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CES: Sony's Blu-ray HTIBs get as cheap as $400

Sony has announced two midrange Blu-ray HTIBs, with the BDV-E280 offering up two HDMI inputs for only $400.

Sony BDV-E280
Sony BDV-E280

LAS VEGAS--Along with its flagship BDV-E780W, Sony also announced two additional Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems. Here's a quick rundown of the key features of the two systems.

Key features of the Sony BDV-E280:

  • 5.1 home theater system
  • 1,000 total watts
  • 3D Blu-ray compatible
  • Two HDMI inputs
  • Bravia Internet Video streaming media suite (Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, Slacker, Qriosity)
  • SACD playback
  • Wi-Fi ready (requires USB adapter, sold separately)
  • iPhone/iPod dock included
  • Quick start mode
  • $400 list price; available in April

Key step-up features of the Sony BDV-E580:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Two HDMI inputs
  • DLNA compliant
  • USB port for media playback
  • Controllable via iPhone/Android app
  • $500 list price; available in March

Other manufacturers haven't offered pricing yet, so it's hard to compare. Although the BDV-E280 appears to be relatively inexpensive at first glance, it's worth pointing out that last year's LG LHB535 offered built-in Wi-Fi and two HDMI inputs for less than $400.