- Sony HTST7
- 7.1 Surround Sound
- Wireless Subwoofer
- Bluetooth connection
- Price: $1,299
Sony has announced its first high-end sound bar, the HT-ST7. With seven speakers on the bar and two speakers in the sub-woofer, it looks impressive.
“Consumers are demanding great sound quality without compromising simplicity for their home entertainment” – Neal Manowitz, director of Sony Electronics’ Home Audio group
The aluminum chassis houses 7 discrete amplifiers using both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders for high-definition audio decoding. Sony even brought in an award-winning sound engineer to consult on the sound quality.
The 7 inputs on the HT-ST7 include 3 HDMI, 3 Digital Audio and one analog jack. With the way HDTV’s are designed today, I’m not sure 3 Digital Audio inputs is all that important. Most Sound bar hookups require a single Optical Audio wire to connect the HDTV, sending all audio from devices connected to the TV to the sound bar. The Analog input can be used to connect non-Bluetooth devices and older TV’s.
The sound bar can also be used by Bluetooth capable phones and tablets using a single press “Bluetooth Sync” button on the bar. Sony has even incorporated OneTouch NFC technology allowing the user to connect their device by simply touching the bar.
Over all the look of the Sony HT-ST7 is sleek and stylish. Price is above Samsung’s $799 high-end Samsung HW-F750 Soundbar with Vacuum Tubes however the Sony Bar has a number of features not found on the Samsung; number of inputs, NFC and advanced audio decoders .