Las Vegas — Sony will put a major emphasis on HDMI connectivity through the introduction of four DVD-combo products and a new ES Series digital A/V receiver that employ the system.
Among the highlights will be model RDR-HX710, which is a combination DVD recorder and DVR with a built-in 160GB hard disc drive. The HDMI output can be used to up convert video content to either the 720p or 1,080i high-definition video formats for display on HDTV-capable sets and monitors. Also included is an i.LINK (IEEE-1394) interface for DV camcorder signals. The unit is expect to carry a $700 suggested retail price.
Also slated is model DVP-CX995V, which is a 400-disc SACD/DVD mega changer. The unit includes a new disc explorer system with on-screen graphical user interface. The unit, which will also offer an HDMI out put with 720p/1080i up converting capability, is expected to a carry a $400.
Model DVP-NS90V is a single disc DVD/SA-CD player with HDMI and 720p/1080i up conversion It is expected to carry a $200 suggested retail price; while model DVP-NS70H is a single disc DVD player, with HDMI and 720p/1080i up conversion. It is expected to carry a $150 suggested retail
Also slated is a new Sony Dream System – model DAV-FX100W – which will incorporate a 5-Disc DVD/SA-CD players, 5.1-channel audio with with DIAT wireless technology for the rear speakers; HDMI with 720p/1080iup conversion; 1,000 watt total system power; S-Master digital amplifier; and Digital coax/optical input. It is expected to carry a $900 suggested retail.
Sony will also offer a ES Series 7.1-channel AV receiver with HDMI switching and 720/1080i up conversion. Model STR-DA7100ES (which is expected to see a $2,000 suggested retail) will include a 32-bit S-Master Pro Digital Amplifier; iLINK digital input for high resolution audio, 170-watts-X-7 channels output; independent 5.1-channel + 2 channel surround, second zone audio/video and third-zone audio-only outputs; three 12-volt triggers; multi-zone remote and one-way LCD remote commander.