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Old 02-07-23, 07:55 PM
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Sony Refreshes ES Series AV Receiver Lineup with First 8K Models

Bob Ankosko | Feb 1, 2023








Sony announced five new AV receivers, four in its upscale ES series, at a press meeting today in Austin, Texas. The models are the brandís first to support 8K video and 4K with a 120Hz refresh rate in addition to the latest version of Sonyís 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology, which places multiple phantom speakers around the listening space to create a more immersive experience. All models are available for presale with shipments expected in the spring.Prices range from $900 for the 7.2-channel non-ES STR-AN1000 (shown below) to $3,300 for the 150-watt 13.2 channel STR-AZ7000ES ES series flagship (opening photo). Other new ES models include the 130-watt 11.2-channel STR-AZ5000ES ($2,100), 120-watt 9.2-channel STR-AZ3000ES ($1,700), and 100-watt 7.2-channel STR-AZ1000ES ($1,100).

The non-ES STR-AN1000 will be sold through Sony, Amazon, Best Buy and other authorized retailers, while ES models will be available only through Sony and custom installation professionals.

All models have dedicated 8K inputs and support Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and HLG high dynamic range (HDR), HDMI 2.1, and are equipped to process Dolby Atmos, DTS:X immersive surround sound with ES models adding an IMAX Enhanced mode. Gaming support incudes variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM). The receivers also pass Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode through to compatible Sony Bravia TVs for an improved gaming experience on the PlayStation 5.

On the audio side, all models supporting wireless hi-res audio, native DSD playback with no conversion, and include the Works with Sonos feature for easy integration with Sonos systems. The receivers also support Bluetooth streaming and are compatible with Spotify Connect, Chromecast, and Apple Airplay 2.



ES stands for Elevated Standard and dates back to 1965 with the introduction of the TA-1120, the first all-silicon transistorized stereo integrated amplifier. The new ES series is designed with custom installation in mind and said to offer optimized configurability, flexible connectivity, and streamlined IP control compatibility with top home-control systems, including Control4, Crestron, and others. ES models also feature a new 32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a large capacitor power transformer, thicker, more robust sides and bottom on the top three models, and a new ďframe beam base (FBB) chassisĒ for the audio amplifiers thatís said to lower distortion.

Sonyís 360 Spatial Sound Mapping is compatible with passive speakers and compatible wireless surround speakers from Sony and works in conjunction with the companyís Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX (D.C.A.C. IX) system, which compensates for less-than-ideal speaker placement by measuring the speaker positions in 3D using the supplied calibration microphone and then correcting the distance, angle, sound pressure, and frequency response of each speaker in addition to automatically aligning the phase of different speakers.

When any of the receivers are connected to a Sony Bravia XR TV with Acoustic Center Sync, audio from the TV is combined with the audio from the center speaker, which is said to improve the onscreen placement of dialogue as well as its intelligibility. The receivers also integrate seamlessly with the Bravia Quick Settings menu, expanding the functionality of the TVís remote control.

Watch for a report with our first impressions. For more information visit sony.premiumhome.com.
Been reading up on these and watching a few reviews online. Based on what's been said, I ditched my plans to get the Onkyo TX-RZ50 and will instead get the Sony STR-AZ7000ES. What's been said about their 360 Spacial Sound Mapping is what made my mind for me.


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Re: Sony Electronics Launches new ES 8K AV Receiver Lineup

I can’t read half the post, but I’ll look into this further. I’ve been pondering an atmos setup.
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Re: Sony Electronics Launches new ES 8K AV Receiver Lineup

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I canít read half the post, but Iíll look into this further. Iíve been pondering an atmos setup.
The two review videos embedded at the end cover the STR-AZ7000ES nicely.
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I own the 1080 and it's now officially 3 years old. Once this new one goes down in price a bit I will upgrade. Amazon has it for $899, so that's slightly over a grand with sales tax. Can't swing it at that price.
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I own the 1080 and it's now officially 3 years old. Once this new one goes down in price a bit I will upgrade. Amazon has it for $899, so that's slightly over a grand with sales tax. Can't swing it at that price.
3 years old? My Denon AVR-4308CI is 14 years old and is still going strong. It doesn't pass through 4K video and obviously doesn't do Dolby Atmos, but I'm very happy with the power that it provides with my 7.1 setup with TrueHD downmixes. That said, these Sony receivers sound interesting, and although I was planning on staying with the Denon brand (X4700 looks like a great value right now at $1500), I'm open to other options.
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3 years old? My Denon AVR-4308CI is 14 years old and is still going strong. It doesn't pass through 4K video and obviously doesn't do Dolby Atmos, but I'm very happy with the power that it provides with my 7.1 setup with TrueHD downmixes. That said, these Sony receivers sound interesting, and although I was planning on staying with the Denon brand (X4700 looks like a great value right now at $1500), I'm open to other options.
I had the Onkyo 705 but when it was time to upgrade to ATMOS and 4K, I had to retire it and ended up giving it away to a friend. I did have it for more than 10+ years, though.

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