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Sony Debuts HDMI Line

Sony delivered a digital wallop last week at CES with a new line of home A/V products featuring HDMI.

Las Vegas, NV–Sony Electronics delivered a digital wallop last week at CES with a new line of home A/V products featuring HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) circuitry. The new components provide a single-cable, all-digital high-resolution video and multi-channel audio interface for linking them with digital displays.

The 2005 line will feature a dozen HDMI home A/V products ranging from entry level DVD players to DVD changers, DVD recorders, DVD Dream Systems, Home Theater-in-a-Box bundles and high-end A/V receivers.

“Building on the success of our first HDMI DVD player last year, this new product line extends our leadership in high definition and commitment to providing consumers the best digital component performance,” said Phil Abram, vice president of marketing for Sony Electronics’ Home Audio and Home Video Components Division.

“HDMI components deliver the full power of digital video and multi-channel audio completing the all-digital home theater with a simple, one-cable connection,” Abram continued. “HDMI is a perfect complement to Sony’s rapidly growing base of high-definition products including the latest LCD televisions introduced during this year’s CES.”

Among the 2005 HDMI product to debut is the RDR-HX715 DVD recorder with a hard drive and HDMI output. The unit incorporates a 160GB hard drive and broad media compatibility with DVD+R/+RW/-R/-RW and +R double layer disc compatibility for larger recording capacity. It also features a TV Guide On Screen interactive program guide for finding and recording programming without monthly fees.

The RDR-HX715 will be available in September 2005 for approximately $700.