Sony STR-ZA1000ES Review and Specs
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Sony STR-ZA1000ES (USA and Canadian versions)

SCORE:
74

Highlights

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

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Sony STR-ZA1000ES Overview

Sony STR-ZA1000ES was introduced in 2016. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 74 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
76
VIDEO FEATURES
79
AUDIO FEATURES
69
CONNECTIVITY
68
MULTIZONE
89
MISCELLANEOUS
65
RADIO
59
OVERALL
74

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Sony STR-ZA1000ES.

PROS
Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Pro Logic πŸ‘
Surround EX πŸ‘
DTS Neo πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
Dialogue Lift πŸ‘
Digital Legato Linear πŸ‘
In-Ceiling Speaker Mode πŸ‘
Sound Optimizer πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Outputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Outputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Detachable Power Cord πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DSD via USB πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No BT.2020 color space πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision πŸ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) πŸ‘Ž
No DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No Wi-Fi πŸ‘Ž
No Bluetooth πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora πŸ‘Ž
No Spotify πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž

Selected Features

Amplifier

Sony STR-ZA1000ES has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p.


Digital Legato Linear

Sony STR-ZA1000ES 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.


Room Correction

Sony STR-ZA1000ES comes with[y] Advanced D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

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

Front panel has USB input.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Sony STR-ZA1000ES.

BASICS
BrandSony
ModelSTR-ZA1000ES
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA and Canada
Release Year2016
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLIIx
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ”
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ–
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBβœ–
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ–
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
DTS Dialog Controlβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ” Center Speaker Lift Up
Digital Legato Linearβœ”
In-Ceiling Speaker Modeβœ”
Sound Optimizerβœ”
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ–
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” Advanced D.C.A.C.
Calibration MicrophoneMono
Speaker Relocationβœ–
Automatic Phase Matchingβœ”
VIDEO
HDR10βœ–
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ–
Dolby Visionβœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” up to 4K/60p
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ–
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ” 8-Port Gigabit
Wi-Fiβœ–
Bluetoothβœ–
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ–
HDCP Version2.2 (1 in / 1 out)
HDMI Input5
HDMI Output2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front) for update and setting
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Input4
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical In2
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out1 / βœ–
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ–
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zonesβœ” 2
Zone 2HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232βœ”
+12V Trigger Output1 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 2
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages3
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Presets60 (30/30)
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ–
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ–
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption290 W
Standby Power0.3 W
GENERAL
Dimensions (W x H x D)430 mm x 174 mm x 410 mm
17" x 6-7/8" x 16-1/4"
Weight12.3 kg (27 lbs. 2 oz.)
Warranty5 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 270 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 290 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 290 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)150 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)150 mV/50 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance2 V/1 kΩ (Subwoofer)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)105 dB (20 kHz LPF, 500 mV)
S/N Ratio (digital)96 dB (20 kHz LPF)
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/Β±3 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 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)
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz

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

Successor

In 2017 Sony STR-ZA1000ES was replaced by STR-ZA1100ES. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Dolby Atmos βœ” up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels βœ–
Dolby Surround Upmixer βœ” βœ–
DTS:X βœ” up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels βœ–
DTS Neural:X βœ” βœ–
BT.2020 color space βœ” βœ–
Dolby Vision βœ” βœ–
HLG βœ” βœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) βœ” βœ–

DOWNGRADES Sony STR-ZA1100ES Sony STR-ZA1000ES
Less Component Video Outputs βœ– 1

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony STR-ZA1100ES vs Sony STR-ZA1000ES.

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