By Lisa Johnston
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Chula Vista, Calif. — Hitachi America is “inspiring the next” this week by introducing two 133-watt Bluetooth Sound Bars, designed to coordinate both cosmetically and audibly with today’s advanced flat-panel TVs.
The soundbars were developed to fit the look of TVs flat panel sets with 32-inch and larger screen sizes. Both will connect to the screen either by wires or wirelessly via Bluetooth, and employ Hitachi’s CONEQ 3D sound technology.
The two models include the HSB32B26 ($149 suggested retail) for 32-inch and larger TVs and the HSB40B16 ($199) for 40-inch and larger TVs. Both will ship this month.
“Sound Bars are all about combining superior sound with space-saving convenience and value, and our new 32- and 40-inch models make adding a sound bar to a home entertainment system easier than ever,” said Bill Whalen, Hitachi America product development director. “In addition to being the ideal audio complement to 3D and high-definition video, the Bluetooth capability makes each Sound Bar a high-quality music system for mobile phones and Bluetooth devices. The elegant design complements any home.”
The soundbar features a slim, gloss-black cosmetic and are easily placed in front of a TV or wall-mounted below the screen.
Tabletop stands convert to wall-mounting brackets and are included, along with a remote control.
To set up the unit users connect the audio output from the TV to the sound bar, without the need for an A/V receiver.
Other connection options include the aforementioned Bluetooth wireless connectivity, as well as two analog and two digital inputs including stereo RCA, 1/8-inch mini-jack and optical and coaxial digital audio inputs.
Each model includes a Bluetooth wireless receiver with Apt-X processing capable of rendering CD-quality sound via Bluetooth wireless streaming.
Each soundbar has four built-in amplifiers delivering a total of 133-watts of power. Speakers include four midrange/woofers and two acoustic lens soft dome tweeters, which are said to deliver “remarkable clarity and punch.”
The proprietary CONEQ digital equalization technology delivers a natural, enveloping sound field with smooth, clear dialogue reproduction.
CONEQ adds a number of sound enhancement modes including virtual surround sound, a mode that auto adjusts for whispers, special effects and commercials, a hearing aid mode and other settings.
In addition, each model includes Dolby Digital audio processing.
In addition, each model has a variable subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer. The included remote provides control of power, volume, input selection and subwoofer volume.
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