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Sony receivers with icon-driven menu system

Dale Davies |
Flying on the wings of recent victory in DVD formats war, Sony presented a line of four A/V receivers offering high-definition performance with easy set-up and control through a unique icon-driven menu system.

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Each of the new models simplify home theatre operation by serving as a central hub for audio and HD video home theatre components, converging all sources to one HDMI output from the receiver to the display. Designed for optimal high-definition home theatre performance, the models include such features as 1080/24p True Cinema video pass-through, advanced audio codec support, and upscaling of all standard definition video sources to 1080p via HDMI when connected to a 1080p-capable HDTV set.

The new STR-DG920 and STR-DG820 7.1 channel A/V receivers offer 110 watts of power per channel and are equipped to support the latest in high-definition formats with 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema video signal pass-through. Featuring four HDMI inputs, the models support the latest audio formats – Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio. The models also support x.v.Color technology which offers a wider spectrum of colors from source to receiver to an x.v.Color-compliant HDTV.

The STR-DG920 model also supports Deep Color for greater color depth on compatible televisions and upscales standard-definition video content to 1080p via HDMI with a 1080p-capable HDTV set. The model features an icon-driven menu system for simple device and content navigation. Also included is Sony's Digital Media Port. This adds networking and connectivity to the AV receivers for music playback from various sources with optional accessories, including audio cradles compatible with select Walkman players and iPods, a PC client device and a Bluetooth adapter. Once the accessory is connected, the device can be powered and controlled by the receiver for enhanced home theatre experience.

An upgraded Portable Audio Enhancer improves the clarity and depth of any connected digital music player by adding information to the audio signal that had been removed during compression for an improved audio experience. Additionally, the units are XM Connect-and-Play ready with 5.1 Neural Surround Sound. The models incorporate Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for simplified multi-channel surround sound set-up. In about 20 to 30 seconds, the system automatically adjusts frequency, distance and level for optimal performance.

The new STR-DG720 7.1 channel A/V receiver, with 105 watts of power per channel, features three HDMI inputs that support 1080/60p and 24p video signal pass-through, plus up to eight channels of uncompressed LPCM audio. It work with XM Radio. At 100 watts, the STR-DG520 5.1 channel A/V receiver offers two HDMI inputs with 1080/60p and 24p video signal pass-through. Both models include Digital Cinema Auto Calibration technology, Digital Media Port, Digital Cinema Sound processing for studio quality reproduction, and Portable Audio Enhancer.

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