September 04, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Other companies have beat them to the punch, but Sony just announced its first home-theater-in-a-box systems with Blu-ray.
They could have one-upped the others by making a pair of 7.1 systems. However, both the BDV-IT1000ES and BDV-IS1000 are all about single-disc 5.1-channel sound. One nifty standout is the inclusion of the company’s S-Air wireless technology, which allows each system to stream audio up to 164 feet—sadly, though, not video.
Also, to use the S-Air technology, you’ll also need to add in other AirStation receiver/speakers, which are easily plugged into any outlet.
That said, the BDV-IT1000ES ($1,999) has a thin set of speakers that measures about 0.75 inches wide and 22 inches long. It handles about 700 watts total, and also includes a 200-watt subwoofer. The BDV-IS1000 ($1,000) has a small set of five little speakers; Sony says each one is the size of a golf ball. Each of the new players will be BD-Live capable, meaning the firmware is coming this fall.
Both models will ship next month.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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