Sony Electronics today announced two new series of 4K TVs, including a unique OLED model. It's also showing a new ultra-short-throw projector, a new Blu-ray player and a range of sound solutions.
Sony's new TV flagship is the Bravia OLED XBR-A1E Series, which combines OLED technology with Sony's 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, Acoustic Surface sound system, and unique stand-less design.
"Sony continues to make consumer choice a priority especially for those seeking the very best viewing experience, and we are proud to introduce our new XBR-A1E BRAVIA OLED series," said Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics.
Sony's unique new sound system allows the entire screen surface to resonate, a technique that's said to produce wide sound and image synchronization even at extreme off-center viewing angles. Eliminating separate speakers allows an uncluttered physical design, with no distractions from the display itself.
The A1E series will include 55-, 65- and 77-inch models. All will offer 4K resolution with Dolby Vision HDR capability. Android TV is built in, with Voice Search and access to photos, games, apps and services including Sony's own PlayStation Vue and Ultra.
Sony has also introduced new X930E/X940E models, featuring LED backlight and X1 Extreme processor. Slim Backlight Drive+ is an improved grid-array backlighting system, allowing more-precise local dimming, claimed to deliver 10 times the XDR contrast of "conventional LED TV."
The X1 Extreme processor upscales HD content to 4K HDR, using "object-based HDR remaster" to detect and optimize each object in the picture. Android TV is built in. Ultra-slim design facilitates wall mounting, while a flush swivel mount gives easy access to ports and connections.
Details of pricing and launch timing are to be announced.
A different option for video buffs with more cash than elbowroom is Sony's new VPL-VZ1000ES Ultra-Short Throw 4K HDR Home Theater Projector. It offers 4K resolution and HDR image, and can produce 100-inch (diagonal) images while being positioned as little as 6 inches away from the display surface.
Despite its compact size, the VPL-VZ1000ES delivers 2,500 lumens of color light output, using a Z-Phosphor laser light source. Because it's positioned in front of viewers, issues with shadows or obstructions are eliminated.
The VPL-VZ1000ES projector will be available in April, at a suggested retail price of $24,999 USD.
At the same time, Sony has announced its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The UBP-X800 Player supports Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, as well as video streaming in 4K resolution and HDR. It supports wide color space BT 2020, and works with Dolby Atmos or DTS:X object-audio compatible receivers.
Backward compatibility includes virtually every disc format: DVD video and audio; CD and Super Audio CD; Blu-ray 3D and BD-ROM. The player can also access most any digital format via USB. It can play back up to 192KHz, 24-bit audio and DSD 11.2MHz, and up-sample standard-resolution music. Bluetooth support allows the use of wireless headphones.
The UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player is scheduled to be available in the spring. Pricing is to be announced.
Sony's new STR-DN1080 Object Audio Compatible HiFi AV Receiver supports the latest audio formats, including Dolby Atoms and DTS:X. Sony's Phantom Surround Back technology creates a 7.1 2ch speaker configuration using actual speaker setting with 5.1 2ch. The receiver also supports most older audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Also included is Sony's latest sound field compensation technology, DCAC EX, which combines Advanced DCAC with Speaker Relocation, balancing output to simulate sound as it would be produced by optimally-positioned and angled speakers.
The STR-DN1080 has 6 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, with full HDCP 2.2 compliance, and support for the latest 4K 60P (4:4:4) Ultra HD content and BT.2020 wide color-gamut format. It can also distribute both 4K video and multichannel audio simultaneously to two different zones.
Availability is scheduled for this spring. Pricing is to be announced.
Rounding out the home theater lineup is a series of new sound bars.
The HT-ST5000 is a 7.1.2ch 800W unit, featuring Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio and 12 speakers. Each speaker unit uses separate drivers for full support of High-Resolution Audio. Connectivity includes 3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI ARC output, USB input, Bluetooth, NFC as well as digital optical and analog connections.
HDCP 2.2 is supported. The HT-ST5000 also works with Google Home, to allow voice control.
The HT-CT800 is described as an "ultra-slim" design, able to lie flat on a TV stand or on a wall. The external subwoofer connects wirelessly. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats are supported. HDR, 4K and HDCP 2.2 are supported, allowing pass-through to the TV when connected through the sound bar. Connectivity includes 3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI ARC output, USB input, plus digital optical and analog connections.
Wireless speakers can be added, to act as discrete surround speakers. The HT-CT800 also allows streaming of audio to different rooms.
The HT-MT300 is an "elegant and compact" sound bar, with "soft angles" and a choice of neutral colors. A slim wireless subwoofer can operate standing upright between furniture, or even in Sofa Mode, tucked under the sofa. S-Force Pro Front Surround technology simulates surround sound from just 2 front speakers. Settings and playback can be controlled from a smartphone, and a USB port allows connection of devices for playback.
The HT-MT500 adds Chromecast and Spotify Connect, for access to over 100 music-streaming apps. It supports High-Resolution Audio, and can upscale standard-resolution recordings. It also supports Wireless Surround Sound, and one HDMI ARC output.
The HT-CT290 is space-saving model, with 300W total output power. It's Bluetooth enabled, and delivers powerful bass via a wireless subwoofer.
All the new sound bars will be available in the spring. Pricing is to be announced.