Network & Tuner Functions
Remote + Bluetooth Control
ES (Elevated Standard) Series: The Sony STR-DA1800ES AV
receiver is part of Sony's ES (Elevated Standard) line-up. TheAV receiver's
incredible sound quality comes from care and craftsmanship with the ultimate
goal of creating powerful sound while eliminating distortion. Carefully selected
parts tuned for high-resolution sound with amazing clarity are combined with
technology developed specifically for the ES-line. The STR-DA1800ES is equipped
with a powerful transformer for better overall sound, while two large block
electrolytic capacitors provide the main power supply. These devices are
particularly critical for sound quality and provide an overall improvement to
the entire frequency range. The STR-DA1800ES 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).
7.2ch AV Receiver: The Sony STR-DA1800ES AV receiver is
equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 100 watts (into 8-ohms, at
20-20khz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels) and dual subwoofer preamp outputs
for a Dolby Digital/DTS home theater application. The 7-channel amplifier can be
configured to suit your home AV application.
- Surround Back: Allows you to enjoy high-fidelity
reproduction of Dolby Digital TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD
(High-Resolution Audio or Master Audio) with 7.2 channel surround, using the
Surround Back speaker channels.
- Front Height: You can enjoy vertical sound effects if
you connect two additional Front-Height speakers in Dolby Pro Logic IIz
mode. No Surround Back speakers in this configuration.
- B-Speakers: If you are only connecting a 5.2ch speaker
system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height/Front B channels as a
Speaker B output, allowing you to place a pair of speakers in another room
of the house. Speaker B can be played at the same time of Speaker A, or by
- Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround Back/Front
Height/Front B channels at all, you can connect them to your front speakers
using a bi-amplifier connection (provides better sound quality for front
speakers). A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one
speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker
while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section.
With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency
range, making its job easier.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC): The Sony
STR-DA1800ES is equipped with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration Technology which
uses the included microphone to automatically check the speaker connections,
adjust the speaker output levels, calculate the distance from each speaker to
the listening position, and distinguish frequency characteristics of each
speaker. The microphone has an 15' cord attached that plugs into the microphone
input on front of the receiver. You can also choose to manually adjust the AV
receiver's speaker settings.
Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.) Mode: The Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.)
mode allows you to listen to high fidelity sound and select the decoding mode
for listening to a 2-channel stereo sound as multi-channel. You can set the
A.F.D. mode to Auto or Multi Stereo.
- A.F.D. Auto: Presets the sound as it was
recorded/encoded without adding any surround effects.
- Multi Stereo: Outputs 2-channel left/right signals from
Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic: The Sony STR-D1800ES AV receiver features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding,
as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio processing.
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V preamplifier via a
digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch
Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the preamp must be connected
to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S): HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD-D.C.S.)
is Sony's new innovative home theater technology using the latest acoustic and
digital signal processing technologies. It is based on precise response
measurement data of a mastering studio. With this mode, you are able to enjoy
Blu-ray and DVD movies at home with not only the high quality of sound, but also
the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in the
mastering process. You can choose from the following HD-D.C.S modes - Dynamic,
Theater, Studio, Berlin
Philharmonic Hall, Jazz Club, Live Concert, Stadium, Sports, Portable Audio.
Analog Direct: 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.
Headphone Modes: The receiver offers two distinct headphone sound modes.
- HP 2CH: Sets the receiver to power only the front left and right
speakers, no surround and no subwoofer. Two channel sources bypass the sound
field processing and multi channel sources are down-mixed to 2 channels.
- HP Direct: Amplifies the source without any processing, only the
volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active.
D.L.L. (Digital Legato Linear): The Digital Legato Linear
function is a Sony proprietary technology that allows low quality digital audio
signals and analog audio signal to be played back with high quality sound.
