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Wonderful receiver loaded with options. This is my third ES receiver over the years. Paired well with my Polk 350 Blackstone TL350 Speakers.
Item # 158ZA810ES | MFR # 12555476
Price Break: -$100.00
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The Sony STR-ZA810ES combines cutting-edge home theater with flexible configurability and easy control. This feature-packed, installation-friendly receiver is a great match for the latest 4K TVs and Blu-ray players. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding delivers 360-degree surround sound for a lifelike movie experience in your living room.
Enjoy convenient control with your phone or tablet. Sony's SongPal app is a free download for your Apple® or Android™ device. And if you have a Google Home voice controller, you can use it for hands-free control of music playback and volume.
The STR-ZA810ES gives you all kinds of wireless listening choices. Chromecast built-in lets you use your phone, tablet, or computer to stream music from over 100 audio apps to the receiver. Apple AirPlay lets you stream from a compatible iOS® device, and Bluetooth adds even more wireless music options. Plus, you can stream audio from the receiver to a set of Bluetooth headphones — great for late-night listening.
The STR-ZA810ES has connections for nine speakers, and can power up to seven speakers at once. You can set up a standard 7.2-channel surround sound system, or you can reassign the surround back channels to be used as height channels in a Dolby Atmos system. You can also use these channels to power a second pair of front "B" speakers, or to bi-amp your main front speakers for more powerful sound. Powered Zone 2 outputs let you set up a stereo system in another room. Choosing one of these options gives you 5.2-channel surround sound in your home theater.
Special processing lets you take full advantage of the STR-ZA810ES's flexible features. The receiver's Phantom Surround Back speaker setting replicates the sound of rear speakers for 7-channel sound from a 5-speaker setup.
Wonderful receiver loaded with options. This is my third ES receiver over the years. Paired well with my Polk 350 Blackstone TL350 Speakers.
Adam, Andover, MN
Average Customer Review(s):
Wonderful receiver loaded with options. This is my third ES receiver over the years. Paired well with my Polk 350 Blackstone TL350 Speakers.
Probably the 40th Sony product I have purchased since 1980...they never disappoint. This 4K receiver is paired with my Sony 4K Television and 4K disc player and it's perfect. Legendary Crutchfield service and I'm a happy camper!
Great Sound and quality
The unit is easy to set up and I feel it is very powerful. I went with the Sony partly because of the name and the fact that I have had lots of Sony products over the years and I can't remember one single product failure. Can't say the same for other brands. I feel that the way it sets up the speaker configuration using the microphone is extremely accurate. I am pretty impressed with this unit overall. The Crutchfield people are very helpful as well...great experience!
Pros: Solid Sony quality Lots of power Easy to set up
Cons: None so far...
Great receiver for your home theatre sound. If you have a Sony TV just sit back and this receiver will do all the work. The set up could not be any easier, so don't worry about matching your speakers to calculate as this receiver does it for you. If you have any hesitation it is nice to know that Crutchfield has great technical support to walk you thru any question. 4K pass thru is nice and clear. The sound has no distortion and it easily handles my 5.1.1 set up 2 front 1 sub 2 rear 2 Atmos speakers has all the HDMI you could need so go ahead and get this receiver, with a 5 year warranty it is almost a no brainer. Thank you Cody for the sound advice.
Pros: true 4k flow GUI is so easy Clean sound at all levels
Cons: It might be me, but if you want Dolby surround you have to always set it as it is NOT the default for sound.
Excellent receiver at great price(1080 upgrade). Superb sound quality!
