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Sony Home Cinema Products 2016

More power across the board

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 6, 2016 at 11:32 AM


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    Sony Home Cinema Products 2016
    Sony’s new home cinema line-up encompasses products to bolster casual TV viewing to Wireless Multi-room music.
    Three Sound Bars and a ‘hybrid’ 5.1 channel Sound Bar system are joined by an all-in-one Sound Base and two multi-channel AV amplifiers, with models showcasing High-Resolution Audio compatibility, online music streaming apps, easy wireless expansion and support for the latest 4K standards. Many of the popular features found in the top of the range 2015 line-up, such as Google Cast Spotify Connect and Wireless Multi-room capabilities, have been integrated into models down the range, making them increasingly accessible to all.

    The HT-NT5 premium Sound Bar echoes this year’s ‘Slice of Living’ BRAVIA TV design concept, the low-profile aluminium chassis won’t block your view of the screen. Clean, understated lines are matched with touch-panel operation and neat cable management that keeps connecting wires hidden discreetly within BRAVIA’s matching stand. The HT-NT5 features six individual speakers each driven by its own dedicated amplifier. Bass is provided by the newly-designed Sigma subwoofer unit with dual magnets.

    HDMI 2.0 pass-through takes advantage of the latest 4K sound and picture standards and HDCP 2.2 side-steps problems playing 4K content with latest copy protection measures. Support for the 4K 60p 4:4:4 extended colour space also ensures good future-proofing. You can also add a pair of Wireless Multi-room compatible wireless speakers for separate left and right rear surround channels, with extra cabling kept to a minimum.
    Also joining this season’s Sound Bar family, the HT-CT790 boasts an impressive 330W of peak power, assisted by Sony’s unique S-Force Pro and a newly designed sound deflector which sits on top of the left and right speaker units to create a wider soundstage. Like the HT-NT5 it’s compatible with Wireless Multi-room and Wireless Surround, letting you expand your system whenever you’re ready using SongPal.

    The sleek, slim HT-CT390 Sound Bar promises 300W of 2.1 channel audio power to give TV shows and movies extra impact and shares the newly developed sound deflector of the CT790 for even wider sound distribution.

    The space-saving HT-XT2 Sound Base enhances your TV audio experience without living room disruption. Sitting directly underneath your TV and featuring a scratch resistant floating glass top, this all-in-one 2.1ch speaker system with integrated subwoofer offers 70W of power to boost movie dialogue and music. Setup’s quick and simple, with direct connection to your TV and no need for extra cabling. On-board Bluetooth transmission with Sony’s LDAC technology lets you slip on a pair of wireless headphones to enjoy your TV sound in privacy. And with Wireless Multi-room and new Wireless Surround, it’s easy to add extra rear speakers and take your home cinema system to the next level.

    Hungry for room-shaking power plus the immersive clarity of 5.1 channel surround sound? The HT-RT3 makes true home cinema simple, delivering 600W of power through a slim, stylish Sound Bar plus dedicated subwoofer and included rear speakers. Setup’s straightforward, with fewer boxes and wires to worry about than regular 5.1 systems. Connect the Sound Bar to your TV via HDMI and you’re in business. And with Bluetooth on board you can enjoy music playback streamed wirelessly from your smartphone.


    The flagship STR-DN1070 Home Cinema AV receiver features a brand new DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) and supports DSD native playback, for reproduction of High-Resolution Audio files from HDMI, USB or home network sources. All HDMI ports are compatible with HDMI 2.0 and the latest HDCP 2.2 copy protection standard; there’s also support for 4K 50p/60p 4:4:4 and compatibility with content mastered in HDR (High Dynamic Range).

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