Panasonic shows at the CEDIA EXPO 2008 its SA-BX500 7.1-channel AV control receiver. The SA-BX500 can send 1080p Full-HD video signals (as well as Deep Color or x.v.Color video signals) from a Blu-ray Disc player to a TV without degradation when connected to both units via HDMI cables.
The Panasonic SA-BX500 has the Virtual Surround Sound function that allows users of 5.1-channel speaker system to enjoy 7.1 channel sound. It has a decoder for Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio HD audio codecs.
Panasonic’s new A/V Receiver supports VIERA Link and Auto Lip Synchronization. It will be available in October for a suggested retail price of $799.