At this point, we'd say the 3D
revolution is raging on in full force.
In fact, it's getting a little bit out of control. It's clearly the
bandwagon to be on in the home entertainment industry, and now Sony is
expanding the term to an area that has thus far remained clear of any
tampering: audio. To be honest, we aren't sure we know what "3D audio"
is, but we're guessing it has something to do with simulated surround
sound considering that it's supposed to be emitted from the company's
first 3D-capable sound bars.
The HT-CT350 and HT-CT150 3.1 channel sound bars are being introduced
alongside the HT-SF470 5.1 channel home theater system, and obviously
Sony is pretty proud of bringing "3D" to yet another realm. Brian Siegel
vice president of Sony
's home audio and video business, said the
following: "Sony is the only company innovating in every stage of 3D
from creation to playback. Leveraging this depth of expertise and
experience allows the company to
deliver the best 3D devices for an unequaled entertainment experience."
The new models feature 3D pass-through with HDMI repeater (three inputs/one output),
and 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 is designed to match Sony's 2010 BRAVIA
televisions and includes a bracket that attaches it directly to a
number of 40 and above sets either via a wall mount or the table top
stand. The HT-CT150 offers 340 watts of total system power (85 watts x 3
channels + 85 watts sub) and features a design that matches Sony's 2010
32-inch BRAVIA HDTVs. Both
models support lossless linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) Blu-ray
Disc audio via the HDMI input. They also feature BRAVIA Sync for
control of compatible devices from a single remote, Sony's Digital
Media Port for iPod (iPod cradle sold separately) and two digital
audio inputs (one coax and one optical).
The HT-CT350 40-inch sound bar system is available this May for about $400
. The HT-CT150 32-inch sound bar system, also available this May, retails for about $300
. The HT-SF470 surround sound system is available this June for about $550