Sony STR-DG820 Home Theater A/V Receiver

Sony Updated: 2008-07-30 RSS
Sony STR-DG820 Home Theater A/V Receiver

The STR-DG820 7.1 channel A/V receiver delivers the Full HD 1080 experience to a home theater system. This new 1080p A/V Receiver features HDMI™ with "Active Intelligence", plus x.v.Color™ and 1080/24p signal capability. In addition to decoding uncompressed audio (LPCM via HDMI™), the STR-DG820 decodes the latest audio formats from Dolby® Labs and DTS® making this model fully compatible with Blu-ray Disc™. Now, you can hear the original mix of your favorite BD titles regardless of audio format. Need more HDMI™ inputs? The STR-DG820 features four HDMI™ inputs that allows for more HD content to be connected. Looking for simplicity? BRAVIA® Sync provides a one button operation (via HDMI™) of your entire A/V experience with a select number of BRAVIA televisions. Because no room is perfect, Sony's Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (and its supplied microphone) simplifies speaker set up and optimizes speaker performance with the push of one button in just 30 seconds. This full featured A/V receiver expands its ability to playback music from various audio sources (i.e. iPod® and Walkman® music devices, PC, etc.) with the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT and one of the various accessories (sold separately). Would you like to listen to satellite radio? The XM Connect-and-Play™ Ready feature provides the ability to access XM® satellite radio programming in surround sound.

Optimized for Blu-ray Disc™ and most HD Sources
Sony's A/V Receivers are engineered to be the ideal Blu-ray Disc A/V receiver, fully compatible with Sony® Blu-ray Disc™ Players. Superior video switching and audio performance ensure seamless compatibility with today's demanding HD sources. The STR-DG820 supports Linear PCM and has four High Definition Media Interface™ (HDMI™) inputs that are capable of accepting resolutions up to 1080p, offering the full video quality that Blu-ray Disc format can deliver.

As a leader in products with HDMI connectivity, Sony has created BRAVIA® Sync™ technology to go beyond simple audio and video transmission. Starting with the STR-DG820, Sony's A/V receivers will transmit control functions to a select number of BRAVIA LCD televisions as well as new DVD players in the Sony line. With "One Touch Play," operations that took several steps have been reduced to one. Press the PLAY button on the remote, watch the A/V receiver turn on, then the DVD player power on and start to play, finally the BRAVIA television turns on and switches to the correct video input. Simple...Easy...BRAVIA® Sync™.

The demand for digital content continues to be strong. The challenge: how do you integrate music in various forms into a receiver— The answer: Sony¿s DIGITAL MEDIA PORT (DMP). Together with one of the DMP accessories (sold separately), this proprietary connection broadens the interface of home theater systems and components, connects with various devices which provide the ability to control and power devices while making set up easy and operation simple. The DMP accessories will include a PC Client Ready device, Bluetooth® receiver (for today¿s Bluetooth enabled mobile phones and other portable devices) and Audio Docking Stations compatible with Network Walkman¿ and iPod® products. So regardless of how you store your music, Sony¿s DIGITAL MEDIA PORT offers a point of access to integrate your portable music into a traditional home theater system.

HDMI™ "Active Intelligence"
Powerful HDMI™ connectivity combined with Active Intelligence offers automatic detection of optimal video and audio signals from all connected components with convenience of a simple one wire connection.

XM® Connect and Play™ Ready with 5.1 Neural Decoding
A world of digital radio is at your fingertips. Connect the optional Connect-and-Play antenna, sign up for XM service and enjoy the variety of digital radio with the superior sound quality of an A/V receiver.

Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
Now the optimal speaker settings for your living room are only a press of button away. Simply place the included microphone in your listening position and allow the strength of Sony's Digital Signal Processing to take over. Speaker placement, distance, and delays are all calibrated automatically to ensure a worry free listening experience.

Digital Cinema Sound™
Sony's original Digital Cinema Sound technology uses exclusive DSP technology to recreate the precise environment of three Hollywood Dubbing Stages where your movies are created. True theater sound in the home from the source.