Lineup Includes First Wireless Speaker to Support High-Resolution Audio for a Whole New Listening Experience
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (CES booth #14200) – Jan. 6, 2014 – Sony Electronics today introduced four new wireless audio products; the SRS-X9 High-Resolution[i] wireless speaker system, SRS-X7 and SRS-X5 wireless speaker systems, and the CMT-X5CD wireless all-in-one audio system. Each model combines rich, powerful sound with a wealth of connectivity options in a sleek “Definitive Outline” design. Developed in collaboration with Sony Music, the new wireless speakers are explicitly tuned for balanced equalization and richness of sound, reflecting today’s music trends.
“These wireless speakers are a testament to how Sony continues to innovate and I’m honored to be a part of such a great product,” said Salaam Remi, EVP of A&R and Production, Sony Music Entertainment. “It energizes me to go to the studio.”
“For those that are passionate about music, Sony’s new wireless speakers truly raise the bar,” said Andrew Sivori, vice president of the Sound Division at Sony Electronics. “With the introduction of High-Res Audio and through our collaboration with Sony Music, we’re able to deliver a visceral, immersive listening experience.”
The new wireless audio systems deliver powerful sound, making them the focal point of any living space. They bring clear vocals and bass-rich thumping tunes to life while maintaining the tone balance for an accurate, high-quality audio experience. Demonstrating Sony’s uncompromising passion for music and commitment to extraordinary sound performance, the wireless speakers support aptX and AAC Bluetooth® codecs to ensure high quality sound while streaming wirelessly.
Sony’s wireless speakers are designed for today’s digital lifestyle, offering a multitude of connectivity and streaming options. The speakers easily connect wirelessly to nearly any Bluetooth-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets, and computers, for music streaming at home or on the go. In addition, users with NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets can simply tap the wireless speaker with their device to instantly stream high-quality music. In select models, wireless music streaming is also supported through on-board WiFi® (for direct access to online music and internet radio services such as Music Unlimited, Spotify®,and TuneIn Radio with no PC required), as well as Apple Airplay® and DLNA.
For added convenience, all speakers offer a built-in USB charging port as well as an auxiliary input to play music directly from nearly any device with an audio output.
Beautiful Form and Function
Sony’s new wireless speakers combine a stunning “Definitive Outline” design with an intuitive user experience, all while reproducing high-quality sound. The sleek “Definitive Outline” frame consists of 12 outlines around the square form to create the most suitable sound wave. With clean lines and metal and glass surfaces, the wireless speakers beautifully blend into any living space.
The SRS-X9 and SRS-X7 speakers include SongPal™ app functionality, allowing easy and intuitive control of compatible Sony audio devices. Simply install the app on a mobile phone and take control of music playback, including device settings and more – all through one app.
SRS-X9 High-Resolution Wireless Speaker System
Sony’s flagship model SRS-X9 wireless speaker supports High-Res Audio, taking sound quality to a level never experienced before in such a device. Converting live music to digital formats such as MP3 or even traditional CD results in much of the original audio being irreversibly lost. High-Res Audio retains far more detail during the analog-to-digital conversion process, allowing listeners to experience music as artists originally intended.
The premium WiFi-enabled SRS-X9 model incorporates Sony’s advanced Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX™), which upscales the existing sound source to near High-Resolution sound quality. It refines and restores the audio signal to recreate the subtle high-frequency harmonics that are typically lost in heavily compressed MP3 and AAC files. With an impressive 154W of music output power, a bi-amped subwoofer, and dual passive radiators, the premium 2.1 channel system delivers powerful, full-range audio with amazing tonal balance and precise bass response. Its eight-channel S-Master ® HX Digital Amplifier technology was uniquely developed for High-Resolution audio in order to reduce distortion and noise at wider frequency ranges, while reproducing high frequency sound in detail. Together with Clear Audio+™, a unique technology that leverages Sony’s expertise in digital signal processing developed over generations of perfecting sound, it delivers a rich, high-quality listening experience.
SRS-X7 Wireless Speaker System
Equally attractive in its modern design but more compact than the SRS-X9, the SRS-X7 wireless speaker is also a premium 2.1 channel system with WiFi and Bluetooth. The SRS-X7 wireless speaker shares many of the audio features of its larger sibling including DSEE – Digital sound enhancement, ClearAudio+, an S-Master Digital Amplifier, and built-in NFC technology.
Its built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 6 hours of play time.
SRS-X5 Wireless Speaker System
Ideal for indoor/outdoor use in a portable size, the high-quality 2.1 channel SRS-X5 Bluetooth wireless speaker is packed with 20W of powerful audio. As with the other wireless speaker models, the SRS-X5 wireless speaker includes DSEE, ClearAudio+ and S-Master Digital Amplifier technology, NFC tap-to-play, and aptX codec support. In addition, the SRS-X5 features a built in hands-free speaker phone. The SRS-X5 wireless speaker offers up to eight hours of continuous playback.
All-in-One Audio System with Integrated CD Player and Radio
The new CMT-X5CD compact all-in-one wireless audio system is a component stereo that delivers high quality wireless audio with the distinctive “Definitive Outline” design. Packed with 40W of output power, the CMT-X5CD audio system also includes SongPal compatibility, aptX codec support, DSEE, ClearAudio+, and an S-Master Digital Amplifier. With full range speakers and a passive radiator, the CMT-X5CD audio system delivers a refined listening experience with rich bass response.
In addition to Bluetooth, this all-in-one wireless audio system offers the opportunity to enjoy alternative sources including CD, USB, and FM radio.
[i] High-Resolution Audio Playback capability is supported through DLNA network/USB connection with a LAN cable is recommended.