Sony Electronics introduced Tuesday its value-priced HT-S400 soundbar and wireless subwoofers featuring S-Force Pro Surround Technology.

The Sony HT-S400, which is available for pre-order now at a $299.99 retail price, is expected to hit authorized retail stores in April.

The soundbar includes the company’s S-Force PRO Front Surround technology that virtually reproduces the surround sound field.

The front speakers also include an X-Balanced Speaker Unit, which features a unusual rectangular shape that maximizes the diaphragm.

Driver excursion is reduced while maintaining sound pressure, resulting in less distortion and greater vocal clarity, Sony said.

The Separated Notch Edge on the X-Balanced Speaker Unit improves vertical amplitude symmetry, which results in very clear sound quality.
Sony said it uses strategically placed cuts on the edge, which help to control the stress inside and outside the edge of the diaphragm.

The two features are said to keep dialog clear during a load sound effects sequences or subtle, tense moments of conversation.

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For bass performance the HT-S400 soundbar comes includes a wireless subwoofer with a large 160mm speaker unit capable of deeper, richer low tones. The subswoofer produces impactful deep rumble of thunder and heavy bass beats for a more immersive home theater experience.

The unit was designed for simple wireless integration with BRAVIA TV using an integrated user interface. Soundbar settings automatically appear on the BRAVIA TV’s Quick Settings menu for intuitive control of sound settings and volume using the BRAVIA TV remote control.

The Sony HT-S400 soundbar eliminates the need for connecting cables through wireless connection to a BRAVIA TV.
The supplied remote control combines a comfortable hand-fit design with easy operation, providing easy access to Voice mode for clearer dialog and Night mode for when users want to watch TV without waking the house.

The soundbar also includes an OLED display window to quickly see playback status feedback on remote control functions, including input source, volume, and sound settings.

Sony said the unit was also developed using recycled plastic in compliance with a commitment to sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of its products and practices.

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By Greg Tarr

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