Posted Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
Ranging from $800 to $2,000, Sony's new receivers will be available as early as next month through specialized retailers and custom installers only.
The STR-DN2010 is the runt of the most recent litter of receivers from Sony, which is surprising considering its capabilities. For $800, the 2010 pushes 110 watts to 7 channels, integrates a four port Ethernet switch and sports wireless second zone audio.
Sony's STR-DA3600ES adds second room audio and video distribution thanks to secondary HDMI and CAT5 outputs. It also includes a Faroudja chip which can upscale to 1080p in the first zone and 1080i in the second. It's launching in August for $1,100.
Up another step is the STR-DA4600ES. It's got everything the 3600 does, but adds a second zone for CAT5 output. It also kicks the power up to 120 watts per channel. The 4600 can be yours this August for $1,500.
The baddest receiver of the bunch is the STR-DA5600ES. It adds a DLNA Live Audio Server that can stream audio to clients, H.A.T.S. clock synchronization for HDMI and DCAC EX speaker calibration technology. You can nab it for $2,000 this September.
Just like the rest of Sony's ES line, you won't find it in big box stores or online. It's available through specialty retailers and custom installers only.
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