Sony Middle East & Africa has announced a software upgrade for the HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 high-end soundbars, which will add the 360° Spatial Sound Mapping Capabilities this premiered in the HT-A9 home theater system in 2021. Customers can access this innovative feature when they connect their soundbar to the new Sony SA-RS5 Wireless Rear Speakers, launching April 2022, or the currently available SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers.
With Sony’s revolutionary 360 spatial sound mapping technology, customers can feel sound from all directions and at all distances. Using Sound field optimization, the soundbar uses built-in microphones to ingeniously measure the relative height and position of the soundbar and rear speakers. 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology then creates multiple phantom speakers by synthesizing sound waves based on positional information. With this technology, Sony’s wide spatial sound field fills every part of the living space, so everyone gets the same sound experience, no matter where they are in the room.
Customers can further enhance the experience by pairing with a compatible BRAVIA XR TV. By using the Acoustic Center Sync feature, a BRAVIA XR soundbar and TV become the center speaker of the home theater system as part of the 360 Spatial Sound Mapping setup, allowing sound to precisely match what’s on screen for more dialogue clear and a more immersive experience.
Add optional SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers for a richer, more immersive 360 Spatial Sound experience
The new from Sony SA-RS5 Wireless Rear Speakers deliver optimal sound quality and wide directivity for 360-degree spatial sound in combination with a compatible soundbar. They’re equipped with speakers for richer, more immersive 360° spatial sound, plus a built-in battery for up to 10 hours of playtime.
Main features of the SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers:
- Create immersive and clear sound: upward-firing speakers reflect sound from the ceiling for more immersive overhead sound. Wide directivity woofers and soft dome tweeters create a rich, expansive soundstage that delivers exceptional clarity. Dual passive radiators enhance bass tones, giving bass a boost.
- Long-lasting battery life: With up to 10 hours of playtime when fully charged, the speakers offer flexible installation to suit any living room setup. They can be charged out of sight and easily powered to automatically establish a wireless connection with a compatible soundbar. It’s quick and easy without the need for messy cables. If you’re in a hurry, just 10 minutes of charging will give you 90 minutes of use. The SA-RS5 rear speakers also feature AC power connections for dual use.
- One-touch sound calibration: the The SA-RS5 comes with OPTIMIZE buttons and two microphones in each speaker. Activate sound field optimization by pressing the OPTIMIZE button on the device and the speakers, paired with a compatible soundbar, will intelligently measure the distance between the speakers and the ceiling using two microphones .
- Easily Integrated Speaker Design: These speakers are designed using an omnidirectional block design to match compatible Sony soundbars. The cylindrical shape represents a single solid block and their flat rear surface fits perfectly against a wall.
Price and availability
the SA-RS5 Wireless Rear Speakers will be available in the Middle East and Africa from April 2022.