Sony announces tiny-ass speakers, home theater

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Either that strawberry’s been genetically modified way beyond safe eating limits, or the speakers that come with Sony’s new HT-IS100 home theater system are pretty small. The 5.1 channel setup pushes 450 watts (RMS) of power, though, so don’t let the tiny fruit-sized tweeters fool you.

The two back speakers can be placed without running wires, thanks to an optional wireless kit and the head unit itself has three HDMI inputs so you can hook up all your high-def doodads. The whole getup will be available in July for around $700.

Full release after the jump.

SONY DELIVERS STYLISH SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM FOR HIGH-DEFINITION HOME THEATERS

NEW YORK, June 5, 2008 – Offering a stylish solution for the modern high-definition home theater, Sony today introduced the HT-IS100 BRAVIA® Theatre Micro System.

Designed with five incredibly small speakers roughly the size of a golf ball, the new audio/video system delivers a rich surround sound experience that can be easily integrated into a home theater.

The system includes three 1080p HDMI™ inputs with repeater functionality and support for eight channels of uncompressed audio. It is an ideal complement for Blu-ray Disc™ players, PlayStation®3 consoles and other high-definition sources.

With the ability to add optional wireless rear surround speakers and multi-room wireless speakers that configure automatically, the HT-IS100 system can be set up with fewer wires and without complicated wireless IP settings.

“Consumers want a cinema-like surround sound experience in their homes, but are hesitant to add large equipment that overpowers the décor,” said Tyler Ishida, director of marketing for Sony Electronics’ Digital Imaging and Audio Division. “The HT-IS100 packs all the power of a conventional home theater system in five discrete speakers that practically disappear in your living room.”

The 5.1 channel system, with 450 watts (RMS) of power, includes a subwoofer with integrated 32-bit S-Master® digital amplifier for superb audio performance.

Featuring Sony’s S-AIR™ technology, you can add wireless multi-room listening throughout the home using Sony S-AIR Air Station speakers, which are sold separately. Television audio and music can be transmitted from the main system to multiple rooms throughout the home by connecting the Air Station into a power outlet. An optional speaker kit (WAHT-SA10 sold separately) delivers audio wirelessly to rear speakers, eliminating the need to run speaker wire from the front to the back of the room.

The system features Sony’s Digital Media Port, which adds control, networking and connectivity options for music playback through various accessories, including a Cradle for iPod (TDM-iP10), a Network Walkman™ cradle, a PC client device and a Bluetooth® adapter (each is sold separately).

Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) simplifies surround sound setup with the push of a button by automatically adjusting speaker frequency, distance and level.

The system also features BRAVIA® Sync™ for Theater, which integrates its operation with select BRAVIA televisions and home theater products for one-touch play. With the touch of a button, you can automatically turn on and switch inputs, synchronizing connected devices to make operation easier. 

Equipped with a Dialogue Audio Enhancer with night mode, the system can adjust audio levels for dialogue when the receiver volume is turned low. Additionally, the updated Portable Audio Enhancer feature improves the clarity and depth of digital audio devices connected to the system by adding information to the audio signal that had been removed during compression.

The HT-IS100 system will be available in July for about $700 at Sony Style stores, online through www.sonystyle.com, at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide. Digital Media Port accessories and thin antenna speaker stands are also available at Sony Style stores and online at www.sonystyle.com.

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