Sony STR-DA 5400ES

The AV receiver is SACD signals via HDMI and can even optimize them.

  1. Sony STR-DA 5400ES
  2. Data sheet

The Sony SACD player offers even multichannel output – only via HDMI. Because the audio data but we are only second class passengers, the SCD-XA_5400_ES offers a special transport insurance: H. _A. _T. _S. (high quality digital audio transmission sys-tem). Originally designed for the iLink interface, Sony has expanded now use on HDMI – but only in conjunction with the matching AV receiver, the STR DA_5400_ES.

This is impressive even without H.A.T.S functionality. Already his six HDMI input sites and two switchable outputs are opulent. HDMI input number five is named “For Audio” and thus refers to the shortest signal path to the HDMI chip – the entrance of choice for all high bit signals.

Almost like in the picture book, the inner workings of the Sony designed: a separate power supply for the preamp section, separate analog and digital boards and a well stocked video board. Especially the large Faroudja chip that makes impression – and scaled very well as a result, calculated by interlaced clean in the full screen images. This feat manages the Sony a lot better than the pioneer although inside also a chip from the Faroudja family works.

Control via HDMI

But back to H.A.T.S. Both the player and the receiver audio data first be cached. A control unit in the receiver monitors the data coming from the player, reviewed in particular the timing and that if necessary SIG-nal to the player, to be faster or even slower. A 32-bit processor is developed specially for the processing of DSD, along with D/A converter then takes over the sceptre. And out comes an almost astonishingly accurate audio experience – a lot better than when player and amp be attached analog. The pioneer SC-LX _71 able with DSD data via HDMI not quite the fineness and firmness to reproduce, as it managed the Sony duo.


Showed the Sony there’s something restrained; He had better exercise his distinctive bass and set trends with soft, beautifully shaped votes. Only as the Onkyo TX-NR_906 (AUDIO 12/08) appeared on the plan, the receiver had to envy recognize which at the same time powerful and delicate art of music. Together with partner but the Sony is more than just a link in a chain.

Sony STR DA 5400 ES

Manufacturer Sony
Price €1900.00
Rating 87.0 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 16.5 kg
Power amplifiers, number 7
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats
Remote control Remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync No /.
Equalizer manual No
Bands / channels 0 / 0
Video standards converter Composite video < > SV < > 3 K > HDMI
Video adjustment
Switched network jacks 0
Autom. Calibration with Equalization
AV connectors
Digital inputs RCA / front 3 / 0
Optical digital inputs / front 6 / 0
Digital inputs HDMI / front 6 / 0
HDMI version number
Digital output HDMI 2
Digital RCA outputs 0
Optical digital outputs 1
USB ports front / rear 0 / 0
i-pod connection
Network connection
Multi channel input
Outputs audio 2
Headphone Jack Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm 146.0 W / 216,0 W
Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm 154.0 W / 169,0 W
RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm 119,0 W / 140.0 W
Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm 120.0 W / 116.0 W
RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm 140.0 W
Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm 98.0 W / 86.0 W
HiFi output power 4 ohm 0 W
effective pulse power front 4 ohm 0 W
effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms 0 W / 0 W
maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2 0 V / 0 V
maximum output voltage Z3 0 V
Number of appropriate channels 0
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm 90 W / 109 W
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp 86 W / 98 W
Noise line / multi channel input 101.0 dB / 0 dB
Noise phono MM / phono standard system 77.0 dB / 72,0 dB
Noise phono MC 0 dB
Digital noise 98.0 dB
Front noise ProLogic 95.0 dB
Noise ProLogic Center 98.0 dB
Power consumption standby / operating 1,2 W / 68 W
Future-proof receiver with good video capabilities; Thanks to H.A.T.S of best game partner for SACD
something too timidly in the heights
Sound stereo 75
Surround sound 90
Sound HD 95
Operation Very good
Facilities outstanding
Processing Very good
Price / performance Very good
Sound judgment very good 87
tested in issue: 1 / 09