The chassis of the ES model has been fundamentally revised: the overall thickness has been increased for improved rigidity, and the structures of the transformer base and other weight-bearing parts have also been redesigned to improve the instantaneous power and crispness of the sound, when compared to a conventional chassis.
Designed with an offset screw position to both eliminate the resonance point and avoid frequency-specific, vibration-inducing resonance transmission to and from the transformer, the foot also contains additional ribs for increased rigidity and improved resonance control.
The new digital section enables all signal processing to be performed on a single chip while also providing lower impedance, increased capacitance, and better stability.
Digital PCM signal input is processed at 32-bit and converted to analogue by the DAC, while DSD signal input during direct mode is natively input to the DAC and converted to an analog signal.
The DAC analogue power supply uses a low-noise power supply IC to ensure that hi-fidelity performance is achieved
New DAC analogue output filter circuit was designed utilizing a JFET and op-amp improvement in noise floor. The phase rotation was shifted to a higher frequency, expanding the bandwidth and improving sound clarity for wide-bandwidth sources like high-resolution audio.
A Sony-exclusive integrated circuit was developed to improve all amplification function on the STR-AZ3000ES. The pre-amp is independently connected to each individual amplifier channel, improving channel separation and reducing internal interference over more traditional cascading designs.
Metal ES-grade frames both secure the circuit board and protect it from vibration caused by speaker sound pressure. The varying fin length of the integrated heat sink reduces audible resonance uniformity while also shielding delicate circuitry from noise.
Applying years of sound engineering and testing experience, Sony has developed an ES-grade solder. A high-purity tin base combines with small amounts of specially chosen metal elements for a unique alloy mix that enables a quality signal and exceptional sound.
The special resistance materials and structure, pure copper has been used in the electrodes to achieve high volumes of data with rich, vivid audio quality.
Enjoy the latest HDMI technology with support for 8K & 4K/120 video sources.1, 4 Equipped with four 8K HDMI inputs and two outputs the STR-AZ3000ES is capable of delivering the most stunning picture quality and amazing clarity.
While enabling higher-quality video output and reduced latency from input devices like game consoles, HDMI 2.1 also provides support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).3, 4
Enjoy dynamic, realistic picture quality with support for the leading HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced.6, 8, 9
With support for Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Speaker Virtualization, DTS:X®, and DTS Virtual: X the STR-AZ3000ES delivers a truly elevated object-based surround-sound experience.
Experience true immersion. Sony’s exclusive 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology reproduces a physical sound field that can adapt to your environment and create an experience that feels like a movie theatre or concert hall.
A new technology developed by Sony, Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX precisely corrects the distance, angle, sound pressure, and frequency response of each speaker that’s connected to the STR-AZ3000ES to create the ideal sound field for any home theatre setup.
Enjoy music the way the artists truly intended with High-Resolution Audio for crystal-clear precision or discover a new way of listening with 360 Reality Audio for a truly immersive live concert or studio session experience. With the STR-AZ3000ES, your music comes to life like never before.
Listen to all your favourite tracks. The STR-AZ3000ES supports audio streaming via Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay®.
From the SONOS app you will be able to turn on your A/V receiver, switch to the designated input source for playback, and control the volume of your A/V receiver.5, 6
Connect to your home’s other devices, and use voice control to operate your receiver with Google Assistant.
Using AI-based technology, DSEE Ultimate accurately upscales audio to near-high-resolution sound quality.
Using the front-mounted USB, you can easily apply system updates, and during setup, save all receiver settings to a flash drive for backing up and porting over to another unit to replicate settings.
Equipped with three 12-volt triggers for external peripherals, amplifiers, and more.
Three IR repeaters (1-in, 2-out) for external device control
Installing the STR-AZ3000ES is easy. Setup can be performed either via the front panel or through the onscreen Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Ping button for easy IP recall on front panel of receiver.
RS232C port for control system configuration.