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New Sony ES receivers stream HD video over Ethernet

Audiovisual receivers act as the control center of a home theater, and over the past few years they've become increasingly complicated, adding features such as video switching, HDMI upconversion, and even media streaming to the standard task of amplification. Sony's ES line of receivers have been on the cutting edge lately, and the company's two new receivers--the STR-DA5400ES and STR-DA6400ES--both add the capability to stream HD video to a second room over a category 5e (Ethernet) connection. In addition, STR-DA6400ES will also offer up more traditional media capabilities, including streaming media from DLNA-compatible devices as well as access to the Rhapsody streaming music service. Sony hasn't released a full specification sheet on either receiver yet, but let's take a quick look at what we know so far.

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