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Sony announces HT-S400 Soundbar | TechNuovo


Sony has just announced a new soundbar, the HTS400. Let me guide you through what we know so far.

It’s a 2.1 affair, with a 900mm wall mount that can be mounted on the wall, plus a wireless subwoofer that you can find elsewhere in the room. The total output is about 330 watts and its inputs include optical and HDMI ARC, but there is only 1 of those HDMI ports. Bluetooth will also be available.

Characteristically, abundant. It will come with Dolby Digital and Sony’s own virtual surround sound technology, S Force PRO front surround. Sony says it puts you, the consumer, right in the action of your favorite movies by mimicking movie-style surround sound. Using only front speakers, Sony’s unique digital sound field processing technology virtually reproduces the surround sound field. The HTS400 will only be standard Dolby Digital, there will be no DTS or Dolby Atmos, so it’s already being a budget to mid-range setup.

The front speakers include an X-Balanced Speaker Unit, which has a unique rectangular shape that maximizes the aperture. It also reduces driver outings while maintaining sound pressure, which they say will result in less distortion and greater vocal clarity. As for the subwoofer, it has a nice big 160mm drive in the box, which should pack a hit in those action movies.

If you’re already a Sony fan and have one of their Bravia TVs, you’ll be lucky. Thanks to an integrated user interface, the soundbar settings automatically appear on your BRAVIA TV’s Quick Settings menu for easy control of sound settings and volume with the TV’s remote control.

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When I reviewed the HT X8500, one of my comments was that I wanted there to be a screen, so it was easier for me to know what input I was on, rather than trying to see a small indicator light. Well, the HTS 400 has a small OLED screen in front of the audio bar, which provides at a glance status information on remote control functions, including input source, volume and audio settings.

In terms of availability, the HTS 400 will start shipping in April, with a retail price of around £ 260.

With all this in mind, I think it might be a good choice if you are in the market for a good quality but affordable soundbar. It just has standard Dolby and Sony’s own virtual surround sound, which is probably enough since Atmos or DTS X in a soundbar is a bit of a gimmick. The wireless subwoofer is good, you do not have to worry about a cable, but only one HDMI port is quite restrictive, especially if you want to plug a game console at the soundbar, then ARC at the TV, you will not be able to. Time will tell, we may hear it and then not recommend it based on previous experiences, I do not think it will happen. We will try to get one at release and let you know.



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