According to a press release, Sony is introducing a new, affordable line of AVRs ranging from $500–$150. The flagship STR-DN1000 is a 7.1-channel receiver that delivers h110 watts per channel and supports the latest audio codecs. The receivers have a plethora of connectivity options and are compatible with Sony’s S-AIR wireless audio transmitter (intended for use with Sony’s S-AIR-compatible wireless surround speakers). Check out the full release below.
SONY “TURNS IT UP” WITH NEW LINE OF AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVERS
Sleek New Models Provide Enhanced HD Support
LAS VEGAS, March 2, 2009 – Sony today introduced a new line of A/V receivers designed to function as the hub of a high-definition home theater.
“Our new A/V receivers provide a simplified approach to high-definition home theater control,” said Tyler Ishida, director of marketing for Sony’s Home Audio Division. “With excellent functionality, connectivity and attractive new designs, the new line truly has something for everyone.”
The flagship STR-DN1000 receiver features a new piano black gloss design ideal for matching with Sony’s new BDP-S360 and BDP-S560 Blu-ray Disc™ players. The 7.1 channel model (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD) supports full HD 1080/60p and 24p video signals via HDMI™, as well as the latest advanced audio codecs, including Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio and LCPM.
Featuring four HDMI™ and three component inputs, it offers generous connectivity for multiple HD devices. Further, the receiver utilizes its analog connections (component, S-video and composite connection) to upscale all incoming sources to near HD-quality when connected to an HDTV set.
The STR-DN1000 receiver also features wireless multi-room audio capabilities via Sony’s S-AIR® technology. With the purchase of an S-AIR-ready transmitter (model EZW-T100) and additional S-AIR speaker systems (model AIR-SA10), the high-end receiver can drive wireless audio up to 164 feet (signal and sound quality may vary) in up to 10 additional rooms of the home.
Additionally, the STR-DN1000 has an icon-driven menu system, allowing for simple device and content navigation. Sources including iPod® and iPhone® can be easily connected to the system via Sony’s Digital Media Port (DMP) input. (Compatible DMP accessories are required and sold separately). The receiver also supports Sirius® subscription radio service and is compatible with both Deep Color™ and x.v.Color™.
The STR-DN1000 7.1 channel A/V receiver will be available this July for about $500. The EZW-T100 S-AIR transmitter and AIR-SA10 speaker systems are currently available for about $50 and $120, respectively.
The new 7.1 channel STR-DH800 (110 watts power per channel @ 8-Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD) A/V receiver also supports the latest advanced audio codecs. This model, also with a sleek new chassis design, features four HDMI and three component inputs for all high-definition needs. It also accepts 1080/60p and 24p signals via HDMI with x.v.Color and Deep Color compatibility. It is both S-AIR and Sirius-ready.
Moving down the line, the new 7.1 channel STR-DH700 model offers 105 watts per channel (@ 8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD) and is equipped to support full HD 1080/60p and 24p video and LCPM audio through three HDMI and three component video inputs.
The STR-DH700 receiver supports x.v.Color and is also S-AIR and Sirius-ready. It utilizes BRAVIA® SyncTM and Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for enhanced audio, and has a Digital Media Port connection for simple iPod connectivity. It will be available later this month for about $300.
The 5.1 channel STR-DH500 model offers 100 watts of power per channel (@ 8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD) and accepts 1080/60p and 24p video signals via HDMI (3 in / 1 out). It also features Digital Cinema Auto Calibration and a Digital Media Port input, and will be available later this month for about $200.
Sony is also introducing the STR-DH100 stereo receiver. The receiver features 100 watts of power per channel (@ 8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD), ample audio connections (5 in / 2 out) and a Digital Media Port input. This model will be available later this month for about $150.