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Thomas J. Norton  |  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.
Mark Fleischmann  |  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."

SV Staff  |  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...
SV Staff  |  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...
SV Staff  |  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...
SV Staff  |  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...
SV Staff  |  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...
Barry Willis  |  Nov 28, 1998  |  0 comments

A picture density four times higher than standard 480i images and a resolution of 2500x2000 pixels are specifications worth bragging about. That's exactly what <A HREF="http://www.sel.sony.com/">Sony Electronics</A> is doing with its new CRT graphics projector, the VPH-G90U. The projector features new high-resolution, electromagnetically focused 9-inch CRTs and brightness up to 350 ANSI lumens. Sony is calling the VPH-G90U "the projector of choice for installation in large and medium venues, conference rooms, home theaters, and virtual-reality applications." Sporting a list price of $35,000, the new projector will make its debut at selected dealers next month.

SV Staff  |  Sep 15, 2008  |  0 comments
You know who you are. You're not shooting home videos, you shoot art. Thus, the two newest Handycam's from Sony are so you. Quite a bit more advanced than the camcorder your neighbor uses to shoot his kid's recitals, but not quite up there with...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 18, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony is now shipping the BDP-S350, a next-generation Blu-ray player that is far slimmer than its predecessor and even comes in a much smaller box. It uses a third less packing material, and what it does use is biodegradable paper. And due to the lightness of both the product and its packaging, shipping it will involve 43 percent less diesel use and other carbon emissions. Proof, were any needed, that I'll do anything for a novel lead.
 |  Mar 16, 2003  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.sonystyle.com">Sony</A> is responding to consumer demand for DVD with an impressive array of new product announcements, including progressive-scan players, SACD-compatible DVD changers, a 400-disc changer, and a "dual compatible" DVD recorder. This last item bridges the gap between the DVD-RW and DVD+RW camps by working with both formats.

SV Staff  |  Jun 27, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony's acclaimed ES (Elevated Standard) high-end product line just got three new A/V receivers, all supporting 1080p/24 video signals and the latest high-resolution audio formats. Packed with features, these new Sony ES products are just what you...
 |  Jul 27, 2007  |  0 comments

It's already been a hectic week for new product announcements, with Samsung and Denon unveiling a lot of new gear. But Sony was at this week too announcing three new AVRs with next-gen audio decoding and a host of other hot features related to streaming audio and networking.

 |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

DirecTV subscribers will soon be able to enjoy the kind of digital television performance that cable subscribers can only dream about. On August 7, <A HREF="http://www.sony.sel.com">Sony Electronics</A> announced the SAT-HD200 set-top box (STB), an advanced DirecTV high-definition receiver with multiple format modes, keyword search, a favorite channel list, 20-event reminder, and an electronic programming guide. Subscribers with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) enabled high definition monitors will be able to receive uncompressed wideband high-def programming encoded with Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology.

SV Staff  |  Aug 28, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony just unveiled two new Bravia HDTV lines, focused on offering some of the fastest pictures or thinnest profiles on the market. Unfortunately, since they're two separate series, you're going to have to make a choice between a really thin screen...

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