Denon DRA-900H vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES review

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Denon DRA-900H vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES review

Denon DRA-900H
vs
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

The Denon DRA-900H vs Sony STR-AZ1000ES comparison will be extremely helpful for people who want to get a great, powerful receiver with many functions.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 2.2 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the DRA-900H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, 120/6, while the STR-AZ1000ES has a power of 100/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the DRA-900H it is 0.08%, but for the STR-AZ1000ES it is 0.09%.

Audio features

Competitive models use the same DAC. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-AZ1000ES. Both Denon DRA-900H and Sony STR-AZ1000ES can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the DRA-900H and the STR-AZ1000ES. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the STR-AZ1000ES.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the DRA-900H has 6/1, and the STR-AZ1000ES has 6/2.Denon DRA-900H connectionsSony STR-AZ1000ES connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the DRA-900H and the STR-AZ1000ES. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. DRA-900H and STR-AZ1000ES support the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon DRA-900H.

Additional features

Unlike the DRA-900H where 2 Multi zones is provided, the STR-AZ1000ES works with 3 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon DRA-900H and the Sony STR-AZ1000ES can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the STR-AZ1000ES. Only in the STR-AZ1000ES realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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General

Item

Denon DRA-900H
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

Model

DRA-900H
STR-AZ1000ES

Brand

Denon
Sony

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

2.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 120/6
100/8

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

has not
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
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
1

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

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, Auto LipSync
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

preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

has not
DSD, LPCM

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

has not
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

220
240

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 6.2 x 13.1 / 43 x 15.6 x 33.1

Weight, kg/lbs

8.2/18.3
9.3/19

Other

Release year

2023
2023
Denon DRA-900H
Sony STR-AZ1000ES
Denon DRA-900H
Sony STR-AZ1000ES

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  • 7.3
  • 8.4
  • 7.3Denon DRA-900H
  • 8.4Sony STR-AZ1000ES