Sony Electronics announced today new exciting audio products for 2017 all designed to support a more enhanced, connected, and immersive listening experience for consumers. This includes an advanced audio/video receiver (AVR), several new sound bars, and the highly anticipated Ultra HD Blu-ray universal player. These devices provide users the freedom to choose the best combination of devices to fit their unique entertainment needs.
“With this new lineup of products, consumers – especially home theater enthusiasts – have the opportunity to create a truly immersive audio and video experience in their home,” said Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics. “With Sony’s expertise throughout the entire process, from the studio to the living room, Sony Electronics is uniquely positioned to provide customers with the best possible listening and viewing experience. Just as some of our sound products are tuned by some of the best audio engineers in the business, select video and home theater products, like the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, are developed with collaboration from our colleagues at Sony Pictures.”
UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony’s first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player allows customers to experience the full breadth of what Sony’s 4K ecosystem has to offer. The UBP-X800 Player is compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray as well as video streaming in 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR), for greater detail, brightness and contrast that fully captures the movie, TV show, or game as it was meant to be seen and heard. The UBP-X800 provides Ultra HD Blu-ray playback with wide color space BT.2020, which offers twice the color range of existing conventional Blu-ray players and HDR is up to 100 times dynamic range to enjoy realistic picture quality like never before. The UBP-X800 is also a great match to Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® object- audio compatible receivers, for the most immersive home theater experience possible.
In addition to support for Ultra HD Blu-ray, the UBP-X800 utilizes a Sony developed Precision HD drive to help maintain consistent performance with virtually every optical disc format, including DVD Video and DVD Audio; CD and Super Audio CD; and Blu-ray 3D, and BD-ROM media in additional to almost any format available via USB. The UBP-X800’s specially designed Frame and Beam (FB) chassis increases structural rigidity and its honeycomb top plate, sf heat sync and offset insulator feet reduce the effects of airborne and mechanical vibration. This high quality construction contributes to Hi-Res Audio sound reproduction which ubp-x800_front2_withfrontpopcan playback up to 192kHz/24-bit and DSD 11.2MHz. For standard resolution music DSEE HX™ upscales the original signal’s sampling frequency and bit-depth. And the UBP-X800 integrated Bluetooth® means it is possible to listen to wireless headphones while the sound can continue to play from the TV for the rest of the family in the room to enjoy, great for those that need a higher volume or simply don’t want to be interrupted.
The player further incorporates a variety of video codecs that can deliver 4K streaming from video streaming services such as Netflix, along with Sony’s advanced video processing that upscales SD and HD content to near 4K resolution. Additionally, when playing 4K HDR content on a 4K SDR television the UBP-X800 utilizes a unique Sony algorithm to reproduce the proper brightness and color gradations to provide the best picture possible.
The UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player will be available Spring 2017. Pricing and dealers to be announced.
STR-DN1080 HiFi Audio Video Receiver
Building on Sony’s fundamental amplifier design methodology, the STR-DN1080 Object Audio Compatible HiFi AV Receiver offers improved sound quality, flexible speaker solutions, and support for the latest audio formats such as Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X®. By combining Sony’s “Phantom Surround Back” technology, you can enjoy 7.1.2ch speaker configuration with actual speaker setting with 5.1.2ch.The receiver also supports a long list of legacy surround formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
To complement this, the STR-DN1080 includes Sony’s latest sound field compensation technology, D.C.A.C. EX, which combines Advanced D.C.A.C.2 with Speaker Relocation. This technology balances output to closely simulate sound as would be produced by optimally positioned and angled speakers – even when the ideal configuration is not possible. The results are nothing short of breathtaking, with the entire sound field seamlessly integrated for outstanding surround sound.
Besides delivering extraordinary sound for your home theater, the STR-DN1080 helps deliver optimal video with six HDMI inputs and two outputs that provide full HDCP 2.2 compliance and supports the latest 4K 60P (4:4:4. 3) Ultra HD content. It can also distribute both 4K video and multichannel audio simultaneously to two different zones. The STR-DN1080 is even compatible with the new BT.2020 wide color gamut broadcast standard.
