Sony’s New Google Cast-Ready Home Audio Range Bound For Aussie Market
The new range supports 4K content, is decked out with Sony’s LDAC technology, which “intelligently optimises wireless transmission”, and comes with Google Cast built-in, along with Spotify Connect.
The range comprises two new soundbars, three new wireless speakers, two new AV receivers, and a compact hi-fi system, designed to work in conjunction with Sony’s SongPal app, providing for one-time set-up and wireless control through its drag and drop interface.
The soundbars consist of the HT-NT3 2.1 channel sound bar with a wireless subwoofer, supporting 4K content via HDCP 2.2, and the HT-XT3, which Sony states can be placed underneath and support the 2015 range of Sony Bravia TVs, up to 65″.
Sony’s new SRS-X99 and SRS-X88 wireless speakers feature high-resolution audio, supporting up to 24-bit/192 kHz, with the 154 W, 2.1 channel SRS-X99 featuring a 7-speaker system with two extra tweeters facing upwards and a 94 mm diameter subwoofer.
The SRS-X99 additionally supports Bluetooth and NFC one-touch for wireless listening.
Sony states that, with a 5-speaker system and dual passive radiators, the SRS-X88 “delivers a robust 90 W power output, clear highs, resonating bass and full-range, well-rounded sound”.
The 2.1 channel SRS-X77 wireless, portable speaker rounds out the new speakers.
Sony’s CMT-SX7B hi-fi system is powered by S-Master HX, DSEE HX and ClearAudio+ technologies, providing audio playback from multiple sources, including CD, USB, USB-DAC, FM, DAB+, iPad/iPhone/iPod, Walkman, aux-in and optical.
Sony states its STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 AV receivers come with improved analogue and digital circuitry, with the 7.2 channel amplifiers featuring Pure Direct mode to “keep the audio path clean and eliminate potential noise from digital circuits”.
TheSTR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 support high-resolution audio, including DSD formats up to 5.6 MHz over USB and network.
The HT-NT3 and HT-XT3 soundbars will be available in May, carrying price-tags of $899 SRP and $799 SRP, respectively.
The SRS-X99, SRS-X88 and SRS-X77 speakers will be available in June, priced at $899 SRP, $599 SRP and $449 SRP, respectively.
The CMT-SX7B will be available in July for $799 SRP, and the STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 AV receivers will be available for $1,299 SRP and $1,099 SRP, respectively, from May.