New Line of SONY 3D Receivers

In a news release made by SONY just recently, they've appeared to make an attempt to up their game in the home theater audio/video industry with the new STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520 AV receivers.


Available for Pre-sale, 3D Compatible Line Offers Outstanding Audio and Video Performance

SAN DIEGO, Mar 2, 2011 – Sony today announced the company’s new AV receiver line including a model that offers a high quality digital home experience with easy access and control of streaming digital music.

The 3D compatible models, which are now available for pre-sale at www.sonystyle.com, include the STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520 AV receivers.  Starting under $500, all models will be available this spring

The flagship STR-DN1020 receiver is a gateway to streaming music with access to Internet audio services including Slacker® and vTuner when connected to an existing broadband home network through the model’s Ethernet port.

The device is Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) certified allowing it to play digital music from your home PC or other connected DLNA device.  It can also stream audio to Sony’s HomeShare® wireless network speakers (sold separately) and features Sony’s PartyStreaming mode with synchronized playback on multiple speakers.

The 7.2 channel, 110 watt (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD) receiver is compatible with the Sony “Media Remote” app that turns an iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ mobile device into a remote control.  The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace, functions as a full remote with a keyboard controlling the receiver.

The STR-DN1020 lives up to Sony’s high-quality video and audio standards as well.  The model features a Faroudja DCDi Edge video processing chip that up converts and upscales analog signals to near 1080p HD quality via HDMI, while its Digital Legato Linear (D.L.L.) advanced sound processing technology also improves audio fidelity.  D.L.L. analyzes standard definition (compressed) audio signals such as Dolby® Digital and dts™ format sound and upscales them to 192 KHz resulting in higher quality audio.

Audio from the receiver is also fine tuned with the help of Sony’s advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (D.C.A.C.) with Automatic Phase Matching and Sound Optimizer technologies.

Utilizing the included microphone, D.C.A.C. measures and analyzes room acoustics, adjusting the receiver’s output to deliver the best possible audio, while allowing all of the speakers to use the same phase as the front channels.  At the same time, Sound Optimizer automatically improves audio for a consistent surround image at any volume level.

Sony STR-DN1020 features:
  • 110 watt x7 (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
  • Access to streaming Internet audio services
  • Synchronized playback on Sony HomeShare wireless network speakers
  • iPhone/iPod touch remote control app
  • iPhone /iPod video and music playback via included dock
  • Upconvert/upscale from analog to 1080p video via HDMI (Faroudja DCDi Edge)
  • HDMI 3D pass-through
  • Seven HD inputs (four HDMI, three component)
  • D.L.L. advanced sound processing
  • Sony’s Advanced D.C.A.C. with Automatic Phase Matching
  • Sound Optimizer
  • Advanced on-screen graphic user interface
  • Second zone audio and video
  • Dual subwoofer pre-outs
  • IR in and out
  • Audio return channel
  • Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI connected devices
  • BRAVIA Sync

Sony STR-DH520 features:
  • 7.1 AV receiver, 100 watts per channel
  • Four HDMI inputs
  • 3D video pass-through
  • Standby pass-through and audio return channel (ARC) support
  • Two component video inputs
  • $230 list price; available in March



SONY STR-DH 720Features:
  • 7.1 AV receiver, 105 watts per channel
  • Analog video upconversion (Faroudja DCDi Edge)
  • iPhone/iPod video and music playback via USB
  • Graphical user interface
  • $300 list price; available in March


Sony STR-DH820 Features:
  • 7.1 AV receiver, 110 watts per channel
  • Advanced graphical user interface
  • Second zone audio and video
  • Three component video inputs
  • $400 list price, available in March

Sony STR-DN1020 Special Features (Flagship Model):
  • Ethernet port
  • Compatible with Sony HomeShare product
  • DLNA compliant
  • Slacker and vTuner streaming audio support
  • Can be controlled by iPhone/iPod Touch/Android smartphone
  • Dual subwoofer pre-outs
  • $500 list price; available in May

These receivers look like they pack a serious punch for your money.  I'll be going over all of them for  your information as they are released.  I'm looking forward to hear what they've got and if they cleaned up the sound from the last series they made.

As a cheap networked receiver with remote control /w cellphone...etc this is definitely what the future needs to see more of.  At only $500 for the STR-DN1020 Flagship model?  I think I'm already impressed :)