Denon AVR-X3500H vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES

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AVR-X3500H vs STR-ZA2100ES comparison chart

Denon AVR-X3500H vs Sony STR-ZA2100ES review

Denon AVR-X3500H
vs
Sony STR-ZA2100ES

Let's make the Denon AVR-X3500H versus Sony STR-ZA2100ES comparison. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-X3500H received 8.4 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-ZA2100ES was rated 6.5 points. The release date of AVR-X3500H is 2018, and STR-ZA2100ES is 2017. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the AVR-X3500H is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X3500H over Sony STR-ZA2100ES

  • 105/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 75/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STR-ZA2100ES over Denon AVR-X3500H

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 8 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-X3500H
8
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 AVR-X3500H this value is 105/8 W/Ohm, and for the STR-ZA2100ES it is 75/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm105/8, 135/675/8, 95/6
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 AVR-X3500H 8 out of 10, and the STR-ZA2100ES - 7.

AVR-X3500H
8
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.

Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Denon AVR-X3500H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AKM 192 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ XT32DCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio RestorerDigital Legato Linear, Sound Optimizer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-X3500H scored 8, and Sony STR-ZA2100ES scored 6 out of 10.

AVR-X3500H
8
STR-ZA2100ES
6

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

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
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.

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radiohas 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-X3500H got 8 points, but Sony STR-ZA2100ES received 7 points.

AVR-X3500H
8
STR-ZA2100ES
7

Denon AVR-X3500H is equipped with 8/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-ZA2100ES has 6/2 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 STR-ZA2100ES.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the AVR-X3500H has a Phono interface.

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
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 input22
Component input/output1/12/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, 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 rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.

AVR-X3500H
10
STR-ZA2100ES
10

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
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 conversionanalog to HDMI
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-X3500H got 10 points, but the STR-ZA2100ES has 7.

AVR-X3500H
10
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 AVR-X3500H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon AVR-X3500H has the ECO mode.

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
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.

AVR-X3500H STR-ZA2100ES
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlHEOS Apphas not
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/11/2
DC trigger output (12V)13

Multichannel surround

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

AVR-X3500H
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.

AVR-X3500H 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 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-SurroundDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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