Sony announced some cool new home-audio products at CES last January, including the HT-ST5000 and HT-MT300 soundbars. Today, the company revealed their pricing and availability.
“With the release of these devices, Sony continues to provide consumers with the ability to experience immersive sound in their homes,” says Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Product Marketing for Home Audio and Video, Sony Electronics. “Through Sony’s product innovation, we are thrilled to share unique, new products each year that help consumers harness the latest technology for sound that truly surrounds them.”
The HT-ST5000, seen in the photo above, is Sony’s new flagship soundbar with 12 speakers to reproduce a 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundfield. The height channels are handled by two upfiring Atmos-enabled speakers on the top of the unit. Three HDMI 2.0a inputs and one HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel) comply with HDCP 2.2 and support 4K/UHD and HDR signals. Other connections include USB, Bluetooth, NFC (Near-Field Communication), and digital optical and analog inputs. Even better, it can be voice-controlled with Google Home.
The HT-ST5000 goes on pre-sale in May and will ship in July 2017 with an MSRP of $1500.
The HT-MT300 compact soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer, which is perhaps the most interesting part of this package. It can stand upright next to or between pieces of furniture or placed under a sofa in Sofa Mode, which the press release claims will result in “no compromise to the sound through the cushions.”
In Sofa Mode, the HT-MT300 subwoofer can be placed under a sofa with “no compromise to the sound through the cushions.”
The main soundbar implements Sony’s S-Force Pro Front Surround technology, which is said to place the listener “right in the heart of the movies by emulating theater-style surround sound.” Connections include USB, Bluetooth, and NFC, and you can change settings and control playback from a smartphone.
The HT-MT300 can be pre-ordered now, and it will be available at retail later this month for $350.