Sony add new AV receivers

Sony has announced two new AV receivers for 2013 for launch in June. The STR-DN840 and STR-DN1040 models feature a new design, upgraded internal components and a range of connectivity features.

The STR-DN840, which will retail initially for around £400, is a seven-channel amp, with power weighing in at 95W per channel. Decoding for high-def audio movie formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio is included, as is built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay for wireless music streaming. File compatibility includes WAV, FLAC while both amps can also handle high-res 24bit/192kHz content. The kit also features six HDMI inputs, one output, 3D pass-through and 4K pass-through. A Preview For HDMI feature allows you to preview the images sent from any HDMI-connected sources, such as your Blu-ray player or games console.

'Centre Speaker Lift Up' allows the user to raise dialogue from speakers positioned below your TV. Sony claim this mode helps give a greater impression that sounds are coming from your display.

The STR-DN1040 (£550) has more power, eight HDMI inputs, and 4K upscaling for feeding 4K pictures to a compatible television such as Sony's 84" KD-84X9005 and forthcoming 55" and 65" 4K sets, the XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A.

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