This could be the first home cinema system to be named after an item of confectionery, but Sony's BDV-IT1000 Blu-ray in a box system, due on sale at the beginning of 2009, takes its nickname from a Japanese chocolate snack.
And not just any snack: Pocky, which is a slim chocolate-dipped pretzel stick, is the subject of almost unnatural cravings on the part of our esteemed Brand Director – woe betide anyone who heads to points East and returns without at least a couple of packs!
Anyway, Sony's chosen the name simply because the super-slim speakers used for the system look just like Pocky sticks when mounted on their floor-stands (they can also be used wall-mounted – as in the picture – or on desk-stands).
The speakers are made possible by new ultra-compact drive units just 16mm wide, and as if all that wasn't enough the rears are wireless, too. For another view of the system see our Sony IFA round-up story here.
Built into the main control unit is a Blu-ray player with 1080p/24fps, Deep Color and x.v.Color capability, Dolby Digital Plus/TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and also video upscaling and upconversion for DVDs and external sources hooked up via its twin HDMI inputs and analogue video connections.
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There are also analogue and digital audio inputs, and the player is BD-Live-Ready, with a simple download via the Ethernet port and the addition of USB memory enabling it to access extended content for movie releases.
The system has 700W of Sony's 32-bit S-Master amplification, the company Digital Cinema Auto-Calibration and a DM Port to allow the connection of anything from an iPod to a wi-fi network.
Pricing information is expected nearer the on-sale date.