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Sony AV Receivers: ZA, DN & DH Series Compared

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 features 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 is the top-end receivers in the Sony range. They are labeled 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-ZA3100ES AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 5.2.4 / 7.2.2)
HDMI In / Out 5+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & audio) / Zone 3 (audio only)
Pre Out 9.2-Ch
Power (W)* 110
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet (8-Port switch)
Auto Room Calibration DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.93 x 6.85 x 16.14 in (430 x 174 x 410 mm)
Weight (lbs) 28.9
* 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-ZA2100ES AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 5.2.4 / 7.2.2)
HDMI In / Out 5+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & audio) / Zone 3 (audio only)
Pre Out Height (L/R Assignable) / Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 105
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet
Auto Room Calibration DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.93 x 6.85 x 16.14 in (430 x 174 x 410 mm)
Weight (lbs) 27.8
* 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-ZA1100ES AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 5+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & audio) / Zone 3 (audio only)
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet
Auto Room Calibration DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.93 x 6.85 x 16.14 in (430 x 174 x 410 mm)
Weight (lbs) 27.8
* 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-ZA810ES AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & audio)
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / NFC / AirPlay / Spotify Connect
Auto Room Calibration DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6-1/4 x 13-1/8 in | 430 x 156 x 331 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Weight (lbs) 20
* 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

Sony DN Series

The DN-Series of Sony AV receivers is 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

Features in the best AV receivers under $1000

MSRP: $599.99

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-DN1080 AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 6/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (video and 2-ch audio)
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / NFC / Spotify Connect
Auto Room Calibration DCAC EX / Speaker Relocation / Phantom Surround Back / Automatic Phase Matching
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6-1/4 x 13-1/8 in | 430 x 156 x 331 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Weight (lbs) 20.1
* 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-DN1070 AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos None
HDMI In / Out 5+1/2 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (2-ch audio) / Zone 3 (2-ch audio)
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 100
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / NFC / Spotify Connect
Auto Room Calibration Advanced DCAC
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Pro Logic II / IIx
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6-7/8 x 13 in | 430 x 172 x 329.4 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Weight (lbs) 23.15
* 6 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven

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

Features in the best AV receivers under $500

MSRP: $379.99

Sony STR-DH790 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-DH790 AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 145
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Bluetooth
Auto Room Calibration Advanced DCAC / Automatic Phase Matching
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 5-1/4 x 11-3/4 in | 430 x 133 x 297 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Weight (lbs) 16.4
* 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-DH590 AV Receiver Features
Channels 5.2
Dolby Atmos None
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 145
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Bluetooth
Auto Room Calibration DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration)
Selected Audio Decoders 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Pro Logic II, HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD-D.C.S.)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 5-1/4 x 11-3/4 in | 430 x 133 x 297 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Weight (lbs) 15.7
* 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 ReceiverImage Credit: Sony
Sony STR-DH770 AV Receiver Features
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos None
HDMI In / Out 4/1 (ARC)
Zones None
Pre Out Subwoofer (x2)
Power (W)* 90
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 6 - 16
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2 / HDR10
Network / Wireless Bluetooth / NFC
Auto Room Calibration DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby Digital EX, 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)
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Pro Logic II / IIx / IIz
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 x 6-1/4 x 13 in | 430 x 156 x 329.4 mm (inc. projecting parts/controls)
Weight (lbs) 17.2
* 6 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

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