Thursday, February 08, 2007
Sony Unveils New A/V Entertainment Systems
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Sony is showing an updated line of whole-home A/V entertainment
systems and debuting new in-wall/in-ceiling speakers at the
International Builders Show this week.
The customizable home entertainment systems integrate a 7.1
surround sound high-definition home theater and distribution of
content to multiple rooms throughout the house. Three of the
systems offer music storage and management servers, while two also
offer a DVD management system with 400-disc changer.
audio and video entertainment in up to 13 rooms, Sony?s model
NHS-3030 rack incorporates an ES A/V receiver and six sources.
Among them is a DVD manager with 400-disc changer, along with a
music storage and management server. The remaining sources range
from XM Radio to secondary DVD players. Up to three additional HD
or standard-definition components can be added to the system.
Supporting six rooms with audio and video content, the systems
models NHS-2030 and NHS-1030 are also available with a similar
range of source components. Content can be navigated on a
television screen and accessed throughout the home through an LCD
touch panel or wall remotes.
Finally, the NHS-330 system provides audio and video support in up
to three rooms with independent volume control. The rack for this
system includes an ES receiver and three sources, ranging from XM
Radio to a DVD changer.
All of the systems can be expanded to support additional rooms.
also showcases its Standard and Platinum series of Sposato
in-wall/in-ceiling speakers for home theater and traditional
Both series offer optional mounting brackets and directional sound
to create precise listening environments. Additionally, their
geometric design and early reflection damper technology promise the
best possible sound by reducing unwanted early reflections. Each
speaker within line has been acoustically matched making them
interchangeable, conforming to different room designs and acoustic
In-wall and in-ceiling home theater speakers are available in the
series. An in-wall 8-inch passive subwoofer is also available.
Complete the Experience
Each system includes a choice of 1080p high-definition televisions,
such as Sony?s BRAVIA flat-panel LCDs, Grand WEGA rear projection
sets, or the VPL-VW50 SXRD front projector.
A pre-programmed LCD touch-screen remote for the home theater and
in-wall LCD keypads with a separate remote make the system easy to
use for the homebuyer from virtually any room in the home.
All of the systems are programmed, pre-wired and built into a
Middle Atlantic rack, each ready to incorporate into a home.
Sony provides a one-year limited warranty with in-home diagnostic
service and advance exchange when necessary along with a dedicated
toll free hotline for consumers to call with operational questions.
The systems will ship this spring with an estimated installed
consumer price ranging from under $10,000 to $50,000.