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Sony makes 3D simple with new surround sound system

Press release   •   Jul 13, 2010 16:17 BST

Sony makes 3D plus great surround sound simpler than ever with the arrival of the HT-AS5 -designed to give room-filling audio - without filling the room with audio equipment. The system has 3D pass-through on HDMI, and features 1000W of S-Master digital amplification hidden away in its compact subwoofers, which also acts as the control centre for the system.

The HT-AS5  completes the Home Entertainment experience:

·         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 new system also has Digital Cinema Sound processing, developed in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment, which works with the Auto Calibration to give the most accurate, most involving home cinema experience yet.

he 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 remote control, while the ‘Home Theatre Control’ BRAVIA® Internet Widget will allow the TV’s onscreen display to control the sound system.

The system is available now.