Sony receivers don't seem to get mentioned very often in the forums, but Sony announced today four new receivers in the ES lineup
. They have a very minimalist design on the front and the initial feature set looks pretty impressive. They do not have full specifications on the web site yet, but there is a link on that page to a comparison chart in PDF format
. They range from a 100W/ch 7.2 AVR to a 120W/ch 9.2, 130W/ch 11.2 and 150W/ch 13.2 AVR ranging in price from $900 - $1700 - $2100 - $3300. All models have a full set of pre-outs and support 8k, Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDMI 2.1 and DTS:X. Audio features support wireless high-res audio, native DSD (no conversion), blue-tooth streaming and work with Sonos Works, Spotify Connect, Chromecast and Airplay 2. For room calibration they use Digital Cinema Calibration IX which is Sony's new room correction system. ES systems have a 5 year warranty which is a nice bonus.
On the technical side, the brochure and comparison chart do give rated specs at the bottom in fine print. The amplifier rating is with 2 channels driven into 8 ohms with a 1kHz signal and rated at 0.9% THD. To me that implies that the power is a little over-stated at first glance. Some 3rd party testing would be in order.
Competition is a good thing so it will be interesting to see how these compare to offerings from Denon / Marantz and Yamaha.