At CES 2017 today, Sony announced several new soundbar devices to be released during 2017. One key feature included on many of them is Google’s Chromecast built in capability. The flagship of the devices, the Sony HT-ST5000 even works with Google Home meaning users can use the Google Assistant to control the audio experience.
By adding in the Chromecast technology Sony makes it easier than ever for users to quickly launch their favorite tunes or to augment their home theater. This involves technology like Bluetooth for all of the various component pieces, like a soundbar and a subwoofer that you find in sets like the HT-MT500 or the HT-MT800. Sony also equips the devices with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio technology.
As you might guess from the different model numbers, Sony mixes and matches the available features and specs like the amount of output power to create combos for buyers at a wide range of price points and overall need. This does include versions of the devices that do not include the Chromecast built in support.
Sony has not released any pricing or a schedule of availability for the different soundbar combos. However, they clearly hope to capitalize on users wanting to build-out their home theater, possibly centered on a new 4K HDR equipped television. With the Chromecast technology built-in, Sony may also be able to encourage purchases of multiple units since users can do things like setup groups for different rooms quite easily.