Marantz SR7012 vs Sony STR-ZA3100ES

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SR7012 vs STR-ZA3100ES comparison chart

Marantz SR7012 vs Sony STR-ZA3100ES review

Marantz SR7012
vs
Sony STR-ZA3100ES

Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Marantz SR7012 and Sony STR-ZA3100ES takes place. According to the results of our review, Marantz SR7012 received 9.4 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-ZA3100ES was rated 6.3 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that SR7012 has better performance than STR-ZA3100ES.

Main advantages Marantz SR7012 over Sony STR-ZA3100ES

  • More channels, namely 11, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 125/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Both receivers have a multi-room zone function, but SR7012 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STR-ZA3100ES over Marantz SR7012

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

SR7012
10
STR-ZA3100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Marantz SR7012 supports 11.2-channels sound, but Sony STR-ZA3100ES 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 SR7012 this value is 125/8 W/Ohm, and for the STR-ZA3100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
Channels11.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm125/8, 165/670/8, 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 SR7012 9 out of 10, and the STR-ZA3100ES - 7.

SR7012
9
STR-ZA3100ES
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.

Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Marantz SR7012 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32DCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey LFCSound Optimizer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Marantz SR7012 scored 9, and Sony STR-ZA3100ES scored 6 out of 10.

SR7012
9
STR-ZA3100ES
6

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Marantz SR7012.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
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.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandorahas 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, Marantz SR7012 got 10 points, but Sony STR-ZA3100ES received 9 points.

SR7012
10
STR-ZA3100ES
9

Marantz SR7012 is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-ZA3100ES has 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the SR7012 has a Phono interface.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
HDMI input/output8/36/2
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)22
Headphone output1 x 6.30
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input32
Component input/output3/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, HDMI, 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 SR7012 were rated 10 out of 10 against the 7 for the STR-ZA3100ES.

SR7012
10
STR-ZA3100ES
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 only with Marantz SR7012.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
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 conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresx.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the SR7012 got 10 points, but the STR-ZA3100ES has 6.

SR7012
10
STR-ZA3100ES
6

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 SR7012 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Marantz SR7012 has the ECO mode.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
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 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.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMarantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS Apphas not
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)23

Multichannel surround

Marantz SR7012 got 9 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STR-ZA3100ES got 7.

SR7012
9
STR-ZA3100ES
7

Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Only the Marantz SR7012 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

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 STR-ZA3100ES licensed by IMAX.

SR7012 STR-ZA3100ES
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)has notDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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