Sony Brings 3D To Audio Realm With New Sound Bars And HT System

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