Sony Electronics introduced Thursday a new “portable theater system” with 360 Spatial Sound Mapping capability called the HT-AX7.

The portable theater system, which will be available for pre-order shortly from at a $499.99 suggested retail, uses Bluetooth 5.2 powered wireless speakers to provide a way to instantly set up a multi-channel surround sound experience based on spatial sound mapping to fill a room with immersive audio.

The amp section draws 3 Watts of power consumption, and includes sound effect settings for: Night Mode, Voice Mode, and Sound Field Virtual Surround Technology.

Sony said its 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology creates “multiple phantom speakers at the front, rear, and overhead, enveloping a spatial sound in a bubble-like sphere.”

The concept utilizes three wireless speakers placed around the room, without the need for special installation setup.

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The HT-AX7 is said to use Sony’s upmixer algorithm to transform stereo into three-dimensional surround sound.

The upmixer analyzes sound in real-time and separates individual sound objects, redistributing them to create a more immersive listening experience.

By activating the sound-field effect users will experience “a surround sound-like effect with 2-channel content,” Sony said.

When the sound field is off, the three speakers can be placed in the corners of the room to provide “room-filling sound.”

The Sony HT-AX7 is said to provide complete wireless connectivity and automatic pairing between the rear speakers and main unit without complicated speaker positioning or additional pairing.

To set up the HT-AX7, users will download a Sony Entertainment Connect app. This will then guide the user through the initial setup to engage control over volume, sound field, and parameters.

The system design is said to support up to 30 hours of battery life per charge, with quick re-charging of 2.5 hours for 10-minutes of playback charge.

“Unlike traditional home theatre systems that require connection to a TV, the HT-AX7’s portable design allows content to be enjoyed in a whole new way through Bluetooth-enabled devices,” the product announcement said. “The HT-AX7’s wireless, sleek and versatile design blends seamlessly with interior decor for a stylish and cohesive look. The lightweight design of the detachable rear speakers combined with the one-handed portability of the unit can be conveniently placed throughout the home.”

Sony said the product’s environmental-friendly design and packaging uses less plastic and a fabric material made from 100% recycled PET bottles.

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By Greg Tarr

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