Sony STR-ZA3000ES Review and Specs

Sony STR-ZA3000ES (USA and Canadian versions)

SCORE:
36

Highlights

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

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Sony STR-ZA3000ES 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 36 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
45
VIDEO FEATURES
32
AUDIO FEATURES
23
CONNECTIVITY
32
MULTIZONE
67
MISCELLANEOUS
31
RADIO
21
OVERALL
36

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
DSD via HDMI 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Ethernet 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Analog Pre-Outs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
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 Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
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 eARC 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Internet Radio 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Spotify 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

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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Detailed Specifications

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

BASICS
BrandSony
ModelSTR-ZA3000ES
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA and Canada
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 Dialogue 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
Automatic Phase Matching
VIDEO
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)
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 Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2 (2 in / 2 out)
HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front) for update and setting
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs4
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
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 2 OutsHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232 Interface
+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 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"
Weight13.4 kg (29 lbs. 9 oz.)
Warranty5 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)110 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)100 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)120 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 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)
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-ZA3000ES was replaced by STR-ZA3100ES. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES 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
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
More Analog Pre-Outs 9.2 7.2

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

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

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