By Lisa Johnston
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Sony Takes Soundbar Leap
SAN DIEGO – Sony is soaring right to the top with the launch of a $1,299-everyday soundbar whose price handily exceeds the $399 price that previously topped out the company’s soundbar lineup.
The 7.1-channel HT-ST7 soundbar, which does not carry the top-end ES series designation, is available at Sony Stores and electronics retailers nationwide, including Best Buy.
The product features aluminum chassis that incorporates Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio decoders, nine independent speaker drivers, seven discrete amplifier channels, three HDMI inputs, HDMI output with audio return channel, three S/ PDIF digital audio inputs, one analog-audio input, and S-Force Pro Front Surround technology. It also features built-in wireless Bluetooth, AAC and AptX streaming over Bluetooth, and nearfield communication.
Tivoli Expands Bluetooth
BOSTON – Tivoli Audio launched two more Bluetooth-equipped tabletop radios.
The latest two models include the Bluetooth- equipped version of the company’s longstanding single-chassis Music System, which features stereo speakers, AM/FM RDS tuner, slot-load MP3/WMA CD player, and built-in, down-firing 5-inch subwoofer.
The Music System BT is available in furniture- grade wood cabinets made of walnut, cherry and black ash at a suggested $699. It joins the current Music System, which retails for a suggested $599.
The company also unveiled the $299-suggested Bluetooth-equipped Albergo tabletop AM/FM alarm-clock radio.
Vizio Bows Soundbar Trio
IRVINE, CALIF. — Vizio is adding three soundbars with the launch of new models priced at a suggested $79 to $119, all with built-in Bluetooth. The three models will join two models shipped earlier this year with Bluetooth at a suggested $249 and $329.
The new models are the $79 S2920w, available in September, and the $119 S3820w and $179 S3821w, both of which will be available in mid-August. The $79 model is sized for 32-inch TVs, and the other two are sized for 42-inch TVs.
All but the $79 model feature Dolby Digital decoding. All three feature DTS TruVolume, DTS TruSurround technology, optical and coaxial digital inputs, and analog RCA input. The $179 model adds an outboard 6-inch subwoofer, which is wireless.
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