The new Sony STR-DN1020 receiver looks to up the ante by offering DLNA certification and also Slacker and vTuner support for $500. With 7.2 channels, 4 HDMI inputs, proprietary room correction, and Faroudja DCDi Edge upcoversion, it may impress some people. Just not us. It does support 3D, audio return channel, and HDMI Standby pass-thru so it isn't a compete wash. Since Sony receivers seem to go on immediate sale as soon as they hit the Sony Store, you can bet that it'll look like a steal when it ships.
Discuss "Sony STR-DN1020 Networked Receiver First Look" here. Read the article.
Gee, imagine that. Sony charging a premium for an inferior product or last year's tech?