Sony has opened for pre-sale four new receivers available this spring. The 3D compatible models include the STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520, with all models priced under $500.
The STR-DN1020 uses internet access to stream music from audio services such as Slacker and vTuner via a built-in Ethernet port. The receiver is DLNA-certified, allowing it to play digital music from a PC or connected DLNA device. It can also stream audio to Sony’s HomeShare wireless network speakers and features Sony’s PartyStreaming mode with synchronized playback on multiple speakers.
The top-of-he-line receiver is 7.2 channel, 110 watt (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD) and compatible with the Sony “Media Remote” app to allow your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android mobile device to act as a remote control. It also features a Faroudja DCDi Edge video processing chip that converts and upscales analog signals to near 1080p HD quality via HDMI. Its Digital Legato Linear (D.L.L.) advanced sound processing technology also improves audio fidelity and analyzes standard definition (compressed) audio signals such as Dolby Digital and DTS format sound and upscales them to 192 KHz. It will sell for just under $500.
For $400, the STR-DH820 is also a 7.2 channel AV receiver. It has an HDMI 3D pass-through, seven HD inputs, including four HDMI and three component; D.L.L. advanced sound processing; Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (D.C.A.C.) to calibrate the sound for the room; BRAVIA Widget unified TV on-screen interface; second zone audio and video; dual subwoofer pre-outs; and a number of other features.
The STR-DH720, which sells for about $300, is a 7.1 channel AV receiver with 105 watt x7 (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD). The 7.1 channel STR-DH520 will sell for $230. Its power is 100 watt x7 (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD). The receiver has an HDMI 3D pass-through and six HD inputs including four HDMI and two component. The receiver features Dolby TrueHD, Pro logic IIz, and DTS-HD Master Audio enhanced audio codecs.
Find the receivers on sale at Sony Style stores