New Sony Receiver a World First


Next month Sony NZ will release the world’s first audio-video receiver with built-in, triple-play connectivity — WiFi, Airplay and Bluetooth — for $1200.

The STR-DN1030 will be able to stream media through Wi-Fi and replay content stored on compatible smartphones, tablets and PCs.

And users can choose to operate the 7.2-channel, 1015-watt with Sony‘s Media Remote app, which can be downloaded on to iPhone and Android phones.

According to the US press release:

The feature-rich STR-DN1030 receiver revolutionises connectivity and accessibility through built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth as consumers continue the digital migration of music, not only through streaming services, but also through mobile handsets and tablets.

“Our rich audio history means consumers demand innovation and performance from Sony audio products,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Home Division.

“The newest AVR in our line not only delivers quality sound performance, but it’s also the world’s first and only AVR with built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth, giving consumers both sound quality and the connectivity they crave to access all their music content and streaming sources, all at the best value in the category.”

With built-in Wi-Fi, the STR-DN1030 allows easy access to streaming media sources, with integrated applications for Sony Entertainment Network’s Music Unlimited and more. Built-in Wi-Fi also enables the STR-DN1030 receiver to seamlessly stream music from DLNA enabled PCs and connect to wireless networked multi-room audio speakers, such as Sony’s HomeShare line. 

For consumers accessing, storing, and playing back from sources other than the web, the STR-DN1030 receiver also has built-in AirPlay and Bluetooth, allowing it to receive music and other media directly from files and services residing on mobile phones, computers and tablets. Users can also operate the full feature set with the free Media Remote app available for both iPhones and Android phones. 

The STR-DN1030 receiver delivers class-leading performance for the home with 7.2 Channel 1015 Watts (145 W x 7) of power and seven HD inputs. Even at low sound levels, features such as Sound Optimizer maintain the nuances of the complete sound field, perfect for watching effects-laden motion pictures.

Sony’s innovative High Definition Digital Cinema Sound (HD DCS) adds auditory depth for dramatic cinematic sound that faithfully reproduces the movie theater experience. Spectacular sound is further produced through support of Dolby TrueHD, Pro Logic IIz and dts HD enhanced audio codecs. For outstanding picture performance, analog video signals are converted to 1080i via HDMI (Faroudia DCDi Edge).

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