Sony STR-ZA5000ES Review and Specs

Sony STR-ZA5000ES (USA version)

SCORE:
62

Highlights

  • 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 62 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
73
VIDEO FEATURES
77
AUDIO FEATURES
56
CONNECTIVITY
35
MULTIZONE
75
MISCELLANEOUS
65
RADIO
21
OVERALL
62

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
Many Channel Processing 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Music Connect 👍
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 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 Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
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-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 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-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 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 Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
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
OP Processing
Sound Optimizer
Tone Control All Channels
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. D.C.A.C. EX
Calibration MicrophoneStereo
EQ for D.C.A.C.31 band EQ
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
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Music Connect
Remote Monitoring with ihiji
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 (6 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 Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zones 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
Zone GUI for Zone 2
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output3 (80 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 2
MISC
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages3
Remote ControllerRM-AAU217
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 Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
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, 2 channel driven, FTC)120 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC)130 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/±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

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