Denon AVR-S950H vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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AVR-S950H vs STRZA1100ES comparison chart

Denon AVR-S950H vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Denon AVR-S950H
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Denon AVR-S950H versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S950H received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. The release date of AVR-S950H is 2019, and STRZA1100ES is 2017. AVR-S950H is better suited for home theater use than the STRZA1100ES. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Denon AVR-S950H over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • 90/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STRZA1100ES over Denon AVR-S950H

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.

AVR-S950H
7
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVR-S950H this value is 90/8 W/Ohm, and for the STRZA1100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm90/8, 125/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S950H 6 out of 10, and the STRZA1100ES - 7.

AVR-S950H
6
STRZA1100ES
7

Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the STRZA1100ES.

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AKM 192 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audioSound Optimize

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S950H scored 7, and Sony STRZA1100ES scored 5 out of 10.

AVR-S950H
7
STRZA1100ES
5

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Denon AVR-S950H.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting. Of the two receivers reviewed, only Denon AVR-S950H has a built-in Bluetooth.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mixhas not

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Denon AVR-S950H got 8 points, but Sony STRZA1100ES received 6 points.

AVR-S950H
8
STRZA1100ES
6

Denon AVR-S950H is equipped with 8/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA1100ES has 5/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Denon AVR-S950H in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Sony STRZA1100ES has the HDCP 2.2 version.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the AVR-S950H has a Phono interface.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output8/25/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output2/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup micUSB, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the AVR-S950H were rated 8 out of 10 against the 7 for the STRZA1100ES.

AVR-S950H
8
STRZA1100ES
7

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-S950H got 10 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

AVR-S950H
10
STRZA1100ES
7

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVR-S950H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon AVR-S950H has the ECO mode.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web Controlhas not

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlHEOS Apphas not
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)01

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

AVR-S950H
7
STRZA1100ES
7

IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. The STRZA1100ES licensed by IMAX.

AVR-S950H STRZA1100ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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