Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES 7.2 channels AV Receivers Review

7.72 Mixed Usages
7.5 VIDEO FEATURES:
7.8 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
7.3 AUDIO FEATURES:
8.9 MULTIZONE:
7.1 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2023 Rating: 4.1

The Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES 7.2 channels AV Receiver is a treasure for audiophiles who want to escape into a world of sound. It's great for home movie fans and gamers, and it works well in bigger living rooms, taking the entertainment experience to the next level. Its sleek form fits in easily, and the many ways it can connect to other devices make sure it works well with all of them. Let's find out more about it.

 

Our Verdict

Overall, the Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES's powerful sound, which is backed by Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, is what makes it stand out. The HDMI connections are useful, but the lack of ports on the front panel is a small downside. Its ability can be too much for small places, so it works best in big ones. Even though it's pricey, this AV speaker is well worth the money for those who want top-notch music quality and an immersive experience.

PROS
  • Immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support.
  • Sleek design blends with room aesthetics.
  • Multitude of HDMI inputs for devices.
  • Dynamic audio quality with crisp highs.
  • Voice control via smart assistants.
  • Wireless streaming through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Versatile usage for movies, gaming, music.
  • Advanced speaker calibration optimizes sound.

 

CONS
  • Overwhelming in smaller room spaces.
  • Lack of front-panel HDMI ports.
  • The higher price range for premium features.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 7.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 9
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , 8K Passthrough , 8K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 70 W
Zones 3
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer
Amplifier Class G , Non-Phase

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 3
RCA LIne Output: 1
RCA Pre-Outs: 2
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: N/A
Optical Inputs: 1
Optical Output: No
Coaxial Inputs: 1
Multi-Channel Input: No
Headphone Out: 1 x 1/4
HDMI Inputs: 6 x HDMI 2.1
HDMI Outputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1
8K Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1
Composite Video Input No
Composite Video Output: No
Component Video Input: No
Component Video Output: No
Front A/V Inputs: 1 x USB-A Input, 1 x 1/8
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 7.2 channels
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization N/A
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X Yes
DTS Neural:X N/A
DTS Virtual:X N/A
DTS Neo N/A
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Yes
IMAX Enhanced Yes
PCM Yes
Music Playback via USB FLAC, AIFF, WAV, DSD, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 192 kHz/24 bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB AIFF, ALAC, DSD, FLAC, WAV
Gapless Playback N/A
DSD via HDMI No
DSD via USB 2.8 MHz
DSD to PCM Converter Yes
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control N/A
Dialog Enhancement N/A
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift N/A
Compressed Music Enhancer No
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. D.C.A.C. IX
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync Yes
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version HDMI 2.1
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version HDCP 2.3
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready N/A
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling N/A
Analog To HDMI Upconversion N/A
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 7.2
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance N/A
Bi-amp Capability No

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) Yes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Yes
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) Yes

ZONES

Zones 3
Powered Zones 3
Zone 2 Outs HDMI
Zone 3 Outs Pre/Line Out
RS-232C Interface N/A
+12V Trigger Output No

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio TuneIn & iHeart Radio
Pandora N/A
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio N/A
Napster N/A

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Yes
GUI Languages 3
Web Browser Control N/A
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP Yes
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Dot Matrix Display
Remote Controller Yes
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord N/A
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 100 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) No
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) No
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) No
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) No
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 90 W (0.09% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) No
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 240 W
No Sound Power No
Standby Power No

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 17
Weight 9.3 kg
Chassis No
Front Panel No
Speaker Terminals 7
Large Speaker Terminals 7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals N/A
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals N/A
High Grade Audio Components N/A
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off N/A
Warranty 5 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.09%
Analog Distortion No
Phono Distortion No
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 1 V / 50 kOhms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 2.5 mV / 50 kOhms
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V / 1 kOhms
Rated Output digital No
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 74 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) No
Phono RIAA Deviation No
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz - 100 kHz, ±3 dB (with sound field, equalizer and 360SSM bypassed)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI No
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance No
Video Frequency Response No
Ethernet Standard IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz Band (2.4000 to 2.4835 GHz)
USB Terminal Yes
FM Frequency FM: 87.5 to 108 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) Mono: 18.3 dBf / Stereo: 38.3 dBf
FM S/N Ratio Mono: 76 dB / Stereo: 70 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono: 0.3% / Stereo: 0.5%[
AM Effective Sensitivity No
AM Frequency No
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Details Review

