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SV Staff Posted: Jun 15, 2010 0 comments
E3 isn't usually a place for home theater news, especially from the Big Three game companies (Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony). However, Sony made a surprise announcement for game-hungry, Playstation 3-owning home theater buffs out there. The...
Tom Norton Posted: Jul 22, 2016 9 comments
Late this summer, or shortly thereafter, Sony will attempt to upend the way we look at UHD and high dynamic range (HDR) with its new Z9D series of premier Ultra HD. Don’t look for them at Joe’s Video down the street, however, but rather in premier outlets such as Magnolia (located in or adjacent to selected Best Buy stores) and custom installers. They’re also likely to find their way into more than a few professional facilities.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2008 0 comments
Sony gave the press and dealers a peek into the interactive features of next-gen Blu-ray Disc players this week at its Open House in Las Vegas. Don Eklund, executive vp of advanced technologies for Sony Pictures, was on hand to wax on the...
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 09, 2008 0 comments
  Yikes. Tough times even for the giants of industry. Sony just announced plans to lay off 8,000 full-time employees worldwide. Ouch. An additional 8,000 contract and temp employees will also be getting the ax. With a global workforce of...
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2009 0 comments
It's a great idea to include a digital copy of a movie with Blu-ray discs, but Sony is taking it a step past that. According to John Koller, director of hardware marketing for the PS3, the discs would be perfect for games based on movies and...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments
Why won't Sony's CEO Howard Stringer make up his mind? First, he claimed movie downloads would never take off. Now, he's changed his tune entirely. Sony's hoping Will Smith's latest release, Hancock will change the way we watch movies. Hancock...
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jun 05, 2006 0 comments
Sony proudly announced the imminent birth of their newest STR-series receiver, a home theater gizmo Sony says is "the final link in the HD chain". The new STR-DG1000 is described as having 1080p pass-through, eight channels of uncompressed audio, smooth video switching, and a simplified surround sound set up with automatic adjustment. (Well, it's not totally automatic. You still have to hook up the microphone and push a button.)
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 12, 2010 0 comments
CDs are arguably on the way out. Cassette tapes are extinct. Vinyl albums are generally used only by audiophiles and other extreme music enthusiasts. Over the last decade, we've seen digital distribution become one of the most popular ways to...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 27, 2008 0 comments
This year, as last, Sony held its annual line show at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. While it is intended primarily for dealers—which explains the introduction of everything from televisions to digital voice recorders, computers, cameras, cell phones, and alarm clocks (in short, everything you'll see featured in Sony movies later this year)—the press was brought in to have the first look.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 29, 2011 0 comments
You've probably read elsewhere that Norio Ohga died last week at 81. As chairman of Sony from 1982-95, he got the company into the motion picture and music businesses. An accomplished musician and music lover, Ohga was the guy who insisted the Compact Disc format should hold at least 74 minutes to accommodate Beethoven's Ninth Symphony without flipping. See obituary.

Perhaps the person best suited to reminiscing about Ohga would be the one who wooed him away from his career as a performing musician, Sony's legendary founder Akio Morita, who died in 1999. Following are some passages from his 1986 book Made in Japan. He starts by describing Ohga as "the young music student who asked so many audacious questions of our salesmen in 1947 that they finally brought him around to the company to talk to the engineers."

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2008 0 comments
We talk a lot about TV features. Who has the biggest screen? Who has the thinnest screen? But, who has the wettest? What? The Sony XDV-W600 is a small, portable Bravia TV. Plasma or LCD, you ask? This little guy has a 4" LCD panel. Don't...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 13, 2009 0 comments
Sony has always seemed a fortress in the electronics world - unshakable, until recently.  Sony is expected to post a loss of about $1.1 billion for 2007 and 2008 -- the first loss posted by the corporation in 14 years. Ouch.  What...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
Everyone's doing it. Frequent flyer programs for airlines, frequent shopper loyalty cards for the drugstore, grocery store - even the Flying J Truck Stop I went to today (don't ask) asked me if I was enrolled in their rewards program. Sony...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2010 0 comments
Hot on the feels of Logitech's Google TV announcement, Sony is gearing up to release its own Google TV product. Unlike Logitech's Revue set-top box, Sony is working on HDTVs incorporating Google TV directly into the display. Technical details for...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 22, 2009 0 comments
Sony has just released the BRX-A320, a hard-disc drive DVR with an impressive 320 GB storage capacity. It comes integrated with a digital tuner to capture OTA digital broadcasts. With that much storage, the BRX-A320 can record up to 27 hours of...