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Sony Europe Unveils 3D Surround Systems

Sony Europe announced that it has launched three new home theater systems (HT-AS5, HT-AF5, BDV-470SS) featuring 3D pass-through on HDMI and 1000W of S-Master digital amplification hidden away in their compact subwoofers, which also act as the control centre for the units.

According to the statement, all three systems will be available in June 2010.

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Unedited press release follows:

Sony makes 3D simple with new surround systems

05 July 2010

Ultra-compact systems have 3D HDMI pass-through and high-power S-Master amplification

Sony makes 3D plus great surround sound simpler than ever with the arrival of three new systems designed to give room-filling audio without filling the room with audio equipment. All three systems have 3D pass-through on HDMI, and all feature 1000W of S-Master digital amplification hidden away in their compact subwoofers, which also act as the control centre for the systems.

Slim, compact speakers are used for front and rear channels, the HT-AS5 using the same speakers all round, while the HT-AF5 adds tall floorstanding front left and right channels for an even bigger sound.

The BDV-470SS system combines the HT-AS5 with the BDP-S470 3D Blu-ray player, making a complete ‘just add TV’ package.

· Simple, compact surround sound systems with 3D pass-through on 3 HDMI inputs and 1 output
· 2 optical/1 coaxial digital input for games consoles, set-top boxes
· 1000W output power from S-Master digital amplification
· 7.1-channel LPCM from Blu-ray players
· Auto Calibration for easy, accurate set-up

The three new systems also have Digital Cinema Sound processing, developed in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and this works with the Auto Calibration to give the most accurate, most involving home cinema experience.

HT-AS5: ultra-compact surround sound makes the most of the 3D experience
The HT-AS5 hides away its 1000W S-Master amplification in its subwoofer unit, which also contains all the audio processing for the system as well as an FM RDS/AM radio tuner. That just leaves four compact speakers on show, while Auto Calibration makes sure set-up is as accurate as possible, while the Digital Cinema Sound processing delivers the big screen sound experience.

3D pass-through is available on all three HDMI inputs, while the HDMI monitor output also has Audio Return Channel capability. This allows sound from a TV’s internal tuner to be delivered through the surround system, halving the usual cable requirement.

BRAVIA® Sync allows an entire home cinema system to be controlled from one handset, while the ‘Home Theatre Control’ BRAVIA® Internet Widget will allow the TV’s onscreen display to control the sound system.

Sony HT-AS5 3D Surround System

HT-AF5: floorstanding front speakers for a bigger sound
The HT-AF5 has all the same features as the HT-AS5, but with a pair of taller speakers for the front left and right channels, giving a bigger sound more suited to larger rooms. The speakers can be used wall-mounted or on the floorstands supplied.

Sony HT-AF5 3D Surround System

BDV-470SS: the complete ‘just add TV’ 3D home cinema system
Take the HT-AS5, add on the superb BDP-S470 3D Blu-ray Disc player, and you have the BDV-470SS all-in-one package. But there’s more to it than that: the system will also let you stream music, video and TV via the BRAVIA® Internet Video platform, access the internet or content stored on a computer using DLNA, and playback a variety of content from compatible USB devices.

Sony BDV-470SS 3D Surround System

You can even control the system’s playback functions over your home network using an iPod Touch or iPhone and a downloadable app.

All three systems will be available in June.

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