Sony HTCT260 speaker bar fills your room with virtual surround sound
Sony’s new HTCT260 system provides the immersive 3D cinema-like surround sound to your home without the need for multiple speakers and cables.
The Sony surround sound bar has a compact hexagonal design and a sleek minimalist look and can be positioned in front of your TV if it’s resting on an entertainment unit or on the wall below a mounted screen.
Also included with Sony’s HTCT260 is a wireless powered subwoofer which can be located anywhere in the room to provide powerful bass.
The unit itself has a combined 300W of power and creates an enveloping Dolby Digital Pro Logic II soundscape and DTS digital surround from just two speakers in the device.
The immersive surround sound is a product of the onboard S-Force Pro technology which can create a 3D audio effect from two speakers.
What this means is you’ll be hearing sound coming from parts of the room where there are no speakers.
There are many advantages of a virtual surround system system like the Sony HTCT260.
Firstly the system is easy to set up – simply plug in the power – connect it to your TV and the subwoofer and you’re done.
Secondly there is no need to connect multiple speakers to a central receiver and have cables running up and down the room.
Thirdly it can also be used to listen to music and even has Bluetooth built-in so users can stream their music wirelessly from their smartphones, PCs and tablets to the speakers.
Lastly it’s a lot cheaper than even a home-theatre-in-a-box-solution at just $499.
The Sony sound bar is obviously not going to sound better than an actual multi-speaker surround system that you’d find in a dedicated home theatre but it can provide an enhanced sound experience in your lounge room to take your viewing to the next level.
The Sony HTCT260 surround sound bar is priced at $499 and will be available in stores at the end of November.