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Sony STR-DA1800ES

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and Apple® AirPlay®

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We know, it can sometimes seem like a crowded field when you're choosing a home theater receiver — so many models, so many technologies. This Sony ES model might just make your choice a little easier, thanks to its tempting mix of features, performance, and value, all backed by a 5-year warranty.

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Sony ES — an Elevated Standard

We know, it can sometimes seem like a crowded field when you're choosing a home theater receiver — so many models, so many technologies. This Sony ES model might just make your choice a little easier, thanks to its tempting mix of features, performance, and value, all backed by a 5-year warranty.

Sound foundations

Good sound always starts with clean, stable power. The STR-DA1800ES supplies its 7-channel amplifier with a beefy power transformer. Large block capacitors provide plenty of instantaneous current when dynamic peaks in your music or movies demand it.

Wireless streaming powerhouse

This is way more than an ordinary home theater receiver. The 'DA1800ES sets a benchmark for convenience when it comes to playing music from your wireless devices. AirPlay®, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® — it's all here, so you can tap into your music however it suits your lifestyle.

Apple® AirPlay for iTunes® music and more

Listen to iTunes? Apple's AirPlay technology lets you enjoy your music wirelessly. The STR-DA1800ES has it built right in, so it's a simple matter of adding the receiver to your wireless network to access the songs in your library. You can stream your selections to the receiver from your computer or from a handheld device like an iPhone® or iPad®. Plus, AirPlay works with other audio apps on your handheld device, like Spotify® and iHeart® Radio (registration or subscription may be required).

Built-in Bluetooth®

Your music favorites may be on your laptop or smartphone. Bluetooth wireless technology makes it easy to listen to them all without having to connect your devices to the receiver with cables. No more plugging your phone in through its headphone jack or clearing the decks to connect the computer. You can even control music playback with your paired Bluetooth devices using the receiver's remote.

Wi-Fi included — no dongle required

With built-in Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port, the 'DA1800ES is ready to connect to your home network, either wirelessly or via a wired connection. Watch movies, listen to songs and view photos stored on your computer. Access a virtually limitless variety of free music with online services like Pandora® Internet radio or Slacker®.

Sony also offers free, downloadable apps for your iPhone or Android™ smartphone so you can use it as a convenient Wi-Fi remote. Full control is in the palm of your hand with a remote that won't get lost in the sofa cushions.

Great for movie viewing too

You can depend on Sony's STR-DA1800ES to deliver riveting surround sound with Blu-ray movies, DVDs, TV shows, and video games. It can pump out 100 watts of amplification to each of your home theater speakers, plus it has onboard processing for the latest digital surround sound formats.

Cable clutter out — sublime picture quality in

HDMI switching lets you connect up to six high-definition video components. With both audio and video signals going via HDMI, you'll have convenient single-cable connections to your compatible high-def components, and just one cable running to your TV. Plus, sophisticated video processing helps you get a better picture with older video sources like a VCR or non-HD cable box: just hook them up to the receiver with analog cables, and it sends a cleaner-looking digital signal to your TV via HDMI.

Easy system setup and control

Sony knows that most rooms present acoustic hurdles that can make setting up your system in the traditional way a time-consuming hassle. That's why they've included their auto speaker calibration, which takes away the pain, making setup quick, simple, and accurate. Just plug in the included microphone, place it in your favorite seat, and the 'DA1800ES automatically adjusts the volume and delay settings for each speaker. The result is precise, well-balanced home theater sound, custom-tailored for your specific room and speakers. And with Sony's intuitive on-screen menu, selecting sources and preferences is just a convenient click away.

