THE HT-G700, Sony’s latest soundbar, is a 3.1-channel design, but features Dolby Atmos and promises an immersive surround experience in the comfort of your living room.
According to Sony, “the HT-G700 includes Immersive Audio Enhancement… an upgraded surround experience that seamlessly envelopes listeners with up to 7.1.2 channel surround sound. It has three front speakers, combined with Sony’s signal processing, which enables sound placements that can envelop you in all directions.
“This new signal processing is also advanced to deliver surround sound to a wider area. Furthermore, the finely tuned S-Force PRO for HT-G700 uplifts sound to fit a wider TV screen height (over 55-inch). Plus, by selecting the Immersive AE (Audio Enhancement) button on the remote, the HT-G700 can upscale even regular stereo audio to up to 7.1.2 surround sound so every TV show and movie gets the surround sound treatment.”
The HT-G700 has a dedicated centre speaker so that dialogue won’t be drowned by all that surround technology.
Of course, the package includes a “powerful, wireless subwoofer and a larger cabinet size that delivers a deeper, richer bass sound.”
Setting up with a TV promises to be a quick and easy job via Bluetooth or HDMI eARC/ARC.
The HT-G700 will be available in Malaysia from September 2020 – price to be announced later.
Also coming are three wireless speakers in the Extra Bass line – the SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB23, all with newly-developed “X-Balanced” drivers, and with water/dust/shock proofing.
“The newly-developed X-Balanced speaker unit achieves high sound quality and powerful sound pressure for a richer, deeper and more rewarding listening experience. The unit’s non-circular shape maximises the area of the speaker diaphragm, increasing sound pressure for more punchy bass. It also reduces driver excursion while maintaining the same sound pressure, resulting in less distortion. For example, the level of the sound pressure on the XB33 has increased by about 30% and distortion rate is reduced by about 25% compared to the predecessor model,” Sony tells us.
The SRS-XB43 features an almost rectangular diaphragm. Its two-way speaker system combines a woofer with a dedicated tweeter.
The X-Balanced speaker unit in the XB33 and XB23 features a newly developed non-circular diaphragm and off-centre design. This design maximises the speaker diaphragm, creating more sound pressure, but keeping the size compact.
All models have a rigid and lightweight Mica Reinforced cellular cone and dust cap that contribute to the sound quality. The layout of the side passive radiators has also been optimised across all three models to reproduce clear bass sound.
The “Party Connect” features enables hook-up with up to 100 compatible wireless speakers via Bluetooth.
The SRS-XB43 is available in black, blue and taupe; the SRS-XB33, in black, blue, taupe and red; and the SRS-XB23 in black, light blue, taupe, coral red and olive green.
All models will be available in Malaysia in July, when the retail prices will also be revealed.