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Sony multiroom audio systems set to launch

Wireless Speakers, Sound Bars, TV Base Speaker, AV Receivers and Micro Hi-Fi systems included

by Mark Hodgkinson Apr 14, 2015 at 10:38 AM

  • Sony is set to launch their new line-up of Multi-room Wireless Speakers, Sound Bars, TV Base Speaker, AV Receivers and Micro Hi-Fi systems.
    Most of the systems will include modern conveniences such as Google Cast and Spotify Connect and will offer One-touch listening via NFC (Near Field Communication) to stream from your smartphone or tablet with a single touch.
    Multi-room playback lets you listen wherever and whenever you want to around the home. Use your phone or tablet to control playback of different music sources in each room with Sony’s user-friendly SongPal app. Or use SongPal to group speakers instantly and hear the same sound everywhere.

    Dual-band Wi-Fi should ensure glitch-free playback right across your home wireless network and Sony has improved upon the Bluetooth performance with new LDAC technology, with 3 times the amount of data being transmitted

    SRS-X99/X88 Multi-room High-Resolution Audio Wireless Speakers

    Sony’s newest wireless speakers promise ‘serious’ hi-fi sound with a seductively minimal ‘one-box’ styling. There’s NFC for one-touch listening via NFC, Google Cast and Spotify Connect to enjoy your playlists on individual speakers or as part of your multi-room set up.

    A total 154W output is delivered through a 2.1-channel 7-speaker system, including no less than four Super Tweeters for unblemished highs. There’s a full complement of advanced Sony technologies, including S-Master HX Digital Amplifier that minimises distortion and DSEE HX that up scales your standard content to near Hi-Res quality.

    The SRS-X88 packs 90 watts of audio punch in a slightly more compact, classic body, with a sub-woofer, mids and two super tweeters for uncompromised Hi-Res listening.

    The portable SRS-X77 features a built-in rechargeable battery, letting you enjoy the sounds anywhere at home for up to 10 hours between charges (approx. playback time, with Wi-Fi off).

    HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 Sound Bars – with High-Resolution Audio and Multi-room

    The HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 are both High-Resolution Audio capable, supporting LDAC for audiophile-quality streaming over Bluetooth and they also support Google Cast and Spotify Connect.

    The ‘reference-quality’ ST9 is Sony’s finest Sound Bar yet, delivering a 7.1 channel listening experience, with newly-designed coaxial High-Resolution Audio speakers that combine separate woofer and tweeter drivers into a single compact unit. The ST9 delivers a claimed 800W total output and is designed for TVs with a screen size of 46” and upwards.

    If aesthetics are important, the NT3 has been designed with the style conscious in mind, with its slim line chassis and allows you to stream music straight from your smartphone with NFC and one-touch connection. Or, transmit audio straight from the Sound Bar to your headphones via Bluetooth.

    HT-XT3 TV Base Speaker – Multi-room listening, High-Resolution Audio capable

    The HT-XT3 is Sony’s first TV Base Speaker that’s High-Resolution Audio ready and compatible with Google Cast. It boasts 350W of 2.1 channel sound through coaxial High-Resolution Audio speakers, with bass from two integrated subwoofers. The HX3 will also allow you to transmit audio straight from the Sound Bar to your headphones via Bluetooth.

    STR-DN1060/DN860 AV Receivers: cinematic sound with music streaming and Multi-room

    The STR-DN1060/DN860 7.2 channel AV Receivers offer generous connectivity options (including 6x HDMI input for DN1060 / 5x for DN860) and top-quality components.

    There’s High-Resolution Audio support for a wide range of Hi-Res file formats including DSD up to 5.6MHz 2ch (USB/network), DSD 2.8MHz 5.1ch (USB/network/HDMI), 24bit 192kHz WAV (7.1ch) / FLAC (5.1ch). There’s HDCP 2.2 pass-through for uncompromised 4K playback. Screen mirroring lets you wirelessly mirror your smartphone on the big screen, and support for MHL 3.0 reproduces what’s on your smartphone screen on a connected TV in detail-packed 4K Ultra-HD. Built-in Bluetooth allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy sumptuous-sounding audio on Bluetooth headphones without wires getting in the way.

    The latest multi-room capable Sound Bars, TV Base Speaker and AV Receivers are available from May, Wireless Speakers from June and micro Hi-Fi system from July.

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