After dropping a mere $25,000 on Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV, you’ll naturally want a 4k receiver to match. The Sony STR-DA5800ES 4K receiver ($2,100) is one of the first audio hubs on the market that supports native 4K resolution while packing a bevy of other tricks, including 4k upscaling, a four port ethernet switch, Netflix and Pandora access, an on-screen graphical user interface and a power rating of 130 watts for up to 9.2 channels of audio. It’s also packed with enough connectivity for three zones of components thanks to nine HDMI 1.4 inputs and three HDMI outputs that can push pixels to dual displays in one zone (just in case you’ve got an extra 4K projector lying about), in addition to a third display in another zone.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, integrated support for a variety of home automation protocols including Control4 certification can give the 5800ES dominion over lights, blinds and other connected systems with some help from a custom installer. Essentially, it’s got everything a home theater fan could dream of — minus those wild virtual reality fantasies started in the 80s — for an investment-level price that’ll make you sweat, but won’t leave you hosed.
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