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Sony Launches New 8K AV Receiver Lineup

Sony has released its first AV receivers to feature 8K and 4K/120 support, as well as Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology.

Sony Electronics Inc. has announced its newest addition to the brand’s AV receiver line. These receivers are the first from Sony to feature 8K and 4K/120 support, as well as Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology. The new ES line features four new models built mainly for custom installation. Additionally, the STR- AN1000 is created for consumers looking to upgrade their current home theater system.

ES Series for Custom Installation

Sony’s new Elevated Standard (ES) series’ AV receivers feature four new models that are intended to deliver an elevated experience, while also being designed for integrators with optimized configurability, flexible connectivity, and advanced IP control compatibility with leading control systems.

Sony ES Series AV Receiver

The frame beam base chassis (FBB chassis) has been developed for the audio amplifiers by combining a conventional frame beam chassis with a transformer base, providing high accuracy and stiffness, the frame is more stabilized, reproducing better sound with less distortion. Additionally, the overall thickness of the ES series has been improved. Now, the bottom is 200 percent thicker and side wall is 120 percent thicker than previous models.

Featuring support for the leading control systems from Control4, Crestron, Savant, and OvrC, custom integrators can be sure that Sony’s ES receiver lineup will integrate seamlessly with the control system of their choice. Additionally, the Works with Sonos feature makes it possible to integrate into a Sonos sound system.

The ES Series lineup will include the following models:

  • STR-AZ7000ES: 2 CH
  • STR-AZ5000ES: 2 CH
  • STR-AZ3000ES: 2CH
  • STR-AZ1000ES: 2 CH

STR-AN1000 7.2 Channel 8K AV Receiver

The STR-AN1000 gives consumers an immersive surround sound and high-quality visual. With this AV receiver, take any movie experience to a higher level without any special skill and knowledge with new Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping.

Sony STR-AN1000 AV Receiver

Common Features of the ES Receiver Line and the STR-AN1000

An authentic cinematic experience at home: The AV receivers feature Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology to create a immersive cinematic experience. 360 Spatial Sound Mapping can place multiple phantom speakers around the room to create a wider listening space for a more authentic cinematic experience at home.

By utilizing the positional information measured by Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX (D.C.A.C. IX), multiple phantom speakers are generated all around the room so cinema lovers can experience every breath, step, and word as if inside the film. D.C.A.C. IX, the latest auto- calibration technology developed by Sony, can correct the distance, angle, sound pressure, and frequency response of each speaker by measuring the speaker placement in 3D using the supplied calibration microphone. This works alongside Auto Phase Matching, which aligns the phase of different speakers. This means users can compensate for challenging speaker placement, delay or phase shift and feel fully immersed in a movie.

The ES series and STR-AN1000 create the ideal speaker installation for any home theater with 360 Spatial Sound Mapping, as well as support for the latest audio formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

High-quality visuals for movies and gaming: Enjoy movies in a new way thanks to the inclusion of HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and newly supported 8K and IMAX Enhanced on the ES series and STR-AN1000. All the original picture quality is preserved when played through the AV receivers, so movie watchers will be completely immersed when enjoying films. The ES series and STR-AN1000 now supports the latest formats, such as 4K/120, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) in HDMI 2.1, for smoother and clearer movement for responsive gameplay. The AV receivers will also pass-through Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode on compatible BRAVIA XR TVs for a better gaming experience on the PlayStation 5.

Bring music to life: Enjoy music the way the artists truly intended with High-Resolution Audio for crystal clear precision. The ES series and STR-AN1000 also supports DSD (Direct Stream Digital) native playback, with no conversion involved so DSD content can be fully enjoyed without losing any of the original quality. For those looking for a premium experience, the STR- AZ7000ES has a 13-channel amplification system that reproduces an immersive audio experience with 360 Reality Audio.

Additionally, the AV receivers offer easy access to music applications. Not only with STR- AN1000 but also ES series, users can connect smart devices to the amplifier via Bluetooth as well as services such as Spotify Connect, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, and Works with Sonos.

Works with Sony TV and Speakers: When connected to a BRAVIA XR TV with Acoustic Center Sync, the ES series and STR- AN1000 combines audio from the TV with the audio from the center speaker. Dialog will appear to come directly from the characters on the screen creating a much more immersive experience.

The AV receivers also integrate seamlessly with the BRAVIA Quick Settings menu, allowing users to change features such as sound field of the amplifier just by using the TV remote. Users can also use their TV remote to control the volume of the receiver, ensuring quick and easy control without requiring multiple remotes.

In addition, the AV receivers can also connect wirelessly to Sony’s optional speakers, including the wireless rear speakers SA-RS5 and SA-RS3S, as well as optional wireless subwoofers SA-SW5 and SA-SW3. An optional rear speaker (SA-RS5 / SA-RS3S) offers an even more immersive cinematic experience.

Pricing and availability (US)

The STR-AN1000 is priced at MSRP $899.99 and is available for presale at Sony Electronics, Amazon, Best Buy, and other authorized retailers.

The ES Series models are available for presale at Sony Electronics.

  • STR-AZ7000ES: 2 CH AV Receiver will be priced at MSRP $3299.99
  • STR-AZ5000ES: 2 CH AV Receiver will be priced at MSRP $2099.99
  • STR-AZ3000ES: 2 CH AV Receiver will be priced at MSRP $1699.99
  • STR-AZ1000ES: 2 CH AV Receiver will be priced at MSRP $1099.99