|Sony Debuts Four New A/V Receivers – One 3D Ready|
|Home Theater News AV Receiver News|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Friday, 19 February 2010|
A string of new receivers are coming from Sony this spring. Chief among them is the 3D capable, HDMI 1.4 sporting STR-DN1010. The 1010 is the first receiver from Sony that can handle 3D audio and video. It’s a 7.1 channel receiver that puts out 110 watts per channel.
It’s got four HDMI inputs, three component inputs, and more standard definition inputs than you’re likely to need. Most uniquely though, it supports HDMI 1.4. You’ll be able to pick up the STR-DN1010 in June for roughly $500.
If 3D’s not your thing, the STR-DH810 looks pretty appealing. It’s a 7.1 channel receiver that matches the 1010 in power. It upscales analog video signals to 1080p, handles the latest high definition audio formats and it’s got four HDMI inputs. The 810 is coming in March for about $400.
The STR-DH710 is the little brother of the 810. It only puts out 105 watts of power per channel, and it drops the upscaling feature. It’s still got three component connections, but only three HDMI. It also steps down in price, to $300.
At the bottom of the line is Sony’s economically priced STR-DH510. It’s a 5.1 channel receiver that puts out 100 watts of power per channel. It’s a bit more limited in connections – 3 HDMI, 2 component – and it appears to lose some of the high def audio decoding of the higher-end units. The 510 will be available in March for $230.