Sony STR-ZA5000ES Review and Specs
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Sony STR-ZA5000ES (USA version)

SCORE:
88

Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 120 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

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Sony STR-ZA5000ES Overview

Sony STR-ZA5000ES was introduced in 2016 and represents a current flagship model of the manufacturer. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 88 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
91
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
88
CONNECTIVITY
77
MULTIZONE
93
MISCELLANEOUS
87
RADIO
59
OVERALL
88

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-ZA5000ES.

PROS
Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘
Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘
Many Channel Processing πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘
Dolby Pro Logic πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X 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‘
BT.2020 color space πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
HLG πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
Analog To HDMI Upconversion πŸ‘
Music Connect πŸ‘
Remote Monitoring with ihiji πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Outputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Detachable Power Cord πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 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 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 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-ZA5000ES has 9 channel amplifier and delivers 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p. It can bypass 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-ZA5000ES supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 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 Audioβ„’ 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-ZA5000ES supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 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 a new 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-ZA5000ES 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-ZA5000ES comes with[y] D.C.A.C. EX room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Sony STR-ZA5000ES can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It has 6 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 (6 in / 2 out) copy protection. There are 11.2 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-ZA5000ES.

BASICS
BrandSony
ModelSTR-ZA5000ES
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2016
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ” up to 7.1.4
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ”
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLIIz
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ” up to 7.1.4
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”
OP Processingβœ”
Sound Optimizerβœ”
Tone Controlβœ” All Channels
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” D.C.A.C. EX
Calibration MicrophoneStereo
EQ for D.C.A.C.31 band EQ
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
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Music Connectβœ”
Remote Monitoring with ihijiβœ”
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 (6 in / 2 out)
HDMI Input6 (1 front)
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 Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs11.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ–
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zonesβœ” 2 and 3
Zone 2HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
Zone GUIβœ” for Zone 2
RS-232βœ”
+12V Trigger Output3 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 2
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages3
Remote ControllerRM-AAU217
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 Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ”
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption500 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"
Weight17.5 kg (38 lbs. 10 oz.)
Warranty5 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2120 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2130 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)150 mV/50 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance2 V/1 kΩ
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

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