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed 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 - Integra DRX-5.2 and here - Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

BASICS Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
BrandIntegraSony
ModelDRX-5.2STR-ZA3000ES
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryAustralia and AsiaOthers
Release Year20182016
AMPLIFIER Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Channels9.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2)
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability Front L/R Channels
AUDIO Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Maximum Channel Processing11.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES 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 USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
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
CALIBRATION Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ Advance with AccuReflex™ Advanced D.C.A.C.
VIDEO Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay Airplay
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch 8-Port Gigabit
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
In: 1
Out: 1
RS-232: 1 (Pasth through)
IR In: 1 (Path through)
IR Out: 1 (Path through)
Maximum Video Resolution: 4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2 (2 in / 2 out)
HDMI Input7 (1 front)6 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Rear)1 (Front) for update and setting
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input64
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output 1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input22
Component Video Output 1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out)7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMIHDMI, USB
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Zones33
Powered Zones 2 and 3 2
Zone 2HDMI, RCA Pre/Line OutHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line OutRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output3 (A:100 mA, B:25 mA, C:25 mA)3 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 11 / 2
MISC Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages93
Detachable Power Cord Oversized AC Cord
RADIO Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Presets4060 (30/30)
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Speaker Terminals117
Large Speaker Terminals117
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Power SupplyAC 220-230 V, 50/60 HzAC 230 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption870 W290 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.3 W
GENERAL Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 198 mm x 388.5 mm
17-1/8" x 7-13/16" x 15-5/16"
430 mm x 174 mm x 410 mm
17" x 6-7/8" x 16-1/4"
Weight14.0 kg (30.9 lbs)13.4 kg (29 lbs. 9 oz.)
Warranty3 Years5 Years
SPECS Integra DRX-5.2 Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)150 mV/50 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1 V/470 Ω2 V/1 kΩ (All channels and Subwoofer)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct)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 (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz531 kHz - 1602 kHz

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

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