Denon DRA-900H vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES review

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Denon DRA-900H vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES review

Denon DRA-900H
vs
Sony STR-AZ5000ES

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Denon DRA-900H vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon DRA-900H has 2.2 versus 11.2 for Sony STR-AZ5000ES. Regarding power, then DRA-900H has such a W/Ohm ratio - 100/8, 120/6 when STR-AZ5000ES has a power of 130/8. The THD is 0.08% for the DRA-900H 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. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the STR-AZ5000ES.

Extensive connections

The Denon DRA-900H has 6/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/2 HDMI connectors of the Sony STR-AZ5000ES.Denon DRA-900H 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 DRA-900H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The DRA-900H 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 DRA-900H and STR-AZ5000ES can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the STR-AZ5000ES has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the STR-AZ5000ES.

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General

Item

Denon DRA-900H
Sony STR-AZ5000ES

Model

DRA-900H
STR-AZ5000ES

Brand

Denon
Sony

Reviews

0
0

Amplifier

Channels

2.2
11.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 120/6
130/8

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
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

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
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
1/2

DC trigger output (12V)

0
3

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
500

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

8.2/18.3
9.3/19

Other

Release year

2023
2023
Denon DRA-900H
Sony STR-AZ5000ES
Denon DRA-900H
Sony STR-AZ5000ES

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 7.3
  • 8.6
  • 7.3Denon DRA-900H
  • 8.6Sony STR-AZ5000ES