Onkyo TX-NR5100 vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES

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TX-NR5100 vs STR-AZ7000ES comparison chart

Onkyo TX-NR5100 vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES review

Onkyo TX-NR5100
Sony STR-AZ7000ES

An overview of Onkyo TX-NR5100 and Sony STR-AZ7000ES will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Onkyo TX-NR5100 received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-AZ7000ES was rated 8.7 points. The release date of TX-NR5100 is 2021, and STR-AZ7000ES is 2023. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that TX-NR5100 is inferior in audio processing features to STR-AZ7000ES.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-NR5100 over Sony STR-AZ7000ES

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Sony STR-AZ7000ES over Onkyo TX-NR5100

  • More channels, namely 13, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 150/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 80/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, STR-AZ7000ES bypasses its competitor without multizone support.


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


The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Onkyo TX-NR5100 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Sony STR-AZ7000ES supports a 13.2-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-AZ7000ES this value is 150/8 W/Ohm, and for the TX-NR5100 it is 80/8 W/Ohm.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm80/8, 165/6150/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the TX-NR5100 9 out of 10, and the STR-AZ7000ES - 8.


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. Onkyo TX-NR5100 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)384 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/32-bit
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAccuEQDCAC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio Amplification, CinemaFILTERAcoustic Center Sync, DSEE Ultimate, DSD Native Playback, Pure Direct, In-Ceiling Speaker Mode, Center Speaker Lift Up


The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Onkyo TX-NR5100 scored 9, and Sony STR-AZ7000ES scored 8 out of 10.


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-AZ7000ES.

MHL combines the functionality of the HDMI and MicroUSB interfaces and lets you connect any mobile devices to a receiver. The STR-AZ7000ES has MHL support for streaming content from external devices.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Ethernet (RJ45)11

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloudDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

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, Onkyo TX-NR5100 got 6 points, but Sony STR-AZ7000ES received 8 points.


Onkyo TX-NR5100 is equipped with 4/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-AZ7000ES 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 TX-NR5100 has a Phono interface.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
HDMI input/output4/26/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input02
Component input/output00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphones, setup mic, AUXUSB, phones, 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 TX-NR5100 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 9 for the STR-AZ7000ES.


TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10+HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/120Hz4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz8K/60Hz
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 featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSyn, Deep ColorVariable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.


TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresWeb Control, App ControlIP Control, Web Control, App Control


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.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
Multi-room zoneshas not3
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlFlareConnecthas not
Remote control input/output (IR)01/2
DC trigger output (12V)03

Multichannel surround

Onkyo TX-NR5100 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STR-AZ7000ES got 8.


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-AZ7000ES licensed by IMAX.

TX-NR5100 STR-AZ7000ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDSD, LPCM
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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