CEDIA just wouldn't be CEDIA without a few absolutely mind-boggling pieces of equipment that will only be acquired by the wealthiest among us. That said, even the laypeople in attendance can sneak over to "that guy's house" and check out one of Sony's two new fully-featured NHS rack systems. Picking up where the $85,000 NHS-130C left off, the NHS-A30C and NHS-70C are fully integrated racks that come pre-built, wired, tested and ready for installation. They provide Control4 home automation integration, iPod support, 5.1-channel surround sound (7.1 in the 70C), a built-in Blu-ray deck and a second zone of HD video (and a third for audio). The 70C also adds in a 400-disc DVD / CD changer, 160GB music server and room for three auxiliary devices like a cable set-top-box or PlayStation 3. Best of all, the prices on these are much more manageable than the aforementioned predecessor -- the A30C will run between $15,000 and $30,000, while the 70C rings up between $30,000 and $50,000. Full release after the cut.



SONY BOLSTERS LINE-UP OF CUSTOM WHOLE HOUSE HD ENTERTAINMENT AND CONTROL WITH TWO NEW NHS RACK SYSTEMS

Pre-Integrated, Pre-Racked, and Pre-Wired. Saves Consumers and Installers Time and Money.

DENVER, Sept. 3, 2008 (CEDIA Booth #600) – Adding more options to custom home entertainment and automation, Sony today announced two new fully featured NHS rack systems that deliver whole house high-definition entertainment and control over movies, music, lighting, temperature and security systems.

Building on the award winning NHS-130C, the new models, NHS-A30C and NHS-70C, are fully integrated racks are pre-built, wired, tested, and ready for professional installation. Like the NHS-130C, they offer advanced functionality including iPod connectivity and control, satellite radio, whole-home high-definition video distribution and advanced home automation from Control4®.

The new NHS-A30C rack system provides 5.1 channel, high-definition home theater with a Blu-ray Disc™ player, plus a second zone of distributed HD video and a third zone of audio. The system is integrated with Control4, offering automation of lighting, temperature control, and security systems through an on-screen display.

The new NHS-70C system incorporates 7.1 channel surround sound high-definition home theater for the living room, plus distribution of six zones of HD video. The NHS-70C also adds a 400-disc DVD/CD changer with a disc management system, a 160GB music server, and the ability to add three auxiliary devices for connecting additional components like a high-definition cable box or a PlayStation® 3 gaming console. The system integrates Control4's HC-500 home controller, which organizes and allows users to stream music throughout the home while also offering automation of lighting, temperature control, and security systems through a large onscreen display.

Typical installations will range from $15,000 to $30,000 for the NHS-A30C and $30,000 to $50,000 for the NHS-70C. The systems will be available later this year.

For more information about the Sony NHS systems or to find a local dealer, please visit: www.sony.com/built-in.

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Sony announces NHS-A30C and NHS-70C home automation rack systems