Sound Optimizer: No longer do you have to miss out on movies
dynamic sound effects when you need to keep the volume low; the sound optimizer
enables you to hear the smallest sound effect at low volumes. This dynamic
feature gives you the best reproduction of sound effects while keeping the
intended sound stage at high or low volume levels. It automatically calibrates
the sound which cannot be heard well when you turn down the volume level. After
Auto Calibration is performed, the sound level is optimized to suit your
Advanced Auto Volume: Advanced Auto Volume adjusts the
volume automatically depending on the input signal or content from the connected
equipment. This function is useful, for example, when the sound of a commercial
is louder than the TV programs.
Dynamic Range Compressor: This feature allows you to
compress the dynamic range of the sound track. You can select standard or
maximum compression, or off (only works with Dolby Digital sources).
Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass and treble
level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DA1800ES offers a variety
of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Digital Inputs: The receiver has two optical digital
inputs and one coaxial digital inputs (all assignable). You can choose auto
decoding or PCM for the digital audio inputs. Auto will decode the signal in
its original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM, etc), PCM decodes the signal to
- Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The receiver is equipped with
binding post speaker terminals for all speaker connections (Front, Center,
Surround, Surround Back/Front-Height/Front-B). The binding post speaker
terminals will accept bare wire (up to 12-gauge), banana plugs
(single/dual), or pin-connectors.
- Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the
full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically
8 HD Inputs: The Sony STR-DA1800ES is equipped
with eight HD inputs. Six HDMI v.1.4 inputs let you connect a
high-definition satellite receiver, Blu-ray Disc player, and game system for
high definition video and audio. Two component inputs provide
added HD-capable connectivity and versatility.
- HDMI: The receiver is equipped with six HDMI v.1.4
inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video components. All six HDMI
inputs are capable of carrying uncompressed digital audio and 1080p video; as
well as 3D video. The HDMI 4 and HDMI 6 inputs also support 4k pass-through.
In addition there are two HDMI v.1.4 outputs (ARC capable) that feed
audio/video signals to up to two TVs. You can toggle
or simultaneously output the same video between two displays, such as two
televisions or a television plus a projector. One of the HDMI outputs can
also be assigned to support 2nd Zone video, so you can view a different
audio/video source in another room of your home.
- HD Component Video: This unit features 2 component
video inputs (1080/60i capable) and a component video monitor output. These jacks feature an 80
MHz bandwidth, making them capable of passing high-definition video signals.
HDMI Upconvert/Upscale (1080i): The Sony AV receiver's HDMI
upconvert/upscale function improves image quality of analog connected devices to
near HD. Analog connected device signals (component/composite) are converted to
digital, upscaled, and output via HDMI (up to 1080i), making one cable
connection from the receiver to your TV possible. Requires connection via HDMI
cable (sold separately) to equivalent HDTV. Upconverted image and sound quality
will vary depending on source.
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.
3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DA1800ES is compatible with 3D-ready
Blu-ray disc movies, video games, and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4)
connections. 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV,
3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D accessories may also be needed.
x.v.Color: The AV receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a
wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature
to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Deep Color: The Sony receiver also supports Deep Color which
allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The
number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216
colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be
expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the
gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits,
continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed. For the Deep Color
feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported
only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those
HDMI Standby Pass-Through: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through
feature conveniently allows you to access all your HDMI connected devices
without having to power on the receiver .
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable
already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the
need for extra cables connected to your television.
A/V Sync: The audio output can be delayed so that the time
gap between the audio output and the visual display is minimized. This is
especially helpful when you are using a large LCD or plasma TV or a projection
TV. When activated, the delay can be adjusted from 0-300 msec or set to Auto.
Front A/V Input: The Sony AV receiver is equipped with a
front-panel A/V input which consists of a composite video input and stereo audio
Network & Tuner Functions
Network Connection: The Sony STR-DA1800ES A/V receiver
features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi that allow you to
connect the receiver to your home network via a hardwired or wireless
connection. By connecting the A/V receiver to your home network you are able to
stream select Internet Radio services and audio/video media stored on your
window-based PC to your home audio system. The Sony A/V receiver offers an
on-screen setup wizard to configure the receiver to your home's network. The
following system environment is required to use the network function of this
- Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection
to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music
services and to use the software update function of the receiver.
