Sony's Digital Living System Re-Defines the Digital Living Room

VAIO XL1 DLS Combines Home Theater Functionality With the Brains of a PC



18 Oct, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sony Electronics Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony's entrant into the digital living
 room category breaks all boundaries by managing not only personal and
 downloaded multimedia content but pre-packaged audio CDs and DVD movies as
 well.  The VAIO(R) XL1 Digital Living System(TM) brings all of your
 entertainment into the living room and lets you manage it with a remote
 control.
     Two sleek components comprise Sony's Digital Living System: a high-end
 multimedia PC and a 200-disc media changer/recorder.  Both are designed to fit
 into a home entertainment rack and the elegant silver and black casings are
 sure to complement the rest of your home entertainment system.  The PC
 connects to a television via an HDMI(TM) cable, the emerging standard for
 digital connectivity, to output high-definition video and multi-channel
 digital audio in a single connection.
     Close collaboration with Microsoft(R) and tight integration with the
 Microsoft Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system ensure
 unique functionality only when using the XL1 system's disc changer.  Discs
 inserted into the changer are automatically detected by the PC which downloads
 (over a wired or wireless network) available metadata on each one, including
 jewel case covers and artist information.  For movies, an in-depth synopsis is
 also downloaded in addition to the star, director, producer details and more.
 All of this information is easily sorted and accessed using the included
 wireless keyboard or remote control.
     "Sony has innovated once again by introducing a product that is a
 monumental step forward in defining the way consumers enjoy digital
 entertainment," said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO product marketing for
 Sony Electronics in the U.S.  "With the XL1, users can still manage all their
 meaningful entertainment content such as downloaded music, home movies and
 personal photos.  But the really groundbreaking functionality is the
 additional ability to easily organize, sort, and access packaged
 content -- all of the DVD movies and audio CDs that have been traditionally
 relegated to a bookshelf."
     "The Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System combines an innovative and
 cost-effective CD/DVD changer with a state-of-the-art Windows Media Center
 Edition PC, offering consumers a very cool, high-quality living room
 entertainment experience," said Joe Belfiore, general manager of the Windows
 eHome Division at Microsoft Corp.  "The XL1 is a result of close collaboration
 between Sony and Microsoft, and our two companies will continue to work
 together on future products that extend the Windows Media Center platform."
 
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     With the XL1 Digital Living system, you can consolidate your music library
 by backing up your music CDs to your hard drive to be stored along with all of
 your downloaded music.  With the touch of a few buttons, you can automatically
 and sequentially record up to 200 audio CDs from the media changer to the hard
 drive along with available album covers and track information.  You can also
 record a series of television show episodes to the hard drive and easily
 transfer them to blank DVDs stored in the changer.  The system alerts you to
 how many discs are needed and you can burn a whole season of your favorite TV
 program to DVDs to take on your next road trip.
     In addition to being the ultimate home A/V entertainment center, the XL1
 system is a powerful PC delivering robust performance for running multiple
 applications simultaneously.  With its Intel(R) Pentium(R) D dual-core
 processor, ample DDR2 memory, PCI-E graphics and room for up to three SATA
 hard drives (RAID ready), the VAIO XL1 system is well-equipped to tackle your
 most demanding tasks.  Internal PC components are liquid-cooled to ensure
 quiet operation worthy of a living room.  Advancements such as Sony's Sound
 Reality(TM) technology boost audio performance for high-quality digital sound.
     Web browsing has been especially designed for an engaging living room
 experience.  With the touch of the remote, you can quickly expand your
 favorite web pages for comfortable reading from your couch.
     The Digital Living System will be sold as a package and will be available
 next month for about $2,300 at national retailers, online at SonyStyle.com or
 at SonyStyle(R) stores (for locations, visit www.sonystyle.com/retail) in
 select fashion malls around the country.  Pre-orders begin online today at
 www.sony.com/xl1.
 
