Sony announces a slew of soundbars equipped with Chromecast built in


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.

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.