Sony Electronics has unveiled four new audio-video receivers, a Blu-ray Home Theater system, and a series of loudspeakers. Two of the A/V receivers, the Blu-ray Home Theater system and two of the loudspeakers are the latest addition to the company's growing line of High-Resolution capable products. The new Hi-Res compatible AV receivers and Blu-ray system offer compatibility with a wide variety of music formats from FLAC to DSD, along with "master quality" sound reproduction the way the artist originally intended.
"Sony's goal is to make the benefits of Hi-Res Audio accessible to every music lover," said Jeff Hiatt, director of home audio at Sony Electronics. "We're focused on providing a variety of Hi-Res solutions that fit every lifestyle need. Our latest additions are specifically developed to bring Hi-Res excitement to a broader audience."
The STR-DN1050 and STR-DN850 audio/video receivers offer flexibility, with built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and Bluetooth with Near Field Communication (NFC) One Touch Listening. They also support a wide range of standard and Hi-res file formats, plus built-in music services, including Music Unlimited, Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn. The STR-DN1050 supports up to Direct Stream Digital (DSD) while the STR-DN850 supports up to 192/24 WAV.FLAC. In addition, the DN1050 and DN850 include a more stable and optimized chassis, a high capacity transformer, and large capacitors.
Both models also come with a simplified remote, which eliminates unnecessary buttons, along with an on-screen graphical user interface that makes the receivers easier to set up and operate. Consumers can also control all of the receivers' basic and advanced functions using Sony's iOS- and Android-compatible SongPal app, which will be available in May.
In addition, the STR-DN1050 and STR-DN850 offer 4K upscaling and pass-thru, along with a variety of connectivity options. The DN1050 has six HD inputs, three HDMI outputs (with one HDMI dedicated to the second zone), and a USB input for iPod/iPhone, or Hi-Res file playback. Two HDMI inputs can also support MHL devices. The DN850 has five HDMI inputs, a USB input for Hi-Res files and iPod/iPhone; plus a front-panel HDMI input for MHL-capable devices. Both models also decode the latest Blu-ray Disc audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio.
The STR-DN1050 and DN850 are both 7.2 channel receivers, with the DN1050 delivering 165 watts per channel, and the DN850 providing 150 watts. The STR-DN1050 also features a powered second zone, complete with dedicated HDMI output, IR repeaters and both amplified and line-level audio connectivity. All of the audio and video sources connected to the DN1050 can even be independently accessed from the second zone, including digital streaming services and music streamed over Bluetooth.
STR-DH750 and STR-DH550
The 7.2-channel STR-DH750 delivers 145 watts per channel, with four HDMI inputs, iPod/iPhone playback via USB; Bluetooth with NFC capability and audio technology with 4K and 3D pass-through.
Additionally, the 5.2-channel STR-DH550 offers 145 watts per channel. Its on-screen user interface is designed to be simple to set up and control and makes it easy to connect and charge compatible Android and iOS devices, digital music players and USB thumb drives, the company says. Both receivers are also compatible with Sony's new SongPal app.
The STR-DN1050, STR-DN850, STR-DH750 and STR-DH550 will be available at Sony stores and authorized Sony dealers nationwide in May, at a suggested retail price of $599, $499, $349, and $279 respectively.
Core Series (CS) speakers
The new Hi-Res Audio-compatible CS Series speakers include two new models: the floorstanding SS-CS3 and the SS-CS5 bookshelf speaker. Additionally, the SS-CS8 center-channel speaker and the SA-CS9 subwoofer will launch.
Sony's Core Series speakers
A specially designed Wide Dispersion Super Tweeter derived from Sony's AR and ES Series speakers have been designed to reproduce high frequencies with precision and balance. It delivers an expansive sound stage that can fill virtually any room, along with extremely natural vocals, according to Sony.
In addition, the new CS speakers utilize foamed mica-reinforced woofers to improve bass response. They also feature crossover components that have been optimized and time aligned across the entire frequency range.
The SS-CS3 floorstanding speaker utilizes a 5.25-inch woofer in a 3-way, 4 speaker bass-reflex design that can handle up to 145 watts of power with a maximum frequency response of 50 kHz. In contrast, the SS-CS5 bookshelf speaker is also a 3-way bass reflex system with a 5.25-inch woofer, which can accept a maximum input power of 100 watts. Additionally, the SS-CS8 center-channel speaker is a 2-way, three-speaker bass-reflex design featuring a 4-inch foamed mica cellular reinforced woofer; while the SS-CS9 subwoofer incorporates an active, 115 watt amplifier and 10-inch foamed-mica cellular reinforced woofer.
The SS-CS3, SS-CS5, SS-CS8 and SA-CS9 speakers will be available in May exclusively at Best Buy and Sony Stores, for a suggested retail price of $239 per speaker, $219 per pair, $169 and $239 respectively.
BDV-N7200W Hi-Res Blu-ray Home Theater system
The BDV-N7200W is a 1200W 5.1-channel Blu-ray Disc home theater system with wireless rear surround sound speakers and a down-firing subwoofer. It supports 4K and 3D pass-thru, plus offers built-in Wi-Fi with support for movie and music streaming from Netflix, HuluPlus, Music Unlimited, Pandora, and Spotify. Additionally, Bluetooth with NFC capability allows for connectivity and streaming from a variety of mobile devices. All of the systems functions can be easily accessed using Sony's iOS and Android compatible SongPal app.
Like the STR-DN1050 and STR-DN850 audio/video receivers, the BDV-N7200 supports a wide range of standard and Hi-Res file formats, from MP3 to Direct Stream Digital (DSD), via a home network, HDMI, or USB connection.
The BDV-N7200 will be available at Sony stores and authorized Sony dealers nationwide in May, at a suggested retail price of $699.