- Modem: This is the device that is connected to the
broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are
integrated with the router.
- Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or
greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 b/g
compatible wireless router for WiFi connection.
- LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for
DLNA Certified Media Player: By connecting the Sony
STR-DA1800ES to your home's network, you can listen to music stored on your DLNA
compliant PC through your home's entertainment system. The Sony STR-DA1800ES's
media player function supports Windows-based PCs only. If you
have a Windows 7-based computer, use the Windows Media Player 12 bundled with
Windows 7. If you have a Windows XP or Windows Vista-based computer, install
Windows Media Player 11 software. The receiver supports the following media
Rate || Bit Rate |
PCM ||44.1, 48 kHz ||16-bit |
|MP3 ||32, 44.1, 48 kHz ||32-320 kbps |
|WMA ||up to 48 kHz ||up to 385 kbps |
|AAC || 8, 11.025, 12, 16,
22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz || up to 576 kbps |
Party Streaming: You can play music in other rooms
simultaneously by connecting Sony products which are compatible with DLNA and
the Party Streaming function.
Music Services: You can listen to select music services
offered on the internet with this receiver. You'll be able to enjoy some of the
web's most popular internet radio services;
Music Unlimited, vTuner, and Slacker
(as of 10/26/2014). The STR-DA1800ES will display station name and program-related
information on your TV, via the receiver's on-screen menu (HDMI only). You can
store up to 20 of your favorite internet radio stations.
AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DA1800ES 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
Software/Firmware Update: By downloading the latest version of
software/firmware from Sony, you can take advantage of the newest functions. The receiver
accesses the Sony server to update the software/firmware through its hardwired network
connection. The tested A/V receiver contained software/firmware version
s9025.1018.0, with an immediate update for software/firmware version
s9025.1038.0 (as of
10/26/2012). Visit the
Sony eSuport website for the latest software updates.
Sony Compatible USB Port: You can enjoy music from select
Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series) by connecting the device to the
receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port. The Sony USB device must be formatted
with FAT16 or FAT32. You can playback the following music files - MP3 (32-320
kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (48-320 kbps). The receiver can recognize up
to 100 folders and 100 audio files in each folder, per device. You are able to
control Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (previous/next), and Folder
(up/down) functions of your connected Sony USB device. The receiver will also
charge your Sony USB device while connected to the front-panel USB port (0.5A).
Note: See page 59 of the AV receiver's Operating
Instructions for compatible Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series).
Other USB devices cannot be used on this receiver.
iPod/iPhone/iPad Connection: The Sony STR-DA1800ES supports
audio & video playback of your iPod, iPhone, or iPad through its front-panel USB
port and AV input.
- Audio Playback: The USB (type-A) port on the
front-panel provides convenient connection for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
The USB connection means that the digital audio signal from your iPod,
iPhone, or iPad is transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise
interference and allowing use of the receiver's DAC, not the DAC in your
Apple device. This results in more precise sound reproduction. You can
navigate your iPod/iPhone's music via the system's on-screen menu and remote
control, or continue to use your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music content via Playlist, Artist, Album,
Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can also control Repeat &
Shuffle functions. Song/artist information and Album Art will display on
your connected TV. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged (max. 0.5A)
- Video Playback: The Sony STR-DA1800ES's front-panel USB
port and front-panel A/V input can be combined to watch video from select
iPods/iPhones/iPads through Apple's composite AV cable (sold separately).
Your iPod/iPhone's video will be upconverted from the receiver's front-panel
composite video input to the receiver HDMI output to your connected TV. You
can access Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, and Rented Movies
stored on your iPod/iPhone using the receiver's on-screen menu and IR remote
AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite
songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes
library on your PC or Mac to the Sony STR-DA1800ES, over your home network
connection. By downloading
Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you
don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to
play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will
even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist
info via the Sony receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI). To use the AirPlay
feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later)
connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must
have iOS 4.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: Using the included
iPod/iPhone dock, the Sony STR-DA1800ES AV receiver supports the following
iPod/iPhone models and functions (as of 9/24/2013):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Connection Type || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| USB || AirPlay || Audio || Video || Remote || iPod/iPhone || Album Art || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4/air || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+ || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 8.0 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this
doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
On-Screen Menu (via HDMI): 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. If your TV is
connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will
need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.
