It’s been some time since I have seen an attractive offering from Sony from its Audio/Video Division and Sony’s latest addition to their Blu-ray family line up is a pretty nice surprise. I own a number of Sony products that captured my attention because of its stylish looks and beautiful integration into home decor: Sony DVD/SACD DAV-LF1H, Sony Speaker set SA-FT7ED, Sony Integrated Home Theatre System TAV-L1 and it has been a couple years since the company brought something of a looker to the market. It just seemed like they had a number of cookie-cutter style BD players and home theater products.

Let’s look what BDV-F7 brings to the table. I would say this home theater system is aimed at those who do not want to mess with 5.1 surround set up, but rather have a sound bar, a subwoofer and a blu-ray player.

The BDV-F7’s sound bar packs the equivalent of two speakers into its long slim design, and can be easily mounted right under your TV. You’ll hear details in your favorite movie’s soundtrack that your TV’s tiny speakers probably muffled or missed. And the subwoofer lets you hear and feel powerful effects like explosions or booming cannons. Best of all, it tucks away discreetly in a corner or under a bedside table. You don’t have to see it, but you sure will hear the difference it makes.

The Blu-ray player is ready for the latest 3D releases, and your 2D movies will also look crisp and full of detail. And the versatile BDV-F7 does more than play movies. It also includes a Wi-Fi® adapter so you can connect it to your home’s wireless broadband network. Once you’re online, you can stream movies and music from sites like Netflix®, Pandora®, YouTube™ and more. Or you can access photos, videos and music stored on your computer. The front-panel USB port lets you plug in your iPod® for convenient access to your portable music library. Gracenote metadata service will help you identify the movies you are watching.

Here are some spec details:

  • home theater system with 3D Blu-ray Disc™ player/receiver, a sound bar, and a subwoofer
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, and music from a number of sources, including Netflix®, YouTube™, Pandora®, and Slacker® (broadband service required; subscription required for Netflix service)
  • includes Wi-Fi® adapter for easy access to your home’s wireless network
  • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • USB input for connecting an iPod®, digital camera, MP3-player or thumb drive
  • speaker wire and remote control included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Player/receiver:
  • plays 3D Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, MP3 CDs, and JPEG CDs
  • proprietary Digital Media Port for optional iPod dock, wireless PC music player, or other accessories
  • audio inputs include stereo, coaxial digital, and optical digital
  • video output for TV includes composite, component video, and HDMI

There was no official press release yet, however we spotted this system listed in a couple of e-tailers and expect it to be shipped on October 6th for $600.