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News: Sony Launch Fresh Multi-Room Package

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Wireless speakers are all the fashion this year following IFA in Berlin last year. Sony have pulled together several themes over the last 12 months into possibly the most complete package of products.

.Sony have released 3 wireless speakers, two sound bars, one TV speaker base, two AV amplifiers and one micro hifi system. They've added Google Cast, so you can 'throw' popular services such as Deezer and Google Play, but it's also Spotify Connect certified too.

See below for more info:

Bring your music together at home with Sony Multi-room Sony - Apr 14, 2015 08:00 BST

    [*]SRS-X99, X88 and X77 Wireless Speakers

    [*]HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 Sound Bars and HT-XT3 TV Base Speaker

    [*]STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 AV Receivers

    [*]CMT-SX7B Micro Hi-Fi System

    [*]New SongPal Link™ app for high quality Multi-Room playback

It’s never been easier to soundtrack your life with pure, beautiful music all around the house. There’s a comprehensive new line-up of Multi-room Wireless Speakers, Sound Bars, TV Base Speaker, AV Receivers and Micro Hi-Fi systems from Sony – letting you enjoy high-quality music from different sources, whenever and wherever you want.

Enjoy music from a variety of sources; enjoy the very best of online services through Google Cast™ and Spotify Connect[1] or use One-touch listening via NFC to stream from your smartphone or tablet with a single touch. Or play music stored on your PC or home entertainment service in High-Resolution Audio.

High-Resolution Audio gets you closer to the music

High-Resolution Audio brings you pure, emotion-packed music as the artist intended. With more detail than CD or MP3 files, High-Resolution Audio captures the subtle nuances and dynamics of each note. Even if you’re listening to heavily-compressed MP3 tracks, Sony’s DSEE HX™ technology upscales your music files to near High-Resolution Audio quality, restoring missing high-frequency information and subtle detail for a more natural sound experience.

Multi-room listening made simple with SongPal Link™

Multi-room playback lets you enjoy the music you want to hear, wherever and whenever you want to around the home. Use your phone or tablet to control playback of different music sources in each room with Sony’s user-friendly SongPal™ app. Or use SongPal™ to group speakers instantly and hear the same sound everywhere – ideal when you’ve got a house full of guests to entertain.

Advanced dual-band Wi-Fi ensures rock-solid, glitch-free playback right across your home wireless network. Wireless streaming from your Bluetooth® equipped mobile device sounds better than ever, too.

New LDAC™ audio technology from Sony lets you enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth®. With 3 times the data transmitted, LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music.

Google Cast™ for even more music

There’s so much more music to enjoy: Sony’s latest Wireless Speakers, Sound Bars, Receivers and Hi-Fi Systems are compatible with Google Cast. Simply ‘cast’ your favourite music and popular streaming services like Deezer, TuneIn and Google Play™ Music seamlessly from your smartphone or tablet – and keep on listening without interruption, while saving your mobile’s battery.

Everything runs right out of the box, with pristine sound quality. Pick your favourite service, tap the cast button on your smartphone or tablet – and hear playback start instantly on your chosen speaker or speaker group.

If you’re enjoying a song on your mobile when you’re out and about, simply cast playback onto your speakers when you arrive home – and keep listening without interruptions.

Streaming music services can be played to any grouped devices as part of your multi-room set-up. Just tap the cast button in your favourite audio app on Android™ phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad – then pick any speaker or group of speakers in your multi-room set-up.

SRS-X99/X88 Multi-room High-Resolution Audio Wireless Speakers

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Take your listening to the next level. Sony’s newest wireless speakers blend serious hi-fi sound with seductively minimal ‘one-box’ styling that flatters any interior.

With one-touch listening via NFC it’s easy to start streaming your personal music collection with a brief touch of your smartphone or tablet. Or access online services via Google Cast™ and Spotify Connect to enjoy your playlists on individual speakers or as part of your multi-room set up.

The SRS-X99 Multi-room High-Resolution Audio Wireless Speaker lets true music lovers relish every performance, just as the artist originally intended. A total 154W output is delivered through an awesome 2.1-channel 7-speaker system, including no less than four Super Tweeters for unblemished highs. There’s a full complement of advanced Sony technologies to elevate your listening to new heights, including S-Master HX™ Digital Amplifier that minimises distortion and DSEE HX that up scales your standard content to near Hi-Res quality.

