Sony STR-ZA3000ES Review and Specs

Sony STR-ZA3000ES (Others version)

SCORE:
76
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Highlights

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

Sony STR-ZA3000ES 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 76 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
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 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-ZA3000ES.

PROS
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   Surround EX
👍   DTS Neo
👍   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
👍   Component Video Outputs
👍   Analog Pre-Outs
👍   Zones
👍   Detachable Power Cord
👍   Analog Tuner
CONS
👎   No Front Wide Channel Support
👎   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👎   No Dolby Atmos
👎   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👎   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👎   No DTS:X
👎   No DTS Neural:X
👎   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 HDR10+
👎   No BT.2020 color space
👎   No Dolby Vision
👎   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👎   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 eARC
👎   No Phono Input
👎   No Multi-Channel Input
👎   No Pandora
👎   No Spotify
👎   No Tidal
👎   No Deezer
👎   No Napster
👎   No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Amplifier

Sony STR-ZA3000ES has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 80 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-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.


Room Correction

Sony STR-ZA3000ES comes with Advanced D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Sony STR-ZA3000ES can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It has 6 HDMI inputs and 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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Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

BASICS
BrandSony
ModelSTR-ZA3000ES
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryOthers
Release Year2016
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
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
Surround 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
Music Playback via USB
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialogue Lift 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
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Advanced D.C.A.C.
Calibration MicrophoneMono
Speaker Relocation
Automatic Phase Matching
VIDEO
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/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/60p
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
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 ARC
HDCP Version2.2 (2 in / 2 out)
HDMI Input6 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front) for update and setting
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input4
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In2
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 /
Composite Video Input2
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output3 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 2
MISC
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages3
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets60 (30/30)
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50 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"
Weight13.4 kg (29 lbs. 9 oz.)
Warranty5 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2110 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 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 (All channels and 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/±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 Frequency531 kHz - 1602 kHz

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

Successor

In 2017 Sony STR-ZA3000ES was replaced by STR-ZA3100ES. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Sony STR-ZA3000ES
More Channel Processing 9ch + Phantom 2ch vs 7.1
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels vs
Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
DTS:X up to 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels vs
DTS Neural:X vs
HDR10 vs
BT.2020 color space vs
Dolby Vision vs
HLG vs
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
More Analog Pre-Outs 9.2 vs 7.2

DOWNGRADES Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Sony STR-ZA3000ES
Less Component Video Outputs vs 1

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Sony STR-ZA3000ES.

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