Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Sony STR-ZA3000ES Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
83
SCORE:
76

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Overview

Here we are comparing Sony STR-ZA3100ES 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. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

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

Sony STR-ZA3100ES Highlights

Sony STR-ZA3000ES Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 80 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
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Ethernet
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Sony STR-ZA3100ES 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-ZA3100ES

Sony STR-ZA3000ES

AMPLIFIER
79
VIDEO FEATURES
96
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
79
MULTIZONE
90
MISCELLANEOUS
65
RADIO
59
OVERALL
83
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 Sony STR-ZA3100ES

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-ZA3100ES over Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

Sony STR-ZA3100ES has more channel processing and more analog pre-outs. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In video department only Sony STR-ZA3100ES supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
More Channel Processing 9ch + Phantom 2ch 7.1
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 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)
More Analog Pre-Outs 9.2 7.2

Advantage of Sony STR-ZA3000ES

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-ZA3100ES over Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

Sony STR-ZA3100ES has more channel processing and more analog pre-outs. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In video department only Sony STR-ZA3100ES supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
DTS Neo Neo:6
More Component Video Outputs 1

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 👍
Dialogue Lift 👍
Digital Legato Linear 👍
In-Ceiling Speaker Mode 👍
Sound Optimizer 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Ethernet 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance 👎
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 HDR10+ 👎
No DLNA 1.5 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
No Bluetooth 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Spotify 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Sony STR-ZA3100ES and Sony STR-ZA3000ES have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 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-ZA3100ES 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-ZA3100ES supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It 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

Sony STR-ZA3100ES supports DTS:X. It 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-ZA3100ES and Sony STR-ZA3000ES 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-ZA3100ES

Sony STR-ZA3100ES 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 9.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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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 - Sony STR-ZA3100ES and here - Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

BASICS Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
BrandSonySony
ModelSTR-ZA3100ESSTR-ZA3000ES
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA and Canada
Release Year20172016
AMPLIFIER Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Maximum Channel Processing9ch + Phantom 2ch7.1
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 PLIIx
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 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 Dialog 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-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. D.C.A.C. EX Advanced D.C.A.C.
Calibration MicrophoneStereoMono
Speaker Relocation
Automatic Phase Matching
VIDEO Sony STR-ZA3100ES 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/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-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
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 8-Port Gigabit
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.2 (6 in / 2 out)2.2 (2 in / 2 out)
HDMI Input6 (1 front)6 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (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 Input44
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input22
Component Video Output 1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs9.27.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out
ZONES Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Zones33
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line OutHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line OutRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output3 (80 mA)3 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 21 / 2
MISC Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages33
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
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-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Speaker Terminals77
Large Speaker Terminals77
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption290 W290 W
Standby Power0.3 W0.3 W
GENERAL Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
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"
Weight13.1 kg (28 lbs. 15 oz.)13.4 kg (29 lbs. 9 oz.)
Warranty5 Years5 Years
SPECS Sony STR-ZA3100ES Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.09% THD)80 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2110 W (0.9% THD)110 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.09% THD)100 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.9% THD)120 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)150 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 (All channels and Subwoofer)2 V/1 kΩ (All channels and 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 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 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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