STR-AZ3000ES

ES A/V Receiver: Elevated performance for all

Elevated sound quality and powerful amplification that meets ES standards

With 120 watts, the STR-AZ3000ES delivers cinema-like surround sound and crystal-clear music reproduction with powerful amplification.2

8K & 4K/120 HDMI Connectivity

Enjoy the latest HDMI technology with support for 8K & 4K/120 video sources.1,4 Equipped with four 8K HDMI inputs and two outputs the STR-AZ3000ES is capable of delivering the most stunning picture quality and amazing clarity.3

Support for the most advanced object-based audio formats

With support for Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Speaker Virtualization, DTS:X®, and DTS Virtual: X the STR-AZ3000ES delivers a truly elevated object-based surround-sound experience.

360 Spatial Sound Mapping

Experience true immersion. Sony’s exclusive 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology reproduces a physical sound field that can adapt to your environment and create an experience that feels like a movie theatre or concert hall.13

Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX

A new technology developed by Sony, Digital Cinema Auto Calibration IX precisely corrects the distance, angle, sound pressure, and frequency response of each speaker that’s connected to the STR-AZ3000ES to create the ideal sound field for any home theater setup.

Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced

Enjoy dynamic, realistic picture quality with support for exciting HDR formats like Dolby Vision, HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, and IMAX Enhanced.6,8,9

“Works with SONOS”

From the SONOS app you will be able to turn on your A/V Receiver, switch to the designated input source for playback, and control the volume of your A/V Receiver.5,6

Easy Listening

Listen to all your favorite tracks. The STR-AZ3000ES supports audio streaming via Bluetooth®,11 Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in,7 Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay®.6

Voice Assistant Compatibility

Connect to your home’s other devices, and use voice control to operate your receiver with Google Assistant.8

Roon Tested

Enjoy seamless integration with your Roon system for full access to all your music—including your digital files and streaming services—all in one place.6

Compatible with Sony Music Center app

Control the STR-AZ3000ES from your mobile device for operations like source selection, zone control, sound field control, volume control, media playback, and voice assistant setup.6

Center Speaker Lift Up and Acoustic Center Sync

Enhance your sound multiple ways: Center Speaker Lift Up raises the sound from the center speaker to match what’s on the TV, Acoustic Center Sync matches the audio to your compatible BRAVIA TV.12

Support for integration with leading home control systems6

With support for the leading control and remote monitoring systems like Control4, Savant, Crestron, and OvrC the STR-AZ3000ES is built for integration.6

Flexible setup options

Installing the STR-AZ3000ES is easy. Setup can be performed either via the front panel or through the onscreen Graphical User Interface (GUI).

USB Front Input with settings save option

Using the front mounted USB, you can easily apply system updates and during setup, save all receiver settings to a flash drive for backing up and porting over to another unit to replicate settings.

One 12-volt triggers

Equipped with one 12-volt triggers for external peripherals, amplifiers, and more.

Three IR Repeaters

Three, IR repeaters (1-in, 2-out) for external device control.

Ping Button

Ping button for easy IP recall on front panel of receiver.

RS232C Port

RS232C port for control system configuration.

Zone 2 & Zone 3

Flexible multi-zone distribution capability.

Go Wireless

Sony’s SA-RS3S & SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers and SA-SW3 & SA-SW5 wireless subwoofers (Sold sep.) are compatible with the STR-AZ3000ES. Two subwoofers of the same model may be connected simultaneously to the receiver.

DSEE Ultimate

Using AI-based technology, DSEE Ultimate accurately upscales audio to near-high-resolution sound quality.

HDMI 2.1

While enabling higher quality video output and reduced latency from input devices like game consoles, HDMI 2.1 also provides support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).3,4

6 HDMI Inputs/2 Outputs

The STR-AZ3000ES has six HDMI inputs with four inputs supporting full 8K & 4K/120 video sources, and two HDMI outputs that also support full 8K & 4K/120 video sources.1,3,4

Newly Designed Frame Beam Base Chassis

The chassis of the ES model has been fundamentally revised: the overall thickness has been increased for improved rigidity, and the structures of the transformer base and other weight-bearing parts have also been redesigned to improve the instantaneous power and crispness of the sound, when compared to a conventional chassis.

Offset Screw Position Foot

Designed with an offset screw position to both eliminate the resonance point and avoid frequency-specific, vibration-inducing resonance transmission to and from the transformer, the foot also contains additional ribs for increased rigidity and improved resonance control.

Refreshed Digital Circuit Board

Metal ES-grade frames both secure the circuit board and protect it from vibration caused by speaker sound pressure. The varying fin length of the integrated heat sink reduces audible resonance uniformity while also shielding delicate circuitry from noise.

Redeveloped digital section

The new digital section enables all signal processing to be performed on a single chip while also providing lower impedance, increased capacitance, and better stability.

New DAC enables 32-bit operations

Digital PCM signal input is processed at 32-bit and converted to analog by the DAC, while DSD signal input during direct mode is natively input to the DAC and converted to an analog signal.

Improved analog power for DAC

The DAC analog power supply uses a low-noise power supply IC to ensure that hi-fidelity performance is achieved.

Buffer amp for DAC

A new DAC analog output filter circuit was designed utilizing a JFET and op-amp improvement in noise floor. The phase rotation was shifted to a higher frequency, expanding the bandwidth and improving sound clarity for wide-bandwidth sources like high-resolution audio.

Sony exclusive integrated circuit

A Sony-exclusive integrated circuit was developed to improve all amplification function on the STR-AZ3000ES. The pre-amp is independently connected to each individual amplifier channel, improving channel separation and reducing internal interference over more traditional cascading designs.