Upgraded to an LG OLED65C7P flat screen, and my older Sony "ES" receiver also needed to be replaced. I too, had ordered the STR-DN1080. Crutchfield customer service kept me informed about the slipping delivery date for the "1080". So, when they offer the STR-ZA810ES to be delivered before Christmas, I was grateful for the offer. The sound field set-up, using the provided microphone was very easy and the resulting sound from my 5.1 room speakers was terrific. The number of HDMI inputs is more than I could ask for. I have not used the ARC feature, and run all connections to the receiver, with one HDMI cable to the flat screen. I've plugged in a Roku Streaming Stick +, and it works flawlessly with the receiver. The Roku has allowed me to stream Sirius XM radio through the receiver, providing another option beyond my Sonos room speakers. I've also been AirPlay streaming my iTune library through the receiver. Easy of use and sound quality is top notch.
Pros: Works with Apple AirPlay. Easy sound field calibration. 5 year warranty.
Cons: None, that I can think of.
This receiver sounds great with my Polk speakers. Replaced a sound bar for my TV. Worth every penny. The sound is orders of magnitude better. Could use a better instruction manual to help the tech impaired. As usual the Crutchfield pricing and service were the best.
Crutchfield has great customer service! I ordered the STR-DN1080 for Christmas and it was going to be delayed, so they offered a free upgrade to the STR-ZA810ES, which has all the same features but with higher quality build and longer 5-year warranty. So far it is working perfectly and looks and sounds great. Even if it didn't, the Crutchfield return policy allows plenty of time to try it out and return if necessary. Thanks Crutchfield!
This receiver replaced an older Yamaha, and it is super easy to setup, sounds fantastic, has easy to use menus, and has built-in Bluetooth that can be used as a source for Zone 2 - the old Yamaha couldn't use digital inputs for the second zone.
Pros: Bluetooth, wide variety of sources for zone 2, great sound quality
I recently purchased the Sony STR-DN 1080 while on back order, but I was upgraded to the Sony STR-ZA810ES for no extra charge. Now that is some great customer service! The receiver has a ton of features, and it syncs well with my Sony TV and Blu-ray player. It comes with a five year warranty also.
Pros: Lots of features, lots of ins/outs, Bravia Sync, ability to biamp front speakers, five year warranty.
Upgraded to a 4k x930d, so my str-da5500es (which I love) needed an upgrade. Looked at several "high end" receivers za5000es, Yamaha Aventage line, Onkyo, Denon etc. I went with the za810es primarily because of it's well rounded features and at Cyber Monday price. I don't need the Ethernet hub in my receiver but blutooth, airplay, Spotify and chromecast all built in work great, no more extras to plug in just to connect to the receiver. I do enjoy variety, the more option's on the back of the receiver the better, this one seemed pretty barren to me but really there are more connections than I needed or am using. So here's my setup; x930d ubp-x800 hopper3 xbox one x apple tv bose front and center speakers 8ohm boston acoustic surround and surround back 8ohm Yamaha active sub (yes my speakers are the next to upgrade) I connect all components using hdmi into receiver and tv into hdmi with arc (works perfectly). Easy setup, auto calibration worked incredibly well, phase matched the speakers no problem and set the crossover frequency on the first attempt. Already happy with my purchase as my older receiver never quite got the auto calibration right. Network setup was next and it was even easier of course once connected there's an update, 30 minutes later I begin checking all of my imputs and setting them to my taste. Hopper3 hd/sd looks just like they did plugged directly into tv, set audio to neural:x (which is DTS:X) all 7.1 speakers firing and the
Pros: Price DTS:X 4K HDR Dolby Atmos Dolby Vision Connect everything with HDMI ARC
Cons: None at this price for what you get
Very easy to use. Outstanding quality as all Sony products. Love the Wireless/Bluetooh/NFC features. Works perfectly with my Definitive Technology front and center channel speakers, in-ceiling Yamaha surrounds and Acoustech PL-200 sub.
