Released September, 2007
The Pros:6 HDMI 1.3a inputs (most competitors have only 4). Includes 2 remotes - one advanced, one simple. Excellent graphical user interface.
The Cons:Doesn't upscale lower resolution HDMI sources to 1080p. Reon HQV chip is better than the Faroudja DCDi. No network streaming functionality.
The Sony STR-DA5300ES is a 7.1 channel A/V receiver supporting the latest HDMI 1.3a standard and 1080p. It includes 6 HDMI inputs and has one output. Any one of its analog input sources can be switched and upscaled to 1080p over HDMI.
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However, HDMI-to-HDMI upscaling is not possible (see Denon AVR-5308CI for this feature). Including its 3 component video inputs, you can have up to 9 HD sources connected to this receiver.
The STR-DA5300ES features 120 Watts of power per audio channel. Speaker calibration can be done automatically with the included stereo calibration microphone (most other systems use a mono mic). Further configuration of the system can be done on-screen with the graphical user interface. Audio formats supported include up to 8 channels of Linear PCM audio plus Dolby Digital+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS High Resolution Audio, DTS HD Master Audio, and even DSD for SACD. The 5300 comes with two remotes; an advanced remote, and a simple one offering the most commonly used functions.
Features / Specs
- MSRP: $1699
- Release: Sept. 2007
- XMB (XrossMediaBar) Graphical User Interface
- Faroudja DCDi video processor
- 120 W / channel (7.1 channels) Discrete-component amplifiers
- Dolby® TrueHD and DTS® HD Master Audio support
- Dolby® ProLogic IIx, DTS® NEO:6, THX Neural Surround, Sony Digital Cinema Sound
- 6 HDMI 1.3a inputs (1 output)
- 3 HD component inputs (2 outputs: Main and second zone)
- Accepts x.v.Color (xvYCC) and Deep Color (on HDMI inputs)
- Supports 1080/60p and 1080/24p
- Digital Media Port allows adding iPod support, Network Streaming audio, and other connectivity
- Supports 3 audio zones (HD component video to second zone; thrid zone is audio only)
- 5 TOSLINK (optical) and 3 Coaxial digital audio inputs (1 TOSLINK output)
- Supports amplifier redirection (Bi-amp front L/R speakers, or amplified second zone audio)
- One 7.1 channel analog audio input, plus 7.1 channel pre-amp outputs
- Includes 2 remotes (1 simple, 1 advanced)
- Automatic audio calibration with included stereo mic
- Advanced installations can make use of three 12V triggers, IR inputs and outputs, and RS-232 control.
User Reviews (12)
6 HDMI 1.3a inputs (most competitors have only 4)
Includes 2 remotes - one advanced, one simple
Excellent graphical user interface
User selectable output resolution
Upscales all video sources (except HDMI) to 1080p on its HDMI output
Good audio and video quality
Supports Sony's Digital Media Port (DMP) to connect compatible devices (iPod, WiFi, Walkman, Bluetooth)
Doesn't upscale lower resolution HDMI sources to 1080p
Reon HQV chip is better than the Faroudja DCDi
No network streaming functionality
More expensive than the Yamaha and Onkyo competition by $100
Less output power than its competitors (120W vs 140W)
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