Sony Prices Sound Bars, A/V Receivers
On the heels of the sendoff of its spring TV line, Sony took the wraps off its latest sound bar and A/V receiver assortment to help complete the home theater experience.
The company announced retail availability and pricing on four new Sound Bars – the HT-ST9 (pictured above), HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380, as well as the STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 A/V receivers. Most of the new home audio products are HDCP 2.2 compliant (except for the HT-CT380), supporting playback of copyright-protected 4K content.
More on Sony’s sound bar and receiver options after the break:
The sound bars all support Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD surround decoding, S-Force Pro virtual-surround technology, and Bluetooth with Near Field Communication (NFC), for quick pairing with supported devices.
Sony’s HT-ST9, HT-NT3, and both new A/V receivers incorporate Google Cast, bringing the ability to cast music apps from an Android, iOS or Windows mobile device to the home speakers. Sony pointed out that Google Cast affords a wider selection of audio streaming options than just standard streaming apps. Also featured is a SongPal app offering “multi-room experiences” by joining speakers together.
The HT-ST9 sound bar, which will be available in July at a $1,499.99 UPP, features a wireless subwoofer, 800-watts of power driving 7.1-channel surround sound from seven discrete amplifiers and nine speakers. The system addresses four digital sound fields for a simulated cinematic surround sound experience.
The HT-ST9 is Hi-Res Audio capable and provides support for Spotify Connect. Connectivity includes three HDMI inputs, Bluetooth for wireless headphones or satellite speakers.
The HT-NT3, which will be available in July at a $699.99 UPP, is another Hi-Res sound bar with wireless subwoofer with 450 watts of power for 2.1-channel listening. It features sleek, slim styling, and support for wireless audio streaming with Bluetooth and NFC connections. Connectivity includes on HDMI output and three HDMI inputs.
The HT-CT780 sound bar, which will be available in May at a $449.99 UPP, offers 330 watts driving 2.1 channels with wireless subwoofer. The unit features three HDMI inputs (one supporting HDCP 2.2), with Audio Return Channel support.
The HT-CT380 sound bar, which will be available in May at a $349.99 UPP, offers 300 watts of power for 2.1 channels with wireless subwoofer, Bluetooth wireless connectivity with NFC linking .
Sony’s latest mainstream A/V receivers include the STR-DN1060 Hi-Res Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver, which ships in May at a $599.99 UPP. The receiver features built-in streaming music support via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth reception and transmission, Google Cast for audio, AirPlay linking to iOS devices and Spotify Connect. The receiver drives 7.2 channels at 165 watts of power per channel. The receiver also supports 4K Ultra HD resolution upscaling and pass-through, Hi-Res Audio compatibility, 10 high-definition inputs, and support for two separate powered zones.
The STR-DN860, which ships in May at a $499.99 UPP, is another 7.2-channel receiver with Hi-Res Audio compatibility, Wi-Fi networking and smart streaming functionality. The receiver drives 7.2 channels at 150 watts per channel and includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Google Cast for Audio and AirPlay. The DN860 also features a newly improved Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration feature and supplied microphone that use an intuitive, graphical user interface.
By Greg Tarr
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