Sony introduced new 7.1 channel premium sound bar below $1000.

HT-ST5: Sony introduced new 7.1 channel premium sound bar below $1000.

Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2014/09/03

Sony recently introduced the HT-ST5 premium sound bar with wireless subwoofer, a 380-watt system that features 7.1 channel surround sound plus full HDMI connectivity and Bluetooth streaming with NFC. Building on the success of the HT-ST7, the new HT-ST5 was designed in collaboration with Academy Award-winning Sony Pictures sound engineers.
The HT-ST5 incorporates 9 independent drivers and 7 discrete amplifiers and supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats, for up to 7.1 channel high-definition surround sound. In addition, with S-Force Pro Front Surround technology activated, the HT-ST5 sound bar delivers a broader sound stage to create a fully immersive virtual surround experience, without the need to connect multiple speakers throughout the room.
The user can connect and stream music wirelessly from a smartphone, tablet or other compatible device to the HT-ST5 with Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Thanks to convenient Bluetooth standby mode, when connecting a Bluetooth enabled mobile device to the HT-ST5 the Sound Bar will automatically turn on and begin streaming music from the device. Built-in aptX and AAC codecs are also supported for better quality Bluetooth streaming.
In addition to easy Bluetooth pairing and streaming, the HT-ST5 can also be controlled seamlessly over a Bluetooth connection with the SongPal mobile app from Sony, while for those who prefer using a traditional remote, the HT-ST5 includes a compact, user-friendly control.
HT-ST5 features three HDMI 2.0 inputs, one HDMI 2.0 output with audio return channel (ARC), plus additional digital and analog inputs, the HDMI output providing a simple HD connection to TVs and supporting audio playback directly from the TV.
Via the key-hole wall mounting system, the HT-ST5 can be easily mounted on any wall without the need for separate brackets or hardware. It can also sit conveniently on top of a TV stand or tabletop and the included feet position the bar at a 30 degree angle so that sound is directed slightly upward, compensating for lower placement below the TV.

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