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Sony Extends Award Winning Line of Loudspeakers with the Introduction of New ES-Series Speaker System

by Communications 01/08/2013

Design, Craftsmanship and Materials Combine to Faithfully Reproduce Music

LAS VEGAS (CES BOOTH #14200, VENETIAN LISTENING SUITE, 30-103), Jan. 8, 2013 – Building on its legacy as an innovator in home audio entertainment, Sony today announced the extension of its AR-line of high resolution loudspeakers with the introduction of its ES-series. The new ES natural acoustic speaker systems further the line established the last two years with the introduction of the highly-acclaimed SS-AR1 and SS-AR2 Loudspeakers.

“From the company’s inception, Sony has dedicated itself to advancing audio entertainment and faithfully reproducing music as artists have intended,” said Neal Manowitz, director of Sony Electronics’ Home Audio product group. “The ES-series of loudspeakers extends our line of high resolution speakers, and are meticulously designed and hand-crafted to recreate music as truthfully and naturally as possible, like the sound of live music in a concert hall, delivering an unparalleled listening experience to music lovers who demand the finest quality sound.”

The new ES-series includes the SS-NA2ES floor-standing and SS-NA5ES book-shelf speaker systems, as well as the SS-NA8ES center channel speaker and the SA-NA9ES subwoofer.

Inheriting the Concept, Technology and Design of the AR-series

The fundamentals of speaker performance are dictated by the rigidity of the cabinet enclosure and control of harmonics. Like the AR-series, the natural acoustic ES-series features a solid enclosure utilizing the same Scandinavian birch, even for its internal bracings, a wood highly regarded for its acoustic resonance and performance consistent with the AR-series. The crafting and assembly of the materials is done entirely by hand by Japan’s finest woodworking artisans to ensure precision.

The SS-NA2ES and SS-NA5ES two-way speaker systems adopt the AR-series design which partitions the woofer in a sub-enclosure to isolate the mid-range and minimize the effects of woofer back-radiation, reproducing the most fundamental frequencies clear, crisp and undistorted.

Pioneering Technology Reproduces Sounds Naturally

Sony’s unique I-Array™ tweeter system addresses the challenge of combining multiple sound sources, while avoiding peaks and dips that change sound coloration and create unnatural tones. The I-Array design and layout allows the tweeters (one tweeter coupled with two super tweeters) to function like a single tweeter with very wide dispersion. Expanding the dispersion of the sound creates a natural balance across frequencies, providing a sense of vividness and real naturalness the human ear can appreciate.

Ready for Home Theater

The entire Sony ES line of loudspeakers has been matched to work together flawlessly, not only to deliver the most life-like reproduction of music, but also to bring more impactful excitement to movie soundtracks.

The SS-NA2ES is a 3-way, 6-driver, bass reflex floor-standing speaker system with a 25 mm soft-dome tweeter, two 19 mm soft-dome tweeters, a 130 mm paper cone midrange, and two double-drive 165 mm aluminum-cone woofers. The SS-NA5ES is a 2-way, 4-driver, bass reflex bookshelf speaker system with a 25 mm soft-dome tweeter, two 19 mm soft-dome tweeters, and a 130 mm aluminum-cone woofer. The SS-NA8ES is a 2-way, 5-driver, bass reflex center channel speaker system with a 25 mm soft-dome tweeter, two 19 mm soft-dome tweeters and two 130 aluminum-cone woofers. The SA-NA9ES is an active subwoofer system with two 250 mm aluminum-cone woofers. All of the new ES speaker systems are handcrafted in Japan.

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