Dual Source/Dual Zone: The
Sony STR-DA1800ES AV receiver allows you to enjoy the same or different
audio/video sources in the two different rooms of your home. Zone 2
features stereo line-level outputs. This way, Zone 2 can be powered
by a separate amplifier (keeping 7.2ch playback in your main room). The Sony AV
receiver also provides a Zone 2 HDMI, Component, or Composite video output, so
two different HDMI, Component, or Composite video feeds can be sent to two
different displays at the same time directly from the receiver (you must connect
the same video connection to your second display monitor as connected to your
receiver for that particular source; there is no video-conversion or scaling for
Zone 2). HDMI Zone 2 will also output audio signals (2ch only) for the HDMI
input source selected. The volume of Zone 2 will be controlled by your separate
- Compatible Sources for Line-Level Outputs: Only Tuner
and Analog inputs sources are processed through Zone 2's line-level outputs.
- Compatible Sources for HDMI Output: Only HDMI input sources are
processed through Zone 2's HDMI output.
- Incompatible Sources: Optical/coaxial digital,
Network, USB, AirPlay, and Bluetooth sources are not output to Zone 2.
Note: The audio/video capabilities of main zone will be limited by
that of Zone 2 when you select the same HDMI input function for both Main
zone and Zone 2.
Input Naming: 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
Input Mode: 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.
Settings Lock: The STR-DA1800ES lets you lock the settings of the
receiver, so they are not inadvertently changed.
Sleep Timer: The unit may be set to automatically turn off
after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the display in 3
steps; Dim Max, Dim Mid, and Dim Off.
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.
Remote + Bluetooth Control
Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote (RM-AAP080) 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. You can also
program this remote to control non-Sony audio/video components. You can also
change the initial settings of the input buttons on the remote control to suit
the components in your system.
Bravia Theater Sync: Sony's Bravia Theater Sync feature
allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA televisions and Sony HDMI audio and
video components with a single remote. By connecting Sony components that are
compatible with the HDMI Control function with a HDMI cable, operation is
simplified in the following ways.
- One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Player, the receiver and the TV are turned on automatically
and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
- System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select
to output the sound from the TV speaker or the speakers connected to the
- System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the
receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.
- Theater Mode Sync: Allows you to switch the AV
receiver's Theater mode from the receiver's, TV, or connected Blu-ray disc
player's remote control, while pointing the remote toward your television.
Remote App Control: Download Sony's free Media Remote and
Network Audio Remote apps from the iTunes or Google play app stores and use your
compatible Apple iOS or Android device to control volume, inputs and receiver
function with the Media Remote app; and control your network music with the
Network Audio Remote app.
Note: The Media & Network Audio Remote apps require that
the Sony A/V receiver and your Apple iOS, Android, or Sony remote device be
connected to the same wireless network with the remote device connected
through an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended).
Control System Integration: The STR-DA1800ES is certified
with leading control systems for integration. It's also controllable over IP and
includes a 12V trigger output, RS232C port, and IR input/output for more installation options.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony STR-DA1800ES offers built-in
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR with support for A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile) and AVRCP 1.3 (Audio Video Remote Control Profile). You can stream
audio from your Bluetooth enabled mobile device (such as your Apple or Android
smartphone/tablet) to the Sony STR-DA1800ES and
control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Stop, Fast
Forward/Reverse, Next/Previous Track) from the A/V receiver's remote control.
Metadata (song/artist information) is not transferred via Bluetooth. You can
pair up to 9 Bluetooth devices with the STR-DA1800ES (but only one can be used at
a time). Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology,
some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or
may not support all features when used with the Sony STR-DA1800ES.