Besides the new Sony BDP-S1700ES 3D Blu-ray player, Sony unveiled three more new components in their high-end ES series today.
New members in the Elevated Standard (ES) series are the AV receivers STR-DA5600ES, STRA-DA4600ES, and STR-DA 3600ES.
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 easily integrate the receivers into the leading home automation systems including Control4, Crestron, AMX, Savant, Ultimate Remote Control, RTI, and others. Sony has worked closely with leading control companies and is a Control4 Certified Partner, an AMX Device Discovery Partner, Crestron Integration Partner, and a Savant Excellence in Audio and Video Partner.
The new models offer 3D pass-through and flexible multi-room features.
The new Sony ES AV receivers can connect to a home broadband network through an Ethernet port offering easy 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 Sony 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 your 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 Sony STR-DA5600ES and the Sony 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 ensuring a consistent, sharp picture. The connected video zones feature a high-grade, icon-driven menu system that allows for simple device and content navigation.
All three AV receivers 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 Sony 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 creating an unmatched home theater experience.
All of the AV receivers 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 Sony STR-DA5600ES, STRA-DA4600ES and STR-DA3600ES AV receivers 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 Sony STR-DA5600ES AV receiver features a 130W 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 120W 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 100W x 7 (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.
Sony also added the 110W STR-DN2010 network 3D capable model to its receiver line up. The model will be available in August for about $800.
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