Sony adds to "invisible home cinema" range: RHT-G900 and G1500

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Perhaps Sony’s use of the word “invisible” is the reason why it was so difficult to find a product image of these two new home cinema sound racks, adding to the RHT Series. Pictured is the GHT-800 from last year, which I’m hoping is similar looking. If not, I’m sorry.

Aimed at those with a flat screen telly who don’t want a proper surround sound system, Sony have packed all the audio stuff — processing, amplification, and speakers — into the TV and component stand.

Featuring a plethora of features including three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, all the latest HD features including 24p True Cinema, 1080p, x.v.Colour, compatibility with Linear PCM 7.1 channel audio output from a Blu-ray player, plus Dolby Digital and DTS, and BRAVIA Sync.

Both units feature six channels of amplification and eight speakers, and feature 70W of power for each of the five main speakers and 120W for the subwoofers. Sony’s S-Force PRO Front Surround technology uses digital signal processing to give the effect of physical speakers being behind the listener, when in fact they’re not. It doesn’t rely on wall reflections, either, so is supposed to always work regardless of the size and shape of the room.

The RHT-G900 is designed for 40-46 inch TVs, and the RHT-G1500 for 46-52 inch TVs. Available from May, prices to be confirmed.

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Andy Merrett