Sony has demonstrated its first AV receiver able to upscale any video source to 1080p, via HDMI. The STR-DA5200ES (pictured above) incorporates the new Cortez Advanced controller featuring the Faroudja DCDi Cinema chipset.
Other features of the high-def savvy ES receiver include picture-in-picture and Digital Cinema Auto Calibration technology. DCAC uses a six band parametric equalizer which adjusts for speaker placement, angle, distance and delay based on information the supplied microphone collects. The process takes around 30 seconds.
The STR-DA5200ES marks the debut of Sony’s PSP-style Cross Media Bar-inspired icon menu system, pictured below.
“This receiver was designed with what we call the Full HD 1080 experience in mind, upscaling any source to 1080p, along with the addition of a clever new interface,” said Jeff Goldstein, vice president of marketing for Sony’s Home Products Division. “There are plenty of audio and video features packed in to satisfy both enthusiasts and demanding professionals.”
The model will sell for 1.500 dollars.