11.2 Channel 8K AV Receiver w/ HDMI 2.1, HDR, WiFi, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, & Apple Airplay
Elevate your home theater standards with Sony’s first 11.2 CH 8K AV Receiver featuring renowned ES quality. Designed for integrators with optimized configurability, flexible connectivity, and advanced IP control for leading control systems. The STR-AZ5000ES is the total package for audio/visual performance and installation friendly features.
11 Channels of Audiophile Level Power
The amplifier section in this receiver impressed even our hardcore stereo fanatics. And it's no surprise with the massive power supply and amp section. Your speakers will come to life with this level of power
Incredible Surround Sound Effects
We have never seen a receiver ask for so much information about the distances in your room. You'll input your ear height, screen height, and ceiling height the normal distance you are from each speaker, but also the distance each speaker is from the screen and from the floor. All of this allows the Sony processor to do an incredible job placing surround effects all around you for immersion you have to hear to believe.
Built Like a True Tank
Sony ES receivers are truly built like tanks as you will be able to tell from the incredible 43 pounds this unit weighs. The 5-year parts and labor warranty from Sony speaks for itself
Sony STR-AZ5000ES 11.2 Channel 8K A/V Receiver
The STR-AZ5000ES gets you a slight bump up in power to 120 watts per channel with 11 channels built in.
It has all of the great features of the AZ3000 with a couple of more nice options. This model does give you preamp outputs for all the channels so you could add a bigger power amp later for any of the channels. It ups the trigger count to three, which you could use to turn on any additional power amps you might add to it. The AZ5000 and AZ7000 add a 4K HDMI connector on the front.
You also get another feature related to getting that center channel image to come directly from the center of your screen called Dual Center Channel. With this one, you will need two center channel speakers, one above and one below the screen. But with the receiver knowing all of the specific distances, this should work well to make it sound like the center stage is right in the middle of your screen. The catch is to do this, you will give up a pair of height channels and we wonder about comb filter issues for off-axis viewing but we did not get a chance to test this.
The AZ5000 is the unit we did our testing on and there is no question in our minds that it has extremely good-sounding amplifiers inside. For people looking at a more serious speaker count, this model offers a whole lot.
Sony ES Receiver Audio Features
First, we like the fact all of these are rated with the FTC power spec for both channels driven from 20-20,000 Hz at a low distortion number. Sony has made the jumps from each model very logical with the AZ1000ES starting out at 7 powered channels and maxing out a whopping 13 powered channels for the AZ7000ES.
All four have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2. Google Assistant works with them all and they all now have the “Works with Sonos” official certification for seamless integration with a Sonos whole house music system.
You can set them up using a web interface, the great on-screen display, or just the front panel.
For immersive surround they all support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. To help those who may not want to run cables for some speakers, they all support adding Sony’s wireless SA-RS3S and SA-RS5 Wireless Surround Speakers, as well as SA-SW3 & SASW5 Wireless Subwoofers. While we feel you would much prefer to add speakers that match your main brand of speakers, this is a pretty cool option for apartments or living spaces where it is impossible to run wiring for surrounds and you could use either of the wireless surround speaker options to at least get more immersion than you would without them.
In that same vein, they also all let you use the speakers in a compatible Sony TV for your center channel. We would not really recommend this unless you do not have any space for a true center channel speaker.
They also all have a phantom rear speaker mode that you can turn on to simulate rear speakers. This is not a simulation of your main surrounds, but the rears in a 7-channel bed layer system.
Another neat feature Sony receivers have had for a while is an adjustment if your fronts, center, or both are in the ceiling. This uses DSP to pull the image down so it sounds less like an in-ceiling speaker.
Finally, they all have a new feature called center channel lift. You will need to have both front heights turned on for this, but once we thought about this one, it's another reason all those distance measurements make perfect sense. Our favorite home theater systems have the center speaker directly behind an acoustically transparent screen so the voices sound like they are coming right out of the screen but most people have to place their center speaker under the TV or screen. When you turn on the center channel lift it will use both your center channel and front height speakers to effectively move the center channel image up higher. More on how this actually worked in the performance section.
Sony ES Receiver Video Features
For video, you get 8K & 4K/120Hz HDMI Connectivity with HDMI 2.1 and HDCP 2.3 with support for HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced. Gamers will love that the 4K/120 inputs support ALLM and VRR for the best in low latency gaming.
The on-screen menu for setting up the inputs is a home theater geek's dream come true. It is a big grid that lets you assign video and audio to any input with the ability to create similar ones using the same video but different audio. This is cool for those of you who like to watch sports but hear the local announcer. They also have offset levels and default surround modes for each one. Plus you can store two configurations. You can take lip sync up to 300 milliseconds and assign this to each input as well. In another pretty neat touch, you can turn on or off the subwoofer for each input and even give it a 10db boost for that input if you wish.
