New 2009 Sony AV receivers: Here comes the gloss
Sony announces its new 2009 line of AV receivers, including the STR-DN1000, which includes a slick new design.
Sony announced its new 2009 line of AV receivers at its line show Monday, and it looks like much of that advantage has eroded away, with offering many of the same key features at similar prices. Unfortunately, the initial press releases are light on details, but here's what we know so far.
Key features of the Sony STR-DH100:
- Stereo AV receiver, 100
- Five analog audio inputs (no digital audio inputs)
- No video inputs
- $150 price, available in March
Key step-up features of the Sony STR-DH500:
- 5.1 channel AV receiver
- Three HDMI inputs
- Three component video inputs
- Two composite AV inputs (with no S-Video)
- Three digital audio inputs (two optical, one coaxial)
- Digital Media Port
- Digital Cinema
- $200 price, available in March
Key step-up features of the Sony STR-DH700:
- 7.1 channel AV receiver
- Four composite AV inputs (with no S-Video)
- Compatible with Sony's proprietary wireless audio technology
- $300 price, available in March
Key step-up features of the Sony STR-DH800:
- Four HDMI inputs
- Onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
- $400 price, available in June
Key step-up features of the Sony STR-DN1000:
- Slick exterior design
- Analog upconversion up to 1080i
- XMB-style graphical user interface
- $500 price, available in July
The most interesting out of this line is the STR-DN1000 with its graphical user interface and new, flashy design. While the glossy, sleek exterior is eye-catching, we're hoping there's at least a flip-down panel for access to additional front panel controls.
We're also interested to get our hands on a review sample to see if there have been any improvements made to the GUI. The STR-DG920's GUI was better than nothing, but it wasn't quite as nice as the more advanced menus available on the ES line.