Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Marantz SR7013

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STR-ZA3100ES vs SR7013 comparison chart

Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Marantz SR7013 review

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
vs
Marantz SR7013

Review of Sony STR-ZA3100ES versus Marantz SR7013 will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-ZA3100ES received 6.3 points out of 10 possible, and Marantz SR7013 was rated 9.5 points. The release date of STR-ZA3100ES is 2017, and SR7013 is 2019. SR7013 is better suited for home theater use than the STR-ZA3100ES. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Sony STR-ZA3100ES over Marantz SR7013

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Marantz SR7013 over Sony STR-ZA3100ES

  • More channels, namely 9, 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 SR7013 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.

Amplifiers

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

STR-ZA3100ES
7
SR7013
10

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Sony STR-ZA3100ES supports 7.2-channels sound, but Marantz SR7013 supports a 9.2-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 SR7013 this value is 125/8 W/Ohm, and for the STR-ZA3100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
Channels7.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 90/6125/8, 165/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.05

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-ZA3100ES 7 out of 10, and the SR7013 - 10.

STR-ZA3100ES
7
SR7013
10

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 SR7013 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
Digital to analog converter (DAC)N/A384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCAC EXAudyssey MultEQ XT32
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresSound OptimizerAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-ZA3100ES scored 6, and Marantz SR7013 scored 8 out of 10.

STR-ZA3100ES
6
SR7013
8

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

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
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.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

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, Sony STR-ZA3100ES got 9 points, but Marantz SR7013 received 10 points.

STR-ZA3100ES
9
SR7013
10

Sony STR-ZA3100ES is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Marantz SR7013 has 8/3 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 SR7013 has a Phono interface.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
HDMI input/output6/28/3
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 output01 x 6.3
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input12
Composite input23
Component input/output2/03/1
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, HDMI, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX
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-ZA3100ES were rated 7 out of 10 against the 10 for the SR7013.

STR-ZA3100ES
7
SR7013
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 Marantz SR7013.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
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 featuresHLGHLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-ZA3100ES got 6 points, but the SR7013 has 10.

STR-ZA3100ES
6
SR7013
10

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 SR7013 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Marantz SR7013 has the ECO mode.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
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 notIP Control, Web Control

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-ZA3100ES SR7013
Multi-room zones23
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlhas notMusicCast
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/21/0
DC trigger output (12V)32

Multichannel surround

Sony STR-ZA3100ES got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Marantz SR7013 got 10.

STR-ZA3100ES
7
SR7013
10

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. Marantz SR7013 has Auro-3D on its feature list.

Rivals in this competition licensed by IMAX.

STR-ZA3100ES SR7013
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-HDDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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