Sony launched three new soundbars during its press event at CES 2017, including one that’s Dolby Atmos capable.Sony invites you to join the Dolby Atmos revolution by investing in the HT-ST5000 soundbar that has been created in partnership with Sony Pictures for the best 3D sound cinematic experience. Its connectivity features offer compatibility with the latest 4K, HDR and HDCP2.2 standards and it includes two upward firing speakers at either end of the bar for a 7.1.2 channel listening experience.
Combined with coaxial High-Resolution Audio speakers, featuring separate woofer and tweeter drivers in one single unit music, dialogue and sound effects should wrap themselves around you, claims Sony. The wireless sub will provide the deep low punches.
It also has Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect, meaning you have access to over 100 music-streaming apps right at your fingertips in addition to the flexibility of the Wireless Multi-Room, plus Bluetooth and NFC.
The first compact soundbar series from Sony includes two models, the HT-MT500 and HT-MT300. The High-Resolution Audio enabled MT500 can upscale 'conventional' audio and both sound bars also come with a slim wireless subwoofer that is small enough to blend into your living room.
With Bluetooth and NFC connections to stream music from your phone, or with one touch, direct from the Soundbar (MT500), they are marketed as not just Soundbars but as smart wireless speakers for the home as well. A USB port allows you to connect USB devices for easy playback.
Both the MT500 and MT300 are made with a tactile finish where the speaker casing is covered in a leather look surface and matt grill front. The colours are chosen to match the latest interior design trends, available in charcoal black or the option of crème white.
To up the ante, enable Sofa Mode and you will still be able to feel the low frequency effects when the subwoofer is positioned horizontally underneath the sofa. As another option, the sub can be placed vertically next to another piece of furniture if desired.
The HT-MT500 compact sound Bar is priced at approximately £550, while the MT300 is priced at approximately £250. Both should be available from February 2017. The HT-ST5000 soundbar is available from Spring 2017 priced at approximately £1,500
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