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I am very satisfied with this receiver. The sound is awesome.
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I am very satisfied with this receiver. The sound is awesome.
This receiver is almost perfect for what it puts out. I actually prefer watching movies that are in Dolby Atmos rather than the theater now. But the DTS X speaker setup has to be a certain way or it will not work. I had no idea about this and installed my 7.2.2 system with two Monitor Audio CP-CT380IDC in the middle ceiling (sounds absolutely amazing in Atmos). But having known that DTS X only works with the overhead speakers having to be on the front or rear, not the middle, I would've went with a 5.2.4 setup with two front and two rear overhead speakers. I found this out after all the Dts x movies started coming out and the overhead wouldn't activate when I watched one and contacted Sony( it took us both a couple hours to figure this out btw). So hopefully I save some ppl time and decision on their setup with this review. I'm currently watching King Kong and tricked my receiver that my middle overhead is located in the front and sounds just a lil different. So I might just adjust the settings with Dts x movies then revert back as most movies are in Atmos
Pros: Almost everythinf
Cons: Dts x has a different requirement for overhead speaker setup
Just now today (two weeks after install & set up) center channel output completely stopped working. Tried another in place to see if speaker is bad (nope- receiver simply stopped output to center channel)
Pros: Well, I thought it was great up until today
Cons: There won't be any if this unit gets replacedCrutchfield response on 5/29/2018 Scott contacted our Customer Support rep, Jason, and he sent out a replacement receiver. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team right away. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
|Number Of Channels||N/A|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||100|
|THD in Stereo||0.09 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|Minimum Impedance L/R||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Center||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Surround||6 ohms|
|App Remote Control||No|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||No|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||DCAC EX|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||Yes|
|HDR-compatible||HDR10, Dolby Vision (FW), HLG|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|4K Video Upscaling||Yes|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||Yes|
|Dolby Digital||DD, TrueHD, DD+|
|DTS||DTS, HD, HDMA, ES, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||None|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||2|
|Discrete Subwoofer Outputs||No|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||Yes|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|USB Connections||Service only|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
ES (Elevated Standard) Series: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES AV receiver is part of Sony's ES (Elevated Standard) line-up. The AV receiver's incredible sound quality comes from care and craftsmanship with the ultimate goal of creating powerful sound while eliminating distortion.
Note: The STR-ZA3100ES comes with an industry leading 5-year parts and labor warranty, 90-day advanced exchange program, and dedicated toll-free support line staffed by CEDIA-trained product experts (1-877-619-7669; Monday - Friday 10am - 7pm ET).
Assignable 7-Channel Amplifier: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES AV receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 100 watts (into 6-ohms, at 20-20khz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's Surround Back/Height amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate a variety of home theater setups.
D.C.A.C. EX with Speaker Relocation: The STR-ZA3100ES incorporates Sony's Auto Calibration technology, D.C.A.C. EX (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration EX) with Speaker Relocation. Utilizing a stereo microphone and 31 EQ bands, D.C.A.C. EX compensates for less than ideal listening environments by closely simulating the soundfield produced using optimally positioned and angled speakers. D.C.A.C. EX performs the following automatic calibrations -
Note: The D.C.A.C.EX is designed to achieve proper sound balance for your room. However, you can adjust the speaker levels manually according to your preference if you prefer.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The AV receiver supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||8ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|DSD||2ch, 2.8 MHz, 1-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|High Definition Audio Bitstream||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution|
|Optical/Coaxial||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||6ch, 32-96Hz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
Immersive Surround Sound: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES AV receiver goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X.
Post Decoding Formats: The Sony AV receiver supports Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, and DTS Neo:6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and multichannel decoding formats.
Direct Modes For Higher Fidelity Sound: The Sony AV receiver offers two Direct audio modes for higher fidelity sound. The receiver's Analog Direct mode outputs audio from only the front left and right speakers without any tone or DSP processing; only the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active. To further enhance sound quality, the receiver's Pure Direct mode not only bypasses the tone and DSP processing, but also turns off the front-panel display to suppress any noise which may affect sound quality.
Special Sound Modes: Sony has developed new special sound modes for in-ceiling speaker installation and simulating a 7.1 channel surround sound system.
Advanced Audio Settings: These advanced audio settings allow you to tailor the sound to your source content, listening conditions, and your personal preferences.
DTS:X Dialog Control: The DTS:X Dialog Control function is a function which adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. This function enables you to increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs
Speaker Outputs & Pre-Outs: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES is equipped with binding post speaker outputs and 7.2ch pre-outs.
Note: There is no headphone output jack on this receiver.
ARC & eARC Compatible: Along with standard ARC (Audio Return Channel), the Sony AV receiver will support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) through an available firmware update. ARC and eARC allow audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the AV receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your television. eARC will support uncompressed audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, & DTS HD Master Audio - where standard ARC is limited to Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.
