Denon AVR-S770H vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES review

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Denon AVR-S770H vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES review

Denon AVR-S770H
Sony STR-AZ5000ES

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Denon AVR-S770H vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.


A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-S770H has 7.2 versus 11.2 for Sony STR-AZ5000ES. Regarding power, then AVR-S770H has such a W/Ohm ratio - 75/8, 110/6 when STR-AZ5000ES has a power of 130/8. The THD is 0.08% for the AVR-S770H but 0.09% for the STR-AZ5000ES.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/32-bit. Only the STR-AZ5000ES supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix - all of these streaming services have found application in each of the models.

Video features

Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/120Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Denon AVR-S770H has 6/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/2 HDMI connectors of the Sony STR-AZ5000ES.Denon AVR-S770H connectionsSony STR-AZ5000ES connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.3. The AVR-S770H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The AVR-S770H supports 2 Multi-room zones, versus 3 for the STR-AZ5000ES. Supported voice control technologies are identical - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both AVR-S770H and STR-AZ5000ES can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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Denon AVR-S770H
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