Pros: Great features Supports Atmos
Atmos, check; 7.1 working on initial setup, check; size fits in the small space (IKEA cabinet) used by my old 5.1 stereo in a box, check; reasonable app, check; pass through and ARC working as designed (better than expected, check; Apple airplay, check; Whole house mode, promising but not ready to test. I sold myself on the Onkyo 767 ... then the 810 ... I learned the 767 did not advertise a whole house mode and there was no other stereo for me.... it had my whole house mode and would run my in wall, in ceiling speakers plus center and sub(s). It is intended to be a home theater OR multi room, single source party audio... THEN I measured the space and realized the Onkyos were 1-2" bigger than the cabinet before connections... Now enter the Sony 1080, everything met the criteria, for the same price, but obviously a little less than anticipated Onkyo 810 results... but it meets my needs... then enter the Sony 810ES (extra special). Longer warranty, better components, $100 more... done. The ARC when on and pass through when off works perfect for my entertainment setup. AppleTV attached to the wall mounted tv, cable pass through, blue ray and games in the stereo... not what I wanted, everything I was looking for and more... Thank you Sony for fulfilling my wants and size restrictions.
Pros: Atmos, surround, multi room, small(er) size, powerful and app enabled
Cons: None yet. Maybe price, but not really.
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||90|
|THD in Stereo||0.09 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|Minimum Impedance L/R||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Center||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Surround||6 ohms|
|Apple AirPlay||Built in|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||No|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||DCAC EX|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||Yes|
|HDR-compatible||HDR10, Dolby Vision (FW), HLG|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|4K Video Upscaling||Yes|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||Yes|
|Dolby Digital||DD, TrueHD, DD+, EX|
|DTS||DTS, HD, HDMA, ES, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||None|
|Optical Digital Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||2|
|Discrete Subwoofer Outputs||No|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||No|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|USB Connections||1 Front|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
ES (Elevated Standard) Series: The Sony STR-ZA810ES AV receiver is part of Sony's ES (Elevated Standard) line-up. The AV receiver's incredible sound quality comes from care and craftsmanship with the ultimate goal of creating powerful sound while eliminating distortion.
Note: The Sony ES receiver 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 Discrete Amplifier: The Sony STR-ZA810ES 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). For greater stability and output power a glass-epoxy circuit board is used. Unlike cheaper resin boards, internal vibrations are reduced for less distortion, just clear high power from each of the discrete amplifiers. The AV receiver's Surround Back/Height amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate a variety of home theater setups.
DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) EX w/ APM (Automatic Phase Matching): The Sony STR-ZA810ES is equipped with DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) EX 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.
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker settings.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: 3 powerful DSP (digital signal processors) support the latest 3D surround sound formats, ensuring the highest accuracy in signal decoding. The AV receiver supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||8ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|DSD||2ch, 2.8 MHz, 1-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|High Definition Audio Bitstream||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution|
|Optical/Coaxial||2Ch Linear PCM||2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Multichannel Linear PCM||6ch, 32-96Hz, 16/20/24-bit|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
Immersive Surround Sound: The Sony STR-ZA810ES AV receiver goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats - including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS:X, and DTS Neural:X.
Direct Stream Digital (DSD): Enjoy studio-quality sound thanks to the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio codec; designed specifically for High-Resolution Audio. This 1-bit format utilizes a stream of very high frequency 1s and 0s to recreate audio waveforms at a higher resolution than conventional codecs. The result is clearer, crisper, High-Resolution Audio quality. The STR-ZA810ES supports DSD 2.8/5.6MHz (2ch) decoding thru USB & DLNA, as well as DSD 2.8/5.6MHz (up to 5.1ch) decoding thru HDMI.
Direct & Headphone Modes: The Sony AV receiver offers two Direct audio modes and a Headphone 2ch for higher fidelity sound.
Audio Enhancements: The Sony STR-ZA810ES incorporates many different types of audio technologies to help your system sound its best whether you are enjoying high-resolution or compressed audio files.
Flexible Speaker Solutions: Sony's flexible speaker solutions "relocate" sound to simulate the optimal position and angle for the best audio experience, working around any physical space restrictions. The Sony STR-ZA810ES offers several unique flexible speakers solutions when you can't accommodate a conventional 5.2ch or 7.2ch speaker setup in your room.
