updated 10:55 pm EST, Mon March 2, 2009
Sony home theater systems
Sony has expanded its line of home theater systems to include three new configurations with integrated five-disc DVD/CD changers, the DAV-HDX587WC, DAV-HDX589W and DAV-HDX285, along with two new DVD players. The HDX587 and HDX589 models support 5.1-channel audio signals and offer an iPod cradle that can be used to play music or video. The systems also feature video upscaling for DVD content, along with an HDMI port for connecting HDTV sets. Digital Cinema Auto Calibration is designed to assist with proper installation, while Portable Audio Enhancer and Dialogue Enhancer are designed to enhance sound quality.
The entry-level HDX285 model also upscales DVD video signals and provides an HDMI port. An iPod cradle, Digital Media Port and DMPort Booster are built into the system. Depending on whether the user is listening to music or movies, the type of content is automatically detected and the audio optimized with the appropriate processing.
Two new portable DVD players include the DVP-FX730 and DVP-FX930. The FX730 model offers a seven-inch screen and five hours of battery life, while the FX930 variant features a nine-inch display and six hours of playback. The DVP-NS710H standalone DVD player provides automatic upscaling and an HDMI port.
The DAV-HDX589W and DAV-HDX587WC will be available sometime later this month, with each system priced around $430, while the DAV-HDX285 model will cost approximately $300. The DVP-FX730 and DVP-FX930 portable DVD players will be available around the same time for $130 and $190, respectively. The DVP-NS710H standalone player will carry a price of $70.