Looks like going 3D is the way forward, and companies are jumping aboard the 3D bandwagon like nobody’s business. Well, Sony is no different as they work on introducing a trio of new home audio solutions that offer 3D capability. Both the HT-CT350 and HT-CT150 3.1 channel would fall under the sound bar category, while the HT-SF470 5.1 channel home theater system brings a flexible solution to discerning home consumers, rounding off the Sony 3D experience while meeting the demands of 3D home entertainment. After all, wouldn’t it make perfect sense to back up a visual 3D feast with an aural one as well?
Sony decided that simplifying audio and video signal transfer in the new models that feature 3D pass-through with HDMI repeater (three inputs/one output) will be able to bring out the best audio quality possible, while playing nice with standby pass-through for audio and video devices connected via HDMI. The 400 watt total system power (100 watts x 3 channels + 100 watts subwoofer) HT-CT350 was specially designed to work in tandem with Sony’s 2010 BRAVIA televisions, where Sony has prepared a bracket with each purchase so that you can attach it directly to a number of 40 and above sets through a wall mount or the table top stand. As for the HT-CT150, you will be able to get 340 watts of total system power (85 watts x 3 channels + 85 watts sub) and a design that matches Sony’s 2010 32-inch BRAVIA HDTVs. Both of these models will support lossless linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) Blu-ray Disc audio via the HDMI input. Apart from that, they also come with BRAVIA Sync for control of compatible devices from a single remote, including Sony’s Digital Media Port for iPod (you can pick up the iPod cradle separately) and a couple of digital audio inputs (one coax and one optical) to round of its list of notable specifications.
As for Sony’s new 5.1 channel HT-SF470 home theater system, this 3D capable setup will work best when paired with a Blu-ray 3D player. It boasts 1000 watt (157W x 5 + 167W sub) with 3D pass-through via the three HDMI inputs, HDMI repeater and audio return channel. Both front and rear speakers are of the floor standing variety, while you get S-Air wireless technology and wireless multi-room capabilities to further reduce the number of wires that snake through the home in order to prevent unwanted trips and falls. Meant to match Sony’s 2010 Blu-ray Disc players and BRAVIA HDTVs, this model comes with BRAVIA Sync, Digital Media Port for iPod, a couple of digital audio inputs (one coax and one optical) and digital cinema auto calibration for easy set up. Expect to fork out around $400 for the HT-CT350 40-inch sound bar system this May, while the HT-CT150 32-inch sound bar system is going for around $300 at the same month. As for the HT-SF470 surround sound system, you will have to wait a month more where it will retail for approximately $550.