Sony STR-ZA1100ES vs Sony STR-ZA1000ES Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
49
SCORE:
33

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Overview

Here we are comparing Sony STR-ZA1100ES to Sony STR-ZA1000ES 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 and equally powerful amplifiers.

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

Sony STR-ZA1100ES Highlights

Sony STR-ZA1000ES Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 70 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
  • 7.2 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Ethernet
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Sony STR-ZA1100ES 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.

Sony STR-ZA1100ES

Sony STR-ZA1000ES

AMPLIFIER
41
VIDEO FEATURES
77
AUDIO FEATURES
48
CONNECTIVITY
28
MULTIZONE
65
MISCELLANEOUS
31
RADIO
21
OVERALL
49
AMPLIFIER
41
VIDEO FEATURES
32
AUDIO FEATURES
21
CONNECTIVITY
23
MULTIZONE
65
MISCELLANEOUS
31
RADIO
21
OVERALL
33

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 Sony STR-ZA1100ES over Sony STR-ZA1000ES

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-ZA1100ES over Sony STR-ZA1000ES.

Only Sony STR-ZA1100ES supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In video department only Sony STR-ZA1100ES supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
DTS Neural:X
Calibration Microphone Stereo Mono
Speaker Relocation
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 100 W (0.9% THD) 90 W (0.9% THD)

Advantage of Sony STR-ZA1000ES over Sony STR-ZA1100ES

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-ZA1000ES over Sony STR-ZA1100ES.

Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
DTS Neo Neo:6
Ethernet Switch 8-Port Gigabit
More Component Video Outputs 1
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 110 W (0.9% THD) 120 W (0.9% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC) 140 W (0.9% THD) 150 W (0.9% THD)

Common Strengths of Sony STR-ZA1100ES and Sony STR-ZA1000ES

Sony STR-ZA1100ES and Sony STR-ZA1000ES share common strengths such as ethernet connection.

STRENGTHS Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4) up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p up to 4K/60p
Ethernet
New HDCP Version 2.2 (5 in / 2 out) 2.2 (1 in / 1 out)
USB Input 1 (Front) for update and setting 1 (Front) for update and setting
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Component Video Inputs 2 2
Zones 3 3
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Sony STR-ZA1100ES and Sony STR-ZA1000ES

Sony STR-ZA1100ES and Sony STR-ZA1000ES share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no DLNA 1.5 support, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no wi-fi, no bluetooth, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no internet radio, no Pandora, no Spotify, no Tidal, no Deezer, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
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 DSD via USB
No DTS Dialog Control
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No MHL Input
No DLNA 1.5
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No Wi-Fi
No Bluetooth
No Phono Input
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
No Internet Radio
No Pandora
No Spotify
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Selected Features

Amplifier

Sony STR-ZA1100ES and Sony STR-ZA1000ES have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) 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. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. Sony STR-ZA1100ES 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

Sony STR-ZA1100ES supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

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

Sony STR-ZA1100ES supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

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-ZA1100ES and Sony STR-ZA1000ES feature 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


Sony STR-ZA1100ES

Sony STR-ZA1100ES can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It has 5 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (5 in / 2 out) copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Sony STR-ZA1000ES

Sony STR-ZA1000ES can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It has 5 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (1 in / 1 out) copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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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 - Sony STR-ZA1100ES and here - Sony STR-ZA1000ES.

BASICS Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
BrandSonySony
ModelSTR-ZA1100ESSTR-ZA1000ES
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA and Canada
Release Year20172016
AMPLIFIER Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Maximum Channel Processing7ch + Phantom 2ch7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
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 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 USB
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialogue Lift Center Speaker Lift Up Center Speaker Lift Up
Digital Legato Linear
In-Ceiling Speaker Mode
Sound Optimizer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. D.C.A.C. EX Advanced D.C.A.C.
Calibration MicrophoneStereoMono
Speaker Relocation
Automatic Phase Matching
Automatic Phase Matching
VIDEO Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p up to 4K/60p
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch 8-Port Gigabit
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2 (5 in / 2 out)2.2 (1 in / 1 out)
HDMI Inputs55
HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front) for update and setting1 (Front) for update and setting
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs44
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs22
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs22
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out
ZONES Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Zones33
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line OutHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line OutRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1 (80 mA)1 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 21 / 2
MISC Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages33
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets60 (30/30)60 (30/30)
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Speaker Terminals77
Large Speaker Terminals77
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption290 W290 W
Standby Power0.3 W0.3 W
GENERAL Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Dimensions (W x H x D)430 mm x 174 mm x 410 mm
17" x 6-7/8" x 16-1/4"
430 mm x 174 mm x 410 mm
17" x 6-7/8" x 16-1/4"
Weight12.6 kg (27 lbs. 13 oz.)12.3 kg (27 lbs. 2 oz.)
Warranty5 Years5 Years
SPECS Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.09% THD)70 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)100 W (0.9% THD)90 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)90 W (0.09% THD)90 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)110 W (0.9% THD)120 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)140 W (0.9% THD)150 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)150 mV/50 kΩ150 mV/50 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance2 V/1 kΩ (Subwoofer)2 V/1 kΩ (Subwoofer)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)
S/N Ratio (digital)96 dB (20 kHz LPF)96 dB (20 kHz LPF)
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/±3 dB10 Hz - 100 kHz/±3 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 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 Frequency530 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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