      Contact:  Valerie Motis
                Sony Electronics Inc.
                (858) 942-8016
                valerie.motis@am.sony.com
 
                Alex Laurelli
                Ruder Finn
                (415) 249-6760
                laurellia@ruderfinn.com
 
 

SOURCE Sony Electronics Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony's entrant into the digital living
 room category breaks all boundaries by managing not only personal and
 downloaded multimedia content but pre-packaged audio CDs and DVD movies as
 well.  The VAIO(R) XL1 Digital Living System(TM) brings all of your
 entertainment into the living room and lets you manage it with a remote
 control.
     Two sleek components comprise Sony's Digital Living System: a high-end
 multimedia PC and a 200-disc media changer/recorder.  Both are designed to fit
 into a home entertainment rack and the elegant silver and black casings are
 sure to complement the rest of your home entertainment system.  The PC
 connects to a television via an HDMI(TM) cable, the emerging standard for
 digital connectivity, to output high-definition video and multi-channel
 digital audio in a single connection.
     Close collaboration with Microsoft(R) and tight integration with the
 Microsoft Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system ensure
 unique functionality only when using the XL1 system's disc changer.  Discs
 inserted into the changer are automatically detected by the PC which downloads
 (over a wired or wireless network) available metadata on each one, including
 jewel case covers and artist information.  For movies, an in-depth synopsis is
 also downloaded in addition to the star, director, producer details and more.
 All of this information is easily sorted and accessed using the included
 wireless keyboard or remote control.
     "Sony has innovated once again by introducing a product that is a
 monumental step forward in defining the way consumers enjoy digital
 entertainment," said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO product marketing for
 Sony Electronics in the U.S.  "With the XL1, users can still manage all their
 meaningful entertainment content such as downloaded music, home movies and
 personal photos.  But the really groundbreaking functionality is the
 additional ability to easily organize, sort, and access packaged
 content -- all of the DVD movies and audio CDs that have been traditionally
 relegated to a bookshelf."
     "The Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System combines an innovative and
 cost-effective CD/DVD changer with a state-of-the-art Windows Media Center
 Edition PC, offering consumers a very cool, high-quality living room
 entertainment experience," said Joe Belfiore, general manager of the Windows
 eHome Division at Microsoft Corp.  "The XL1 is a result of close collaboration
 between Sony and Microsoft, and our two companies will continue to work
 together on future products that extend the Windows Media Center platform."
 
                                  Rip and Burn
     With the XL1 Digital Living system, you can consolidate your music library
 by backing up your music CDs to your hard drive to be stored along with all of
 your downloaded music.  With the touch of a few buttons, you can automatically
 and sequentially record up to 200 audio CDs from the media changer to the hard
 drive along with available album covers and track information.  You can also
 record a series of television show episodes to the hard drive and easily
 transfer them to blank DVDs stored in the changer.  The system alerts you to
 how many discs are needed and you can burn a whole season of your favorite TV
 program to DVDs to take on your next road trip.
     In addition to being the ultimate home A/V entertainment center, the XL1
 system is a powerful PC delivering robust performance for running multiple
 applications simultaneously.  With its Intel(R) Pentium(R) D dual-core
 processor, ample DDR2 memory, PCI-E graphics and room for up to three SATA
 hard drives (RAID ready), the VAIO XL1 system is well-equipped to tackle your
 most demanding tasks.  Internal PC components are liquid-cooled to ensure
 quiet operation worthy of a living room.  Advancements such as Sony's Sound
 Reality(TM) technology boost audio performance for high-quality digital sound.
     Web browsing has been especially designed for an engaging living room
 experience.  With the touch of the remote, you can quickly expand your
 favorite web pages for comfortable reading from your couch.
     The Digital Living System will be sold as a package and will be available
 next month for about $2,300 at national retailers, online at SonyStyle.com or
 at SonyStyle(R) stores (for locations, visit www.sonystyle.com/retail) in
 select fashion malls around the country.  Pre-orders begin online today at
 www.sony.com/xl1.
 
      Contact:  Valerie Motis
                Sony Electronics Inc.
                (858) 942-8016
                valerie.motis@am.sony.com
 
                Alex Laurelli
                Ruder Finn
                (415) 249-6760
                laurellia@ruderfinn.com
 
 SOURCE  Sony Electronics Inc.