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Sony’s new AV receivers with PS5 and Sonos support are the long-term solution we require

STR-AZ7000ES AV receiver on table with curtain in background


I recently had the opportunity to get an in-person and in-depth overview of Sony’s new ES AV receiver lineup at an event that happened in an atypically frozen Austin, Texas. Fortunately, the power remained on long enough—icy rains had knocked it out for 120,000 Austin customers during my stay—to get a thorough demo of these impressive models, the first new receivers to emerge from Sony in five years.

There are five new models in total: four ES receivers aimed at the professional custom installation channel and one consumer model. All receivers share many of the same features, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding and multiple HDMI 2.1 ports with 8K, 4K 120Hz, Dolby Vision HDR, and IMAX Enhanced support.