Sony's new multi-room audio gear consists of higher speaker choices
The brand new gear consists of the SRS-ZR5 and SRS-ZR7 audio system alongside the HT-NT5 soundbar and HT-CT790 wi-fi subwoofer. Let’s begin with the audio system first, we could? The pair not solely presents two sizes, however two totally different designs which are greater than only a bigger model of the opposite. The SRS-ZR5 is the smaller unit — the one you’d use a pair of in a stereo setup or behind your couch in a encompass sound state of affairs. The SRS-ZR7 is extra of a standalone choice, one thing you possibly can place in a room just like the kitchen for extra informal listening.
Then there’s that soundbar and sub. The HT-NT5 has a moderately distinctive design the place the audio system are angled upwards. Sony did this to undertaking sound out in the direction of the ceiling and to the edges along with straight out in entrance of the unit. The corporate goals to simulate the audio you’d expertise from a extra strong encompass sound setup with simply that one speaker and its bassy companion.
Like most, Sony’s multi-room gear is all managed with an app. With that software program, you are free to hyperlink audio system or beam music to them individually. Along with the corporate’s app, the gear helps Spotify Join and Google Forged as nicely. Once I hung out with the SRS-X77, my largest gripe was the SongPal app, which was chore to make use of plenty of the time. In truth, I often discovered myself bypassing it and heading straight to Spotify. Nailing the software program aspect is one thing Sony should do if it need to compete with Sonos, so we’ll have to attend and see if that occurs.
One other space Sony should work on is audio high quality. Based mostly on what I heard right here at CES, the brand new audio system and soundbar are fairly able to the duty they’re being requested to do. Nevertheless, when it comes to general high quality, they fall in need of what Sonos gives. Each the SRS-ZR5 and the SRS-ZR7 favor treble, and regardless of having good readability, they might use extra low-finish. When paired with the soundbar and sub, it isn’t as noticeable, however the concept is to find a way use these audio system individually as nicely. Providing extra selection when it comes to units will certainly assist Sony deal with multi-room audio, so it’s going to be fascinating to see if it makes the required enhancements elsewhere.