Network, USB, &Tuner Functions
ES (Elevated Standard) Series: The Sony STR-ZA1100ES
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.
- Every detail from the removable aluminum faceplate, to electronic
component selection, special 2nd generation ES solder, structural/chassis
elements, and even screw placement has been scrutinized and tuned in the
higher interest of reliably consistent sound performance.
- The STR-ZA1100ES offers improved structural
stability for better sound via the analog signal path. This circuit is located
on a glass epoxy board, in order to achieve higher speed and power.
- The receivers incorporate three powerful DSPs, which reduce noise and
provide clear sound localization and ambience. These processors are mounted,
together with a high-grade electrolytic capacitor, on the receiver's power
line to ensure an ample supply of clean power and optimal performance.
- To further enhance sound quality, this new Sony ES receiver utilizes
high capacity transformers with localized power supplies, low phase noise
precision crystal oscillators, and sonically tuned audio grade resistors.
Note: The STR-ZA1100ES 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-ZA1100ES AV
receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 90 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.
- 7.1Ch: The Sony STR-ZA1100ES provides 7.1ch surround in your main
listening area with dedicated Surround Back speakers. Allows you to enjoy
high-fidelity reproduction of Dolby Digital TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and
DTS-HD (High-Resolution Audio or Master Audio).
- 5.1.2Ch: A Dolby Atmos 5.1.2ch speaker configuration is based
upon a traditional 5.1ch speaker layout (Front, Center, Surround)
complemented by two Front Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
In this configuration, the receiver's Surround Back/Height amplifier
channels are used to power the Dolby Atmos speaker channels.
- 5.1Ch Bi-Amp: The Surround Back/Height speaker channels can be
reassigned and used along with the Front channels to bi-amp the front
speakers, providing improved bass & treble performance. When bi-amping the
front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.1ch speaker system in the main
room (no Surround Back or Height speakers).
- 5.1Ch + Zone 2: The receiver is able to power a 5.1ch speaker
system (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R) in the main listening area, while
powering Zone 2 speakers in a second room. Surround Back or Height
speakers are not available.
- 5.1Ch + Front B: With a 5.1ch home theater setup in the
main listening room, a second pair of front speakers for dedicated 2ch
music playback can be powered by the receiver's Surround Back/Height
D.C.A.C. EX with Speaker Relocation: The STR-ZA1100ES
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 -
- Checks the connection between each speaker and the receiver
- Measures the speaker sized and adjusts the speaker level
- Measure the EQ frequency and Phase characteristics of each speakers
- Measures the distance of each speaker from your seating position.
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,
|Multichannel Linear PCM ||8ch, 32-192kHz,
|DSD ||2ch, 2.8 MHz, 1-bit |
DTS, DTS ES,
DTS 96/24 |
|High Definition Audio Bitstream || Dolby Atmos,
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution |
| Optical/Coaxial ||2Ch Linear PCM ||2ch, 32-96kHz,
|Multichannel Linear PCM ||6ch, 32-96Hz,
DTS, DTS ES,
DTS 96/24 |
Immersive Surround Sound: The Sony STR-ZA1100ES AV receiver
goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats,
including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X.
- Dolby Atmos: With
Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead,
to fill your home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and
depth. The STR-ZA1100ES has the processing power to run a more enveloping
5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos layout utilizing ceiling mounted or Dolby Atmos-enabled
speakers (sold separately). A 5.1.2ch speaker configuration is based upon a
traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by 2 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled
- DTS:X: DTS:X will be enabled through an online firmware
update coming later this year.
DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio
technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement
of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape -
in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than
ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to
the speaker layout that best fits your space.
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.
- Dolby Surround:
Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your 2ch or
multichannel movie soundtracks using your existing 5.1ch, 7.1ch or Dolby
Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving
the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It
does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control
over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can
be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and
greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer
and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the
entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".
- DTS Neural:X: DTS Neural:X will be enabled through an
online firmware update coming later this year. DTS:X incorporates Neural:X,
the latest spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully
immersive output for all types of source content; this includes DTS
bitstreams and non-encoded (PCM) data. Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense
of immersive sound to your speaker layout regardless of the original source
- DTS Neo:6: DTS Neo:6 is an advanced matrix decoder that
takes any two-channel source (including television broadcasts, CDs and DVDs)
and expands it into five or six channels. It also provides separate,
optimized modes for stereo music materials and matrix surround motion
picture soundtracks. DTS Neo:6 brings you a more revealing sound from
ordinary stereo and a more expansive home cinema experience.
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
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
- In-Ceiling Speaker Mode: This feature will virtually relocate the
front and center in-ceiling speakers down to around the screen. That way, you'll
hear the actors' voices coming from the screen instead of the ceiling. This mode
also makes music sound more natural in a room with in-ceiling speakers.
- Phantom Surround Back: A new feature called Phantom Surround Back provides a 7.1
channel surround experience with a 5.1 channel speaker configuration.
Advanced Audio Settings: These advanced audio settings allow
you to tailor the sound to your source content, listening conditions, and your
- 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
- Sound Optimizer: The Sound Optimizer lets you enjoy
clear and dynamic sound at 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
- 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).
