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Dale Davies |
STR-DA5500ES is Sony's first AV receiver that offer control over an IP network, and designed to expand high-definition entertainment to every room in your home.

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The new STR-DA5500ES model features IP network control, allowing installers to easily integrate into Control4 home automation systems. It will also support special Control4 developed and certified IP network applications, such as advanced configuration and diagnostic tools for dealers, email and text alerts, and more. This receiver is the company's first to feature Automatic Phase Matching (APM), which corrects for phase differentiation between front, center, and surround speakers, ensuring an ideal sound stage regardless of speaker type.

Also new, the STR-DA5500ES A/V receiver features Sony's innovative new HD Digital Cinema Sound. Developed together with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the new technology was designed to transform and replicate both the sound quality and acoustics of a movie theater in the home environment, creating an unmatched viewing experience for both Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

The network capabilities of the STR-DA5500ES model also allow users to easily view photos and access digital music and videos from a Digital Life Network Alliance (DLNA) compliant source within a home broadband network when connected via an Ethernet cable. Additionally, the connection provides access to both Shoutcast Internet Radio and Rhapsody Music Service and functions as the source for easy firmware upgrades.

The STR-DA5500ES model offers a 120-watt power amplifier x 7 (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, .09 percent THD) and a variety of high definition connections, including six HDMI inputs (five rear, one front) and two HDMI outputs. The model supports 1080/24p video signals and x.v.Color and Deep Color video codecs, as well as all the latest audio formats (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, DTS ES, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and 8 channel Linear PCM).

The STR-DA5500ES also offers Faroudja chip up-scaling of all sources to 1080p in the main zone and 1080i in a second zone, ensuring a consistent, sharp picture. Further, each connected video zone has a high-grade, icon-driven menu system that allows for simple device and content navigation. Audio can also be expanded into a third zone. The model features Sony's Digital Media Port for simple connection to iPod and other digital music players, and is both XM and Sirius ready.

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