Yamaha RX-A2A vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES review

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Yamaha RX-A2A vs Sony STR-AZ5000ES review

Yamaha RX-A2A
Sony STR-AZ5000ES

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-A2A 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, Yamaha RX-A2A has 7.2 versus 11.2 for Sony STR-AZ5000ES. Regarding power, then RX-A2A has such a W/Ohm ratio - 100/8 when STR-AZ5000ES has a power of 130/8. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-A2A but 0.09% for the STR-AZ5000ES.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-A2A and 192 KHz/32-bit for the STR-AZ5000ES. Both the RX-A2A and the STR-AZ5000ES support Bi-amping. 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. The RX-A2A can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, and the STR-AZ5000ES can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

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 Yamaha RX-A2A has 7/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/2 HDMI connectors of the Sony STR-AZ5000ES.Yamaha RX-A2A 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 RX-A2A has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

The RX-A2A 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 RX-A2A 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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Yamaha RX-A2A
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