Sony just announced its first A/V receiver capable of supporting 3D audio and video.
Featuring HDMI• 1.4 3D pass-through technology, ample high definition connectivity and compatibility with all of the latest Blu-ray Disc• audio formats, the new STR-DN1010 A/V receiver is designed to create a simple solution for controlling any high definition or 3D capable home theater.
"It's important for consumers to understand the role that audio plays in the in-home 3D experience," said Neal Manowitz, director of Sony's Home Audio and Video division. "By streamlining connectivity and supporting 3D hardware and software, the STR-DN1010 receiver will provide a simplified approach to 3D home theater control and performance, ensuring the best possible user experience."
The 7.1 channel STR-DN1010 A/V receiver (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD) features full high definition 1080/24p support and seven HD inputs in total (four HDMI and three component) allowing for connection to a wide variety of HD devices. The receiver's HDMI 3D pass-through technology supports 3D video from connected devices and passes them through to a 3D compatible high definition television, while decoding high-resolution audio codecs.
The receiver also features an icon-driven menu system for simple device and content navigation and has the ability to upscale analog video sources to 1080p resolution via HDMI. The model also boasts a sleek piano black gloss design that matches Sony's line of Blu-ray Disc players and televisions.
The STR-DN1010 is compatible with all advanced audio codecs, including Dolby® TrueHD, dts® -HD Master Audio and features wireless 2nd zone capabilities through Sony's S-AIR® wireless technology. With the addition of an S-AIR transmitter (model EZW-T100) and separate S-AIR speakers (sold separately), the receiver can also drive wireless audio in up to 10 additional rooms.
The STR-DN1010 A/V receiver also features a Digital Media Port (DMP) input for simple connection to external sources including an iPod® and iPhone® (compatible DMP accessories required and sold separately) and is compatible with both Deep Color• and x.v.Color•.
The STR-DN1010 A/V receiver will be available this June for about $500.
Sony also introduced the new STR-DH810, STR-DH710 and STR-DH510 A/V receiver models to its core line-up. Specifications are as follows:
STR-DH810 A/V Receiver
Available in March for about $400
• 7.1 channel (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
• Seven HD connections (4 HDMI / 3 component)
• Upscales incoming analog video signals to 1080p
• 2nd Zone wireless audio (S-AIR ready)
• Compatible with Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD Master Audio
• Fully assignable audio and video inputs
• Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio
• Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices