The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Sony STR-ZA2100ES vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Sony STR-ZA2100ES has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then STR-ZA2100ES has such a W/Ohm ratio - 75/8, 95/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-ZA2100ES but 0.08% for the TX-SR353. Only the STR-ZA2100ES supports Bi-amping feature. The Sony STR-ZA2100ES can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each of these units does not support Apple Music. Competitors do not have built-in Spotify service. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The STR-ZA2100ES can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the STR-ZA2100ES.
The Sony STR-ZA2100ES has 6/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the STR-ZA2100ES. 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 2.2. Receivers do not have 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-ZA2100ES.
Only the STR-ZA2100ES has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the STR-ZA2100ES.