Note: Your TV will also need to support eARC or ARC for this feature to work. Some newer TVs will support eARC, but most TVs only support ARC.
HDMI 2.0a: The receiver is equipped with six HDMI 2.0a inputs (5 rear/1 front) and two HDMI 2.0a outputs. All HDMI jacks support 4K, HDR (High Dynamic Range), BT.2020 wide color spaces, 3D, and Deep Color pass-through. HDCP 2.2 and 4:4:4 color subsampling is also support by all of the receiver's rear-panel HDMI jacks.
Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.
Dual HDMI Outputs: You can toggle or simultaneously output the same video between two displays, such as two televisions or a television plus a projector. Or, you can setup the second HDMI output as a Zone 2 output, so you can view a different audio/video sources in another room of your home (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
4K HDMI Upconversion & Upscaling: The Sony AV receiver's HDMI upconvert/upscale function improves image quality of non-4K sources to ultra-HD. Analog connected device signals (component/composite; up to 1080p) are converted to digital, upscaled to 4K, and output via HDMI, making one cable connection from the receiver to your TV possible. HDMI input video signals (1080p only) are also upscaled to 4K. The HDMI Zone 2 output does not support upscaling.
Color Technologies: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES incorporates Triluminos Color, Super Bit Mapping, & Deep Color technologies for perfect color and smooth gradation.
Other HDMI Features: Other HDMI features of the Sony STR-ZA3100ES receiver include HDMI Standby Pass-Through, AV Sync, and 3D video.
24p True Cinema Mode: The 24p True Cinema Mode allows you to watch movies at their native frame rate 24p format (24 frames per second) when paired with a 24p playback device like a Blu-ray Disc Player.
Analog Video Inputs: The Sony STR-ZA3100ES features two component video inputs featuring an 80 MHz bandwidth, making them capable of supporting high-definition video signals (up to 1080i). The receiver is also fitted with two analog composite video inputs, one composite video monitor output, and a Zone 2 composite video output. The composite video jacks support 480i video signals only. The composite video monitor output and Zone 2 output can only output video from the receivers composite video inputs. The two component video inputs can be out from the receiver's HDMI outputs.
8-Port Giga Ethernet Hub: The Sony STR-ZAS3100ES AV receiver is equipped with eight Ethernet (RJ-45) ports so you can use the receiver as a hub and connect your other network components to your router through the AV receiver. Ethernet ports 1 and 2 even support PoE, Power over Ethernet. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this receiver.
Note: Network setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. The receiver's network setup cannot be accessed through its front-panel display.
Music Connect: Sony's unique Music Connect feature allows Z-series AV receivers to slave to the HAP-Z1ES Hi Res Audio player and other networked music players. This allows integrators to combine the power of an ES-grade multichannel sound system with the flexibility of today's wireless multi-zone music systems.
Web Browser Configurable: View, program, and edit receiver settings via your Web Browser on your laptop, computer, smartphone, or tablet. The Sony STR-ZA3100ES and your web browser device must be connected to the same home network. The PING button on the front-panel of the receiver is useful for checking your IP address quickly.
Firmware Updates via USB: The receiver's front-panel USB port is used for service & firmware updates only. Click here for the latest firmware & software updates.
AM/FM Tuner: The STR-ZA3100ES has 30 presets each for AM and FM for a total of 60. In addition to preset and auto tuning, stations can be tuned directly by frequency. Each preset station can be given an 8 character name.
Zone 2 (Line-Level or Speaker Outputs): Tuner, Analog, HDMI, and Optical/Digital input sources are supported in Zone 2 when using the receiver's Line-Level or Speaker output. The line-level or Speaker Outputs of Zone 2 only support 2ch PCM (not multichannel Dolby Digital/DTS). Using the line-level outputs, Zone 2 can be powered by a separate amplifier, keeping 7.2ch playback in your main room). Using the speaker-level outputs of the STR-ZA3100ES allows you to power Zone 2 from the receiver's built-in amplifier, limiting the main room to 5.2ch. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the Sony receiver using either configuration or from your add-on integrated amplifier when using the line-output.
- Only 2ch PCM signals are output to Zone 2.
- Digital audio stream signals such as DSD and Dolby Digital are not output to Zone 2.
- Multi-channel stream signals are automatically converted to 2 channels signals, and then output to Zone 2 if the same source signals as the main zone are selected in Zone 2.
- If the digital audio signals input from the HDMI, coaxial and optical input jacks on the receiver are not output to Zone 2, set the audio output to 2ch PCM on the connected device.