The SRT-DN1080 also supports High-Resolution Audio capability including DSD native playback and is equipped with USB, Bluetooth, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect and Wireless Multi-Room capabilities.
The STR-DN1080 HiFi Audio Video Receiver will be available Spring 2017. Pricing and dealers to be announced.
New Sound Bars for 2017
The new HT-ST5000 is Sony’s new flagship 7.1.2ch 800W sound bar featuring Dolby Atmos®,, Hi-Res Audio and twelve advanced speakers—ht-st5000_cw_woshadow_-largeall in a sleek, stylish design. Each speaker unit utilizes separate drivers to reproduce a full range of sound that supports High-Resolution Audio playback. While a powerful addition to a television or projector all on its own, this sound bar is designed to be the cornerstone of a home theater setup. With three HDMI inputs, one HDMI ARC output, a USB input, Bluetooth, NFC, as well as digital optical and analog connections, there’s a connection for all your equipment. The ST5000 maintains quality from source to screen with support for 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content from major studios via HDMI HDCP 2.2.
The ST5000 supports multi-room capability also works with Google Home4, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. With Google Home, you can voice control your ST5000 sound bar to turn up the volume, skip to the next track, or stop the music –all without lifting a finger.
The HT-CT800 is a stylish sound bar with 4K and HDR support. The ultra-slim design fits seamlessly in just about any home décor, lying flat on a TV stand or discreetly on a wall. The powerful external subwoofer is wireless, providing more options for setup.
While the CT800 might be thinner in size, it’s huge on sound and features! With Dolby® TrueHD & DTS-HD® Master Audio format support, listeners can enjoy the uncompressed soundtracks of your favorite movies and TV shows – just as the director intended. For video, 4K HDR compatibility with HDCP 2.2 enables viewers to experience exceptional detail, color and contrast, even when connected through the sound bar. With three HDMI inputs, one HDMI ARC output, a USB input, as well as digital optical and analog connections, setting up and expanding a home theater is easy.
The CT800 supports a wireless surround sound experience that allows listeners to add compatible Sony’s wireless speakers as discrete rear surround sound speakers to enjoy an even more immersive cinematic experience. The CT800 also has multi-room capability, making it possible to stream to different rooms and listen to the same great music all around the house. With support for Google Home users can group selected Sony’s sound bars and speakers together, then stream music in multiple rooms. It also has a Music Service button to carry on listening to the last song you played from your Spotify account.
The HT-MT300 is an elegant and compact sound bar with soft angles and a choice of neutral colors designed to complement almost any space or décor. The slim wireless subwoofer stands neatly upright next to or in between your furniture to deliver clear, defined bass or can be used in Sofa Mode, discreetly under the sofa with no compromise to the sound through the cushions. In addition to great style there’s great sound with the S-Force PRO Front Surround technology placing the listener right in the heart of the movies by emulating theater-style surround sound from only two front speakers. There’s also support for Bluetooth and NFC as well as the ability to change settings and control playback from a smartphone. A USB port in the back allows you to connect USB devices for easy playback.
The HT-MT500 model, as compared to MT300, adds Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect so you have access to over 100 music-ht-mt500_w_tilt-largestreaming apps. It supports multi-room capability also works with Google Home. For extra simplicity, it also has a Music Service button to carry on listening to the last song you played from your Spotify account. The HT-MT500 supports High-Resolution Audio and can even upscale and enhance the sound of standard resolution files. The HT-MT500 also supports Wireless Surround Sound and one HDMI ARC output
The HT-CT290 is a stylish sound bar with a space-saving design that delivers room-filling sound with its 300W total output power. This Bluetooth-enabled sound bar brings movies and music to life with virtual surround sound and powerful bass delivered via a wireless subwoofer. Stream music easily from a smartphone and control your sound bar and TV with a single remote, all in a stylish, slim design that lays flat or mounts discreetly on a wall.
The HT-ST5000, HT-CT800, HT-MT500, HT-MT300 and HT-CT290 sound bars will be available Spring 2017. Pricing and dealers to be announced.