updated 12:20 am EST, Tue March 3, 2009
New line of Sony receivers
Sony has introduced a new line of audio/video receivers that are geared for high-definition home theaters. The flagship STR-DN1000 features a piano-black gloss finish that matches the company's latest Blu-ray players. The receiver provides 7.1-channel audio playback, with 110 watts per channel at 8-Ohms, and support for codecs such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio and LCPM. The receiver can also route 1080p 60/24 HD video signals, while all incoming analog signals are upscaled.
The DN1000 also provides an icon-driven menu system for device management and content navigation. A Digital Media Port input can be used to connect an iPod or iPhone.
The STR-DH800 supports the same range of audio codecs and also provides 110 watts of power across 7 channels. The device is equipped for 1080p video signals, with four HDMI and three component inputs.
The 7.1-channel STR-DH700 offers slightly less amplification, at 105 watts per channel, but supports 1080p HD and LCPM audio through three HDMI and three component inputs. The device also offers BRAVIA Sync and Digital Cinema Auto Calibration.
The 5.1-channel STR-DH500 provides 100 watts of amplification per channel and integrates three HDMI inputs. The STR-DH100 stereo receiver features 100 watts of power across two channels, with five audio inputs and two outputs.
The DN1000 receiver will be available sometime in July, with a price around $500. The DH800 model will ship in June for approximately $400, while the DH700 should be available later this month for $300. The DH500 and DH100 receivers will also ship later this month, with prices of $200 and $150, respectively.