Denon AVR-X1800H vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES review

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Denon AVR-X1800H vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES review

Denon AVR-X1800H
vs
Sony STR-AZ7000ES

It makes sense comparing Denon AVR-X1800H vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-X1800H has 7.2 versus 13.2 for Sony STR-AZ7000ES. Regarding power, then AVR-X1800H has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 120/6 when STR-AZ7000ES has a power of 150/8. The THD is 0.08% for the AVR-X1800H but 0.09% for the STR-AZ7000ES.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 192 KHz/32-bit. Only the STR-AZ7000ES 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. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the STR-AZ7000ES.

Extensive connections

The Denon AVR-X1800H has 6/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/2 HDMI connectors of the Sony STR-AZ7000ES.Denon AVR-X1800H connectionsSony STR-AZ7000ES 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-X1800H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The AVR-X1800H supports 2 Multi-room zones, versus 3 for the STR-AZ7000ES. 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-X1800H and STR-AZ7000ES 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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General

Item

Denon AVR-X1800H
Sony STR-AZ7000ES

Model

AVR-X1800H
STR-AZ7000ES

Brand

Denon
Sony

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
13.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8, 120/6
150/8

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
DCAC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer
Acoustic Center Sync, DSEE Ultimate, DSD Native Playback, Pure Direct, In-Ceiling Speaker Mode, Center Speaker Lift Up

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

2 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/1
6/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
2

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10+
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/120Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz
8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

Dynamic HDR, Variable Refresh Rate, Quick Frame Transport, Auto Low Latency Mode
Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control, App Control
IP Control, Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
has not

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/2

DC trigger output (12V)

0
3

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Atmos Music, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DSD, LPCM

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF, DSD
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

430
540

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

17.1Г— 13.3 Г— 6 / 43.4 x 33.7 x 15.2
17 x 7.3 x 17.3 / 43 x 19.4 x 44

Weight, kg/lbs

8.8/19
9.5/21

Other

Release year

2023
2023
Denon AVR-X1800H
Sony STR-AZ7000ES
Denon AVR-X1800H
Sony STR-AZ7000ES

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