Released July, 2008
The Pros:6 HDMI inputs. Video upscaling to 1080p. High-resolution audio decoding.
The Cons:2nd HD video zone is only component video (not HDMI). No support for wireless rear speakers. Overkill on the number of HDMI inputs.
The Sony STR-DA4400ES ($1500) is the flagship 7.1 a/v receiver model of the STR-DAx400ES series, "Elevated Standard" (ES), product line announced in a June 26, 2008 press release by Sony. The DA4400ES replaces the previous generation Sony STR-DA4300ES ($1000) and Sony STR-DA5300ES ($1700) released the year before.
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The 4400ES features 120 Watts of power to each of its 7 channels, supports upscaling to 1080p using its built-in Faroudja DCDi chipset, and boasts 6 x HDMI inputs. It uses the Xross Media Bar (XMB) interface found in the PSP and PS3 for onscreen navigation. The lineup is rounded out by the Sony STR-DA3400ES ($1000) and Sony STR-DA2400ES ($800) and they are expected to become available in July 2008.
- 7.1 channel a/v receiver (ES product line)
- 1080p Faroudja DCDi upscaling
- high definition audio decoding (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio, dts HD-MA)
- Xross media bar interface (similar to what's found on PS3 and PSP)
- power: 120 Watts / channel
- 6 x HDMI inputs
- price: $1500
- 3-zones of a/v (2 zones of HD and 1 zone of audio-only)
- release date: July 2008
User Reviews (12)
High-resolution audio decoding
2 zones of HD video output
Xross Media Bar interface (XMB)
Has pre-outs for all channels for external amps
A $200 price-drop compared to previous gen DA5300ES
Low Price for Quantity of Inputs and Video Processing Capabilities
2nd HD video zone is only component video (not HDMI)
No support for wireless rear speakers
Overkill on the number of HDMI inputs
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