HDTV UK: Sony has shown off its new “Whole House” HD video entertainment solution. Presumably the idea is for Sony to whip in early, at the very beginning of the house construction process, and sell an integrated system that will network the home ready for lots of (Sony) high definition goodness.
Their NHS-1040, NHS-2040, and NHS-3040 systems feature up to 13 zones of HD video distribution, and a Blu-ray disc player.
The top-of-range NHS-3040 rack also incorporates a 7.1 HDMI home theatre with LCD touch-panel remote control, a 400-disc DVD/CD changer with management system, an 80GB music server, radio tuner, HD cable/satellite support, and three auxiliary inputs. Each separate zone has in-wall keypads for controlling it all.
“Integrated home entertainment is becoming a more important factor for new home buyers in the custom and semi-custom market,” said Neal Manowitz, director of marketing for Sony Electronics’ consumer systems and applications division.