Yamaha RX-S602 vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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RX-S602 vs STRZA1100ES comparison chart

Yamaha RX-S602 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Yamaha RX-S602
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Yamaha RX-S602 versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-S602 received 6.5 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. The release date of RX-S602 is 2018, and STRZA1100ES is 2017. STRZA1100ES is better suited for home theater use than the RX-S602. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-S602 over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • 80/8 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 Yamaha RX-S602

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 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.

RX-S602
6
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-S602 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 RX-S602 this value is 80/8 W/Ohm, and for the STRZA1100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Channels5.17.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm80/8, 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 RX-S602 9 out of 10, and the STRZA1100ES - 7.

RX-S602
9
STRZA1100ES
7

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.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAODCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONTSound Optimize

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-S602 scored 8, and Sony STRZA1100ES scored 5 out of 10.

RX-S602
8
STRZA1100ES
5

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 Yamaha RX-S602 has a built-in Bluetooth.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuzhas 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, both receivers got 6 points on our 10-point scale.

RX-S602
6
STRZA1100ES
6

Yamaha RX-S602 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.

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 Yamaha RX-S602 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Sony STRZA1100ES has the HDCP 2.2 version.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output4/15/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)12
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input32
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, 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 RX-S602 were rated 6 out of 10 against the 7 for the STRZA1100ES.

RX-S602
6
STRZA1100ES
7

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.

RX-S602 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 featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-S602 got 8 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

RX-S602
8
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 RX-S602 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Only the Yamaha RX-S602 has the ECO mode.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, 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 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.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusicCasthas not
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)01

Multichannel surround

Yamaha RX-S602 got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STRZA1100ES got 7.

RX-S602
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.

RX-S602 STRZA1100ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby 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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