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Sony Unveils Latest AV Receivers

Sony Europe announced its new 7.2 channel STR-DN1040 and STR-DN840 audio/video receivers.

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True-to-life cinematic sound plus wireless freedom: new AV receivers from Sony with Wi-Fi

• STR-DN1040 and STR-DN840 receivers deliver powerful 7.2 channel cinema-quality sound

• Highest quality construction from premium components and new Rigid Chassis design for rich, undistorted bass

• Stream music from networked devices or the cloud with Wi-Fi and AirPlay

• Experience even more detail with 4K movie upscaling and high resolution 192 kHz/24-bit audio

• Control from your smartphone or tablet with free apps

Stir your emotions with sound and picture quality that’s astonishingly real. Sony’s newest Wi-Fi equipped AV receivers offer best-in-class audio and video, plus the freedom of wireless connection to a limitless world of great entertainment.

The stunning STR-DN1040 and STR-DN840 are painstakingly crafted to deliver an utterly uncompromising home theatre experience. Behind the sleekly minimalist exterior, a newly-developed Rigid Chassis cuts unwanted vibration and resonance for solid, powerful bass. Audiophile-grade components reveal every detail of your favourite performance – from explosive movie action to the subtlest harmonies of a string quartet.

Adding an exciting dimension to your home theatre experience, the DN1040 and DN840 can wirelessly stream music stored on your smartphone, tablet or PC. It’s easy to access cloud music services like Music Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network, bringing you millions of tracks plus hundreds of themed channels. Or if you prefer, enjoy Internet radio stations all over the world brought to you by vTuner. What’s more, support for AirPlay lets iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Macintosh owners enjoy pristine-quality audio stored on their Apple product – or even stream music via the Spotify app on their device.

Whether you’re listening to music or watching the latest blockbuster on Blu-ray Disc™, you’ll be blown away by sumptuously rich, soul-stirring sound.

7.2 channels of effortless music power take movies and music to another level, with HD-Digital Cinema Sound recreating the authentic acoustics of Hollywood’s finest theatres. Concert Hall mode transports you into three of the world’s finest concert venues: the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Musikverein Vienna. Whatever volume level you’re listening at, Sound Optimiser tailors frequencies for extra clarity and presence. And for the ultimate in listening refinement, Advanced Digital Cinema Automatic Calibration (D.C.A.C.) fine-tunes sound from each speaker to match your living room’s acoustics.

Both receivers can replay 192 kHz/24-bit audio, taking you beyond CD quality to reveal every last nuance from today’s digital sources including high- resolution FLAC and WAV files. Movies on Blu-ray Disc™ or DVD look as good as they sound, with 4K upscaling (STR-DN1040) creating extra detail for a truly immersive experience with your 4K TV or projector.

You’re supremely connected, with plentiful inputs for Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD players, TV, set top box, games console, SA-CD player and other home devices. Conveniently mounted on the front panel, there’s also a USB socket for instant hook-ups with your MP3 player or flash memory drive. Support for MHL (STR-DN1040) lets you connect a smartphone or tablet to the receiver. Then enjoy HD videos or photos played back from your mobile device on your TV screen.

A beautifully clear, uncluttered new graphical user interface makes it a pleasure commanding the DN1040 using your TV screen and remote.

Both receivers allow selection of input sources or volume adjustment from the comfort of your favourite sofa with the free TV SideView app for smartphones or tablets (iOS/Android). Also available, the Network Audio Remote app lets you browse your digital music collection and select tracks for playback through the receiver.

The new STR-DN840 AV receiver by Sony is available from May 2013, while the STR-DN1040 will be available from June.

Key features and specifications

Model STR-DN1040 STR-DN840
Channel 7.2ch 7.2ch
Power (6Ω, 1 kHz, 1 ch driven) 165W x 7ch 150w x 7ch
HDMI 8 (1 front) in / 2 out 6 in / 1 out
4K Upscale/Pass-through Pass-through
Network Wi-Fi built in Wi-Fi built in
Network function AirPlay/DLNA AirPlay/DLNA
Music service Music Unlimited/vTuner Music Unlimited/vTuner
GUI New Graphical User Interface New On-screen display
Mobile apps (iOS/Android) TV SideView/Network Audio Remote TV SideView/Network Audio Remote
Decoding format WAV (LPCM), MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC WAV (LPCM), MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC
Others HD-D.C.S; Advanced D.C.A.C.; Sound Optimiser ; Centre speaker lift up ; Concert Hall mode

HD-D.C.S; Advanced D.C.A.C.; Sound Optimiser ; Centre speaker lift up ; Concert Hall mode