No CEDIA Expo would be complete without a brace of new product announcements from industry giant Sony Corporation, and this year’s Expo proved no exception. We present, below, the four new Sony products we think will most interest A/V enthusiasts in the coming year.
Network Enabled ES-Series A/V Receiver
Sony announced the STR-DA5500ES A/V receiver, which will become available in October 2009 at an MSRP of $2000. The 5500ES, more than any Sony receiver preceding it, takes advantage of network enabled features with support for Shoutcast and Pandora, full DLNA certification (so that it can access media files stored on computers attached to your home network), and even provides Control 4-certified home automation control features over IP. All the expected core features are present and accounted for, too, including support for the latest high-res audio codecs and robust amplifiers capable of 7 x 120Wpc output.
XBR10 LCD HDTV with LED Backlighting and Wireless Video Connections
Available in 46-inch and 52-inch sizes, Sony’s new XBR10 TVs are two-piece models that feature a main display screen with an associated wireless media receiver module whose range is approximately 30 feet. The downright eerie thing about seeing the XBR10 in the flesh is that its screen module has essentially no rear panel connections at all (all connectivity is handled through wireless media receiver box). The XBR10 is a 1080p set with 240Hz MotionFlow processing, edge-lit LED backlighting, wireless HD support, and that is backed with Sony’s full Bravia Internet Video and Bravia Internet Widgets online content suites. The XBR10 will become available in October 2009, with MSRP pricing of $5000 for the 52-inch model or $4500 for the 46-inch model.
Two Affordable, HD Projectors
Sony rolled out not one but two new Bravia-series projectors, both priced comfortably below $10,000. The top model, the VPL-VW85 ($8000), offers 120Hz MotionFlow video processing and promises a whopping 120,000:1 contrast ratio. The VPL-W85 will become available in October 2009. But pushing downward to a price barrier many thought Bravia projector might never reach is the VPL-VW15 ($3000), said to deliver a 60,000:1 contrast ratio. The VPL-VW15 is available now.
Network Enabled Blu-ray Player
Sony doesn’t see the question of Blu-ray disks vs. HD downloads as an “either/or” proposition, but rather as an opportunity to create products that let consumers enjoy both. With this thought in mind, Sony will soon release its inexpensive BDP-N460 network-enabled Blu-ray player ($250), which will be able to access the same Bravia Internet Video online content suite that can also be accessed by select Sony HDTVs. The BDP-N460 will become available in October 2009.
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