San Diego - Sony
brought the price of key features to lower price points in four new
mainstream-series A/V receivers (AVRs) priced at an expected everyday $230 to
All models feature
Dolby Pro Logic IIz post processing to add front-height channels to a surround
system. The feature is currently available in three ES-series models starting
The $500 7x100-watt STR-DN1020, due in May,
also offers three other features currently available only in the ES series
$1,099 and up. They include Digital Living Network Alliance
(DLNA) certification to play music stored on a networked PC or other
connected DLNA device; Internet radio; and the ability to be fully controlled
from an iPod/iPhone app.
The new model can also be controlled via an
The $500 model is
also the company's first AVR with wireless HomeShare capability, enabling it to
stream music via Wi-Fi to powered Wi-Fi speaker systems introduced at International
CES. The speaker systems also stream music wirelessly from networked PCs and network-attached
storage drives, from a wireless iPod dock, from select networked Blu-ray
players, and from two of three new iPod-docking HTiBs.
All the AVRs feature
HDMI standby passthrough, but decoding of all Blu-ray surround formats and 3D-capable
HDMI 1.4 inputs now start at $230, down from the previous line's $500, the
company's web site shows. 1080p up-scaling continues to start at $400, and
audio return channel (ARC) on HDMI outputs continues to start at $230, a
Also at $230 price
point, consumers get a 7.1-channel receiver, whereas in last year's line, $230
got consumers a 5.1-channel receiver.
The lineup looks
The $230 STR-DH520 7.1 Channel receiver, due
in Match, features 7x100-watt amplifier, HDMI 1.4 3D-capable inputs, audio
return channel, standby HDMI passthrough, four HDMI inputs, Pro Logic IIz,
decoding of all Blu-ray surround formats, automatic volume control, Bravia
Sync, and Bravia Widget unified on-TV interface.
STR-DH720, also due in March, features 7x105-watt amp and adds up-conversion/up-scaling
of analog video to 1080i over HDMI, iPhone/iPod video and music playback
via USB, and graphic onscreen UI.
STR-DH820, due in March, features 7x110-watt amp and adds up-conversion/up-scaling
of analog video to 1080p video via HDMI, included iPod/iPhone dock to connect
to the USB iPod interface, Digital Legato Linear (D.L.L.) advanced sound
processing that upscales compressed standard-definition audio signals such as
Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 192 kHz sampling rates, second-zone audio and video
output, and dual subwoofer pre-outs.
STR-DN1020, due in May at $500, is rated at 7x110 watts and adds access to
streaming Internet radio services Slacker an vTuner, compatibility with Sony
HomeShare wireless network speakers, iPhone/iPod touch remote-control app, sound optimizer to enhance surround imaging
at any volume level, and IR in and out.
San Diego - Sony brought the price of key features to lower price points in four new mainstream-series A/V receivers (AVRs) priced at an expected everyday $230 to $500.