Sony Electronics announced pre-sales have begun on its new line of audio products for 2017, which are said to be designed to support a more enhanced, connected, and immersive listening experience for consumers.
Besides two soundbars, the new Sony line-up features an advanced, Hi-Res audio/video receiver (AVR), the STR-DN1080, which is set for pre-sale in April and will be available in stores from authorized Sony dealers in May.
Of special note to the HRAC cognoscenti is the fact that the STR-DN1080 ($600 SRP) supports High-Resolution Audio, including DSD native playback, and is equipped with USB, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, Spotify Connect, and Wireless Multi-Room capabilities.
“With the release of these devices, Sony continues to provide consumers with the ability to experience immersive sound in their homes,” said Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Product Marketing for Home Audio and Video, Sony Electronics. “Through Sony’s product innovation, we are thrilled to share unique, new products each year that help consumers harness the latest technology for sound that truly surrounds them.”
The STR-DN1080 HiFi A/V receiver offers improved sound quality, flexible speaker solutions, and support for the latest audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In combination with Sony’s “Phantom Surround Back” technology, consumers can enjoy 7.1.2-channel surround effects, even if a 5.1.2-channel speaker system is a better fit for their space.
The STR-DN1080 includes Sony’s latest soundfield compensation technology, D.C.A.C. EX, which combines Advanced D.C.A.C. with Speaker Relocation. This technology is said to balance output to closely simulate sound as would be produced by optimally positioned and angled speakers, resulting with the entire soundfield seamlessly integrated for outstanding surround sound.
The STR-DN1080 helps deliver optimal video with six HDMI inputs and two outputs that provide full HDCP 2.2 compliance and supports the latest 4K 60P 4:4:4. Ultra HD content. It can also distribute both 4K video and multichannel audio simultaneously to two different zones. The STR-DN1080 is even compatible with the new BT.2020 wide color gamut broadcast standard for HDR content.