Sony Canada today announced the addition of three new models to their A/V receiver line-up in Canada, the STR-DH520, STR-DH720, and STR-DN1020 receivers.

Identical receivers were announced by Sony in the United States yesterday and the most surprising news was the sizable difference in pricing between the two countries.

In the United States, the STR-DH520, STR-DH720, and STR-DN1020 receivers will list for $230, $300 and $500 USD respectively while in Canada they will sell for $300, $400 and $600 CDN respectively.

While the loonie has been trading near or above par with the Greenback for last year, Sony Canada is asking Canadians to pay 30% more for the STR-DH520 receiver, 33% more for the STR-DH720 receiver and 20% more for the STR-DN1020 A/V Receiver.

This while many consumer electronics companies in Canada are pricing their products on par with products sold in the United States.


Sony STR-DN1020


Available in May for $600 ($500 in the U.S). Features include:
  • 110 watt x7 (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
  • Access to streaming Internet audio services
  • Synchronized playback on Sony HomeShare wireless network speakers
  • iPhone/iPod touch remote control app
  • iPhone /iPod video and music playback via included dock
  • Upconvert/upscale from analog to 1080p video via HDMI (Faroudja DCDi Edge)
  • HDMI 3D pass-through
  • Six HD inputs (four HDMI, two component)
  • D.L.L. advanced sound processing
  • Sony’s Advanced D.C.A.C. with Automatic Phase Matching
  • Sound Optimizer
  • Second zone audio and video
  • Dual subwoofer pre-outs
  • IR in and out
  • Audio return channel
  • Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI connected devices
  • BRAVIA Sync



STR-DH720 7.1 Channel AV Receiver


Available in April for about $400 ($300 in the U.S.). Features include:
  • 105 watt x7 (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
  • HDMI 3D pass-through
  • Audio return channel
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S.)
  • Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI connected devices
  • Upconvert/upscale from analog to 1080i video via HDMI (Faroudja DCDi Edge)
  • Six HD inputs (four HDMI, two component)
  • iPhone/iPod video and music playback via USB
  • Advanced Auto Volume
  • On-screen graphic user interface
  • Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
  • BRAVIA Sync



STR-DH520 7.1 Channel AV Receiver


Available in April for about $300 ($230 in the U.S). Features include:
  • 100 watt x7 (8ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
  • HDMI 3D pass-through
  • Audio return channel
  • Standby pass-through of audio and video via HDMI connected devices
  • Six HD inputs (four HDMI, two component)
  • Dolby TrueHD, Pro logic IIz and dts HD Master Audio Enhanced Audio Codecs
  • Advanced Auto Volume
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S.)
  • BRAVIA Sync
Discuss all three Sony A/V Receivers in Digital Home's A/V Receivers discussion forum .