Sony's First 3D-Capable Receiver, the STR-DN1010, Costs $500

Bad news for both you and 3D. Your fancy receivers can't pass 3D signals because they aren't equipped with HDMI 1.4. And on top of that, even more bad news: only one of Sony's 4 new receivers supports 3D.

The 7.1 channel, 110W STR-DN1010 will be Sony's affordable flagship 3D receiver. Priced at $500 this June, it's the first to support HDMI 1.4 3D pass-through technology over 4 HDMI ports.

Sony's First 3D-Capable Receiver, the STR-DN1010, Costs $500


$500 is by no means expensive for a receiver, but it's by no means cheap, either. And while I'm not blaming Sony alone (because, trust me, we'll see other manufacturers driving simple 3D receivers into quad digits), it's obnoxious that consumers will need to differentiate between two specs of the same freaking plug with HDMI 1.4, even within one company's product line, even if you don't give a crap about 3D.

That said, the STR-DN1010 might be worth checking out if you're the early adopting type.

SONY INTRODUCES ITS FIRST 3D COMPATIBLE AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER

Three Powerful Models with Expanded Connectivity Also Join Line-up

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2010 – Sony today announced its first A/V receiver capable of supporting 3D audio and video.

Featuring HDMI™ 1.4 3D pass-through technology, ample high definition connectivity and compatibility with all of the latest Blu-ray Disc™ audio formats, the new STR-DN1010 A/V receiver is designed to create a simple solution for controlling any high definition or 3D capable home theater.

"It's important for consumers to understand the role that audio plays in the in-home 3D experience," said Neal Manowitz, director of Sony's Home Audio and Video division. "By streamlining connectivity and supporting 3D hardware and software, the STR-DN1010 receiver will provide a simplified approach to 3D home theater control and performance, ensuring the best possible user experience."

The 7.1 channel STR-DN1010 A/V receiver (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD) features full high definition 1080/24p support and seven HD inputs in total (four HDMI and three component) allowing for connection to a wide variety of HD devices. The receiver's HDMI 3D pass-through technology supports 3D video from connected devices and passes them through to a 3D compatible high definition television, while decoding high-resolution audio codecs.

The receiver also features an icon-driven menu system for simple device and content navigation and has the ability to upscale analog video sources to 1080p resolution via HDMI. The model also boasts a sleek piano black gloss design that matches Sony's line of Blu-ray Disc players and televisions.

The STR-DN1010 is compatible with all advanced audio codecs, including Dolby® TrueHD, dts®-HD Master Audio and features wireless 2nd zone capabilities through Sony's S-AIR® wireless technology. With the addition of an S-AIR transmitter (model EZW-T100) and separate S-AIR speakers (sold separately), the receiver can also drive wireless audio in up to 10 additional rooms.

The STR-DN1010 A/V receiver also features a Digital Media Port (DMP) input for simple connection to external sources including an iPod® and iPhone® (compatible DMP accessories required and sold separately) and is compatible with both Deep Color™ and x.v.Color™.

The STR-DN1010 A/V receiver will be available this June for about $500.

Sony also introduced the new STR-DH810, STR-DH710 and STR-DH510 A/V receiver models to its core line-up. Specifications are as follows:

STR-DH810 A/V Receiver

Available in March for about $400

· 7.1 channel (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)

· Seven HD connections (4 HDMI / 3 component)

· Upscales incoming analog video signals to 1080p

· 2nd Zone wireless audio (S-AIR ready)

· Compatible with Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD Master Audio

· Fully assignable audio and video inputs

· Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio

· Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices

· Universal Remote

STR-DH710 A/V Receiver

Available in March for about $300

· 7.1 channel (105 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)

· Six HD connections (3 HDMI / 3 component)

· 2nd Zone wireless audio (S-AIR ready)

· Compatible with Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD Master Audio

· Fully assignable inputs allows for use of all connections

· Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio

· Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices

STR-DH510 A/V Receiver

Available in March for about $230

· 5.1 channel (100 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)

· Five HD connections (3 HDMI / 2 component)

· HDMI Repeater for simplified audio and video signal management

· Blu-ray Disc Audio Decoding (Linear PCM Only)

· Audio Return Channel using just one cable for TV audio

· Stand by pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices