Sony's Receivers

Sony's audio group talked about three of its new receivers: the STR-DA3300ES, STR-DA4300ES and the STR-DA5300ES, retailing for $999, $1299 and $1699 respectively.

The STR-DA3300ES is an 8 channel receiver with support for XM/Sirius, x.v.Color, a built in Faroudja scalar (everything gets upscaled to 1080p), iPod support, MP3/AAC/WMA streaming over wireless and Sony's BRAVIA Theater Sync which allows other Sony products to automatically connect/configure themselves with each other. The 3300ES includes 12V triggers and IR blasters as well as a RS232 port for automation.

Moving on up you've got the STR-DA4300ES, which adds support for all of the new audio standards: Dolby True HD and DTS-HD, while building on all of the features of the 3300ES.

The STR-5300ES is the next step up, delivering 120W per channel, two zone HD distribution and six assignable HDMI inputs.

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  • joex444 - Thursday, September 6, 2007 - link

    monster will confuse people. they're hoping people will just jump onto the highest end equipment, rather than thinking about what they'll use it for.

    the article suggests using rating x for lengths 0-X, y for lengths X-Y, etc.

    they should just make one cable for 1m, one for 2m, one for 3m, and so on. the consumer won't know that the 3m has, apparently, thicker wires. so monster can really skimp and give the thin wires for the standard hdmi (btw, i think monster invented that term, all i'm aware of is HDMI 1.3 spec). anyways, they'll give that the old 1500% markup, then they can markup the 2m at 1200%, the 3m at 1000%, etc.

    you want to educate consumers? don't bother. take away their knowledge. give them one size fits all. it looks like monster just said the lowest end 2m cable works for the highest end application. maybe there's some proof that "it's all 0s and 1s, it either works or it doesn't" [it is true after all].
  • Myrandex - Thursday, September 6, 2007 - link

    Unless I read it wrong, it looked like the lowest quality monster cable received more bandwidth at 2m then 1m (where it was quoted at selling for $50 for a 1m cable).
  • 911medic - Thursday, September 6, 2007 - link

    The article states the Monster FS Perfectview 450 "will be shipping by the end of September at $699, which is quite pricey given the screen sizes we're talking about here." Monster products are overpriced/a waste of money, IMO, but the accompanying slide pretty clearly states a price of $349.95. Is that wholesale or something?
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Thursday, September 6, 2007 - link

    Very good question :) I had $699 in my notes but it's quite possible that I wrote it down wrong, let me see if I can confirm. $349 makes much more sense.

    Take care,
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  • mcnabney - Thursday, September 6, 2007 - link

    Those are just as overpriced a Monster, but without the showy coloring.
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