Sony ES-3000ES Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

With its high-resolution audio and Dolby Atmos surround sound, the ES-3000ES delivers cinematic quality to your home. This receiver is a custom installer favorite.

It features a powerful DAC that provides up to 110W per channel, and has been engineered with proprietary circuitry to deliver clearer, more dynamic audio reproduction than you'll find in most competing A/V receivers. A new op-amp design uses JFET and a proprietary asymmetrical signal-handling circuit that improves output performance over conventional cascading designs, while a high-purity tin base with small amounts of carefully selected metals makes up the ES-grade solder used throughout the STR-ZA3000ES' amplification components.

The STR-ZA3000ES' Auto Speaker Calibration System with mic takes the guesswork out of setting up your sound system. The system will input your ear, screen, and ceiling height information to better optimize the Sony processor for the best sound possible in your room. It also enables Center Speaker Lift Up, which adjusts the EQ of the center channel to match what's on your compatible BRAVIA TV. It even includes a special "in-ceiling" setting that performs psychoacoustic manipulation to lower the sound position of the front height speakers if you're using in-ceiling front speakers.

This receiver is equipped with the latest HDMI technology and is capable of passing up to 4K/60p and HDR video signals. It supports the latest lossless Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos surround sound formats, as well as DTS Virtual: X and DTS: X Pro for a more immersive object-based audio experience. It also offers a dedicated RS232C port for integration with control systems like Savant, Crestron, and others.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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