Tips & Tricks: How To Perfectly Set Lip Sync Calibration In Your Home Theater
Then you’ll get to the speaker settings which is by far the best setup we have seen. Here is where you will be scratching your head wondering why you have to input all these numbers. Like all home theater receivers, you input the distance from your speakers to your main listening position. Then, you jump to another screen where you input the speaker distance from the screen. Next, you go to another setting where you input the distance each speaker is from the floor. You also input the distance your ears are from the floor and the ceiling height of your room. All this extra data allows Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX and 360 Spatial Sound Mapping to work more precisely. In theory, this should allow them to better place the immersive objects within the surround field.
Another thing we love in the interface is the visual graphics under the speaker pattern section. With all of the possible speakers out there that can be used for height and surrounds, menus can get confusing when you have to choose the type without a visual reference. With these models, Sony makes it perfectly clear whether you have an in-ceiling speaker, an upward-firing speaker, or a free-standing speaker mounted on the ceiling aimed at the listening area. The menu lets you set up any possible combination of these. This just takes away any possible confusion, which is great!
Elevated sound quality and powerful amplification
With 130 watts, the STR-AZ5000ES delivers cinema-like surround sound and crystal-clear music reproduction with powerful amplification.
8K and 4K/120 HDMI Connectivity
Enjoy the latest HDMI technology with support for 8K and 4K/120 video sources. Equipped with four 8K HDMI inputs and two outputs, the STR-AZ5000ES is capable of delivering the most stunning picture quality and amazing clarity.
Support for the most advanced object-based audio formats
With support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Speaker Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual: X, and DTS: X Pro, the STR-AZ5000ES delivers a truly elevated object-based surround-sound experience.
360 Spatial Sound Mapping
Experience true immersion. Sony’s exclusive 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology reproduces a physical sound field that can adapt to your environment and create an experience that feels like a large movie theater or concert hall.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX
A new technology developed by Sony, Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX precisely corrects the distance, angle, sound pressure, and frequency response of each speaker that’s connected to the STR-AZ5000ES to create the ideal sound field for any home theater setup.
Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced
Enjoy dynamic, realistic picture quality with support for the leading HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced.
“Works with SONOS”
From the SONOS app you will be able to turn on your A/V Receiver, switch to the designated input source for playback, and control the volume of your A/V Receiver.
Listen to all your favorite tracks. The STR-AZ5000ES supports audio streaming via Bluetooth,Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay.
Voice Assistant Compatibility
Connect to your home’s other devices, and use voice control to operate your receiver with Google Assistant.
Enjoy seamless integration with your Roon system for full access to all your music—including your digital files and streaming services—all in one place.
Compatible with Sony Music Center app
Control the STR-AZ5000ES from your mobile device for operations like source selection, zone control, sound field control, volume control, media playback, and voice assistant setup.
Center Speaker Lift Up, Acoustic Center Sync, and Dual Center Speaker
Enhance your sound multiple ways: Center Speaker Lift Up raises the sound from the center speaker to match what’s on the TV, Acoustic Center Sync matches the audio to your compatible BRAVIA TV, and Dual Center Speaker works with a second speaker to more accurately replicate sound for large-screen viewing.
Support for integration with leading home control systems
With support for the leading control and remote monitoring systems like Control4, Savant, Crestron, and OvrC, the STR-AZ5000ES is built for integration.
Flexible setup options
Installing the STR-AZ5000ES is easy. Setup can be performed either via the front panel or through the onscreen Graphical User Interface (GUI).
11.2 Channel Pre Outputs
Equipped with full 11.2 CH pre-outputs for extended connectivity flexibility.
USB Front Input with settings save option
Using the front mounted USB, you can easily apply system updates and during setup, save all receiver settings to a flash drive for backing up and porting over to another unit to replicate settings.
Three 12-volt triggers
Equipped with three 12-volt triggers for external peripherals, amplifiers, and more.
Three IR Repeaters
Three, IR repeaters (1-in, 2-out) for external device control.
Ping button for easy IP recall on front panel of receiver.
RS232C port for control system configuration.
Zone 2 and Zone 3
Flexible multi-zone distribution capability.
Sony’s SA-RS3S and SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers and SA-SW3 and SA-SW5 wireless subwoofers are compatible with the STR-AZ5000ES. Two subwoofers of the same model may be connected simultaneously to the receiver.
Using AI-based technology, DSEE Ultimate accurately upscales audio to near-high-resolution sound quality.
While enabling higher quality video output and reduced latency from input devices like game consoles, HDMI 2.1 also provides support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
7 HDMI Inputs/2 Outputs
The STR-AZ5000ES has seven HDMI inputs with four inputs supporting full 8K and 4K/120 video sources, and two HDMI outputs that also support full 8K and 4K/120 video sources.
