USA: Sony's 2009 AV receivers revealed

It's that time of year again when the major manufacturers start having their big US trade shows, to introduce the products due in the shops over the next few months.

One of the biggest is Sony's Open House, held in Las Vegas, and this year's is proving no disappointment: there's a new range of mass-market AV receivers, aimed at the same kind of buyers as the highly successful STR-DG820, two new Blu-ray Disc players and a pair of all-in-one BD systems, and a stack of DVD-based 'home theater in a box' packages including a 'soundbar' surround solution.

And as if all that wasn't enough, there are even more internet-ready TVs.

Of course, all these are US models, with no guarantees they'll appear over here, and features such as Sirius/XM radio capability will fall by the wayside if they do.

But judging from the experience of past years, at least some of them should be in a shop near you sometime this summer.

Sony STR-DH800

Stay tuned for more on Sony's new Blu-ray Disc players and home cinema systems.

Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.