Network, USB, &Tuner Functions
ES (Elevated Standard) Series: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES
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. Carefully
selected parts tuned for high-resolution sound with amazing clarity are combined
with technology developed specifically for the ES-line. The STR-ZA2000ES 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-ZA2000ES 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-ZA2000ES AV receiver is
equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 95 watts (into 6-ohms, at
20-20khz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's Surround
Back/Front Height amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type
of home theater setup.
- 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/Zone 2 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
- Zone 2: If you are only connecting a 5.2ch speaker
system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height/Front/Zone 2 channels as a
Zone 2 output, allowing you to place a pair of speakers in another room of
the house. Zone can be play the same source or a different source as your
- Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround Back/Front
Height/Front B/Zone 2 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.
Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) w/ A.P.M (Automatic
Phase Matching): The Sony STR-ZA2000ES is equipped with Advanced
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, check for
phase, 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 select between three auto calibration modes.
- Full Flat: Makes the measurement of frequency from each
- Engineer: Sets to "the Sony listening room standard"
- Front Reference: Adjusts the characteristics of all of
the speakers to match the characteristics of the front
- Off: No auto calibration is applied.
Note: 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-ZA2000ES 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
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the AV 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.
- For Movies:
- Dynamic: This setting is suitable for an
environment which is reverberant but lacks a spacious feel (where sound
absorption is not sufficient). It emphasizes the reflection of sound and
reproduces the sound of a large, classic movie theater. This emphasizes
the spacious feel of a dubbing theater and creates a unique acoustic
- Theater: This setting is suitable for a general
living room. It reproduces the reverberation of sound just like in a
movie theater (dubbing theater). It is most appropriate for watching
content recorded on a Blu-ray Disc when you want the atmosphere of a
- Studio: This setting is suitable for a living room
with the appropriate sound devices. It reproduces the reverberation of
sound provided when a theatrical sound source is remixed for a Blu-ray
Disc to a volume level suitable for home use. The level of reflection
and reverberation of sound is kept to a minimum, while dialogues and
surround effects are reproduced vividly.
- For Music:
- Berlin Philharmonic: Reproduces the sound
characteristics of the Berlin Philharmonic Hall
- Concertgebouw Amsterdam: Reproduces the sound
characteristics produced by the reflectivity of a concert hall in
Amsterdam, Netherlands that features a large sound stage.
- Musikverein Vienna: Reproduces the sound
characteristics of a concert hall in Vienna, Austria that features a
resonant and unique reverberative sound.
- Jazz Club: Reproduces the acoustics of a jazz club.
- Live Concert: Reproduces the acoustics of a
300-seat live house.
- Stadium: Reproduces the feel of a large open-air
- Sports: Reproduces the feel of sports broadcasting.
- Portable Audio: Reproduces clear enhanced sound
from your portable audio device. This mode is ideal for MP3s and other
Direct Modes: The Sony AV receiver offers two Direct audio
modes for higher fidelity sound.
- 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
- Pure Direct: 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.
In-Ceiling Speaker Mode: Sony has developed a new special sound mode
for in-ceiling speaker installation. 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.
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).
- Auto Volume: Auto Volume adjust 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.
- 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.
- Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass &
treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES 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. All of the digital audio jacks are compatible with 32 kHz, 44.1
kHz, 48 kHz, and 96 kHz sampling frequencies.
- 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 AVR-X1100W features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs.
The same signal is output from each sub output.
HDMI 2.0: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES is equipped with six HDMI
v.2.0 inputs (5 rear/1 front) for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video
component; such as your satellite/cable receiver, Blu-ray/DVD player, and game
system. In addition, there are two HDMI v.2.0 monitor outputs (HDMI 1 is ARC capable) that
feed audio/video signals to up to two TVs. The dual HDMI outputs can
simultaneously output the same audio/video signal to two TVs or you can assign
the second HDMI output to Zone 2 to display a different HDMI source in another
room (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs). The receiver's HDMI v.2.0 jacks are
compatible with 4K/60Hz and 1080p video, 3D video signals, Deep Color &
x.v.Color technology; as well as LipSync, ARC, and HDMI control.
- 4K/60Hz + HDCP 2.2: 4K/60Hz Pass Through allows the
Sony STR-ZA2000ES to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass
the video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor. One of
the six HDMI inputs (HDMI 2) and one of the HDMI outputs (A) also support HDCP 2.2 which ensures compatibility with
the latest ultra high resolution video formats from online and broadcast
providers, as well as 4K Blu-ray discs.
- 3D-Ready: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES 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.
- Deep/x.v.Color Support: The Sony AV receiver also
supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color
range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike,
- 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 ms or
set to Auto.
- 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.
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) 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 are also upscaled to 4K. The HDMI
Zone 2 output does not support upscaling.
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.
Triluminos Color: The ES 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.
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.
Analog Video Inputs: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES features two
component video inputs and a component video monitor output. These jacks feature
an 80 MHz bandwidth, making them capable of passing 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.
Network, USB, & Tuner Functions
Ethernet Port: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES is equipped with a single
Ethernet (RJ-45) port for custom integration & 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.
Web Control: You can control this A/V receiver from a web
control screen on your Windows PC's web browser. The Sony STR-ZA2000ES and your
PC 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.
Front-Panel USB Port: The receiver's front-panel USB port is
used for service & firmware updates only.
AM/FM Tuner: The STR-ZA2000ES 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
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 5-panel "activity
based" on-screen menu. The STR-ZA2000ES 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
Multi-Source/Multi-Zone: The Sony STR-ZA2000ES AV receiver
allows you to configure a multi-zone audio/video system for your home. The
multi-zone configuration feature enables you to set this unit to reproduce
separate input sources in the main zone (audio/video), second zone
(audio/video), and third zone (audio only).
- Zone 2: Zone 2 consists of Speaker-Level/Line-Level
outputs, a Composite video output, and a HDMI output for playback of a
variety of audio/video content in a second room of your home.
- 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-ZA2000ES 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.
- 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
receiver cannot output a different analog signal to HDMI Zone 2 while an
analog signal of the main zone is being output from the receiver's HDMI
Monitor Output. 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
- 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.
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
Dimmer + Sleep Timer: You can adjust the brightness of the display in 3
steps; Dim Max, Dim Mid, and Dim Off. 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.
Remote + Bravia Sync: 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. Sony's Bravia 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
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-ZA2000ES is controllable
over IP, includes 12V trigger output, RS-232C port, and IR input/outputs for more
- RS-232C Port: The STR-ZA2000ES includes an RS-232C port for
connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as
AMX and Crestron.
- IP Control: You can control this AV receiver from a web control
screen on your Windows PC's web browser. The STR-ZA2000ES and your PC must
be connected to the same home network.
- IR Input/Outputs: 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-ZA2000ES has a minijack output to
send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V