Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Pioneer VSX-1131 review

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Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Pioneer VSX-1131 review

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
vs
Pioneer VSX-1131

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Pioneer VSX-1131 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then STR-ZA3100ES has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/8, 90/6 when VSX-1131 has a power of 100/8, 170/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-ZA3100ES but 0.08% for the VSX-1131. Both the STR-ZA3100ES and the VSX-1131 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. Only the VSX-1131 supports Spotify.

Video features

These units support HDR technology. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The VSX-1131 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the STR-ZA3100ES. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

The Sony STR-ZA3100ES has 6/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 7/2 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer VSX-1131.Sony STR-ZA3100ES connectionsPioneer VSX-1131 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the STR-ZA3100ES. 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. The VSX-1131 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. Both STR-ZA3100ES and VSX-1131 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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General

Item

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Pioneer VSX-1131

Model

STR-ZA3100ES
VSX-1131

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

4
235

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 90/6
100/8, 170/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC EX
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Sound Optimizer
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

0
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

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
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

has not
FlareConnect

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

3
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
DTS Neo:X

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

290
580

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.1

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 17.3 x 37.5/17 x 6.8 x 14.6

Weight, kg/lbs

12.7/28
10/22

Other

Release year

2017
2016
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Pioneer VSX-1131
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Pioneer VSX-1131

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.3
  • 7.5
  • 6.3Sony STR-ZA3100ES
  • 7.5Pioneer VSX-1131

The Pioneer VSX-1131 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-1131 price