The STR-ZA5000ES can drive front, center, surround, surround rear, and two pairs of height speakers, which would typically be mounted in the ceiling or very high on the wall. It has two pre-amp outputs to support a pair of powered subwoofers. The receiver has five HDMI 2.1a inputs, each of which supports HDCP 2.2, and there are two HDMI 2.2 outputs, so it can support a TV, a video projector, and/or a second zone inside your home (choose any combination of two).
One of the STR-ZA5000ES's most interesting features is the presence of a built-in eight-port ethernet port that provides power-over-ethernet on all eight ports. The receiver can also be controlled via RS-232C or infrared (via the front panel or a hard-wired connection in back). Sony expects to deliver the new receiver in the first quarter of 2016.
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