GREAT PICTURE NEEDS GREAT SOUND

By Wares June 15, 2017 Home entertainment

Sony expands 4K HDR TV range, adds two new sound bars and a receiver for good measure.

Sony's new X Series 4K HDR televisions have started arriving.

The 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme from Sony’s flagship Z series has been widely acclaimed for its ability to produce lifelike picture with superb texture, depth, colour, and contrast.

Now, with the new X series, Sony is bringing its 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme’s power to a broader audience.

The new X93E series (right & see main photo above) features Slim Backlight Drive+, an improved LED backlight technology and, with quad-edge LED structure and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO local dimming and boosting technology, claims 10 times the X-tended Dynamic Range contrast of conventional LED TVs.

The X93E series also supports the Dolby Vision HDR format from Dolby Laboratories.

 

Looks good, sounds great?

To make more of the sound delivered by its TVs, Sony has also introduced an advanced Object Audio compatible AV receiver as well as two new sound bars.

The HT-MT300 Compact Sound Bar with Bluetooth has a slim separate subwoofer, while the HT-CT800 full width Sound Bar and sub (photo left) boasts not only Bluetooth, but also Chromecast Built-in and Spotify Connect.

The new STR-DN1080 Hi-Fi AV Receiver (photo below) supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as well as a long list of legacy surround formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

STR-DN1080 includes Sony’s latest sound field compensation technology which balances output to simulate the sound from optimally positioned and angled loudspeakers, even when the ideal configuration is not possible.

STR-DN1080 allows for USB input and has integrated Bluetooth, Chromecast Built-in and Spotify Connect functions, supports wireless multi-room playback as well as High-Resolution Audio including DSD playback.

When it comes to video, STR-DN1080 has six HDMI inputs and two outputs that provide full HDCP 2.2 compliance and supports the latest 4K 60P (4:4:4) Ultra HD content.

It can also distribute both 4K video and multi-channel audio simultaneously to two different zones.  

STR-DN1080 is even compatible with the new BT.2020 wide colour gamut broadcast standard.

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