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4.8 based on 4 customer reviews

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Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Good

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4 Customer Reviews

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Superb AV Receiver but with limitations

STR-ZA1100ES 23/02/2018 by sandeepn (USA)

I have a 5.1.2(TM) speaker layout in my HT with a diverse blend of Atlantic Tech, Polk and Kef speakers. After testing several receivers (Denon AVR 4400, Marantz 5012, Yamaha A760, A1060, Onkyo RZ810), I finally decided to keep this unit, well, at least for now. Granted, with this receiver you choose to not have convenient features that come standard with all the latest receivers but I would make do with workarounds to keep my sensitive ears happy. DCAC Auto Calibration is short and perfect, measured and set all the speaker characteristics close to what I would prefer manually. This receiver has several great features but this review is to highlight what it does that stands apart. Music (multichannel): The sound processing implemented by this receiver is amazing! It is a perfect blend of lows, mids and highs. I could hear all the instruments without the need to crack up volume or use DSP (like Onkyo's THX loudness, Denon's auto volume and Yamaha's YPAO volume). I could add more details as to what's wrong with other receivers but that will be a blog post by itself. Music (neural:x, dsu): So far the best music upmixing I've heard. I prefer neural:x to DSU though. Movies (5.1/7.1/atmos/dts:x, direct/AFD): The receiver produces clean and powerful sound with good channel separation. There is no overlapping of sounds between R/L channels like Denons/Marantz. ATMOS 5.1 sounds better than DTS:X 5.1. I had to increase source level and surround levels to achieve HT sweet spot. Now comes the frustrating thing about this receiver or any recent Sony AVR. You CANNOT have both Atmos/DSU and DTS:X/neural:x decoding with TOP middle/rear/front speaker configuration. After painstakingly installing middle ceiling speakers, I realized dts:x or neural:x can be decoded or upmixed to 5.1.2 only with Front Height channels, or else it'll output to just 5.1. There is an option to switch between TM and FH speaker layout using receiver's web-browser configuration but there are no pre-outs to setup both FH and TM and use any one configuration at a time. Let's say you enjoyed a dolby atmos movie, next if you want play a DTS:x movie, you'd need to hook up FH speaker and re-calibrate the whole thing again. It is nothing but a marketing gimmick to trap customers. So, in short, PROS: - Clean, powerful sound with great channel separation. - Web interface to configure all the settings, including access to a virtual remote - DCAC is simple and short with best results - Speaker relocation modes and virtual surround back speaker mixed with surrounds CONS: - Completely thoughtless speaker layout options for atmos/dts:x. Pay more and get 2100ES with pre-outs - NO audio playback through USB port. When it's already there, why can't it be used for audio?

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Good

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Good

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Does the job

STRZA1100ES 06/01/2018 by BillMc (USA) Verified Purchaser Verified

So far, I'm very pleased with the STR ZA1100ES receiver. Basically, once it's set up, you have little to do. I put mine on AFD, which lets the receiver decide on the soundfield for whatever input I've selected. (I have a 7.1 speaker array.) I've listened to LPs, CDs, radio, TV, and movies via DVD, and been very pleased with the sound from all sources. I have an LED TV from a couple of years ago, and the video quality from this receiver is definitely enhanced over what I was seeing, so I'm very pleased with the video output as well.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Review of STR-ZA1100ES AVR

STRZA1100ES 18/11/2017 by Chinooky47 (USA) Verified Purchaser Verified

This AVR has everything except bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. But for an entry level receiver that does what it does it is fantastic. The setup and sound and video quality are excellant.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Good

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True Sound

STRZA1100ES 21/09/2017 by MFAB (USA) Verified Purchaser Verified

Once you get to experience the value of this receiver, you can experience the value of true sound.

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Excellent

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Average

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