AV Receiver Sony STR-DA5600’S

The Sony STR-DA 5600 ES plays incredibly musical, and this sends a very full equipment package in the race.

  1. AV receiver Sony STR-DA5600’S
  2. Data sheet

Almost it might overlook the automatic measurement of rough mine at the Sony – alone, because not as otherwise the two big-name Dolby or Audyssey prominently adorn on the housing. Rather, simple Sony calls the combination of the microphone and measuring automatic “Auto Calibration”. Somehow, the Sony engineers on other things seem to create value as on the usual feature trophies collection. About the manual speaker setup is lavishly lovingly arranged – almost every conceivable speaker positioning using the seven stages is graphically illustrated.

This is the receiver full of blazing technique – seven HDMI ports in the latest generation adorn (1.4A) on the back, two of which are used as output. Deep-color coated and three-dimensional image data appears as well to their destination as incoming signals from the TV (via audio return channel). Secondary zones can be supplied with a free surround-back amplifier couples and even an own video processor from Sony.

About HDMI control commands docked Blu-ray player and game console anyway with a push of a button from the standby sleep get, but also the stereo sources in the Cabinet wall using Sony remote control be controlled thanks to the enclosed IR transmitter. A propos HDMI: specially for the owners of the Sony SACD player SCD-XA5400’S (tested in AUDIO 1/09) the DA-5600 with the effective Jitterkontrollfunktion of H.A.T.S waiting.

As expected, no preferential treatment via USB is offered the iPod as a fierce competitor to the in-house walking men – but, he can play with the optional Sony dock.

Extra: Network switch and A/D converters for all

Sony bought his most recent receiver flagship equal four RJ45 sockets – not more anxious redundancy, but to provide all the other potential Sony colleagues in the living room style with data. Because a network switch is installed in the Sony that friendly and discreet forward incoming IP packets to TV or game console. This saves you the nervous blinking and often very Unhappy plastic box-switch in the living room.

By the way the STR-DA 5600 as media server operates. He makes his currently playing audio signals other network players available – no matter from what source. Be it the radio waves via FM/AM or the converted analog/digital tones of a turntable. Only the ShowCast service Internet radio data packets are denied to other LAN users.

As a network client, in turn, the Sony can fish pictures, videos and music from a media server. However, he supports not the lossless compressed FLAC files.


The Sony shows very potent, with fairly robust power amplifiers True sine wave power stereo 8/4 Ohms: 2 x 148/218W, determined true sine wave power surround 8/4 Ohms: 5 x 112/144W 7 x 94/110W. The frequency chart (o.Abb.) certifies him broadband all signal played to processing. The PreOuts is a relatively high resistance ohms 1093 – short cable routes are recommended. Standby/operating 0.2 / 43 Watts.

Hearing test

The Sony was able to convince thanks to his extremely musical and dynamic game with all Blu-ray discs, but found his personal highlight in Jane Monheit: no other amp in the price range was so soft and full-bodied, and still alive crisp to reflect the performance of the jazz singer.

For the STR-DA 5600 in the stereo pass had beaten clearly the Denon AVR-4311, which gave more precise and differentiated.

Sony STR AS 5600 ES

Manufacturer Sony
Price €2500.00
Rating 96.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Genus (REC / GM / input.) Receiver
Dimensions 43,0 x 17,5 x 43,0 cm
Weight 16.9 kg
Power amplifiers, number 7
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master
Colors black and silver
Remote control Learning remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync Lip sync / 0-1200 ms, 10 ms
Equalizer manual No
Bands / channels 0 / 0
Video standards converter V > 3 K > HDMI
Scaling Analog to HDMI
Video adjustment No / -.
Switched network jacks 0
Autom. Calibration with Equalization
AV connectors
Digital inputs RCA / front 3 / 0
Optical digital inputs / front 5 / 1
Digital inputs HDMI / front 5 / 1
HDMI version number 1.4A
Digital output HDMI 2
Digital RCA outputs 0
Optical digital outputs 1
USB ports front / rear 0 / 0
i-pod connection Dock
Network connection Networking /.
Ethernet, RS, can also film in MPEG2 and WMV, up to 720 x 480 streams Analaog audio in networks
Multi channel input 7.1
Outputs audio 2
Headphone Jack Headphone Jack
Preamp output 9.1
Laboratory data
True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm 148,0 W / 218,0 W
Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm 153,0 W / 210.0 W
RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm 112.0 W / 144.0 W
Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm 130.0 W / 111.0 W
RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm 144.0 W
Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm 95.0 W / 91.0 W
HiFi output power 4 ohm
effective pulse power front 4 ohm
effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms
maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2
maximum output voltage Z3
Number of appropriate channels
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm 94 W / 110 W
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp 91 W / 95 W
Noise line / multi channel input 101.0 dB /.
Noise phono MM / phono standard system 77.0 dB / 75.0 dB
Noise phono MC
Digital noise 98.0 dB
Front noise ProLogic 96.0 dB
Noise ProLogic Center 97.0 dB
Power consumption standby / operating 0.2 W / 43 W
Lively, very powerful musical demeanor, super features.
No pure-direct.
Sound stereo 83
Surround sound 95
Sound HD 110
Operation outstanding
Facilities outstanding
Processing Very good
Price / performance Very good
Sound judgment outstanding 96
tested in issue: 2 / 11