Sony’s launching three new receivers in its STR-DG range, which slots in below the Award-winning STR-DA1200ES model. And though these are clearly budget designs, the company hasn’t skimped on the features – even the entry-level STR-DG510, at just £179, has HDMI switching and Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto-Calibration automatic set-up system.
The basic model also has 1080i pass-through on its HDMI connectors, and delivers 5x90W output. There are two HDMI inputs and one output, the same provision in component video, and three digital inputs – two optical and one electrical. Sony’s Digital Cinema Sound processing is also available, handling Dolby Digital/Pro-Logic IIx and DTS. The receiver is available in silver or black, as are all three new models.
The £249 STR-DG710 (seen at the top of this story) adds 6x100w output and Sony’s Bravia Theatre Sync system, enabling one-remote control of a complete system via HDMI. The HDMI system is a repeater, able to extract Dolby Digital/DTS surround from the HDMI stream and pass stereo to your TV, and there’s 1080P video pass-through. In addition, the STR-DG710 has Sony’s Digital Media port, into which can be plugged optional adapters to interface with the company’s Walkman players and phones, Bluetooth devices, wireless networks and iPods.
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The top model in the range is the STR-DG910 (above), which adds 7x100W output, a three-in-one-out HDMI repeater, video upconversion to 1080P from progressive sources and 1080i from interlaced, an on-screen display and extra inputs. But the most important feature here is the ability to accept high-definition Linear PCM sound via HDMI, giving it compatibility with Blu-ray and HD DVD players able to convert from the high-resolution Dolby/DTS formats to Linear PCM. The STR-DG910 will sell for £359.