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    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio decoding, Pro Logic® IIz, and Digital Cinema Sound processing
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p)
    • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for accurate and easy automatic speaker setup
    Digital Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet port for easy connection to your broadband home network
    • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming from your laptop or portable player
    • built-in Apple AirPlay® for ultra-convenient iTunes® music playback
    • front-panel USB input for direct digital connection of your iPod®, portable music player or thumb drive
    • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
    • optional streaming services include Pandora® Internet radio, Slacker®, vTuner for free Internet radio stations, and Sony Music Unlimited (registration and subscription may be required)
    Multi-room Audio:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room additional amplifier or powered speakers required
      • amp assign function lets you use surround back speaker outputs for Zone 2
      • Zone 2 HDMI output allows HDMI audio and video sources to be played in second room
      • only analog audio sources and the built-in tuner can be played through the line-level and powered Zone 2 outputs
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (6 in, 2 out)
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
    • BRAVIA™ Sync for simplified operation with compatible Sony components (HDMI-CEC)
    • Ethernet port
    • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
    • three audio/video inputs with composite video, including:
      • 1 front-panel input
      • 2 rear-panel inputs
    • 2 audio-only inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • 2 sets of main speaker outputs (use of a second set for main output limits the system to 5.2 channels in the main room)
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    General Features:
    • free Sony remote app lets you use your iPod touch®, iPhone or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • advanced on-screen graphical user interface (via HDMI only)
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
    • multibrand remote
    • 60 AM/FM presets
    • 16-15/16"W x 6-3/16"H x 13-7/16"D
    • weight: 20.1 lbs.
    • warranty: 5 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RM-AAP080)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Automatic calibration microphone (ECM-AC2)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna with slip-on "F" connector
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr)
    • Quick Setup Guide (En/Fr)
    • GUI Menu List (En/Fr)
    • Warranty sheet
    • On-line registration sheet

    This is a awesome receiver,The sound is phenomenal,Easy to use GUI.This is my second Sony ES receiver,Only needed to upgrade to the new one for the 4k pass through,My old ES is still working perfect after 12 years.The video being passed through comes out perfect.Thank you Sony.

    jeffrey f, Sarasota fl


    Sony STR-DA1800ES Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (15 Reviews)

    Awesome Receiver

    jeffrey f from Sarasota fl on 12/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a awesome receiver,The sound is phenomenal,Easy to use GUI.This is my second Sony ES receiver,Only needed to upgrade to the new one for the 4k pass through,My old ES is still working perfect after 12 years.The video being passed through comes out perfect.Thank you Sony.

    Pros: Everything.

    Cons: None.

    Love this Receiver!

    Nick N from Wisconsin on 12/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All the raving reviews are true - this is a fantastic receiver. Set up was a breeze - the sound is phenomenal!



    Reward to me

    Cliffpa from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I has a Denon for several years, it was OK. The SOny allows me to connect thru Wifi and utilize Pandora, Apple TV, Apple Airplay, etc. The sounds is fantastic in my tv room/made over Basement.

    Pros: Easy to install, slots for all my devices.

    Cons: none to date

    my first ES

    legin from hawaii on 6/4/2014

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    the es series was always on my short list, just out of reach. finally I decided to pony up the extra coin for my first ES, and I'm glad I did. I was concerned at first, as this unit was much lighter then the onkyo I was replacing. also had no cooling fan like my onkyo, and while it seems to run a little hot, it hasn't overheated or shut down. what I love best is the bottom end, warm full rich sound at lower volumes with consistant power delivery through the entire range. my onkyo was like some sports cars, not a lot of power on the bottom end, but plenty at the top. other stereos are like muscle cars, good bottom end power, but not a lot up top. my ES is a supercar, power everywhere!

    Pros: great sound, lots of features, great value.

    Cons: runs hot when you keep the volume up.

    After 14 years, an update.

    Robert M from Atlanta, GA on 2/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver replaced another ES receiver that I had since 1999. Really, the old one was still going great. The problem was, it didn't have any HDMI ports and so despite still sounding great and working perfectly well - in fact, just as well as it did the day I got it, it was time to get a new receiver. I tried to choose what was essentially the same as the one I had before, but it turns out my needs didn't really match up with the top-of-the-line ES receiver and so I got this, the penultimate version. Even then, I know I'm not using all of the features that this came with this receiver. I would much rather use my AppleTV then the built-in AirPlay functionality. The reason is actually my biggest problem with the receiver: the quality of the menus that you see on screen. Obviously anyone who's buying this receiver is connecting it to a 1080p TV, but the menus appear to have come from an Atari 2800 from the 1980's. This reviver is much smaller and lighter than my old ES. I keep telling myself that it is because the current technology needs way fewer analog input daughter cards and cables and the components are die-shrunk so thy no longer need those enormous heatsinks, but part of my wonders if it's just that Sony's cutting corners with the ES line these days (decades). Still, it sounds great and works perfectly (except for an HDMI sync problem that keeps cropping up, but I blame that on the interstitial Monoprice HDMI switch since it only ever happened on that port)

    Pros: Great sound Sturdy Construction A wide range of features without going out into the "just for your mansion" or "a novelty" range. Everything here has a good chance of actually being used by you.