Center Lift Up & DTS:X Dialog Control: The Center Life Up feature reproduces a natural sound that feels more authentic by lifting the sound from the center speaker up to the height of the screen. The DTS:X Dialog Control function adjusts the dialog levels over background sound during playback of a DTS:X soundtrack.
Audio Outputs: The Sony STR-ZA810ES is fitted with the following audio outputs.
HDMI 2.0a: The receiver is equipped with six HDMI 2.0a inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video component; such as your satellite/cable receiver, Blu-ray/DVD player, and game system. The receiver's HDMI 2.0a jacks are compatible with 4K/60Hz video, HDR (High Dynamic Range), 4:4:4 color subsampling (not front-panel), BT.2020 video, & HDCP 2.2.
Note: The HDMI In and HDMI Out jacks (except the HDMI 1 Input) support bandwidth up to 18 Gbps. The HDMI 1 Input jack only supports bandwidth up to 9 Gbps.
Dual HDMI Outputs: There are two HDMI 2.0a outputs 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. Or you can setup the second HDMI output as a Zone 2 output, so you can view a different audio/video source in another room of your home (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).
1080p to 4K Upscale for HDMI: The Sony AV receiver's HDMI upscale function improves image quality of 1080p high-def sources to ultra-HD 4K. You can upscale 1080p HDMI input video signals to 4K and output them through the main HDMI monitor output jack of the receiver. The HDMI B/Zone output does not support upscaling.
Color Technologies: The Sony STR-ZA810ES incorporates Triluminos Color & Deep Color technologies for perfect color and smooth gradation.
Other HDMI Features: Other HDMI features of the Sony STR-ZA810ES receiver include ARC, HDMI Standby Pass-Through, AV Sync, and 3D video.
Composite Video: The Sony receiver offers two composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output that support up to 480i video. The composite video inputs must be out through the receiver's composite video monitor output (there is no HDMI upconversion).
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony STR-ZA810ES AV 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 AV receiver to your home network you are able to stream select online music services from Google Cast and audio files stored on your window-based PC to your home audio system. The Sony AV 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.
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.
Chromecast Built-In: Chromecast built-in lets you instantly stream a variety of music apps from your Apple (iOS 7.0+) or Android (OS 2.3+) mobile device to the Sony AV receiver. Chromecast built-in works over WiFi and allows you to connect more than one device at a time to the AV receiver, as well as control what's playing from anywhere in the house with your compatible mobile device.
Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Sony AV receiver from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.3.3+), or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your PC or Mac to the Sony STR-ZA810ES, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote app 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).
DLNA Certified: The Sony STR-ZA810ES is DLNA certified. By connecting the Sony STR-ZA810ES to your home's network, you can listen to variety of compressed & hi-res music files and view still-image files on your Windows PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server through the receiver and your home entertainment system. It can recognize up to a total of 999 network files/folders. Compatible music & photo files include -
FM Tuner: The STR-ZA810ES has 30 presets FM radio stations. In addition to preset and auto tuning, stations can be tuned directly by frequency. Each preset station can be given an 8 character name. There is no AM tuner on this receiver.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony STR-ZA810ES AV receiver features built-in Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP 1.2 & AVRCP 1.5) for wireless audio streaming and control. The STR-ZA810ES can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones.
Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of compressed & hi-res music files and still-image files from a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The receiver can recognize up to 500 total files/folders. You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music or photo files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music & photo files include -
Note: The receiver's USB port is not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
Zone 2: Zone 2 features line-level and speaker-level outputs. Zone 2 can be powered by a separate amplifier (keeping 7.1ch playback in your main room) or by the STR-ZA810ES's built-in amplifier (limiting the main room to 5.1ch). 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 Zone: The Sony AV receiver provides a HDMI Zone output, so two different HDMI audio/video input feeds can be sent to two different displays at the same time directly from the receiver. The HDMI Zone will also output 2ch audio signals (multi-channel audio is downmixed) for the HDMI input source selected, while maintain multichannel audio in the main zone (if you select the same HDMI source in the Main Zone and the HDMI Zone, then both zones will be limited to 2ch). If you connect TVs that have different resolutions in the Main Zone and HDMI Zone, but select the same HDMI input for both zones, the video signals output to each TV are limited to the lower resolution TV.
