San Diego — Sony has introduced three audio/video receivers in its “Elevated Standard” (ES) lineup.
Designed for high-end home theaters, the new STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers feature A/V technology supporting 1080/24p video signals, the latest audio codecs (Dolby Digital
Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio) and Faroudja DCDi Cinema technology for up-scaling all video sources to 1080p when connected via HDMI to a compatible high-definition television, the company said.
“The rapid evolution of audio and video has generated increased demand for connectivity and high-performance components,” said Tyler Ishida, marketing director for Sony Electronics' digital imaging and audio division. “This new line of ES receivers delivers the fidelity, build quality and connectivity expected for an outstanding cinematic experience in the home.”
The new models utilize an Xross media bar-inspired graphical user interface for easy content navigation, Sony's Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for simple surround sound setup, and Bravia Sync for Theatre for easy synchronization of compatible home theater components, the firm said.
Sony's Digital Media Port adds control, networking and connectivity options for music playback through various accessories, including a cradle for iPod (TDM-iP10), a network Walkman cradle, a PC client device and a Bluetooth adapter (each is sold separately).
The STR-DA4400ES 7.1 channel receiver has a 120-watt amplifier (8 ohms, 20Hz to 20kHz, 0.09 percent THD), six HDMI inputs and DSD decoding through HDMI. It offers high-definition video distribution to a second zone, audio distribution to three zones and picture-in-picture for monitoring of multi-zone output or an external video source. The model will be available in August for about $1,500.
The STR-DA3400ES 7.1 channel receiver has a 100-watt power amplifier (8 ohms, 20Hz to 2 kHz, 0.09 percent THD), four HDMI inputs, a 12-volt trigger, IR repeater and high-definition video distribution to a second zone (composite). It will be available in August for around $1,000.
The STR-DA2400ES 7.1 channel receiver has a 100-watt power amplifier (8 ohms, 20Hz to 20kHz, 0.09 percent THD), a basic icon-driven graphic user interface and four HDMI inputs. The model will be available next month for about $800.
All ES receivers are supported by a five-year limited manufacturer warranty and will be available online through www.sonystyle.com, at Sony Style stores nationwide and at authorized Sony dealers across the country.
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