UPDATED: Sony reveals more details of its 2008 AV receiver range

15 Jul 2008

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Following an exclusive, and extensive, product briefing from Sony here at What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, we can now lavish you with more information on Sony's 2008 range of receivers and hopefully sort out any model confusion in the process.

There are five models in the new line-up, and in a nutshell the UK will be receiving:

STR-DG520 - £180 - available end of July
STR-DG820 - £300 - available end of July

STR-DA2400ES - £500 - available August
STR-DA3400ES - £700 - available August
STR-DA5400ES - £1500 - available August

Sony's representatives were kind enough to drop off a review sample of the STR-DG820, which is now warming up in our listening rooms. So visitors to whathifi.com will be able to read our exclusive online review next week.

As we mentioned in an earlier news story, the STR-DG820 is a 7.1 channel receiver boasting 100w per channel. It's armed with four HDMI inputs and one output. It also supports all HD audio formats, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. And, after our briefing, we can also reveal:

All the new receivers have been built from scratch with brand new components - even the solder used in the circuitboards has been changed.

Extra effort has been made to reduce the effects of internal vibrations on the new chassis.

The STR-DG820 features 1080p/24fps passthrough, but no video upscaling or upconversion (contrary to the information we were originally told by Sony). The receiver also supports Deep Colour and x.v.Colour technology.

The remote control is similar in look and feel to that of the W series LCD TVs.

An on-screen display is provided, but there's no display output to your TV or projector.

The entry-level STR-DG520 has very basic specification (not surprising, given its highly-affordable price) and some of the main differences between it and the STR-DG820 are:

No A+B speaker selection
No AV input on the front
Two HDMI inputs as opposed to four on the STR-DG820
No HD audio decoding or LPCM via HDMI
No Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24 decoding, just standard Dolby Digital and DTS
No Deep Colour x.vColour compatibility

We're just waiting for the specification of the ES models to come through, but as soon as we have them to hand we'll get the information posted on the website.

One last thing. Sony dropped off another piece of kit that we're sure you'll be interested in. But can you guess what it is? We'll be divulging top-secret information on this product on August 1st. So, be sure to check the website for another What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision exclusive.

UPDATE – Well, we've been going through the specifications of Sony's new ES receivers with a fine-toothed comb and we've finally compiled a list of the main specs for each of the new models.

Strangely there's no mention of multichannel analogue inputs, but we'd surprised if the new models didn't at least offer 5.1 analogue inputs.

Needless to say, we can't wait to get our hands on them. In the meantime, stay tuned for an in-depth review of the £300 STR-DG820. We'll post it online in the next couple of days.

STR-DA5400ES £1500

6 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs
Auto AV Sync with some Bravia TVs – automatically delays sound so you get picture and sound simultaneously
31Band Graphic Equaliser and stereo mic for auto-calibration
120W x 7 channels
Upconverts
Upscales to 1080p
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) compatibility for use with an SACD player
Top-Grade GUI
GUI blending up to HDMI
2nd room GUI
Multi-language GUI
Two Digital Media Ports
Digital audio up-sampling to 192kHz
Upscales to 1080p
Upconverts
Bravia Sync
Portable Audio Enhancer Plus
Learning remote control

STR-DA3400ES £700

100W x 7 channels
Supports all HD Audio formats
Upscales to 1080p
Upconverts
4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output
Top-Grade GUI
Multi-language GUI
GUI blending up to component video
Bravia Sync
Portable Audio Enhancer Plus
Learning remote control

STR-DA2400ES £500

100W x 7 channels
Upconverts
Upscales to 1080p
Supports all HD Audio formats
4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output
New GUI
GUI blending up to component video
Digital Media Port
Bravia Sync
Standard remote
Portable Audio Enhancer Plus
Learning remote control

 

 

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Comments

I bet the new kit is sony`s new 8 series full hd lcd tv featuring RGB LED- Backlighting.

Its due to be introduced in the U.S. this AUG or SEPT

Assuming i am right,are you guys going to provide an exclusive online review or simply going to give details and specs of the product?    

come on Andrew....tippy tappy Smile

Andrew, a reviewer on the US Amazon site states that multi-channel and DSD signals from SA-CDs are not supported on the STR-DG820. He continues to say that CD owners will be disappointed to find out that this receiver doesn't support any of the advanced audio tracks of the discs, so we're stuck with plain stereo CD output. Can you confirm this?

Just as soon as our little tippy-tappy fingers can have it written.

hmmm....when is the review of the 820 out...??

Why are Sony not making the STR-DG920 also available in the UK? Looking on the Sony US website, it would seem that this model, unlike the 820, not only has a proper OSD, but is also equipped with a 7.1 analogue input and sells over there for $600 (£300 as near as matters). The 820, meanwhile, costs only $400 (£200). Hmmmmm!

It makes sense in a Geordie accent - Sony/sore knee. Geddit?

Don't think I understand GearHunter's comment, either...

Could it be "New from Sony, sore knee ointment - for those who suffer with arthritic leg hinges."

Only hope its the new BDP-550, because its the only player I think I might purchase without a review!!

An HD-DVD Player?

upgraded PS3

honk kon?

a 400" oled screen available in honk kon for £1000 or in the uk for £10000000

The Sony HT-IS200?

Couldn't possibly comment!

Bet it's an all in one Blu-ray system...?