Newly Designed Frame Beam Base Chassis
The chassis of the ES model has been fundamentally revised: the overall thickness has been increased for improved rigidity, and the structures of the transformer base and other weight-bearing parts have also been redesigned to improve the instantaneous power and crispness of the sound, when compared to a conventional chassis.
Offset Screw Position Foot
Designed with an offset screw position to both eliminate the resonance point and avoid frequency-specific, vibration-inducing resonance transmission to and from the transformer, the foot also contains additional ribs for increased rigidity and improved resonance control.
Refreshed Digital Circuit Board
Metal ES-grade frames both secure the circuit board and protect it from vibration caused by speaker sound pressure. The varying fin length of the integrated heat sink reduces audible resonance uniformity while also shielding delicate circuitry from noise.
Redeveloped digital section
The digital section enables all signal processing to be performed on a single chip while also providing lower impedance, increased capacitance, and better stability.
New DAC enables 32-bit operations
Digital PCM signal input is processed at 32-bit and converted to analog by the DAC, while DSD signal input during direct mode is natively input to the DAC and converted to an analog signal.
Improved analog power for DAC
The DAC analog power supply uses a low-noise power supply IC to ensure that hi-fidelity performance is achieved.
Buffer amp for DAC
A new DAC analog output filter circuit was designed utilizing a JFET and op-amp improvement in noise floor. The phase rotation was shifted to a higher frequency, expanding the bandwidth and improving sound clarity for wide-bandwidth sources like high-resolution audio.
Sony exclusive Pre-Amp integrated circuit
A Sony-exclusive integrated circuit was developed to improve all amplification functions of the STR-AZ5000ES. The pre-amp is independently connected to each individual amplifier channel, improving channel separation and reducing internal interference over more traditional cascading designs.
Lead free ES solder
Applying years of sound engineering and testing experience, Sony has developed an ES-grade solder. A high-purity tin base combines with small amounts of specially chosen metal elements for a unique alloy mix that enables a quality signal and exceptional sound.
Hi-Res Audio and 360 Reality Audio
Enjoy music the way the artists truly intended with High-Resolution Audio for crystal clear precision or discover a new way of listening with 360 Reality Audio for a truly immersive live concert or studio session experience. With the STR-AZ5000ES, your music comes to life like never before.
Covered by the Sony ES 5-Year Limited Warranty
All ES-Series receivers come with a 5-year parts and labor warranty, and dedicated toll-free support staffed by trained product experts.
(1-877-619-7669); Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. ET
|Video Input||HDMI (Front)||7(1)|
|HDMI Input supporting HDCP2.2(Front)||6(1)|
|HDMI Output supporting HDCP2.2||2|
|Composite Monitor Out||2|
|Analog Audio In||4|
|Audio Output||Pre Out (Front (L/R))||Yes|
|Pre Out (Center)||Yes|
|Pre Out (Surround(L/R))||Yes|
|Pre Out (Surround Back(L/R)||Yes|
|Pre Out (Height1(L/R))||Yes|
|Pre Out (Height2(L/R))||Yes|
|Pre Out (Subwoofer)||2|
|Input/Output Others||Bluetooth Receiver||Yes|
|USB Front(ver) / Rear(ver)||1/0|
|Ethernet Port (Power over Ethernet)||1(0)|
|Ethernet Port (Power over Ethernet Plus)||1(0)|
|Wireless speakers option||Yes|
|Speaker Out||Front A||Yes|
|Surround Back(Front B/Bi-AMP/Zone 2)||Yes|
|Height 2 (Zone 2/Center 2(R Only))||Yes|
|Output Power||Number of amp. channels||11ch|
|Front||130W + 130W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)|
|Center||130W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)|
|Surround||130W + 130W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)|
|Surround Back||130W + 130W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)|
