Europe Sony announces STR-DG820, STR-DG720, STR-DG520 Receivers

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Sony have announced the availability of a new range of STR-Series AV receivers with Sony’s new STR-DG820 Full HD AV Receiver being the flagship model in offering HD Audio decoding and full 1080/24P video support with Deep Colour and x.v.Colour compatibility (features that, before now, were only available on considerably more expensive AV receivers).

Sony STR-DG820 Full HD AV Receiver Key Features:

* Full HD audio capability: Dolby True HD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding, plus eight-channel Linear PCM
* Four HDMI v1.3 inputs and one output, with 1080/24P pass-through and Deep Colour/x.v.Colour compatibility
* One-button operation of a complete system with BRAVIA Sync
* Fast, accurate set-up with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
* Digital Media Port for connection of iPod, WALKMAN®, wi-fi and Bluetooth® audio devices
* More immersive cinema experience with Cinema Studio EX and Neural-THX Surround processing
* 7×100W output

Sony STR-DG820 Full HD AV Receiver Detailed Features …

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HD Audio decoding
The superb picture quality available on Blu-ray Disc releases isonly half the home theatre experience: the latest titles are able todeliver soundtracks with impact and detail way beyond anythingpreviously available in the home. To make the most of these newsoundtrack formats, the STR-DG820 can decode both Dolby True HD anddts-HD Master Audio, as well as all the legacy Dolby and dts audioformats.
And for players outputting these soundtracks as Linear PCM, such asthe PLAYSTATION 3, the STR-DG820 can handle eight-channel Linear PCMaudio, too.

1080/24P Full HD capability, with Deep Colour and x.v.Colour
To allow all the picture quality of Blu-ray Disc to be delivered toyour BRAVIA TV, the STR-DG820’s HDMI section, which has four inputs anda monitor output, is fully compatible with all the latest videotechnology. It can pass a 1080p 24fps signal, complete with Deep Colourand x.v.Colour – when used with a suitable player and TV – so you seemovies just as the director intended.

Digital Cinema Auto Calibration and Digital Cinema EX
Setting up the STR-DG820 is simple: you just plug in the microphonesupplied, and press a button. Digital Cinema Auto Calibration thentakes over, measuring the distances at which your speakers are placed,checking what size they are, and tuning the set-up of the system tomake the most of your cinema sound experience.
And when you’re all set up, Cinema EX mode can ensure you are putright at the heart of the movie, using sophisticated signal processingand measurements made on the sound stages at Sony Pictures Studios.

Digital Media Port and Portable Audio Enhancer
The STR-DG also features Sony’s DM PORT, able to accept a range ofmodular adapters to interface with portable devices such as WALKMANplayers, WALKMAN phones and iPods. There are even adapters forBluetooth and wi-fi connectivity, and the Portable Audio Enhancersetting is designed to bring new life to compressed music files.

One-button control with BRAVIA Sync
BRAVIA Sync gives one-button control of the receiver, a Blu-ray Discplayer and a BRAVIA TV connected via HDMI. Press ‘play’ and the TV willselect the correct input automatically; select ‘standby’ when you’vefinished viewing and the whole system will shut down. It reallycouldn’t be any simpler.

The power to thrill, and the flexibility to handle even complex systems
The STR-DG820 has all the power you’ll need to fill even the largestroom with thrilling surround sound. It delivers 100W into each of itsseven speaker outputs, and has a preout socket to connect an activesubwoofer.
And even complex systems can be accommodated by this highly flexiblereceiver, as well as those four HDMI inputs, the STR-DG820 has fourassignable digital audio inputs, and audio and video inputs for fivemore sources, such as satellite/cable TV receivers, video recorders andthe like. There’s also a built-in FM RDS/AM radio tuner.

Below is another article on the 3 AV receivers

POWER AND PRECISION: the new STR-DG820 AV receiver from Sony makes the most of today’s home theatre experience

  • High Definition Audio decoding: Dolby True HD, dts Master Audio and eight-channel Linear PCM
  • HDMI v1.3 capability: four inputs, one output, with support for 1080p 24fps, Deep Colour/x.v. Colour
  • Complete system control via BRAVIA Sync HDMI connection
  • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for fast, simple and accurate automatic set-up
  • Digital Media Port connection for portable devices, plus Portable Audio Enhancer
  • Enhanced surround modes: Digital Cinema EX, plus Neural-THX® Surround
  • 7x 100W amplification

23rd June 2008 – Advanced home cinemaat newly affordable prices – that’s what’s on offer in Sony’s new AVreceiver range, thanks to innovative features across the three-strongline-up.

From the entry level STR-DG520 and the midrange STR-DG720, allthe new receivers support 1080p 24fps True Cinema, while therange-topping STR-DG820 brings Full HD audio capability to even moreusers thanks to its onboard Dolby True HD/dts Master Audio decoders,now available at an unprecedented price.

