Yamaha RX-A8A vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES review

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Yamaha RX-A8A vs Sony STR-AZ7000ES review

Yamaha RX-A8A
vs
Sony STR-AZ7000ES

It makes sense comparing Yamaha RX-A8A 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, Yamaha RX-A8A has 11.2 versus 13.2 for Sony STR-AZ7000ES. And as for power, it is the same and equal to 150/8. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-A8A but 0.09% for the STR-AZ7000ES.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-A8A and 192 KHz/32-bit for the STR-AZ7000ES. Both the RX-A8A and the STR-AZ7000ES 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-A8A can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, and the STR-AZ7000ES 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-A8A has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/2 HDMI connectors of the Sony STR-AZ7000ES.Yamaha RX-A8A 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 RX-A8A has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 3 Multi-room zones. 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-A8A 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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Yamaha RX-A8A
Sony STR-AZ7000ES

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RX-A8A
STR-AZ7000ES

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