Denon HEOS AVR vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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Denon HEOS AVR vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Denon HEOS AVR
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Denon HEOS AVR versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Denon HEOS AVR received 4.8 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. STRZA1100ES is better suited for home theater use than the HEOS AVR. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.

Main advantages Sony STRZA1100ES over Denon HEOS AVR

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 70/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, STRZA1100ES bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • Can process HDR video.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

HEOS AVR
6
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon HEOS AVR supports 5.1-channels sound, but Sony STRZA1100ES supports a 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 STRZA1100ES this value is 70/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
Channels5.17.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm50/8, 65/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.050.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the HEOS AVR 5 out of 10, and the STRZA1100ES - 7.

HEOS AVR
5
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.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)N/AN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas notSound Optimize

Connectivity

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

HEOS AVR
7
STRZA1100ES
5

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

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 HEOS AVR has a built-in Bluetooth.

HEOS AVR 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.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloudhas 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 HEOS AVR got 5 points, but Sony STRZA1100ES received 6 points.

HEOS AVR
5
STRZA1100ES
6

Denon HEOS AVR is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA1100ES has 5/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available on Sony STRZA1100ES.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output4/15/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)12
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input02
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, 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 HEOS AVR were rated 5 out of 10 against the 7 for the STRZA1100ES.

HEOS AVR
5
STRZA1100ES
7

HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available on the Sony STRZA1100ES.

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible with Sony STRZA1100ES.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
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 featureshas notHLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the HEOS AVR got 4 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

HEOS AVR
4
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 HEOS AVR can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSD
TunerAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas 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.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlHEOS Apphas not
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)01

Multichannel surround

Denon HEOS AVR got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STRZA1100ES got 7.

HEOS AVR
5
STRZA1100ES
7

Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Sony STRZA1100ES can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.

DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the STRZA1100ES.

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.

HEOS AVR STRZA1100ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Pro LogicDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has notDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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