Today, Sony formally announced two home cinema systems along with a surround sound bar. Modeled after the “Sense of Quartz” design implemented in Son’ys Bravia televisions, the trio of new products are sleek, angular, and stocked with features never before seen from the company.
The BDV-N9100W Home Cinema System claims a whopping 1000-watts of peak power, and features a 3D/2D Blu-ray disc player with 4K upscaling. Like its kin, the BDV-E6100 Home Cinema System features Bluetooth and NFC (near field communications) capabilities, but if you’re one of the 1,000 or so consumers on earth with a 4K/Ultra HD TV, you’ll be disappointed by the absence of upscaling technology.
Both home theater systems bring new features to the table as well. Sony’s TV SideView app enables second screen browsing and remote control capability, while Football Mode pipes in pre-recorded audio captured from a Brazilian soccer stadium, allowing you to substitute canned crowd noise for the often-platitudinous commentary that comes along with sports broadcasts. How will that work with tennis, we wonder?
The HT-CT660 Surround Sound Bar might seem like an afterthought next to the big boys, but the bar appears to hold its own, offering 330-watts peak power, Bluetooth, NFC, and four HDMI ports (three in, one out).
All three products are expected to release in May. No word yet on pricing , but we can probably expect some premium price points to go with the new features. Anything 4K-capable at this point is setting its bait to attract wealthy home theater enthusiasts.