Sony today announced a threesome of five-disc DVD/CD carousel changers, the DAV-HDX587WC, DAV-HDX589W and DAV-HDX285. Each 5.1 home theater in a box promises an improved initial setup experience as each system ships with a speaker calibration CD. All the newly announced systems feature an iPod cradle that can play audio or video off the device via the company's proprietary Digital Media Port interface. Additionally, all three home theater systems can upscale DVD video to 1080p when using an HDMI connection.
While all three models have the ability to use the Sony-branded S-Air wireless technology, both the higher-end DAV-HDX587WC and DAV-HDX589W come with front left and right tallboy speakers and are bundled with devices that take advantage of S-Air. The DAV-HDX587WC features a multiroom listening station, while the DAV-HDX589W includes an S-Air module that provides for wireless rear speakers. Of course you can add on to these systems by purchasing S-Air products separately.Both systems should be available by the end of March, retailing for around $430 each.
The entry-level DAV-HDX285 has the ability to take advantage of S-Air technology but doesn't include any compatible accessories. Also, this 5.1 system doesn't offer the left and right tallboy speakers from the two higher-end models. The DAV-HDX285 will be available later in March for about $300.