Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Onkyo TX-8020 review

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AV receivers comparison chart

Overall
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
6.3
Onkyo TX-8020
4.2
7
6
7
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7
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Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Onkyo TX-8020 review

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
vs
Onkyo TX-8020

It makes sense comparing Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Onkyo TX-8020 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Sony STR-ZA3100ES has 7.2 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8020. Regarding power, then STR-ZA3100ES has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/8, 90/6 when TX-8020 has a power of 90/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-ZA3100ES but 0.03% for the TX-8020. Only the STR-ZA3100ES supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Only the STR-ZA3100ES has Bluetooth support. Competitors do not have built-in Spotify service.

Video features

Only the Sony STR-ZA3100ES has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the STR-ZA3100ES provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the STR-ZA3100ES. Only the STR-ZA3100ES supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The HDMI eARC is available only on the STR-ZA3100ES. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the STR-ZA3100ES. The TX-8020 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Sony STR-ZA3100ES.

Multichannel surround

Only the STR-ZA3100ES has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the STR-ZA3100ES.

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General

Item

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Onkyo TX-8020

Model

STR-ZA3100ES
TX-8020

Brand

Sony
Onkyo

Reviews

4
738

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 90/6
90/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.03

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC EX

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Sound Optimizer
WRAT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
0

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

0
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
0

Coaxial digital input

1
0

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

2/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, setup mic
phones

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG
has not

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPod

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

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

3
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

290
180

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 17.4 x 41/17 x 6.7 x 16.1
43.5 x 15 x 32.8/ 17 x 6.5 x 13

Weight, kg/lbs

12.7/28
9.6/19.8

Other

Release year

2017
2013
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Onkyo TX-8020
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Onkyo TX-8020

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.3
  • 4.2
  • 6.3Sony STR-ZA3100ES
  • 4.2Onkyo TX-8020

The Sony STR-ZA3100ES is better receiver in this comparison. Check Sony STR-ZA3100ES price