- Center Lift Up: By using front high speakers, you can
lift up the sounds of the center speaker to an appropriate height on the
screen, allowing you to enjoy a more natural representation.
- 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
- Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass &
treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The Sony STR-ZA1100ES offers a variety
of analog and digital audio inputs
- Analog Inputs: The STR-ZA1100ES is equipped with four
analog audio inputs which consist of stereo RCA jacks. There is no Phono
- 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. All of the digital audio jacks are compatible with 32 kHz, 44.1
kHz, 48 kHz, and 96 kHz sampling frequencies.
Speaker & Sub Outputs: The Sony STR-ZA1100ES is equipped
with binding post speaker outputs and dual subwoofer outputs.
- Binding Post Speaker Outputs: The receiver is equipped with binding
post terminals for all speaker channels. The binding post terminals will
accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (dual or single). Use
speakers with a 6- to 16-ohm impedance.
- Dual Sub Outputs: For compatibility with dual subwoofer home
theater systems, the STR-ZA1100ES features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs.
The same signal is output from each sub output.
Note: There is no headphone output jack on this receiver.
HDMI 2.0a: The receiver is equipped with five HDMI 2.0a
inputs 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 HDMI jacks.
- 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: 4K/60Hz pass-through allows the
Sony receiver to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass the
video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor.
- HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by all of the
receiver's HDMI jacks. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth
Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection
for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable
- HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range)
reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels,
bringing greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This
increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed
blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity
and detail. This receiver supports the HDR 10 format right out of
the box. It requires an already available firmware update for Dolby Vision and HLG.
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The receiver's HDMI jacks
support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4 color subsampling for more vibrant and lifelike
images, as well as YCbCr 4:2:2 and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling. With
4:4:4, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same
rate, resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate
for a video image with more total colors, plus greater color accuracy and
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard
delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total
visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as
the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only
35% of the total visual color spectrum.
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-ZA1100ES incorporates
Triluminos Color, Super Bit Mapping, & Deep Color technologies for perfect color
and smooth gradation.
- Triluminos Color: The Sony receiver incorporates Sony's
Triluminos Color technology to create a heightened sense of depth and
incredibly true, natural shades of colors. Hard-to-reproduce reds, aqua
blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and
seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better too, with natural skin tones.
- Super Bit Mapping: SBM (Super Bit Mapping) is a
function that processes and outputs a smooth gradation video signal from the
HDMI output jack.
- 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
Other HDMI Features: Other HDMI features of the Sony
STR-ZA1100ES receiver include ARC, HDMI Standby Pass-Through, AV Sync, and
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the
receiver's main HDMI monitor output 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.
- 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.
- AV 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 flat-panel TV. When activated, the delay can be adjusted from 0-300 ms or
set to Auto.
- 3D-Ready: The Sony AV receiver supports 3D video
pass-through (720p/1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games
and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be
connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D
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-ZA1100ES 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.
Network, USB, & Tuner Functions
Ethernet Port: The Sony STR-ZA1100ES is equipped with a single
Ethernet (RJ-45) port for Music Connect, custom integration, and web control.
- Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection
to the Internet is required.
- 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.
- LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for
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-ZA1100ES 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.
Remote Monitoring: The STR-ZA1100ES allows cloud-based monitoring of power
status, temperature and protect status through
ihiji, allowing integrators to
remotely monitor the health of the receiver.
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-ZA1100ES 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
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-ZA1100ES 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
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-ZA1100ES 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
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.
- Custom Preset 1 (Movie): Pressing the Custom Preset 1
button turns on the receiver and lets you access a video source (default
BD/DVD) with its saved soundfield (default HD-D.C.S).
- Custom Preset 2 (Music): Pressing the Custom Preset 2
button turns on the receiver and lets you access an audio source (default
SACD/CD) with its saved soundfield (default HD-D.C.S).
- Custom Preset 3 (Party): Pressing the Custom Preset 3
button turns the AV receiver's Zone 2 on automatically and simultaneously
plays the same music in Zone 2 as the main zone (regardless of source or
input); volume level will be the same in both Zone.
- Custom Preset 4 (Night): Pressing the Custom Preset 4
button turns the AV receiver's sleep timer function on for 30 minutes and
activates the receiver's Sound Optimizer.
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
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.
- One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a
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.
Control System Integration: The STR-ZA1100ES is controllable
over IP, includes 12V trigger output, RS-232C port, and IR input/outputs for more
- RS-232C Port: The STR-ZA1100ES includes an RS-232C port for
connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as
Crestron, Control 4, and Savant.
- IP Control: You can control this AV receiver from a web control
screen on your laptop, computer, tablet, or smartphone's web browser. The STR-ZA1100ES and your
web browser device must
be connected to the same home network.
- IR In/Outs: The Sony AV receiver is equipped with
one IR input and two IR outputs enabling you to operate
components connected to the receiver behind a closed door.
- 12V Trigger: The STR-ZA1100ES has a minijack output to
send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V