Sony's Open House
In the fall, the company will also release a DVD player with HDMI, the DVP-NS975V. This progressive scan player will have the ability to play back DVD, CD and Super Audio CD (SACD). Additionally, the player will up-convert DVD native resolution to high-definition output (780p/1080i). SACD is making its way into every new Sony DVD player save one, including a $90 single-disc progressive scan model. SACD is also now a standard on the Dream System line of home-theater-in-a-box SKUs. The only product released in the non-ES product line-up that puts SACD at the forefront is the SCD-CD595 five-disc SACD multichannel changer, a $150 changer that outputs digitally for CD and in 5.1 channel analog for SACD.
Viken added that in addition to home-based products, various product accessories also add to the total entertainment experience, including a smaller DVD Handycam Camcorder. Sony introduced two new DVD Handycams, the DCR-DVD101 and DCR-DVD201. "Both camcorders are smaller and sleeker this year with enhanced features," said Viken. "Besides their ability to capture video directly onto a three-inch DVD disc, they also have the ability to capture JPEG still images." Both camcorders will be available in April.
PCG-TR3A VAIO Notebook. Available now for an estimated $2,100 SRP. Sony's smallest and lightest notebook weighs a mere 3.1 lbs. and features a wide-format XBRITE display and a combination CD-RW and DVD drive. The TR3A is powered by a 1GHz Intel Pentium M and wireless connectivity support for 802.11b and g networks. The VAIO also features a built-in, rotating digital camera for capturing image stills or for video conferencing.