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Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Sony To Release New ES AV Receivers and Blu-ray 3D Player


Sony today announced the new Elevated Standard (ES) AV receivers including the STR-DA5600ES, STRA-DA4600ES, and STR-DA3600ES and a Blu-ray 3D player, the BDP-S1700ES.

Focusing on the needs of custom home theater installers, Sony's ES line represents an enthusiast-level AV experience featuring some of the company's most advanced technology. To that end, Sony plans to distribute the new products to specialty AV retailers and custom installers only. ES products will no longer be offered for sale online or through telesales.

Sony's 2010 ES AV receivers feature IR input jacks and two-way serial control. They also offer control over IP which allows installers to integrate the receivers into the home automation systems.

The new models offer 3D pass-through and flexible multi-room features. They can connect to a home broadband network through an Ethernet port offering access to digital photos, music and videos from Digital Life Network Alliance (DLNA) sources. They also function as an Ethernet hub featuring four ports that connect other network devices.

Additionally, the Ethernet connection provides access to both Shoutcast Internet Radio and Rhapsody Music Service, and offers easy access to firmware upgrades via the Internet. The STR-DA5600ES model also functions as a DLNA Live Audio Server that can stream music to other DLNA clients.

Users with an iPhone or iPod touch device can control the models using a free app that transforms their mobile device into a full ES receiver remote. The app features zone control, full GUI menu, and Sony's Quick Click remote function which allows users to control source components (such as Blu-Ray player, set-top box) in the main home theater room to be controlled from a second zone.

The STR-DA5600ES and the STR-DA4600ES offer the ability to distribute audio and video to multiple rooms via the second HDMI output and video to a second zone via CAT5 output. They can both also up-scale all sources to 1080p in the main zone and 1080i in a second zone via the Faroudja chip. The connected video zones feature an icon-driven menu system that allows for simple device and content navigation.

All three models feature Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) with Automatic Phase Matching (APM). Without changing the front reference speakers, APM corrects for phase differentiation between front, center, and surround speakers, ensuring an ideal sound stage regardless of speaker type. The STR-DA5600ES also offers DCAC EX which includes speaker relocation, not only adjusting for the distance but also the angle of the listening position to create an optimal listening environment.

The receivers also feature Sony's new HD Digital Cinema Sound that was developed together with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Incorporating high-mounted front speaker placement, HD DCS was designed to transform and replicate both the sound quality and acoustics of a movie theater in the home environment.

All of the models support 1080/24p video signals and x.v.Color and Deep Color video codecs, as well as all advanced audio formats (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts Master HD, dts ES, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and 8 channel Linear PCM). They also feature audio return channel allowing network content originating from the television to be played through the receiver without additional cables.

The models feature Sony's Digital Media Port for simple connection to an iPod and other digital music players, and are both XM and Sirius ready.

The 7.1 channel network multi-room STR-DA5600ES AV receiver features a 130-watt power amplifier x7 (8 ohms, 20 Hz ? 20 kHz, .09 percent THD) With six HDMI 1.4 inputs (five rear, one front) and two switched or simultaneous HDMI outputs, the model will be available this September for about $2,000.

The 120-watt x7 (8 ohms, 20 Hz ? 20 kHz, .09 percent THD) STR-DA4600ES features four HDMI outputs and two switched or simultaneous HDMI outputs. It will be available this August for about $1,500.

The 100-watt x7 (8 ohms, 20 Hz ? 20 kHz, .09 percent THD) STR-DA3500ES features four HDMI output and will be available in August for about $1,100.

The company also added the 110-watt STR-DN2010 network 3D capable model to its receiver line up. The model will be available in August for about $800.

Available next month for about $400, Sony's BDP-S1700ES Blu-ray 3D player features an IR input on the back panel or easy integration with control systems. It also offers built in Wi-Fi (802.11n) for easy access to Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video platform and Sony's new video service, Qriocity.

