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Sony Introduces Its First 3D Compatible Audio/Video Receiver

Three Powerful Models with Expanded Connectivity Also Join Line-up


SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony today announced its first A/V receiver capable of supporting 3D audio and video.

Featuring HDMI(TM) 1.4 3D pass-through technology, ample high definition connectivity and compatibility with all of the latest Blu-ray Disc(TM) audio formats, the new STR-DN1010 A/V receiver is designed to create a simple solution for controlling any high definition or 3D capable home theater.

"It's important for consumers to understand the role that audio plays in the in-home 3D experience," said Neal Manowitz, director of Sony's Home Audio and Video division. "By streamlining connectivity and supporting 3D hardware and software, the STR-DN1010 receiver will provide a simplified approach to 3D home theater control and performance, ensuring the best possible user experience."

The 7.1 channel STR-DN1010 A/V receiver (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD) features full high definition 1080/24p support and seven HD inputs in total (four HDMI and three component) allowing for connection to a wide variety of HD devices. The receiver's HDMI 3D pass-through technology supports 3D video from connected devices and passes them through to a 3D compatible high definition television, while decoding high-resolution audio codecs.

The receiver also features an icon-driven menu system for simple device and content navigation and has the ability to upscale analog video sources to 1080p resolution via HDMI. The model also boasts a sleek piano black gloss design that matches Sony's line of Blu-ray Disc players and televisions.

The STR-DN1010 is compatible with all advanced audio codecs, including Dolby® TrueHD, dts®-HD Master Audio and features wireless 2nd zone capabilities through Sony's S-AIR® wireless technology. With the addition of an S-AIR transmitter (model EZW-T100) and separate S-AIR speakers (sold separately), the receiver can also drive wireless audio in up to 10 additional rooms.

The STR-DN1010 A/V receiver also features a Digital Media Port (DMP) input for simple connection to external sources including an iPod® and iPhone® (compatible DMP accessories required and sold separately) and is compatible with both Deep Color(TM) and x.v.Color(TM).

The STR-DN1010 A/V receiver will be available this June for about $500.

Sony also introduced the new STR-DH810, STR-DH710 and STR-DH510 A/V receiver models to its core line-up. Specifications are as follows:

STR-DH810 A/V Receiver
Available in March for about $400
-- 7.1 channel (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
-- Seven HD connections (4 HDMI / 3 component)
-- Upscales incoming analog video signals to 1080p
-- 2nd Zone wireless audio (S-AIR ready)
-- Compatible with Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD Master Audio
-- Fully assignable audio and video inputs
-- Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio
-- Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices
-- Universal Remote


STR-DH710 A/V Receiver
Available in March for about $300
-- 7.1 channel (105 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
-- Six HD connections (3 HDMI / 3 component)
-- 2nd Zone wireless audio (S-AIR ready)
-- Compatible with Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD Master Audio
-- Fully assignable inputs allows for use of all connections
-- Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio
-- Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices


STR-DH510 A/V Receiver
Available in March for about $230
-- 5.1 channel (100 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
-- Five HD connections (3 HDMI / 2 component)
-- HDMI Repeater for simplified audio and video signal management
-- Blu-ray Disc Audio Decoding (Linear PCM Only)
-- Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio
-- Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices

Source: Sony Electronics

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, February 18, 2010 10:58 AM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.