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All 10 of the above integrated HDTVs and HDTV monitors will include MID-X (Multi-Image Driver X) technology that allows an analog picture and digital picture to appear simultaneously on the same screen. Then using the Flexible Twin View function, the user can scale the two pictures to different sizes. The sets will also feature Digital Reality Creation Multi-Function, which upconverts NTSC, DVD or standard definition (480i) digital signals to either 960i or 480p resolution.
Sony's DVD Dream Systems combine a DVD player with an amp and 5.1 surround speakers. In July, the company's two new Dream Systems will add multi-channel Super Audio CD playback, more power, full digital amps and a redesigned subwoofer and remote control to the list of features. The DAV-S500 ($600 MSRP) has a single-disc player and 280 watts of total system power. The DAV-C700 ($800 MSRP) has a five-disc changer, 380 watts of total system power and adds component video outputs. Both models decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS and include a "headphone theater" mode.
For the space-starved hipster, Sony introduced the silver, slick and slim DVD-F21 DVD player (fall, $300) that can sit vertically, horizontally or mounted to a wall. The sleek, slot-loading machine plays DVD, CD and CD-R/RW. Its TV Virtual Surround mode will enhance the performance of a TV's built-in speakers, but a matching speaker package will also be sold as an option when the DVD-F21 hits retail.