Sony has today unveiled the HT-S40R, a soundbar with a wireless subwoofer, "wireless" rear speakers, and a wireless connection to the TV. It costs 400 Euro.
5.1 soundbar system
HT-S40R is a "combination of a soundbar, subwoofer and wireless rear speakers delivers dynamic sound that fills your room", the company said. It will compete with soundbar systems from Sonos and others.
- "Sony has announced the HT-S40R, a new powerful sound system, perfect for recreating a real cinema sound that fits your home. The HT-S40R has 600W of powerful and real 5.1 channel surround sound, with wireless rear speakers that bring every movie to life," said Sony.
Sony explained that a compatible Sony TV can send audio wirelessly to HT-S40R via Bluetooth. The rear speakers are "wireless" in the sense that no wires are required between the front and rear. However, you will still need a wireless amplifier for the rear speakers as seen in the photo above (photo of the amplifier included at the bottom).
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The soundbar is fitted with HDMI ARC, optical and analogue input connections. It supports Dolby Digital audio but not modern object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos. It has built-in Bluetooth and a USB port for music.
Sony's HT-S40R will be priced at £350 in the UK and €400 in Europe. It will start shipping in May 2021.
Sony HT-S40R - specifications
Size & Weight
MAIN UNIT SIZE – BODY ONLY (W X H X D): 900x52x74.5mm
MAIN UNIT WEIGHT – BODY ONLY: 2.0 kg
SUBWOOFER SIZE (W X H X D): 192x385x362mm
SUBWOOFER WEIGHT: 7.8 kg
REAR SPEAKER SIZE (W X H X D) (MM): 83x180x74.5 mm
AMP BOX(W X H X D): 160x52x160mm
AMP BOX(KG): 0.8kg
AMPLIFIER TYPE: Digital Amplifier, S-Master
AMPLIFIER CHANNELS: 5.1ch
POWER OUTPUT (TOTAL): 600W
Wireless(with Wireless Amp Box)
INPUT AND OUTPUT TERMINALS: Analogue audio input (stereo mini),USB typeA,FAT32 / NTFS, Optical-audio input
BLUETOOTH VERSION: Version 5.0
NUMBER OF INPUT/OUTPUT: Input / Output: 0 / 1 (ARC)
HDMI CEC: Yes
HDMI INPUT: Dolby Digital, LPCM 2ch, Dolby Dual mono
OPTICAL INPUT: Dolby Digital, LPCM 2ch
USB: WAV, MP3, WMA
SOUND MODE: Auto Sound, Cinema, Music
SOUND EFFECT: Night Mode, Voice Mode
POWER CONSUMPTION: SW 55W / SUR 20W
POWER CONSUMPTION(ON QUICKSTART MODE): SW 0.5W / SUR 0.5W
POWER CONSUMPTION(ON REMOTE START MODE): SW 2W / SUR 0.5W
What's In The Box
Batteries for remote commander
Quick Setup Guide