updated 10:00 am EDT, Wed April 30, 2008
Sony Bravia DAV-F200
Sony on Tuesday launched the Bravia DAV-F200 home theater system as an alternative to multi-speaker set-ups. The cleanly styled receiver features 2.1-channel virtual surround sound programming and comes with an HDMI output for 1080p video up-converting. The Bravia Sync system allows for integration with Sony's Bravia line of TVs, and controlling both components with just one remote. The DAV-F200 is powered by Sony's 405W and 32-bit S-Master digital amplifier.
Apart from recordable and rewritable DVD and CD playback and JPEG and DivX support, the system will also play MP3, WMA and AAC files from a USB device. The system also has the ability to record to USB devices via a USB socket. Integrating digital music devices such as an iPod and Sony Ericsson phones is accomplished via a DMPORT connection. Optional adapters expand the options to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable laptops or PCs to sync with the DAV-F200. More traditional inputs include optical and coaxial digital connections as well as analogue RCA plugs.
The DAV-F200 will launch in European stores and on Sony's web store in June, although pricing has not yet been announced. Sony also has not specified whether or not the DAV-F200 will be available in North America.