Sony Soundbars, AVRs Get Wireless Multiroom Audio

Sony revealed pricing and availability dates of four soundbars and two audio/video receivers (AVRs), including its first two soundbars with high-resolution audio decoding and first two with wireless multi-room audio capability.
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Sony has revealed pricing and availability dates of four soundbars and two audio/video receivers (AVRs), including its first two soundbars with high-resolution audio decoding and first two with wireless multiroom audio capability.

Three of the four new soundbars are also the company’s first three soundbars with HDCP 2.2 copy protection to stream copy protected 4K video over HDMI. Of the two new Wi-Fi-equipped networked AVR, both feature high-resolution audio playback and HDCP 2.2. They’re the company’s first two with wireless multiroom-audio capability.

The company also said it is evaluating the addition of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround to its audio/video receivers. The new bars will roll out between April and July to replace the entire 2014 lineup at prices from an expected everyday $349 to $1,499.

The AVRs will be available in May at $499 and $599. The soundbars all feature wireless subwoofer, HDMI, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD surround decoding, S-Force Pro virtual-surround technology, and Bluetooth with NFC. The top three models add 3/1 HDMI 2.0 in/out with HDCP 2.2 copy protection on one HDMI input.

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