|Height1||130W + 130W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)|
|Height2||130W + 130W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)|
|Frequency Characteristics||10Hz-100kHz ±3dB|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio(A Network)(When all of EQ/Surround off)||105dB(Analog In)|
|Audio Features||Decodable channel number||11.1ch|
|4 Ohm/8 Ohm Switching||Yes|
|Sub Woofer Low Pass Filter||Yes|
|Cross Over Frequency||17 points(40-200Hz)|
|Speaker Terminal Type||Screw|
|DSD Native Playback||Yes|
|360 Spatial sound mapping||Yes|
|Center Speaker Lift Up||Yes|
|Acoustic Center Sync||Yes|
|Dual Center Speaker||Yes|
|In-Ceiling Speaker Mode||Yes|
|A/V Sync Time/Sampling Frequency||0-300msec|
|High Resolution Audio||Yes|
|High Resolution Audio Wireless||Yes|
|360 Reality Audio||Yes|
|DCAC Features||D.C.A.C. IX / D.C.A.C. EX / Advanced D.C.A.C. / D.C.A.C.||D.C.A.C. IX|
|Phantom Surround Back||Yes|
|Automatic Phase Matching||Yes|
|EQ for D.C.A.C||31band GEQ|
|Tone Control||Front (Bass / Treble)||Yes|
|Center (Bass / Treble)||Yes|
|Surround (Bass / Treble)||Yes(Common with Surround Back)|
|Surround Back (Bass / Treble)||Yes(Common with Surround)|
|Sound Field||2ch Stereo||Yes|
|Auto Format Decoding for Movie||Yes|
|Auto Format Decoding||Yes|
|Preset Channel (FM/AM)||TTL30 (30/0)|
|Decoding Formats||DSD||Yes (Up to 2.8MHz 5.1ch)|
|LPCM||Yes (Up to 192kHz/24 bit 7.1ch)|
|DTS HD MA / DTS HD HR||Yes/Yes|
|Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus||Yes/Yes|
|DTS / DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1)||Yes/Yes|
|Dolby Digital EX / Dolby Digital||Yes/Yes|
|Dolby Dual Mono||Yes|
|Video Features||HDMI Video Output capability||8K, 4K, 1080p, 1080/24p, Deep Color (up to 36 bit), Triluminous Color (xvYCC)|
|8K 60 Support||Yes(HDMI IN1,2,3,4)|
|4K 120 support||Yes(HDMI IN1,2,3,4)|
|4K 60p 4:4:4 Support||Yes|
|Video Up Scaler||Yes(2K24/50/60p, 4K24/50/60p, up to 8K)|
|3D over HDMI||Yes|
|HDR||Yes(HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby Vision)|
|Audio Features||Audio Return Channel||Yes|
|ARC without CEC control||Yes|
|Others||BRAVIA® SYNC™ (CEC Control)||Yes (System Audio Control, System Power Off, RC Pass Through, Language Follow, One-Touch Play)|
|AUTO HDR TONE MAPPING COMPATIBLE (PASS-THROUGH)||Yes|
|AUTO GENRE PICTURE MODE COMPATIBLE (PASS-THROUGH)||Yes|
|USB Mass Storage||Interface||Yes|
|DSD||Yes (11.2MHz 2ch, 5.6MHz 5.1ch)|
|Network Features||Network Player/Renderer||-/Yes|
|DSD||Yes (11.2MHz 2ch, 5.6MHz 5.1ch)|
|DLNA Party Streaming||Yes|
|Music Center compatible||Yes|
|Music Center compatible models with iPod/iPhone/iPad||Yes|
|Works with the Google Assistant||Yes|
|Works with SONOS||Yes|
|Zone Features||2nd A||Speaker(Variable) / Line (Variable, Fixed) / HDMI(Fixed)|
|2nd V||HDMI / Composite(monitor)|
|3rd A||Line (Variable, Fixed)|
|Multi Zone Line Out Level Control (Zone2/Zone3)||Yes(Yes/Yes)|
|Digital Audio D/A distribution to Zone||Yes(Zone2 source)|
|Coaxial/Opt Audio D/A distribution to Zone||Yes(Zone2)|
|HDMI Audio for Zone Down Mix||Yes for Source, No for the other input|
|Control Features||IR Repeat (In/Out)||Yes(1/2)|
|RS-232C for control||Yes|
|CIS IP Control||Yes|
|Controller Connectivity||Certification (Crestron/Control4/Savant)||Yes/Yes/Yes|
|System Setting||Setting Save / Load by USB||Yes|
|Easy Setup Wizard||Yes|
|Customize Features||Custom Preset (Easy Automation)||Yes|
|Input Assign (HDMI/Component/Opt/Coax)||Yes(Yes/-/Yes/Yes)|
|Power Requirement||120V 60Hz|
|Power Consumption(Network/BLUETOOTH Standby)||3.5W|
|Attachment||Calibration microphone, Calibration mic stand, FM wire antenna, AC power cord, Remote control, R03 (size-AAA) batteries, Front cover|
|System Update (Internet/USB/PC)||Yes(Yes/Yes/-)|
|Weight and Measurements||Receiver Dimension(WxHxD mm)||430x194x440mm|
|Receiver Dimension(WxHxD inches)||17x7 3/4 x17 3/8in|
|Receiver Weight(pound)||42lb 6oz|
|Carton Dimensions (WxHxD mm)||533 x 505 x 297mm|
|Carton Dimensions (WxHxD inches)||21 x 19 7/8 x 11 3/4 in|
|Gross Weight(lbs)||50lb 1oz|
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