Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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TX-NR797 vs STRZA1100ES comparison chart

Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Onkyo TX-NR797
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Onkyo TX-NR797 versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Onkyo TX-NR797 received 8.5 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. The release date of TX-NR797 is 2019, and STRZA1100ES is 2017. TX-NR797 is better suited for home theater use than the STRZA1100ES. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-NR797 over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • 100/8 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 TX-NR797 has 3 zones vs 2 on its competitor.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STRZA1100ES over Onkyo TX-NR797

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 9 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

TX-NR797
9
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Onkyo TX-NR797 supports 9.2-channels sound, but Sony STRZA1100ES 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 TX-NR797 this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the STRZA1100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
Channels9.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm100/8, 220/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
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-NR797 9 out of 10, and the STRZA1100ES - 7.

TX-NR797
9
STRZA1100ES
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.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)AK4458 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAccuEQDCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio AmplificationSound Optimize

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Onkyo TX-NR797 scored 8, and Sony STRZA1100ES scored 5 out of 10.

TX-NR797
8
STRZA1100ES
5

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Onkyo TX-NR797.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting. Of the two receivers reviewed, only Onkyo TX-NR797 has a built-in Bluetooth.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
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.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
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, Onkyo TX-NR797 got 8 points, but Sony STRZA1100ES received 6 points.

TX-NR797
8
STRZA1100ES
6

Onkyo TX-NR797 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA1100ES has 5/2 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 STRZA1100ES.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the TX-NR797 has a Phono interface.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output7/25/2
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 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output1/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsHDMI, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, 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-NR797 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 7 for the STRZA1100ES.

TX-NR797
8
STRZA1100ES
7

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
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 featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the TX-NR797 got 9 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

TX-NR797
9
STRZA1100ES
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 TX-NR797 can be controlled by voice via Google Assistant.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
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 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.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zones32
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlFlareConnecthas not
RS-23211
Remote control input/output (IR)1/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)11

Multichannel surround

Onkyo TX-NR797 got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Sony STRZA1100ES got 7.

TX-NR797
8
STRZA1100ES
7

Rivals in this competition licensed by IMAX.

TX-NR797 STRZA1100ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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