Sony Europe has just announced the HT-AS5 ultra-compact surround sound system that makes the most of the 3D experience. The HT-AS5 hides away its 1000W S-Master amplification in its subwoofer unit, which also contains all the audio processing for the system as well as an FM RDS/AM radio tuner. That just leaves four compact speakers on show, while Auto Calibration makes sure set-up is as accurate as possible, while the Digital Cinema Sound processing delivers the big screen sound experience.
3D pass-through is available on all three HDMI inputs, while the HDMI monitor output also has Audio Return Channel capability. This allows sound from a TV's internal tuner to be delivered through the surround system, halving the usual cable requirement.
BRAVIA® Sync allows an entire home cinema system to be controlled from one handset, while the 'Home Theatre Control' BRAVIA® Internet Widget will allow the TV's onscreen display to control the sound system.
The HT-AS5 systems is available now for about £400.
- 3D over 3x HDMI® – Easy one cable connectivity from numerous sources to your Full HD TV plus 3D video pass through (from a compatible 3D source)
- High Definition Surround Sound – Multi channel Linear PCM for true High Definition surround sound from Blu-ray Disc players
- Audio return channel – Hear sound from the TV through your Home Cinema system via HDMI®, without needing a separate optical digital audio cable
- DCAC – One-push automatic sound set-up for flexible speaker placement and optimum sound quality
- Digital Cinema Sound – Developed in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring the movie experience to your home
- S-Master Digital Amplifier – Crystal clear sound for playback faithful to the original source
- Dolby® Digital – Hear your movies come to life with Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Prologic II and DTS Decoding
- Wireless Rear Speaker Option – An optional extra that enables you to enjoy a cable-free environment (rear speakers only)
- x.v. Colour and 24p True Cinema pass through – Adjusts picture settings to makes movies look as authentic as the original
- BRAVIA® Sync – Simple, one touch integrated control over your BRAVIA® TV and other compatible products with only one remote plus BRAVIA® TV widget for audio control