Sony AV Receivers: ZA, DN & DH Series Compared

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Sony AV receivers provide a wide range of products to complete your surround sound system.

Their entry level models are a cost-effective way to get the basic features you need to connect all your AV equipment, while the flagship products provide higher quality specifications for those who need the best performance.

There are three main series of receivers in the Sony range:

  • STR-ZA Series: top-of-the-range receivers
  • STR-DN Series: mid-range receivers
  • STR-DH Series: entry level range

Below I list the AV receivers that have been released in the last few years. One of the difficult things about choosing an AV receiver is understanding which models are available. This list should make it easier.

The receivers are grouped by year, and then price (high to low). The MSRP is the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price. You will often find that retailers will sell below this price. However, it's a good reference for the level of each receiver.

The specifications are from the US models and you may find these vary slightly in different countries around the world.

If you need some help understanding what all the specifications mean, then you can take a look at my AV receiver buying guide.


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Sony ZA Series

The ZA-Series of Sony AV receivers are the top-end receivers in the Sony range. They are labelled by Sony as for 'Custom Installation'. This just means they have a few features that are useful for professional installers for business and high-end installations. Such as extended networking and remote control options. However, even if you don't need these, a ZA-Series receiver is perfectly suitable for home installs. They have high-end components and will have the best sound quality of all Sony receivers.

2017

Sony STR-ZA3100ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $1,699.99

Sony STR-ZA3100ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-ZA3100ES AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1 / 2 5.2.2 (Processing for 5.2.4 / 7.2.2) Zone 2 (HDMI & audio) / Zone 3 (audio only)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 110 6 - 16 DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
9.2 Ethernet (8-Port switch) 28.9 16.93 x 6.85 x 16.14 in | 430 x 174 x 410 mm
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2017

Sony STR-ZA2100ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $1,399.99

Sony STR-ZA2100ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-ZA2100ES AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1 / 2 5.2.2 (Processing for 5.2.4 / 7.2.2) Zone 2 (HDMI & audio) / Zone 3 (audio only)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 105 6 - 16 DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Height (L/R Assignable) / Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet 27.8 16.93 x 6.85 x 16.14 in | 430 x 174 x 410 mm
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2017

Sony STR-ZA1100ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $999.99

Sony STR-ZA1100ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-ZA1100ES AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1 / 2 5.2.2 Zone 2 (HDMI & audio) / Zone 3 (audio only)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 100 6 - 16 DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet 27.8 16.93 x 6.85 x 16.14 in | 430 x 174 x 410 mm
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2017

Sony STR-ZA810ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $799.99

Sony STR-ZA810ES 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-ZA810ES AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 6 / 2 5.2.2 Zone 2 (HDMI & audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 100 6 - 16 DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / WiFi / Bluetooth / NFC / AirPlay / Spotify Connect 20 17 x 6-1/4 x 13-1/8 in | 430 x 156 x 331 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

Sony DN Series

The DN-Series of Sony AV receivers are the mid-range models in their whole ecosystem. These receivers will have more features and more attention paid to the sound quality than the DH-Series. As a result, they will be more expensive too. These will provide the best balance between cost and quality among all the Sony receivers.

2017

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $599.99

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-DN1080 AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 6 / 2 5.2.2 Zone 2 (video and 2-ch audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 100 6 - 16 DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / WiFi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / NFC / Spotify Connect 20.1 17 x 6-1/4 x 13-1/8 in | 430 x 156 x 331 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual Mono, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 6 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2016

Sony STR-DN1070 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $599.99

Sony STR-DN1070 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-DN1070 AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1 / 2 None Zone 2 (2-ch audio) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 100 6 - 16 Advanced DCAC
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / WiFi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / NFC / Spotify Connect 23.15 17 x 6-7/8 x 13 in | 430 x 172 x 329.4 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual Mono, DD+, Dolby Prologic II / IIx, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DSD (5.6 MHz/Up to 5.1ch), LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch)
* 6 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

Sony DH Series

The DH-Series of Sony AV receivers are the budget models in the range. However, that doesn't mean they aren't worth considering. If you are on a budget then these receivers offer plenty of features.

2018

Sony STR-DH790 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $379.99

Sony STR-DH790 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-DH790 AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 4 / 1 5.2.2 None
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 145 6 - 16 Advanced DCAC / Automatic Phase Matching
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Bluetooth 16.4 17 x 5-1/4 x 11-3/4 in | 430 x 133 x 297 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DTS Express, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, Per Channel CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2018

Sony STR-DH590 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $279.99

Sony STR-DH590 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-DH590 AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
5.2 4 / 1 None None
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 145 6 - 16 DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration)
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Bluetooth 15.7 17 x 5-1/4 x 11-3/4 in | 430 x 133 x 297 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Express, DSD, LPCM (Up to 7.1)
* 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, Per Channel CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2016

Sony STR-DH770 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $349.99

Sony STR-DH770 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Sony STR-DH770 AV Receiver Specifications
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 4 / 1 None None
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 90 6 - 16 DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration)
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Bluetooth / NFC 17.2 17 x 6-1/4 x 13 in | 430 x 156 x 329.4 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Dual Mono, Dolby Prologic II / IIx / IIz, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch)
* 6 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

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Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.


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