The Sony STR-DG720 is a 7.1 channel A/V receiver released on April 8th, 2008 for $299. It features 3 x HDMI inputs with Sony's "Active Intelligence" technology, that will process and decode uncompressed LPCM audio signals from sources like Blu-ray players. The DG-720 also has 3 component video inputs, but will not transcode or upscale to HDMI from component or analog video sources. The step-down model STR-DG520 retails for $199 and drops audio decoding and 1 HDMI inputs, and the STR-DG820 ($479) adds a fourth HDMI input and supports HD audio decoding of dts HD-MA and Dolby TrueHD.
- 7.1 channel A/V receiver
- power: 105 Watts RMS x 7 @ 8 Ohms
- HDMI: 3 inputs, 1 output with uncompressed audio decoding (no HD audio, however)
- 3 x component video inputs, but doesn't transcode to HDMI
- release date: April 8th, 2008
- price: $299