Lead free ES solder

Applying years of sound engineering and testing experience, Sony has developed an ES-grade solder. A high-purity tin base combines with small amounts of specially chosen metal elements for a unique alloy mix that enables a quality signal and exceptional sound.

Hi-Res Audio & 360 Reality Audio

Enjoy music the way the artists truly intended with High-Resolution Audio for crystal clear precision or discover a new way of listening with 360 Reality Audio for a truly immersive live concert or studio session experience.6 With the STR-AZ3000ES, your music comes to life like never before.

Covered by Sony® ES 5-Year Limited Warranty

All ES-Series receivers come with a 5-year parts and labor warranty, and dedicated toll-free support staffed by trained product experts. (1-877-619-7669); Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. ET10

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Amplifier
Power Output Front: 120W + 120W (8ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.9%)
Speaker Impedance 4ohms-16ohms
Sound Field 2ch Stereo, Direct, Auto Format Decoding, Multi Stereo, Audio Enhancer
Audio Features
Sound Enhancement Technologies Pure Direct, DSD Native Playback, Center Speaker Lift Up, In-Ceiling Speaker Mode
Auto Speaker Calibration
Calibration Features D.C.A.C. IX / D.C.A.C. EX / Advanced D.C.A.C. / D.C.A.C.: D.C.A.C. IX, Speaker Relocation: Yes, Phantom Surround Back: Yes, Automatic Phase Matching: Yes, Calibration Mic: Stereo
Custom Install & Control Features
Zone2 Audio 2nd A: Speaker(Variable) / Line (Variable, Fixed) / HDMI(Fixed)
IR Repeat (In/Out) Yes(1/2)
Decoding Format for HDMI
Decoding Format for HDMI DSD: Yes (Up to 2.8MHz 5.1ch), LPCM: Yes (Up to 192kHz/24 bit 7.1ch), DTS HD MA / DTS HD HR: Yes/Yes, Dolby TrueHD/Dolby Digital Plus: Yes/Yes, DTS / DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1): Yes/Yes, DTS 96/24: Yes, DTS:X: Yes, Dolby Dual Mono: Yes, Dolby Atmos: Yes
Decoding Format for USB/Network Client
Hi-Res Format DSDIFF(DSD), DSF, WAV(LPCM), AIFF(LPCM), FLAC, ALAC
General Features
GUI (Graphical User Interface) Yes
Power Requirement 120V 60Hz
Power Consumption 440W
Auto Standby Yes
Attachment Calibration microphone, Calibration mic stand, FM wire antenna, AC power cord, Remote control, R03 (size-AAA) batteries, Front cover
Interface
HDMI supporting HDCP2.2 In/Out HDMI Input supporting HDCP2.2(Front): 6(0) HDMI Output supporting HDCP2.2: 2
Input and Output Terminals Composite Monitor Out: 2, Opt: 2, Coax.: 1, Analog Audio In: 4, Pre Out (Subwoofer): 2, USB Front(ver) / Rear(ver): 1/0, Ethernet Port (Power over Ethernet): 1(0)
Speaker Output Terminals Front A, Center, Surround
Network Connectivity
Network Features Bluetooth Receiver, Bluetooth Transmitter, Wi-Fi
Spotify Connect Yes
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 430x194x440mm
Weight 19.0kg
Tuner Features
FM/AM Yes/-
Preset Channel (Sirius/XM/FM/AM) TTL30 (30/0)
Video Features
A/V SYNC Yes(Variable)
4K Output HDMI Video Output Capability: 8K, 4K, 1080p, 1080/24p, Deep Color (up to 36 bit), Triluminous Color (xvYCC)
4K 60p 4:4:4 Support Yes
3D over HDMI Yes
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Yes(HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby Vision)
Audio Return Channel Yes
BRAVIA® SYNC™ (CEC Control) Yes (System Audio Control, System Power Off, RC Pass Through, Language Follow, One-Touch Play)
HDMITM Pass Through Standby Through: Yes

Footnotes

  1. 8K: 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. Requires HDR compatible content from supported streaming services or HDR compatible content device connected via HDMI input (sold sep).
  2. 120 Watts measurements at (120W + 120W 8ohms, 1kHz, 2ch, THD 0.9%)
  3. Requires HDMI® cable sold sep.
  4. 4K: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Game title supporting 4K/120fps and/or VRR required.
  5. Sonos app required. Device must be connected to a power source, plugged into a SONOS® port, have the same Wi-Fi or hardline connection, and must have The SONOS® app. https://www.sonos.com/en-us/how-sonos-works
  6. 3rd party apps, network services, content, the operating system and software of this Product may be subject to individual terms and conditions and changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information. Requires product to be connected to the wireless network. 360 Reality Audio requires subscription to compatible online music service and third party terms, conditions, account and fees may apply.
  7. Chromecast built-in compatibility dependent on app.
  8. User must connect to a Google account to use, including voice to activate linked apps.
  9. May require additional accessories. Check with your authorized dealer for details.
  10. For full terms and conditions please visit https://www.sony.com/electronics/support
  11. Interoperability and compatibility among Bluetooth® devices vary.
  12. BRAVIA Acoustic Center Sync mode works with the following models: Z9J series, A90J series, A80J series, X95J series. Product availability varies by country. Integrated UI works with the following models: Z9J series, A90J series, A80J series, X95J series, X90J series, X85J series, X80J series, A80K series, X90K series, Z9K series, A95K series, A90K series and X95K series.
  13. To use 360 Spatial Sound Mapping, it is necessary to run the auto calibration on the receiver using the supplied calibration microphone that comes with the receiver. 360 Spatial Sound Mapping can work with passive speakers and compatible wireless rear speakers (SA-RS3S & SA-RS5) but they must be connected to the receiver for the calibration.