The SRS-X88 packs 90 watts of impressive audio punch in a slightly more compact, classic body, with a sub-woofer, mids and two super tweeters for uncompromised Hi-Res listening. Don’t want to be tied down? The portable SRS-X77 features a built-in rechargeable battery, letting you enjoy great sound anywhere at home, even out on the terrace for up to 10 hours between charges (approx. playback time, with Wi-Fi off).

HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 Sound Bars – premium quality with High-Resolution Audio and Multi-room

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Turbo-charge nights in front of the TV with a sleek Sound Bar, adding impressive multi-channel audio to your viewing with less living room clutter.

The HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 are both High-Resolution Audio capable, supporting LDAC™ for audiophile-quality streaming over Bluetooth®. And with support for Google Cast™ and Spotify Connect, you’re never short of online listening options.

The reference-quality ST9 is Sony’s finest Sound Bar yet, delivering a thrillingly detailed 7.1 channel listening experience, with newly-designed coaxial High-Resolution Audio speakers that combine separate woofer and tweeter drivers into a single compact unit. Movie dialogue, effects and music seem to wrap right around you, thanks to front surround DSP technology developed in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Delivering an awesome 800W total output, the HT-ST9 packs plenty of power to match today’s plus-sized televisions with a screen size of 46” and upwards.

If aesthetics are important, the NT3 has been designed with the style conscious in mind, its slim line chassis is the perfect partner for a Sony BRAVIA™ and allows you to effortlessly stream music straight from your smartphone with NFC and one-touch connection. Or, transmit audio straight from the Sound Bar to your headphones via Bluetooth®.

HT-XT3 TV Base Speaker – Multi-room listening, High-Resolution Audio capable

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Sitting right underneath your TV, the HT-XT3 is Sony’s first TV Base Speaker that’s High-Resolution Audio ready and compatible with Google Cast. Add extra oomph to movies and TV shows with 350 W of premium 2.1 channel sound through coaxial High-Resolution Audio speakers, with bags of solidly-controlled bass from two integrated subwoofers. The HX3 will also allow you to transmit audio straight from the Sound Bar to your headphones via Bluetooth®.

Stream music from your smartphone with NFC and Bluetooth®, or enjoy streaming services – everything’s upscaled to near High-Resolution Audio quality with Sony’s unique DSEE HX engine. The solidly-engineered TV Base Speaker can support televisions weighing up to 50kg, and is an ideal partner for bigger BRAVIA models up to 65” screen size.

STR-DN1060/DN860 AV Receivers: cinematic sound with music streaming and Multi-room

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The STR-DN1060/DN860 7.2 channel AV Receivers take your home theatre experience to exhilarating new levels. Hi-fi fanatics are rewarded by best-in-class sound and performance with premium build quality, generous connections (including 6x HDMI input for DN1060 / 5x for DN860) and top-quality components.

High-Resolution Audio brings the tingle of live music right into your living room, with support for a wide range of Hi-Res file formats including DSD up to 5.6MHz 2ch (USB/network), DSD 2.8MHz 5.1ch (USB/network/HDMI), 24bit 192kHz WAV (7.1ch) / FLAC (5.1ch). Stream audio wirelessly in high quality audio with LDAC™, and enjoy a wide range of online music services.

There’s HDCP 2.2 pass-through for uncompromised 4K playback. Screen mirroring lets you wirelessly mirror your smartphone on the big screen, and support for MHL 3.0 reproduces what’s on your smartphone screen on a connected TV in detail-packed 4K Ultra-HD. Built-in Bluetooth® allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy sumptuous-sounding audio on Bluetooth® headphones without wires getting in the way.

CMT-SX7B Wireless Micro Hi-Fi System

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Made for music lovers, the CMT-SX7B micro Hi-Fi system makes serious sound wonderfully accessible. Expanding your Multi-room options from Sony, the compact, smartly styled 3 box system makes it easy to explore a huge range of sources.

Slip in a CD or USB drive; access online services via Google Cast™ and Spotify Connect; listen to your favourite DAB radio station or hook up your iPad/iPhone/iPod or Walkman®. Everything sounds great with Hi-Res Audio support, DSEE HX and S-Master HX technology.

The latest multi-room capable Sound Bars, TV Base Speaker and AV Receivers are available from May, Wireless Speakers from June and micro Hi-Fi system from July.

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Android, Google Cast and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

[1] availability of some streaming music services requires firmware update

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