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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 03, 2017  |  0 comments
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that it will support Auro-3D in some disc and “digital” titles. Auro-3D is an unusual method of immersive surround encoding that one-ups Dolby Atmos and DTS:X by offering not one, but two, height layers above the floor speakers in a 13.1- or 11.1-channel native mix. Until now it has been scantily supported in software, with just a few dozen Blu-ray releases, but this might be a game changer for the plucky little Belgian company. Auro-3D has also firmed up its hardware support with new (and more mainstream) receivers and pre/pros from Denon, Marantz, and Lyngdorf that support the necessary surround processing. (Note that the Denon and Marantz products require an optional $199 update.) Height-enhanced surround sound may be about to become a three-way horse race.
SV Staff  |  Apr 07, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony was one of the earliest backers of the Blu-ray format, but continues to promote the format mainly through one product: the PlayStation 3. Looks like the company is finally wising up, and searching for ways to put its Blu-ray eggs into more...
SV Staff  |  Aug 18, 2009  |  0 comments
The internet has been abuzz with talk of a skinnied-up PS3 for months, but now Sony has made it official. The Slim will cost $299 and sport a same 120GB hard drive, but it will be lighter and smaller by more than a third. It will also use...
SV Staff  |  Dec 16, 2008  |  0 comments
So tell us: would you buy a movie or album on a USB flash drive? Even if it was a really good movie or album? Sony thinks you will.  They're releasing MicroVault Click flash drives with Michael Jackson's "Thriller: 25th...
SV Staff  |  Jun 09, 2010  |  0 comments
As you can tell below, Sony is going whole-hog into this 3D thing. The home electronics side of the company has just announced pricing and is accepting presales for no less than 7 different 3D-compatible HDTVs. The Bravia LED-backlit HDTVs...
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Apr 02, 2007  |  0 comments
Sony took the lens caps off of two new front home theater projector bargains last week.
Barry Willis  |  Sep 19, 1998  |  0 comments

DVD will be getting a big boost this fall. <A HREF="http://www.sel.sony.com/">Sony</A> has announced a multipronged promotion with Internet film distributor <A HREF="http://www.netflix.com/">NetFlix</A> and several major video retailers that will expose thousands of movie lovers to the new format. The program will run simultaneously with one <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?242">announced</A> recently by <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/video/">Blockbuster Video</A> and <A HREF="http://www.philips.com/">Philips Electronics</A>. The Sony/NetFlix and Blockbuster/Philips promotionals were announced in the wake of <A HREF="http://www.circuitcity.com/">Circuit City</A>'s <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?243">admission</A> that, without outside funding, it will have to cut back on its Divx marketing effort.

SV Staff  |  May 29, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony just announced a new speaker that's quite unique. The new Sountina NSA-PF1 is a glass speaker. The Sountina is based on a vibrating glass tube. Sound is omni-directional, as the tube vibrates three-dimensionally in all directions. Afraid it...
SV Staff  |  Feb 26, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony demoed its latest distributed audio solution at its 2008 Open House this week in Las Vegas. The affordable design brings multi-room capability to those on a budget, incorporating wireless RF transmission operating in the 2.4-GHz band. The...
 |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

At a press conference last week, <A HREF="http://www.sony.com/professional">Sony Electronics</A>' professional division outlined the company's strategy for the broadband network era, and announced a number of new broadcast and professional products that will be on display at the upcoming <A HREF="http://www.nab.org/">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB) show in April.

SV Staff  |  Jan 07, 2008  |  0 comments
If you can, try to imagine a football having sexual relations with a hard-boiled egg. Their offspring might be a Rolly — making its Sony CES debut this year. Robotics meets boombox, Rolly is a playback device like none other. Its 2GB flash memory...
Barry Willis  |  Apr 02, 2000  |  0 comments

First Sony made the PlayStation 2, a $370 "gaming console." Then users discovered that it could play Digital Versatile Discs from all regions, a clear violation of DVD Forum engineering specifications intended to accommodate the entertainment industry's longstanding policy of releasing films on video at different times in different parts of the world&mdash;after they've run in commercial theaters. Shortly thereafter, users also found that they could make perfect videotape <A HREF="htpp://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?680">copies</A> of DVDs via the RGB outputs on the machine, thereby circumventing Macrovision, the copy-prevention technique built into the DVD format. Seems the PlayStation 2 was a two-front nightmare for the film business.

SV Staff  |  Jun 19, 2008  |  0 comments
Good news from Sony, if you happen to live in Japan. Sony's new Bravia KDL-32JE1 is setting a new standard in efficiency, with a power consumption of only 89 Watts. The 32" monitor has a long list of features that make it not only good for...
HT Staff  |  Jul 30, 2001  |  0 comments
Sony is taking "home theater in a box" to the next level. Upscale all-in-one home theater systems may be the next big trend; with a few notable exceptions, the electronics industry follows Sony's lead.
Barry Willis  |  Jan 23, 1999  |  0 comments

Digital video-production equipment by <A HREF="http://www.sony.com/professional/">Sony Electronics</A> is one highlight at the <A HREF="http://www.sundance.org/">Sundance Film Festival</A>, currently taking place in Park City, Utah. During the first weekend, the Festival's New Media and Technology Center featured camcorder demonstrations, panel discussions, and video presentations of Sony's HDCAM, Digital Betacam, DVCAM, and consumer DV digital-video formats. This is the fourth consecutive year that Sony has put on this demonstration at Sundance.

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