Also, users with an iPhone or iPod touch device can control the player using the free "BD Remote" app available from the Apple App store. The app, which will also be available soon for Android devices, allows the hand-held to function as a remote control and displays Blu-ray Disc details such as jacket artwork, actor, and production information as well as search for related video clips online.

All Sony ES products are supported by a five-year limited manufacturer warranty, a ninety-day advanced exchange program (2-3 day expedited replacement unit), and a dedicated installer support line to San Diego-based CEDIA trained product experts.

The models will be available through authorized Sony ES dealers and custom installers across the country.

Model Specifications:

STR-DA5600ES 7.1 Channel Network Multi-room AV Receiver

Available in September for about $2,000

* 130 watt x7 @ 8-ohms, 1kHz, .09% THD
* DCAC EX Speaker Auto-Calibration with Speaker Relocation (distance and degree) and Automatic Phase Matching (APM)
* 3D pass-through
* Integrated four port Ethernet switch
* Second zone CAT5e output
* DLNA Client and Live Audio Server
* iPhone/iPod Touch remote control application
* Quick Click feature for multi-room source control (with iPhone/iPod touch app)
* On-screen graphical user interface with overlay (main and second zones)
* H.A.T.S. clock synchronization for HDMI and DSD
* Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI
* Control system integration via control over IP, RS232 or IR
* PC set up manager
* Audio Return Channel for TV audio over a single HDMI cable
* Shoutcast Internet Radio and Rhapsody Music Service
* Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Enhanced audio codecs

STR-DA4600ES 7.1 Channel Network Multi-room AV Receiver

Available in August for about $1,500

* 120 watt x7 @ 8-ohms, 1kHz, .09% THD
* 3D pass-through
* Integrated four port Ethernet switch
* Second zone CAT5e output
* DLNA Client
* iPhone/iPod Touch remote control application
* Quick Click feature for multi-room source control (with iPhone/iPod touch app)
* On-screen graphical user interface with overlay (main and second zones)
* Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI
* Control system integration via control over IP, RS232 or IR
* PC set up manager
* Audio Return Channel for TV audio over a single HDMI cable
* Shoutcast Internet Radio and Rhapsody Music Service
* Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Enhanced audio codecs

STR-DA3600ES 7.1 Channel Network Multi-room AV Receiver

Available in August for about $1,100

* 100 watt x7 @ 8-ohms, 1kHz, .09% THD
* 3D pass-through
* Integrated four port Ethernet switch
* DLNA Client
* iPhone/iPod Touch remote control application
* Quick Click feature for multi-room source control (with iPhone/iPod touch app)
* On-screen graphical user interface with overlay (main and second zones)
* Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI connected devices
* Control system integration via control over IP, RS232 or IR
* PC set up manager
* Audio Return Channel for TV audio over a single HDMI cable
* Shoutcast Internet Radio and Rhapsody Music Service
* Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Enhanced audio codecs

STR-DN2010 7.1 Channel Network AV Receiver

Available in August for about $800

* 110 watt x7 @ 8-ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD
* 3D pass-through
* Integrated four port Ethernet switch
* DLNA Client
* iPhone/iPod touch remote control app
* On-screen graphical user interface
* Wireless second zone audio (S-AIR multi-room capability)
* Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI connected devices
* Audio Return Channel for TV audio over a single HDMI cable
* Shoutcast Internet Radio and Rhapsody Music Service
* Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Enhanced audio codecs

BDP-S1700ES Blu-ray 3D Player

Available in August for $400

* Full HD 1080p single-disc Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD, SA-CD player
* Blu-ray 3D capable
* BRAVIA Internet Video and Sony's Qriocity
* IR input jack on rear panel for easy control system integration
* Built-in Wi-Fi Wireless (802.11n) with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
* Entertainment Database Browser with Gracenote technology
* BD Remote (iPhone/iPod touch and Android remote control ? free app.)
* Photo/music/video playback via USB and DLNA
* DVD upscaling to 1080p with Precision Cinema HD Upscaling
* Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding
* Built-in 1GB Memory


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