Sony’s New Audio/Video Receivers Deliver Surround Sound Performance and Value

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Sony introduced four new value-driven home audio/video receivers with advanced features and outstanding surround sound quality.

Combined with one of Sony’s newly announced DVD players and a 5.1 surround sound speaker systems, the receivers deliver a powerful cinematic experience in the comfort of you own home.

“Multi-channel surround sound delivers to full the impact of a true home theater and high definition television,” said Philip Abram, vice president of marketing for Sony Electronics’ Home Audio and Home Video Division. “Our 2005 audio/video receiver line offers a broad array of products that meet the needs of those looking for outstanding performance and flexibility at reasonable prices.”
Feature-Rich Receivers

Leading the 2005 line is Sony’s STR-DE998 7.1 channel audio/video receiver with 110 watts per channel and a 32-bit digital signal processor. Digital Cinema Sound™ (Cinema Studio EX) processing also adds outstanding sound quality while delivering stunning, realistic theater sound. Based on the expertise of Sony Pictures, this sound system was engineered to reproduce three-dimensional sound the way it is heard in a modern movie theater allowing home viewers to experience cinematic sound the way the director intended.

The unit features the latest in surround sound formats including Dolby® Digital Surround EX®, DTS ES (NEO 6)®, Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx and DTS 96/24, providing maximum surround format compatibility. Offering broad connectivity to digital devices such as Sony progressive scan DVD players and high definition televisions, the unit features four optical digital inputs, two coaxial digital inputs, two assignable HD component video inputs, and one component output.

With component video up conversion from S-Video and composite sources, dual multi-channel inputs (5.1/7.1) and two zone audio and amplifier swap, the STR-DE998 offers premium features that reach beyond the typical value-priced receiver. Completing the package is Sony’s intuitive LCD remote control that simplifies the operation while offering compatibility with most recently manufactured A/V components.

The STR-DE998 will be available in the spring for about $500.

A Receiver to Meet Any Home Theater Need

Sony’s 2005 line also offers a variety of other high-quality models that deliver premium sound without a hefty price tag. They include:

STR-DE898 – With 100 watts and 7.1 channels of power, this versatile model incorporates many of the step-up features found in the STR-DE998 including Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS-ES, S-video up conversion, 2 zone/2 room audio, 32-bit digital signal processor and Digital Cinema Sound™ (Cinema Studio EX) processing for impressive audio and video performance. Available this spring, the STR-DE898 will retail for about $400.

STR-DE698 – This 7.1 channel model offers 100 watt per channel with Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS ES (NEO 6), Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS 96/24 decoding. The unit also features Sony’s Digital Cinema Sound processor and a 32-bit Digital Signal processor and two assignable HD component video inputs and one output. The unit is available this spring for about $300.

STR-DE598 – Sony’s 6.1 channel receiver features 100 watts per channel with Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS ES (NEO 6), Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS 96/24 decoding. The unit’s dual assignable component inputs with one output deliver video clarity to a digital display and the 5.1 multi-channel input, makes it a perfect match for one of Sony’s new DVD/SA-CD players. The STR-DE598 is available this spring for about $200.

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