    Cons: Crummy menus I miss the old hardware-style volume knob that would always left you see volume based on analog position and motorized movement. (another area I suspect penny-pinching, though I also see the reliability gain the is potentially has)


    Melvin M from Maywood, IL on 1/30/2014

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    This Sony receiver is everything I expected it to be. The sound is unbelievable. I picked out a CD from the 60's and to my surprise it played better than ever before. Blu ray movies is my thing so I compared the blu ray dvd player connected to the TV . To me the colors were more vivid and the sound was great. Especially the sub woofer. The best part is the 5 year warranty that comes the receiver at no extra charge.

    Pros: Price features modern plugins warranty

    Cons: I don't need two

    Great product

    James from Twin Cities, MN on 12/18/2013

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    Replaced a previous Sony ES that lasted 11 years. Great sound. Easy hook up and I like the smaller size. The only downside I have found would be the built in menu for set up. This pretty much requires one to have the device connected to video as doing the set up without the screen was very difficult.

    Pros: Sony quality

    Cons: Menu is difficult to use. My device seems to always go to mute when changing from Apple TV, Cable and Blu Ray.

    Complicated setup

    BobB from Davenport, FL on 11/13/2013

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    Generally a nice piece of equipment. Good sound and easy to use but I found the set up very tedious and the manual was poorly written. The GUI is not very user friendly and the set up logic is not what I would consider logical.

    Pros: Good sound, easy to use interfaces. Can run two TV's with different programming simultaneously - which is why I purchased this unit.

    Cons: Complicated setup. Tight spacing for speaker wire connections.

    Just what I wanted

    Jeff K from Los Angeles, CA on 9/30/2013

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    I bought this receiver to replace a SONY ES receiver that finally died after 13 years. It was relatively easy to set up and sounds quite nice. It takes a little getting used to with the various sound fields, etc. but once you experiement with it a bit you can figure out which sound fields sound best with each type of input. There are plenty of HDMI inputs for all the various components. The remote seems to work well although I haven't attempted to set it up as a universal reemote to work all of the other devices. The bluetooth works with the iphone and the USB on the front of the unit is perfect for hooking up an ipod. I have only had the unit for a few weeks now, but so far, so good.

    Pros: Sounds great. Easy to set up. Lots of HDMI hookups

    Cons: None yet

    My love affair with Sony Products continues

    EddieC from Brooklyn, NY on 6/18/2013

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    The '1800ES replaces another Sony mid-priced/mid-level AVR champion, the STRDG 820. There was hardly a plausible reason for me to change the '820, except that I needed a little more power. So, when I read the specs of the '1800ES and observed that most were similar to the '820, but, with a 'beefy' toroidal transformer and large capacitors I fell for them. Now I have so much power that I keep lowering the volume of certain TV programs and movies. I have it anchored to Direct TV, a Sony S350 BDP player, an Oppo BDP103, a Sony Hi-Fi Stereo Plus VCR and Sony 46HX750 TV. Now I am in home-theater heaven with excellent picture and sound.

    Pros: Excellent picture and clean powerful sound.

    Cons: I attempted to hook up another region free DVD player that I have, but only the picture is being transported to the TV and no sound, even after changing HDMI cables. However, after reading several 'trouble-shooting' instructions, it seems that there is a software incompatibility.

    Awesome Receiver!

    SteveW from Southlake, TX on 2/23/2013

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    This replaces a Sony STR-DA2ES as an HDMI capable upgrade - i'm very impressed with the sound improvement, which i can only attribute to the Sound Optimization / Mic algorithm in the receiver. The theatre sound is even more impressive and the bass is definitely more pronounced out of the subwoofer. The switching between inputs is a little slow, but other than that, an excellent receiver.



    Very Solid!

    Anonymous from Chandler, AZ on 2/3/2013

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    Overall the sound quality is great. Loaded with features. LOTS of HDMI connectivity. The on screen GUI could be a little more user friendly. Very satisfied with the unit.

    Pros: Loaded with features Good sound quality

    Cons: On screen GUI could be more user friendly

    Best receiver, easy setup

    BenT from Houston,TX on 1/31/2013

    Very easy to setup. Sync'ed up with the Sony Xperia universal remote touch screen tablet. Was able to connect and switch between HD modes very well. Sound was crystal clear and deep bass rich sounds. Currently setup with center channel, subwoofer, in-ceiling speakers and surround.

    Pros: Easy to setup, wifi is great, performed software update took about 10 minutes, wonderful rich sounds.

    Cons: None.

