The ES moniker in the Sony lineup stands for “Elevated Standard”. The ES series has always represented Sony’s dedication to producing the very best in a category. And here in this Sony STRZA1100ES review I want to present you some Sony STRZA1100ES specs.
The 1100ES is packed with goodies that show off Sony’s audio heritage. Its power is 100W (8 ohms). The large power transformer and heatsink, for example, doesn’t look like anything you’d expect to find in a unit that costs under $1,000. As the leader in 4K technology, Sony did not scrimp in this area either. Any non-4K signal can be upconverted to simulate 4K. The new Sony receivers also all pass full 4K HDR and can handle HDMI 2.2. If you have a 4K video display that does not do a great job of upconverting, you can use the receiver to improve the video quality of your streaming content. It is IMAX enhanced for immersive sound and clarity.
The design of the STR-ZA1100ES is classic Sony. It features a clean design, with a black, brushed metal front and a full-width display. The front lower portion of the receiver features a magnetic plate that can be removed to reveal all of the controls. With the plate on, the only visible controls are the power button and a large volume knob.
You’ll find 5 HDMI jacks. All 5 HDR compatible, which is extremely rare. Also included are 4 analog inputs, an FM tuner antenna connection, two Toslink digital and one coaxial digital input. There are even two component video and two composite video inputs.
If you are not comfortable behind the wheel of an SPL meter, the Sony has a pretty slick auto setup feature. The on-screen display and included stereo microphone will walk you through a quick configuration process to adjust speaker distances and levels. While automatic setup features like this are nice, they’re not perfect.