Sony announces new home audio products with Google Cast support

Sony HT-ST9
Sony HT-ST9

Sony has unveiled its new line-up of audio products at the ongoing CES 2015 trade fair. Set to go on sale in spring this year in US, Sony’s sound bars, wireless speakers and A/V receivers come with support for High-Res audio as well as DSEE HX technology, which upscales the online streaming sources to provide high-quality sound.

Sony has also added Google Cast for Audio support in its new line-up, allowing the consumers to cast music and other audio content from their mobile devices or chrome browser to the Sony audio products.

“Based on the success of Chromecast, we’re excited to expand the Google Cast ecosystem by working closely with leading manufacturers such as Sony, making it even easier for our users to enjoy music, news, podcasts, and more, on the best speakers in the home” said Suveer Kothari, Google Cast Director of Business Development.

In a press release, Sony noted that it has also updated its SongPal app to synchronize multiple Sony audio products throughout the home while controlling and navigating content from sources such as Google Cast.

Here is quick look at the newly unveiled Sony products:

Sound Bars

Sony HT-ST9: 7.1 channel, integrates 9 speakers and 7 amplifiers, HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support as well as Bluetooth streaming with LDAC and NFC one- touch connectivity.

Sony HT-NT3: 2.1 channel & HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support

A/V Receivers

STR-DN1060 & STR-DN860: HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support, multi-room audio connectivity, support for Hi-Res audio, including DSD as well as built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth

Portable Wireless Speakers

Sony SRS-X99: Hi-Res audio, with powerful, dynamic sound (154 Watts, 2.1ch, 4 super tweeters, dual passive radiator, DSEE and Clear Audio+), supports Bluetooth with LDAC and NFC as well

Sony SRS-X88: Same Hi-res capability as the SRS-X99, full Bluetooth capability with LDAC and NFC support.

There is no word on the pricing or global roll-out right now for any of the above products.

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