Sony STR-DN1080 vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES

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STR-DN1080 vs STR-ZA2100ES comparison chart

Sony STR-DN1080 vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES review

Sony STR-DN1080
vs
Sony STR-ZA2100ES

Let's make the Sony STR-DN1080 versus Sony STR-ZA2100ES comparison. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DN1080 received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-ZA2100ES was rated 6.5 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the STR-DN1080 is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Sony STR-DN1080 over Sony STR-ZA2100ES

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STR-ZA2100ES over Sony STR-DN1080

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

STR-DN1080
7
STR-ZA2100ES
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 STR-DN1080 this value is 120/6 W/Ohm, and for the STR-ZA2100ES it is 95/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/675/8, 95/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.09

Audio features

The score for audio features is 7 of 10 for both receivers.

STR-DN1080
7
STR-ZA2100ES
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.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)96 KHz/24-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCAC EXDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, DSEE HXDigital Legato Linear, Sound Optimizer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DN1080 scored 8, and Sony STR-ZA2100ES scored 6 out of 10.

STR-DN1080
8
STR-ZA2100ES
6

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Sony STR-DN1080.

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 Sony STR-DN1080.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
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.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesTIDAL, 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, both receivers got 7 points on our 10-point scale.

STR-DN1080
7
STR-ZA2100ES
7

Competitors in our review have 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
HDMI input/output6/26/2
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 input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, 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 STR-DN1080 were rated 7 out of 10 against the 10 for the STR-ZA2100ES.

STR-DN1080
7
STR-ZA2100ES
10

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 STR-ZA2100ES.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
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 conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featureshas notHLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DN1080 got 9 points, but the STR-ZA2100ES has 7.

STR-DN1080
9
STR-ZA2100ES
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 STR-DN1080 can be controlled by voice via Google assistant.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
Voice controlGoogle assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresNFChas 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.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusic Centerhas not
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/2
DC trigger output (12V)03

Multichannel surround

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

STR-DN1080
7
STR-ZA2100ES
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 STR-ZA2100ES licensed by IMAX.

STR-DN1080 STR-ZA2100ES
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 96/24DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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