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
The Sony STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver features the hallmarks of the Sony brand - incredible sound, a bevy of cool features, and will far and away give you the most bang for the buck when you are starting to assemble a high-performance home theater.
While most people think of Sony as making amazing TVs and projectors, their home theater AV receivers are highly regarded by home theater enthusiasts. But it has been almost a decade since Sony showed us new models.
Features & Technology
With 11 powered channels built-in, the Sony STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver will let you put together a fully immersive home theater experience with front speakers, a center, surrounds, rears, and two pairs of Atmos speakers. These will be powered by an amp section rated at 130 watts per channel with two channels driven. When you look at the massive power supply and the fact that it weighs 42 pounds, you know it will be able to deliver some real punch even for hard-to-drive speakers. By the way, you have preamp outs for all the channels should you want even more power.
Sony has upped its game in the network side of things as well. The STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver is outfitted with Bluetooth, Chromecast, Wifi, Airplay, Spotify Connect and it integrates seamlessly with Sonos.
Video-wise, you get 8K & 4K/120 HDMI Connectivity with HDMI 2.1 and HDCP 2.3 with support for HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced. Four inputs on the rear handle 8K, with two on the rear, and a convenient HDMI port on the front provides 4k/120.
Gamers will love that the 4K/120 inputs support ALLM and VRR for the best in low-latency gaming. This AV receiver can definitely aid in your online gaming victories.
How Does the AZ5000 Sound?
The audio side of things is where the STR-AZ5000ES takes it to a new level. We’ve never seen tech like this before in any home theater receiver. It’s as though Sony wanted to cover every possible situation you might run into in your home to allow you to get immersive surround even if you are unable to physically run speaker wire.
For immersive surround, the Sony STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. To help those who may not want to run cables for some speakers, all of Sony’s new AV receiver models support adding Sony’s wireless SA-RS3S and SA-RS5 Wireless Surround Speakers, as well as SA-SW3 & SASW5 Wireless Subwoofers.
These are a great sounding wireless surround speaker option. While I would much prefer adding 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. You could use either of the wireless surround speaker options to at least get more immersion than you would without them.
Along the same lines, they also all let you use the speakers in a compatible Sony TV for your center channel. Again, we would not recommend this unless you had no space for a center channel, but it is wonderful they took the time to cover all possibilities.
They also 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. This worked quite well in our testing.
In a lot of new construction installations in family rooms, we see people do three in-ceiling speakers for the left, center, and right. In the earlier models, Sony added a feature to make it sound like these were more on ear level and it worked well. The updated tech in the Sony STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver takes this idea up a notch.
If you have played around with home theater receivers that automatically adjust the distance for your speakers based on test tones, you probably know they can be off by what can sometimes be several feet.
Sony has turned that idea on its head and asks you for more measurements than we’ve ever seen. Before you start calibrating any of these new Sony receivers, you’ll probably want to get a laser tape measure.
The on-screen menu is a home theater dream come true. It is a big grid, allowing you to assign video and audio to any input. You can also do a custom mix for sports or listening to your favorite streaming music service. You have offset levels and default surround modes for each one and can assign up to a 300 millisecond delay for any lip sync issues your source may have. You can even turn on or off the sub output for each input.
Next, you jump to the speaker settings. We love the visuals Sony uses here in the speaker pattern section. With all of the different types of speakers you could use for home theater, the names can be confusing, but seeing the type of speaker and where it's placed makes it perfectly clear what you see on-screen matches your speaker layout.
You’ll first enter the normal settings of where you are from each speaker. You’ll then enter the distance each one is from your screen. You’ll see green lines to help you get a reference point for accurate measurement.
Next, you will input how far each speaker is off the floor. Finally, you’ll input the distance your ears are from both the floor and ceiling. While this may seem like a bit of extra work, it gives Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX and 360 Spatial Sound Mapping more data. In theory, this should give you a more immersive surround with objects better placed in the space. In our listening tests, all of this was proven, making the STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver one of the most accurate AV receivers on the market, on par with what I’ve heard out of a $20,000 + Trinnov AV receiver.
When we first got our sample of the Sony STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver, we set it up in a high-end two-channel system to test its audio performance quality. The sound was pretty amazing for a home theater receiver. To us, it sounded like a high-end British amp with a completely neutral sound that does not lean toward warmth or bright, but right in the middle where it should be.
Popping the cover off and looking inside, it's easy to see why the STR-AZ5000ES sounds so amazing. Sony starts out with a sturdy frame that was made thicker for the 2023 models to stabilize all the components and its massive power supply. It is attached to anti-resonant feet. The digital circuit board even has different length fins designed to reduce resonances, which is next-level attention to detail. The 32-bit DAC has a new analog power supply for a purer power feed. You’ll also see these unique-looking resistors called Fine Sounds Resistor by Sony that use a high amount of copper for a purer sound. Sony even developed a special ES high-purity solder for better sound.
After the two-channel listening tests, we set the STR-AZ5000ES AV receiver up in a theater in one of our demo rooms. We went through inputting all of the measurements, then got to the special microphone, which has two wings clearly labeled left and right mic. Even the auto-calibration will ask for some of the measurements we did earlier. You do two passes with two different points for the microphone that are practically impossible to mess up as the little stand has cutouts for the Sony mic. I also like the fact the whole assembly had a threaded insert for a tripod stand.
In our testing, we did come up with a way to take measurements that we felt gave far better results. When you purchase your Sony receiver from Audio Advice, we’ll provide you with our special tips and tricks that cover what we learned to get the most from your system.
We played some of our favorite Atmos test tracks. The dive bomber scene from “Midway” really stood out. We could practically feel the bullets and shell fire tracking above and around us. The gaming experience includes precise placement of everything around you, possibly giving you a leg up on the competition.
It was clear to us that there was truly something to all of the data Sony asks you at setup.
So with all of its greatness, what is there not to like? Well, not much. We do wish it had separate subwoofer outputs that let you calibrate multiple subs individually. However, this is less of a big deal with so many new subs coming with room calibration built-in. You do get two parallel sub outputs and could easily set up dual subs to get great performance. Check out our video on subwoofer setup.
When you consider the price point of the new STR-AZ5000ES and how it places immersive effects into your room with precision, it has to be one of the best value home theater receivers for those of you looking at a higher channel count. We highly recommend this incredible receiver as one of the best AVR’s on the market for the cost. While it's been a long wait, it was well worth it.
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, and DTS Virtual: X, 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|