Sony has launched new audio/video receivers in its “Elevated Standard” (ES) line in the US today.

The new models feature compatibility with the latest audio formats including Dolby Labs’ Dolby Digital +/Dolby TrueHD and dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio.

Called the rather dry STR-DA5300ES, STR-DA4300ES and STR-DA3300ES, the 7.1 channel models offer iPod integration through the receiver’s Digital Media Port feature and the ability to connect an optional iPod audio dock (TDM-iP1) as Sony finally admits defeat to Apple's popular MP3 player.

The STR-DA5300ES features a 120-watt amplifier (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.09% THD) and accepts eight-channel linear PCM. It is also capable of reproducing the latest audio formats from Dolby Labs (Dolby Digital +/Dolby TrueHD) and dts (dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio).

The model is the first Sony receiver that can distribute high definition content to a second room (or zone). It also offers picture-in-picture for monitoring multi-zone output or an external video source and six “Active Intelligence” HDMI inputs (one output) that support Deep Color, and x.v.Color technology (xvYCC).

The STR-DA4300ES model offers a 100-watt power amplifier (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.09% THD) and accepts eight-channel linear PCM. It is also capable of reproducing the latest audio formats from Dolby Labs (Dolby Digital +/Dolby TrueHD) and dts (dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio).

The model features three “Active Intelligence” HDMI inputs (one output) that support Deep Color, and x.v.Color.

Finally the STR-DA3300ES model also features a 100-watt power amplifier (8 ohms, 20Hz–20kHz, 0.09% THD) and accepts eight-channel linear PCM. The model features three “Active Intelligence” HDMI inputs (one output) that support x.v.Color technology (xvYCC).

All three models will also allow connection of other Sony accessories such as a PC Wi-Fi client for streaming digital music (TDM-NC1), a Bluetooth receiver that allows users to connect to various compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices to the receivers (TDM-BT1), as well an additional audio docking station (TDM-NW1) that is compatible with select Network Walkman products.

The new models also support both 1080/60p and 24p video formats and upscale video via HDMI up to 1080p (composite, S-video, component and HDMI). The models are also Sirius and XM Connect-and-Play ready for US customers.

The STR-DA5300ES will be available in September for about $1700, while the STR-DA4300ES ships in October for about $1300. The STR-DA3300ES will be available in August for about $1000.

No UK pricing or release dates have yet been announced.