Sony STRZA1100ES Review and Specs

Sony STRZA1100ESThe 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.

Sony STRZA1100ES review

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Features

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.

Design and build

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.

Sony STRZA1100ES

Connectivity

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.

Setup

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.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • No bells and whistles. No Spotify, Pandora, etc. Doesn't have 24 "sound fields". Just has the best overall quality of balanced sound for both movies and audio I have heard anywhere near this price point
  • DTS sources are rendered incredibly well
  • High end is crisp without being overly bright and overpowering

Cons

  • No wireless speaker option
  • No headphone jack. Previous ES and most receiver still do. While people don't use receiver for headphone, it is an amp and maybe at night

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Common features

Product

Sony STRZA1100ES

Model

STRZA1100ES

Brand

Sony

Reviews

10

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8 20Hz-20KHz, 90/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC EX

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Sound Optimize

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

2

Component input/output

2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

has not

RS-232

1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2

DC trigger output (12V)

1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

290

Standby consumption, W

0.3

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 17.4 x 41/17 x 6.8 x 16.1

Weight, kg/lbs

12.8/28.4
Sony STRZA1100ES
Sony STRZA1100ES

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