Wireless Multiroom Audio: The STR-ZA810ES AV receiver also supports wireless multiroom audio streaming via Sony's Music Center app (previously called SongPal Link). With the Sony Music Center app on your Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android OS 4.4+ device, you can link multiple Sony Music Center & SongPal compatible devices (sold separately) together to create zones, allowing you to stream the same or different audio sources from the app to multiple rooms throughout your house over your home's WiFi network. Compatible music sources include -
Note: Bluetooth, AirPlay, & DSD audio are not supported by the receiver's wireless multiroom audio feature.
Chromecast Built-in Multiroom: Using the Google Home app for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast Built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song from a compatible Chromecast music app throughout your house at the same time. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast compatible phone or tablet to cast music to you system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
Google Home Voice Commands: With the Google Home voice-activated speaker (8064658762, sold separately) and the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.2+), you can use your voice to control select functions of the Sony AV receiver. With a simple voice command, you can play music from Chromecast compatible music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity. You can also turn up the volume, skip to the next track, or stop the music - all without lifting a finger.
Remote Apps: The Sony STR-ZA810ES offers remote control from your Apple iOS or Android device via Sony's Music Center (formerly called SongPal) or Video & TV SideView apps.
IR Remote w/ Bravia Sync: The supplied IR 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 Sony televisions and Sony HDMI audio/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.
Control System Integration: The STR-ZA810ES is controllable over IP, includes RS-232C port, and offers an IR input/output for more installation options.
Advanced On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Wizard (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. You can easily access and manage your input devices and settings with this intuitive 6-panel "activity based" on-screen menu. The STR-ZA810ES on-screen, set-up wizard will take you through everything you need to create and control your home theater experience. The on-screen menu is only available from the receiver's HDMI output. If your TV is connected to the composite video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.
Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel display.
Custom Presets: The Sony AV receiver features four Custom Presets that are accessible through the on-screen menu. Selecting a Custom Preset will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of a source input; such as powering on the receiver, switching to the appropriate source input, and recalling the selected DSP surround mode. The presets are pre-configured, but can also be manually reconfigured to your preference. Customer Preset 1 & 2 have dedicated buttons on the remote control for even quicker access.
Input Mode & Name: When you connect components to both digital and analog audio input jacks on the receiver, you can fix the audio input mode to either of them, or switch from one to the other, depending on the type of material you intend to watch. You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for each of the receiver's inputs (except Tuner) and display the name on its display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks with the names of your connected components.
Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch to standby mode automatically after 20 minutes when you do not operate the receiver or when there is no signal input to the receiver. The unit may also be set to automatically turn off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Software Update: By downloading the latest version of software from Sony, you can take advantage of the newest functions. The receiver accesses the Sony server to update the software through its network connection. Visit the Sony eSupport website for the latest software updates.
