Say hello to this year’s warmed-over line of Sony’s ES 7.1 channel audio/video receivers. Now-standard features in the line include a PS3/PSP-style xross media bar interface, 1080p Faroudja DCDi upconversion, a slew of audio codec support (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio) plus Digital Media Port connectivity to hook up iPod or Bluetooth adapters or satellite radio. The higher end STR-DA4400ES (above) packs a 120-watt amplifier, six HDMI inputs, HD video output to two zones and audio to three zones for $1,500 when it debuts this August.
The STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES both include a 100-watt amp, four HDMI jacks, the 3400 includes an IR repeater and support for a second video zone with its $1,000 price tag, while the 2400 drops those features and includes a basic interface for $800 next month. Take a peek at both after the break, then check your wallet to see where you fit in.STR-DA2400ES:
Sony today introduced three new audio/video receivers in its â€œElevated Standardâ€ (ES) product line that deliver high-quality sound and video performance.
Engineered for high-end home theaters, the new STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers feature sophisticated A/V technology supporting 1080/24p video signals, the latest audio codecs (DolbyÂ® Digital Plus, DolbyÂ® TrueHD, dtsÂ® High Resolution Audio and dtsÂ® HD Master Audio) and Faroudja DCDi CinemaÂ® technology for upscaling all video sources to 1080p when connected via HDMIâ„¢ to a compatible high-definition television.
The ES receivers are all designed around a unique construction platform, digital board and a wide band power amplifier to maintain the purity of the audio and video signals by minimizing external vibrations and internal jitter.
â€œThe rapid evolution of audio and video has generated increased demand for connectivity and high-performance components,â€ said Tyler Ishida, director of marketing for Sony Electronics’ Digital Imaging and Audio Division. â€œThis new line of ES receivers delivers the fidelity, build quality and connectivity expected for an outstanding cinematic experience in the home.â€
The new models utilize a xross media barâ„¢-inspired graphical user interface for easy content navigation, Sonyâ€™s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for simple surround sound setup, and BRAVIAÂ® Syncâ„¢ for Theatre for easy synchronization of compatible home theater components.
Sonyâ€™s DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adds control, networking and connectivity options for music playback through various accessories, including a Cradle for iPod (TDM-iP10), a Network Walkmanâ„¢ cradle, a PC client device and a BluetoothÂ® adapter (each is sold separately). The models are also SiriusÂ® and XM Connect-and-Playâ„¢ Ready.
The STR-DA4400ES 7.1 channel receiver has a 120-watt amplifier (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.09 percent THD), six HDMI inputs and DSD decoding through HDMI. It offers high-definition video distribution to a second zone, audio distribution to three zones and picture-in-picture for monitoring of multi-zone output or an external video source. The model will be available in August for about $1,500.
The STR-DA3400ES 7.1 channel receiver has a 100-watt power amplifier (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.09 percent THD), four HDMI inputs, a 12-volt trigger, IR repeater and high-definition video distribution to a second zone (composite).Â Â It will be available in August for around $1,000.
The STR-DA2400ES 7.1 channel receiver has a 100-watt power amplifier (8 ohms, 20 Hz â€“ 20 kHz, 0.09 percent THD), a basic icon-driven graphic user interface and four HDMI inputs. The model will be available next month for about $800.
All ES receivers are supported by a five-year limited manufacturer warranty and will be available online through www.sonystyle.com, at Sony Style stores nationwide and at authorized Sony dealers across the country.