Sony is not new to the A/V receiver game, having have produced high-end gear under the ES (Elevated Standard) moniker for several decades. Sony is no longer the all-powerful consumer electronics giant it was when they launched the ES component line. Today Sony is a bit on an underdog, an engineering-centric company with a taste for high design and high concept, but without the cachet they once enjoyed as a designers of the very best gear. My first audiophile-quality CD player was Sony's landmark CDP-X7ESD, a perfect example of the level of excellence ES stood for: World class, no compromise performance.
Fast forward (or perhaps skip forward) to 2013 and Sony is at a crossroads. The PS4 is an announced product and it will feature 4K downloadable movies. 4K television is the one category where they are ahead of the competition, in terms of putting actual TV sets into stores and showrooms. Sony already sells the world's first 4K projector for home theaters, the VPL-VW1000ES. The Sony ES lineup now includes newly designed speakers and receivers. It certainly looks like Sony is making a move to re-establish high-end A/V credentials.
Key to this strategy is the nerve center; Sony needed an AVR with a feature that sets it apart from very stiff competition. Based on initial reviews, they have succeeded with the STR-DS5800ES A/V Receiver.
Specifications from Sony's web site are here.
It does feature room correction, but it uses Sony's proprietary system called "Digital Cinema Audio Calibration EX", which will surely disappoint Audyssey fans. I have no issue with Sony's room correction, even though it is not as sophisticated as competitors' offerings.
"Simply place the included microphone at your listening position, start auto-calibration, and the receiver will correct for speaker distance, degree, characteristic, and phase to create an acoustically ideal environment."
Just ordered one, also a new OPPO 105 , 55' 4K SONY TV. 4K PLAYER, AND A PANAMAX M7500-PRO , ALL'S IN
EXCEPT THE RECEIVER, STR-5800ES. WILL HAVE FUN PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER, JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT
SPEAKERS TO MATCH UP. ANY IDEAS.
Sony STR-DA5800ES A/V Receiver HT Labs Measures
- Two channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
0.1% distortion at 128.5 watts
1% distortion at 171.4 watts
- Five channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
0.1% distortion at 110.3 watts
1% distortion at 134.7 watts
- Seven channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
0.1% distortion at 98.5 watts
1% distortion at 118.7 watts
Ok does anyone knows the rating at 4 Ohm
130W at 4 Ohm and at 8 Ohms
1. Is the amplifier that is in the Sony 5800ES a Class A/B amplifier?
2. The manual on page 141 is shows the same power at 8 Ohms and at 4 Ohms how is that possible?