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I chose the Sony STR-ZA810ES in hopes that the "HDMI ON" feature will work properly with my Sony TV, model XBR-65X900E. I currently use a new Yamaha AV receiver, model RX-A1070 with this TV. Unfortunately, the HDMI ON feature does not work properly. It tends to change the input randomly to AUDIO1. When that happens I have to pick up the Yamaha remote and switch the input back to AV2, that is where my Directv box is connected. I had the same problem with the Yamaha RX-A770. [ G Mar 05, 2018 ]
It had more than enough options. Most I need now and some I might need later. [ RANDY R Feb 13, 2018 ]
I love the sound and quality of the Sony ES line. [ Jackie Jan 15, 2018 ]
replacement for old Sony ES Receiver [ Cathy Dec 12, 2017 ]
My Sony ES system is 20 years old and I need HDMI connections. Extremely satisfied with Sony ES products [ James Nov 27, 2017 ]
Upgrade my system which is mostly Sony-based. Has all recent video/audio formats/standards including Atmos. It is a better built with somewhat better specs than the similar $120-cheaper Sony STR-DN1080 which has excellent reviews. [ Aviezer Nov 09, 2017 ]
hi res audio, 4k video, usb front input to play audio files, es quality [ james Oct 22, 2017 ]
Upgrade to receiver with Zone 2 capability. [ Donald Sep 24, 2017 ]
It has good reviews and I needed a Sony to go with speakers that are already installed in the house I have purchased. I wanted to buy from a small business vs. buying it for the same price from Amazon. Thanks for the option! I also read your customer service is excellent! [ Brenda Jul 12, 2017 ]
Good selection vs. other available receivers [ Jimmy Jun 16, 2017 ]
4K video capable; ES quality; good experience with Sony ES receiver in the past [ Jens Jun 11, 2017 ]
I really wanted this to match my new Google Home, so I can integrate my home network. [ Jack Jun 08, 2017 ]
On sale in the catalog [ Jeff Jun 04, 2017 ]
Sony ES quality and dual zone/dual HDMI support. Great value. [ Brian Jun 01, 2017 ]
To have Great Sound in my Motor Home [ ANTHONY F May 20, 2017 ]
Your choice; just go to sound field and select what sounds best for you. Should not default to multi-channel. Dolby surround works for me. [ JONATHAN A Apr 04, 2018 ]
Always use Dolby. It will show you that it is a Dolby Digital signal and then the screen will scroll how many channels, which is why you see Multi-channel 7.1 or 7.2 depending on your speaker setup. I use Dolby Atmos. When I am sending a Dolby Atmos signal it will say Dolby Atmos and then 7.1 Multi Channel. [ Jack Apr 04, 2018 ]
With my system I prefer multi channel for sports and dolby surround for movies. But it seems different video services(cable or stream) have different audio output levels, thus high quality services have the best sound. [ Bryan Apr 04, 2018 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Feb 07, 2018 ] Staff
I believe this is referring to the "Phantom Surround Back" setting which replicates the immersive sound of physical Surround Back speakers. This does not provide the ability to connect two additional speakers to your system; it simply allows customers to enjoy a 7 channel surround sound experience with only a 5 channel speaker system. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry Nov 16, 2017 ] Staff
I found on Sony's site that they have a firmware update for the STR-ZA810ES receiver (released on 9/27/17) which offers the following improvements from the previous version: -Adds support for Dolby Vision pass through -Adds support for Multi-room Group Sync -Enables a feature to allow for future maintenance in the Spotify Connect app I couldn't find anything pertaining to HLG or "Dolby Vision 5" though. For more details on that, or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000). Thanks! [ Larry Oct 19, 2017 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny May 27, 2017 ] Staff
The Sony does not offer the ability to control your lights and blinds but, you can control it and just about any other networkable products in your home with a system like "Simple Control": https://www.crutchfield.com/p_233SCRB110/Simple-Control-Simple-System.html?tp=75186 For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact the Crutchfield A/V Design Group: https://www.crutchfield.com/Institutional/diy.aspx [ Ryan May 31, 2017 ] Staff
I'm not sure what you mean by automation, not being much of a techie. I set mine up over the weekend and it went well, very easy, but don't bother with the manual beyond the first two pages. I set everything viewing on the TV screen. I ran the sound calibration process with the device that is included but then adjusted some of the settings to my taste and this will be ongoing for a time. The unit does switch between TV sound and surround and sounds really good at low volume (my neighbor has a newborn). [ Steven H May 30, 2017 ]
Per Sony, YES pursuant to Fall (2017) update: Latest HDR standard such as HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and Dolby Vision are supported. [ J. Oct 19, 2017 ]
No. The Sony STR-ZA810ES supports the HDR 10 format only. [ Ryan May 25, 2017 ] Staff
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