    Sony STR-DA1800ES

    Anonymous from Phoenix, az on 1/30/2013

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    Bought this to replace my old Yamaha , very good price for the features. Very easy to set up, AirPlay works great. I'm yet to find a weakness in this receiver

    Pros: Price, easy to set up

    Cons: None so far

    Very Very Pleased

    JohnS from Portland, OR on 1/27/2013

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    I'm so happy that I purchased these receiver. It's easy to setup, and easy to use. Plus, I love the upconvert feature. Everything looks and sounds just great!! I have it paired with a Panasonic BDT-220 BluRay player, a Sony XBR TV, and a Polk Audio Surround50 sound bar. Very pleased with my little home theater setup. It's just perfect for my small room.

    Pros: Ease of setup....easy GUI interface for settings....Easy to use..... great sound and picture from all sources!

    Cons: NONE


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
    THD in Stereo 0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 8 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 8 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 8 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth Built-in
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration DCAC
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible No
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 16-15/16
    Height (inches) 6-3/16
    Depth (inches) 13-7/16
    Weight (pounds) 20.0625
    Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output Yes
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 6
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port Y
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord IEC 3-prong

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network & Tuner Functions
    USB/iPod Functions
    Convenience Features
    Remote + Bluetooth Control

    Audio Features

    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 itself.
    • 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 all speakers.

    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.

    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 environment.

    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 2-channel.
    • 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 muted.

    Video Features

    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 (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    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 (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those features.

    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 RCA input.

    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 receiver.

    • 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 hardwired connection.

    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 files.

    Audio Format Sampling Rate Bit Rate
    Linear 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; Pandora, 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 name.

    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.

    USB/iPod Functions

    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) while connected.
    • 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 control.

    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
    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 available.

    Convenience Features

    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 amp's remote.

    • 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 connected components.

    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 receiver.
    • 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.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    6 questions already asked

    According to the material I read before buying it it is supposed to do 4k pass through. I do not have a 4k capable setup so I can not say for sure it works. [ SCOTT  May 18, 2015 ]
    Yes it does..if you hdmi switch your components [ JASON J  May 10, 2015 ]
    I have not tried to do that yet. [ THOMAS  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    I have not tried to do that yet. [ THOMAS  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    No, I haven't been able to do that. [ ANTHONY J  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    Eli Sorry, but I've only use this unit for one function of the time. I'm not sure if you can use this for two so I'm not able to answer your question. Mike [ MIKE  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    I want to use the usb connection to play MKV 7.1 movies. Right now i have to use a separate media player to be able to do this. I would like a receiver that has that ability built in. Most tv's and bluray players can play MKV movies using the usb connection but not in 7.1 sound. This receiver can play 7.1, can it play MKV files? [ Johnny  Nov 06, 2014 ]
    Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HDT Master Audio decoding, Pro Logic® IIz, and Digital Cinema Sound processing. Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for accurate and easy automatic speaker setup. Yes for 7.1 audio tracks folr movies. I use a Klipsch center channel and its awesome. Blu ray movies, you will see things you never saw before. Watching blu ray movies the bass in the center channel rivals the Sony sub woofer. [ MELVIN  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    Not sure I understand your question, but the only audio or video problem has come with playing VHS movies. i use an Klipsch center channel that gives excellent results. Playing a 1968 Miles Davis CD sounds better than I ever expected. Blu ray movies are great. Hope this may help. [ MELVIN  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    Yea [ LAWRENCE M  Oct 24, 2014 ]
    Yes, on the speaker outputs [ LAWRENCE M  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Yes. Go to the DETAILS tab and then click the in depth notes section. Where it lists Audio Features, scroll down to Audio Inputs/Outputs and you will find the following: 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. FYI, I used spade connectors and they work flawlessly. [ ANTHONY J  Oct 20, 2014 ]
    Yes [ JOSEPH F  Oct 20, 2014 ]
    thanks jay,appreciate the response. [ leslie  Oct 20, 2014 ]
    Yes [ JAY  Oct 20, 2014 ]
    Thanks Krissy, now it's going into Protection mode at 10% volume. Something seriously wrong and so disappointing. Will contact Sony on Monday. Thanks for your help. Ed [ Edward  May 18, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  May 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    Sorry, I live in a one bedroom apartment so I am not using the multi-room output at this time. I can say that I love this receiver and the airplay works flawlessly. It was worth every penny that I spent on it. [ Carl  Nov 18, 2013 ]