Design

First, let's talk about how the Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES is made. It's beautiful to look at, with a sleek, simple style that goes well with many room arrangements. The matte black finish gives off an air of class, but it's hard to keep fingerprints off of it. Still, this receiver adds a touch of elegance to any home theater by fitting right in with the rest of the decor.

The front panel shows that it was made with care. Its clean layout makes sure that style doesn't come at the expense of utility. The display is placed in a way that makes it easy to understand the most important information without giving you too much information.

Connectivity

When it comes to connections, the Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES really shines. It's easy to connect your digital devices to it because it has so many inputs and outputs. Because there are so many HDMI ports, you can easily switch between devices like game consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming devices. The receiver also doesn't skimp on quality. It can play 4K and HDR content, which makes sure that your viewing experience is nothing less than exceptional.

But there is a small problem in that there are no HDMI ports on the front of the TV. This small problem becomes clear when you need to add a temporary gadget quickly. Even though it's not a big problem, people who move their gadgets often should think about it.

Performance

Now let's talk about what really matters, which is performance. The Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES really shines as a master of realistic sound that surrounds you with sound. With 7.2 channels, it provides a soundscape that is both lively and full of information. Whether you're watching an exciting action movie or listening to a soothing music album, this listener will make sure you have a good time.

The sound quality of the radio was confirmed by our thorough tests. It made sounds that were incredibly clear, with crisp highs, strong mids, and deep, powerful lows. DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) technology changes everything. This cool feature improves where the speakers are put, making the sound more balanced and improving every aspect of it.

The Dynamic Volume Control is also a star in and of itself. It takes care of those quick jumps in sound that can startle and ruin what you're watching or listening to. This means you won't have to keep messing with the noise control when there's a lot going on the screen.

But this coin, like all others, has two sides. Some users have said that the performance of the radio can be a bit much in smaller places. Immersive music might be too strong for some people, especially if they want a calmer experience. So, while it's great at making a noise that fills the room, it's important to match it to the area it's in.

Where and When to Use

The Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES works well in a home theater or a living room that can be used for different things. Its flexibility means that it can be used for more than just movie nights. It can also be used for game sessions and listening to music while doing other things. Its rich sound profile makes everything you watch or play better, making it a great addition to any entertainment situation.

Compatible Devices

This AV player works well with a number of different devices. It has everything, from high-definition TVs to game systems and media players. It works with famous audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which give you three-dimensional sound that makes you feel like you're in the middle of the action.

Ease of Use

The Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES has some advanced features, but it isn't always easy to use. Setting up an AV player can be easy, especially if you have used one before. Most of the time, the on-screen options are easy to use, but new users may need some time to get used to the layout. The included radio control is well-made and makes it easy to get to the most important features.

The radio can also be controlled by voice through smart speakers that are compatible with it. This makes your entertainment setting even more convenient. But adding voice control could take some technical knowledge.

Cost

Let's talk about the cost now. The Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES is an AV player that costs more than most. Even though it sounds great, it might be a bit pricey for people who are watching their budgets. But if you're serious about music, the price is worth it because of how well it works and what features it has.

FAQs

Can I connect my turntable to this receiver?

Yes, the Sony ES STR-AZ1000ES includes a phono input, allowing you to connect your turntable directly.

Does this receiver support wireless streaming?

Yes, the receiver supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi streaming, enabling you to enjoy music from your compatible devices wirelessly.

Can I expand the number of speakers in my setup?

Absolutely, the receiver supports various speaker configurations, offering flexibility in creating your desired audio environment.

Is the receiver compatible with voice assistants?

Yes, the receiver works with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, enhancing its ease of use.

 

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