What is better - Sony STRZA5000ES vs Denon HEOS AVR?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STRZA5000ES has such a ratio W/Ohm - 130/8, while the HEOS AVR has a power of 50/8, 65/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STRZA5000ES it is 0.09%, but for the HEOS AVR it is 0.05%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STRZA5000ES. Both Sony STRZA5000ES and Denon HEOS AVR can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with HEOS AVR. There is a Bluetooth protocol at the HEOS AVR. Support for Apple Music Services not implemented. The HEOS AVR has access to the Spotify service. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 STRZA5000ES and the HEOS AVR. Video scaling is only possible with the STRZA5000ES. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the STRZA5000ES.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STRZA5000ES has 6/2, and the HEOS AVR has 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the STRZA5000ES and the HEOS AVR. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STRZA5000ES and HEOS AVR support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Sony STRZA5000ES can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the STRZA5000ES. Only in the STRZA5000ES realized a DTS:X surround technology.