And all three receivers also offer a host of features to makethem easy to install and integrate into complete home entertainmentsystems, including Digital Cinema Auto-Calibration for simple, accurateautomatic set-up, Digital Cinema EX processing for more immersivesurround effects and Sony’s DM Port for fast hook-up of portable andpersonal music players, wi-fi networks and Bluetooth®.

STR-DG820: making Full HD cinema sound and vision more affordable than ever
TheSTR-DG820 from Sony sits at the top of the new range and incorporatesmany features previously only available on much more expensiveproducts, including HD Audio decoding and full 1080/24P video supportwith Deep Colour and x.v.Colour compatibility.


STR-DG820

HD Audio decoding
Thesuperb picture quality available on Blu-ray Discâ„¢ releases is only halfthe home theatre experience: the latest titles are able to deliversoundtracks with impact and detail way beyond anything previouslyavailable in the home. To make the most of these new soundtrackformats, the STR-DG820 can decode both Dolby True HD and dts-HD MasterAudio, as well as all the legacy Dolby and dts audio formats.

And for players outputting these soundtracks as Linear PCM,such as the PLAYSTATION®3, the STR-DG820 can handle eight-channelLinear PCM audio, too.

1080/24P Full HD capability, with Deep Colour and x.v.Colour
Toallow all the picture quality of Blu-ray Disc™ to be delivered to yourBRAVIA TV, the STR-DG820’s HDMI section, which has four inputs and amonitor output, is fully compatible with all the latest videotechnology. It can pass a 1080p 24fps signal, complete with Deep Colourand x.v.Colour – when used with a suitable player and TV – so you seemovies just as the director intended.

Digital Cinema Auto Calibration and Digital Cinema EX
Settingup the STR-DG820 is simple: you just plug in the microphone supplied,and press a button. Digital Cinema Auto Calibration then takes over,measuring the distances at which your speakers are placed, checkingwhat size they are, and tuning the set-up of the system to make themost of your cinema sound experience.

And when you’re all set up, Cinema EX mode can ensure you areput right at the heart of the movie, using sophisticated signalprocessing and measurements made on the sound stages at Sony PicturesStudios.


STR-DG820

Digital Media Port and Portable Audio Enhancer
TheSTR-DG also features Sony’s DM PORT, able to accept a range of modularadapters to interface with portable devices such as WALKMAN® players,WALKMAN® phones and iPods. There are even adapters for Bluetooth® andwi-fi connectivity, and the Portable Audio Enhancer setting is designedto bring new life to compressed music files.

One-button control with BRAVIA Sync
BRAVIASync gives one-button control of the receiver, a Blu-ray Disc™ playerand a BRAVIA TV connected via HDMI. Press ‘play’ and the TV will selectthe correct input automatically; select ‘standby’ when you’ve finishedviewing and the whole system will shut down. It really couldn’t be anysimpler.

The power to thrill, and the flexibility to handle even complex systems
TheSTR-DG820 has all the power you’ll need to fill even the largest roomwith thrilling surround sound. It delivers 100W into each of its sevenspeaker outputs, and has a preout socket to connect an activesubwoofer.

And even complex systems can be accommodated by this highlyflexible receiver, as well as those four HDMI inputs, the STR-DG820 hasfour assignable digital audio inputs, and audio and video inputs forfive more sources, such as satellite/cable TV receivers, videorecorders and the like. There’s also a built-in FM RDS/AM radio tuner.

STR-DG720
Sitting below theSTR-DG820 in the new range, the STR-DG720 has a three-in/one-out HDMIrepeater with support for 1080/24P video and x.v.Colour, and can acceptHD multichannel HD audio as eight-channel Linear PCM.

This value for money 7x100W receiver also has Digital CinemaAuto Calibration and BRAVIA Sync to simplify set-up and operation,Cinema Studio EX processing, and can decode Dolby Digital EX and dts-ESsoundtracks. Completing the specification is Sony’s Digital Media Portfor the connection of external music players.

STR-DG520
The simplest receiver in the new range is also designed to sell at aprice enabling it to bring an exciting home cinema experience toentry-level buyers. Yet despite its highly affordable price, it stilloffers many of the features of the higher-specification models.

It has a two-in/one out HDMI switcher with 1080/24Ppass-through, Digital Cinema Auto Calibration, Cinema Studio EXprocessing and Sony’s Digital Media Port. It delivers 5x100W.

The STR-DG820, STR-DG720 and STR-DG520 are available from Sony Centre stores, retailers and online at the Sony Style shop – www.sonystyle-europe.com.

STR-DG820 key features

  • Full HD audio capability: Dolby True HD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding, plus eight-channel Linear PCM
  • Four HDMI v1.3 inputs and one output, with 1080/24P pass-through and Deep Colour/x.v.Colour compatibility
  • One-button operation of a complete system with BRAVIA Sync
  • Fast, accurate set-up with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
  • Digital Media Port for connection of iPod, WALKMAN®, wi-fi and Bluetooth® audio devices
  • More immersive cinema experience with Cinema Studio EX and Neural-THX Surround processing
  • 7x100W output

Link to press release PDF:

http://www.sony-europe.com/res/attachment/file/24/1213190131224.pdf

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