Spent some time this morning and afternoon with Sony via Live Chat and a phone call. It’s hard to get a straight answer out of those people. Each time, they stopped short of confirming my suspicions. Slippery bunch. I did do my best and you can take the info I did get with a grain of salt.
First, according to the CSR I spoke with this afternoon, the #5, #6 and #7 ports are “limited” but I couldn’t get a spec out of em’.
Second, they said the manuals are accurate regarding specs. I asked if perhaps some info was taken from another model mistakenly. They were confident they were correct.
Lastly, they volunteered the information that the rollout of the STR-AZ7000ES has been less than perfect and they have received several calls regarding issues with the control system.
Anyway, that’s that. I’m gonna’ bury this bone in the backyard and start gnawing on a new one. Onkyo just released info on the RZ70. I wouldn’t even wipe my ass with that useless product sheet and flawed manual.