Sony Unveils 2013 Home Audio Product Line

                  Sony Unveils 2013 Home Audio Product Line

The Company that has Kept Consumers In-Step to the Music for 50 Years Affirms
its Commitment to the Best Sound Experience

Wide Array of Choices Meets the Home Audio System Needs of Any Consumer; Still
the Only AV Receiver with Built-in Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and AirPlay®

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2013

LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a special listening and
audition event today, Sony Electronics introduced its 2013 Home Audio product
lineup, highlighting the STR-DN1040 Audio/Video Receiver and the HT-CT660
Soundbar. Available in June, both products boast of Sony's legendary
commitment to quality sound, and are packed with connectivity and
accessibility features. Both the STR-DN1040 receiver, priced at $599, and the
HT-CT660 soundbar, priced at $399, will be available at Sony Stores and
http://store.sony.com, as well as retailers nationwide.

"Our rich audio legacy leads consumers to expect continued innovation and
performance from Sony audio products," said Neal Manowitz, director of Sony
Electronics' Home Audio group. "The newest AV receiver in our line has the
simplest, most user-friendly interface, which when combined with a world first
and only AVR feature set of built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth
connectivity, raises the bar with respect to usability, and does so with
knockout sound performance. Likewise, the new soundbar extends the Sony line
and brings theater-like, high-definition sound to any room in the house, with
Bluetooth ease and convenience."

A Receiver Built for Sound – and More

The STR-DN1040 AV Receiver delivers premium home theater performance with 7.2
Channel 1155 Watts (165 W x 7) of power and ten HD inputs (8 HDMI in), and
features a newly redesigned chassis, an increased power transformer as well as
Sony-designed capacitors and audio-grade transistors. "Just like a musical
instrument, this AV receiver is specially tuned to bring out the very best
sonic performance," said Aaron Levine, product marketing manager of Sony
Electronics' Home Audio group. "There is a sonic performance reason for every
part, every material, and every assembly technique put into this receiver."

Even at low sound levels, features such as Sound Optimizer maintain the
nuances of the complete sound field, perfect for watching effects-laden motion
pictures. Sony's innovative High Definition Digital Cinema Sound™ (HD DCS)
adds auditory depth for dramatic cinematic sound that faithfully reproduces
the movie theater experience. Spectacular sound is further produced through
support of Dolby® TrueHD, Pro Logic IIz and dts® HD enhanced audio codecs^1.
For outstanding picture performance, video signals can be converted up to 4K
Ultra HD HDMI®. Complementing the sound performance is ample connectivity for
HD and 4K Ultra HD devices, supporting both new and legacy connectivity.

Sony offers consumers the only AV receivers with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and
AirPlay, and the STR-DN1040 receiver leads the way. Wi-Fi enables the
STR-DN1040 receiver to easily access streaming media sources, and has
integrated applications for Sony Entertainment Network's Music Unlimited,
Pandora®, Slacker®, vTuner®, and more, as well as capabilities to seamlessly
stream music from DLNA® enabled PCs. Moreover, with consumers more often
accessing, storing, and playing music from mobile devices, the receiver also
has built-in AirPlay and Bluetooth, allowing it to wirelessly receive the
broadest amount of music from phones, tablets and computers. Users can also
operate the receiver with the free Media Remote™ app available for both
iPhones® and Android™ phones.

Also available in June is the STR-DN840 AV receiver, a 7.2 channel, 1050
Watt^2 juggernaut with the same connectivity convenience of built-in Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth and AirPlay. With six HDMI inputs, 4K pass-through, Sound Optimizer
and more, the STR-DN840 is aggressively priced at just $449.

A Soundbar to Bring Boom to Any Room

Designed to bring the TV experience back to life, the HT-CT660 Soundbar is a
330 Watt system producing exceptional audio marked by rich, natural sounds and
incredible clarity. The 2-way, 4-driver mica reinforced speaker system
delivers exceptional sound clarity with detailed highs and lows, with big
sound and minimal distortion, all complemented by a wireless subwoofer that
brings feeling back to the low end, along with an added convenience of being
able to be placed anywhere in the room. The three HDMI inputs allow easy
connection to up to three devices, such as gaming consoles, Blu-ray Disc
players and cable or satellite boxes, while delivering superior
high-definition picture and sound quality. Movies are presented as directors
intended, with Dolby® TrueHD and dts® HD Master Audio modes the reproduce high
definition sound for uncompromised quality.

Adding to the soundbar's arsenal, Sony's S-Force® PRO Front Surround 3D
technology synchronizes sounds to match the motion and depth of images on
screen so viewers enjoy a fully immersive, simulated 3D surround experience
without the bother and clutter of surround sound speakers.

Connecting the HT-CT660 soundbar with mobile devices such as phones and
tablets to stream music is as simple as one touch of any Near-Field
Communication (NFC) or Bluetooth enabled device. And with Bluetooth standby
mode, you can start streaming and enjoying music without having to turn on any
additional components.

Home Theaters to Bring Cinema to the Home

Sony also unveiled its complete Home Theater lineup, including the BDV-N8100W
and BDV-N7100W "home theaters in a box." Both products feature 1000W, 5.1
channel 3D Blu-ray Disc Full HD 1080p playback, with built-in Wi-Fi to stream
Netflix, HuluPlus, Pandora, the Sony Entertainment Network and more^3, and
wireless rear surround sound speakers. Additionally, NFC or Bluetooth enabled
devices connect seamlessly with one touch. The BDV-N8100W system also features
3-way, 47-inch floor standing speakers for exceptional sound clarity and
definition, with the upper portion of the speaker separable and ideal for
wall-mounting installations.

Priced at $699 and $599 respectfully, the BDV-N8100W and BDV-7100W home
theaters in a box are available now at Sony stores and online at
http://store.sony.com, as well as electronics retailers nationwide.

For full specifications and high-resolution images, please visit
www.sony.com/news.

^1 Requires HDMI® cable and LPCM capable receiver.

^2 1050 Watts Total System power (150W x 7 @ 8 ohms 1kHz 0.9% THD1 ch. driven)

^3 Broadband speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD). Content
subject to change and may require fees. Wireless connectivity requires an
802.11 home network.

SOURCE Sony Electronics

Website: http://www.sony.com/news
Contact: Rob Manfredo, Sony Electronics Inc., (201) 930-6032,
rob.manfredo@am.sony.com, or Ray Hartjen, Sony Electronics Inc., (408)
352-4818, ray.hartjen@am.sony.com
 
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