Zone 2 HDMI & Video Switching: In addition to sending audio to Zone 2, the receiver allows you to output video in the second zone through its HDMI and composite video Zone 2 outputs. Via the receiver's composite video Zone 2 output, you can watch a composite video input signal of the receiver in Zone 2 on a second TV. Via the receiver's HDMI Zone 2 output, you can watch either a composite, component, or HDMI video signal input into the receiver in Zone 2 on another TV. The HDMI Zone 2 will also output multichannel audio (up to 5.1ch) to your second zone's TV or AV receiver from any connected source; including Tuner, Analog, HDMI, and Optical/Digital sources.
Note: The receiver cannot output a different analog signal to the HDMI Zone 2 while an analog signal of the main zone is being output from the main HDMI monitor out.
Zone 3 Audio Only: Zone 3 allows playback of an analog audio source in 2-channel stereo in a third room of your home. Zone 3 only features stereo line-level outputs, so a separate power amplifier is needed to power the speakers in this zone. Tuner and Analog input sources are supported in Zone 3 (Video, HDMI, and Optical/Digital sources cannot be output to Zone 3). The volume of Zone 3 can be controlled by the Sony receiver or your add-on integrated amplifier.
Advanced On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Wizard: You can display the receiver's on-screen menu on your HDMI connected TV screen and select the function you want to use from the on-screen menu using the included IR remote control. You can easily access and manage your input devices and settings with this intuitive 6-panel "activity based" on-screen menu. The STR-ZA3100ES on-screen, set-up wizard will take you through everything you need to create and control your home theater experience.
Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel display.
Custom Presets: The Sony AV receiver features 4 Custom Preset buttons (Movie, Music, Party, and Night) on the remote control to make operating the receiver easier. Pressing a Preset button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button; such as powering on the receiver, switching to the appropriate source input, and recalling the selected DSP surround mode.
Note: These buttons can also be reconfigured to automatically select other sources and soundfields.
Input Modes & Naming: When you connect components to both digital and analog audio input jacks on the receiver, you can fix the audio input mode to either of them, or switch from one to the other, depending on the type of material you intend to watch. You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for each of the receiver's inputs (except Tuner) and display the name on its display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks with the names of your connected components.
Volume Display: You can set the volume display on the TV screen and display panel. Choose between Relative (indicates the volume in dB) or Absolute (indicates the number of steps).
Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the display in 3 steps; Dim Max, Dim Mid, and Dim Off.
Sleep Timer: The unit may be set to automatically turn off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Auto Standby: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch to standby mode automatically after 30 minutes when you do not operate the receiver or when there is no signal input to the receiver.
IR Remote: The supplied remote is pre-coded to control this Sony receiver, Sony TVs, Sony CD players, Sony DVD players and recorders, and Sony Blu-ray disc players and recorders.
Bravia Sync (HDMI CEC): Sony's Bravia Sync feature allows you to easily manage Bravia Sync compatible Sony televisions and other Bravia Sync compatible Sony audio and video components, plus other brands of HDMI CEC compatible gear that are connected via HDMI with a single remote. By connecting audio/video components that are compatible with the Bravia Sync or HDMI CEC function using an HDMI cable, operation is simplified in the following ways.
Control System Integration: The STR-ZA3100ES is controllable over IP, includes 12V trigger output, RS-232C port, and IR input/outputs for more installation options.
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Replacement for a different Sony ES receiver in my Sony set-up. [ Jeffrey Nov 11, 2018 ]
In a recent move, the movers dropped my absolutely incredible Sony STR-V555ES receiver I'd had since April of 2001. For nearly 17-and-a-half years, that receiver provided flawless, powerful sound. That said, it was the second to the best ES receiver at the time, so I figured I'd continue the tradition by getting the current generation of its pedigree. [ Greg Oct 09, 2018 ]
I bought a previous Sony Home Theater Receiver in 2014 when I bought my first 4K TV. Unfortunately, the receiver can't do 4K pass-through. This one does support that, plus HDR10, DolbyVision and HLG. [ James Jan 29, 2018 ]
It is replacing a STR-DA 1800ES which i purchased from Crutchfield about 5 years ago. I want Sony for the Bravia Sync, SONY ES for the power, and this model for the updated capabilities. [ Victor Jul 20, 2017 ]
Upgrading from an STR DA5700es. Also need the new 4k and Dolby ATMOS for my home theater experience. [ Leonardo Apr 21, 2017 ]
Yes: "7.1.2Ch: A Dolby Atmos 7.1.2ch speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 7.1ch speaker layout (Front, Center, Surround, & Surround Back) complemented by two Front Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. In this configuration, the Dolby Atmos speaker channels are powered by a separate stereo amplifier connected to the receiver's "Height" pre-outs." You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the receiver's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. There is no issue with signal delay when using the RCA-Pre-amp outputs. I hope that helps My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan Mar 17, 2018 ] Staff
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