CES 16 - Sony Introduces Home Audio Products to Provide New Connected Listening Experiences

New wireless sound connectivity features create a more immersive audio experience

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (CES, Booth #14200) - Today, Sony Electronics announced new products that support a more enhanced, connected, and immersive listening experience for the consumer. Building on Sony's wireless Multi-room experience, Sony is introducing new audio functionality that will provide the freedom to use various new audio products - sound bars, A/V receivers and wireless speakers and even a new Blu-ray Disc™ player model that can be used as a playback source - to create the best combination of devices to fit unique entertainment needs.

New advanced technologies for wireless audio playback go beyond wireless Multi-room, the ability to play music simultaneously on multiple connected devices, to the introduction of "Wireless Surround" and "Wireless Stereo," providing a more powerful audio and video and experience. Wireless Surround enables a real surround sound environment by combining a sound bar as front speakers together with two wireless speakers as the rear speakers, enabling an immersive TV watching experience. Wireless Stereo enables users to set two wireless speakers as left and right stereo speakers to maximum the stereo effect and provide high volumes with powerful sound.

"In a world that is increasingly becoming more connected, it was a natural progression for us to continue introducing products that work together wirelessly to create the optimal listening experience," said Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics. "With this new lineup of products, consumers - especially audio enthusiasts - will have even more freedom to create an immersive audio experience throughout their home."

Sound Bar

The new HT-NT5 2.1ch Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer continues Sony's lineup of premium sound technology with High-Resolution Audio playback, built-in support of 4K content and High Dynamic Range content from major studios via HDMI HDCP 2.2, Spotify Connect, and Multi-room capability via the SongPal app. And with Google Cast™ Technology built-in, consumers can cast music apps such as Google Play Music or Pandora straight from their mobile device or laptop to their speakers. Uniquely designed with six powerful speakers that sit upright, the new HT-NT5 delivers an immersive surround sound experience with the exceptional clarity of hi-res listening.

Like the HT-NT5, the new HT-CT790 2.1 channel premium sound bar with wireless subwoofer also supports 4K and High Dynamic Range content from major studios via HDCP 2.2, Google Cast, Spotify Connect and Multi-room capability via the SongPal app. With multiple HDMI inputs, the HT-CT790 provides the best sound experience for multiple devices, aligning well with today's customers' digital entertainment.

Available Spring 2016.

Portable Wireless Speakers

Two new models join Sony's portable wireless speaker lineup, giving consumers more options for their dynamic sound listening experience, whenever and wherever they want. The new, four-speaker Sony SRS-ZR7 features Hi-Res audio playback combined with S-Master HX™ technology which reduces noise levels. In addition, the SRS-ZR7 has a built-in HDMI® (ARC) connection that connects the speaker to any Dolby® Digital/DTS format television. The SRS-ZR7 gives consumers the freedom to easily listen to the music service of their choice with support for Google Cast, Spotify Connect and Multi-room capability via SongPal app.

As with the SRS-ZR7, the new SRS-ZR5 also features wireless listening with an HDMI® (ARC) connection in a slightly smaller form factor. This is a great feature to expand usage of these wireless speakers and enhance the sound quality of virtually any TV. In addition, it also simplifies connecting to the music service of a user's preference with support for Google Cast and Multi-room via the Sony SongPal and has full Bluetooth capability with LDAC and NFC support.

Both the SRS-ZR5 and SRS-ZR7 support a Wireless Stereo function and can be paired - with two of the same model or one of each - to create a wider stereo affect.

Available in Spring 2016.

A/V Receiver

Sony continues enhancements to its A/V receiver line with the new STR-DN1070 A/V receiver, which incorporates a brand new DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) supporting DSD native playback up to DSD 5.6 MHz/5.1ch), ensuring flawless reproduction of High-Resolution Audio files. The STR-DN1070 comes equipped with LDAC™ audio coding which allows consumers to enjoy exceptional sound quality at near to High Resolution Audio by transmitting at the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps (approximately three times more data than conventional Bluetooth® audio). The receiver also supports HDMI (6in/2out) with HDCP 2.2 for 4K/60p (4:4:41) supporting 4K and HDR content from the major studios.

The STR-DN1070 A/V receiver provides a flexible speaker solution to suit a customer's preference. In addition to 7.1 ch surround sound the receiver supports wireless Multi-room and Sony's new technologies for Wireless Surround and Front Surround enabling an immersive listening and TV watching experience. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Google Cast and Spotify Connect provide a myriad of options for a quality listening experience.

Premium Audio & Video Player/Blu-ray Disc Player

Sony is introducing two new Blu-ray Disc players which round out a lineup of products that work together for an enhanced entertainment experience. Both the UHP-H1 and the BDP-S6700 Blu-ray players feature technology that automatically upscales Hi-Def content to near 4K quality for enhanced viewing enjoyment. And both can be connected via SongPal to other Sony audio products to playback CDs and other music files stored on USB memory for Wireless Multi-room listening.

The UHP-H1 Premium Audio & Video Player is Sony's first Hi-Res certified Blu-ray player with superior sound quality so consumers can enjoy SA-CD, DVD-Audio, Hi-Res Audio, as well as MP3s. The UHP-H1 Premium Audio & Video Player also offers Bluetooth connectivity with LDAC support to enjoy great sounds with compatible wireless headphones or speakers.

Like the UHP-H1, the BDP-S6700 offers Bluetooth connectivity, enabling consumers to connect their PlayStation as well as enjoy games, movies or music with Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Built-in Wi-Fi allows for easy network connectivity and with the PlayStation™Now (PS Now) application users can stream and play select PlayStation®3 (PS3™) games directly on a TV, without a console, connecting up to two DUALSHOCK®4 controllers wirelessly.

Available in Spring 2016.

1HDMI 5in/2out support 4:4:4.

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