Here are more news from Sony's CES booth:
- RW Dual Compatible Recorder -- In an effort to simplify the various recordable DVD platforms, Sony is displaying a prototype recorder that will support both DVD-RW and DVD+RW media. The RW Dual Compatible Recorder is scheduled for introduction in mid-2002.
- DVR-Blue Technology -- For the first time in the U.S., Sony is previewing a next-generation optical disc recorder that features a blue-violet laser diode. With more than 22GB capacity, DVR-Blue technology can store the same amount of data as five current DVDs. It also offers a high enough data transfer rate to record up to 2 1/2 hours of high-definition video, or more than 10 hours of standard-definition video. DVR-Blue commercialization has not yet been finalized.
- RCD-W1 CD-R/RW Home Deck -- Sony's first CD-R/RW home recorder features a 4X speed dubbing function, allowing for a standard CD to be recorded in about 20 minutes. A 24-bit D/A converter enhances CD/CD-R/CD-RW playback sound quality, while a 20-bit A/D converter brings analog music into the digital realm. For added convenience, the dual tray design permits discs to be played from either tray simultaneously or sequentially. The home deck will be available in February for about $500.