Sony and Dolby have partnered to improve the video and sound experience in your living room. The new ST5000 soundbar is Sony’s first with Dolby Atmos sound, and it is now available in the US and Europe.
Update 27.7.2017 Sony has sent us a statement confirming that HT-ST5000 will get "DTS:X via a firmware update in 2017".
Dolby Atmos from Sony
Dolby is trying to establish itself as a technology partner in both audio and video. Besides partnering with manufactures of home consumer product, the company is setting up Dolby Cinema locations that combine Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
Sony will this year put its weight behind both initiatives. The new high-end TVs from Sony will receive a firmware update for Dolby Vision, and with HT-ST5000 you can add Dolby Atmos to the mix. The soundbar was first unveiled at CES 2017 and has been designed to take advantage of the object-based sound technology that can reproduce sound from above. Of course, a soundbar is still not a cinematic experience but it is one step closer.
ST5000 has a total output of 800W in 7.1.2 channels with the last two referring to the roof-firing speakers. It comes with an external subwoofer that connects wirelessly. The soundbar also supports Hi-Res sound and Sony Pictures Entertainment has helped calibrate it. Update 27.7.2017 Sony has sent us a statement confirming that HT-ST5000 will get "DTS:X via a firmware update in 2017".
- “Sound professionals at Sony Pictures Entertainment lent their expertise to the HT-ST5000, helping to calibrate audio quality and optimize it for the playback of movies,” the company said at CES 2017.
ST5000 can also serve your music needs with built-in Spotify Connect and Chromecast. Additionally, it supports music playback via USB.
Besides the Japanese company, Samsung, LG, Onkyo, Philips, and Yamaha have launched soundbars with Dolby Atmos. LG has started integrating the audio technology into its 2017 OLED TVs.
Sony HT-ST5000 is available now in the US and Europe.