Sony launch 3D-ready HT-AS5 surround sound system

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Sony HT-AS5.jpgSo you’ve got your 3D ready TV and 3D Blu-ray player, but playing back your copy of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs still sounds a little, ahem, flat. You may want to think about investing in a 3D-supported surround sound system then, just like the HT-AS5 that Sony are preparing to launch.

Compatible with the surround sound signals sent from 3D sources, the HT-AS5 5.1 system has three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, each with 3D pass-through, meaning you can hook up a fair few 3D sources and get cinema sound for each without having to keep swapping and unplugging leads. There’s also an audio return channel, giving your TV’s audio signal a boost from the system.

You get an overall output power of 1000W from the HT-AS5’s S-Master digital amplification, while two optical inputs and a coaxial digital input are included for hooking up the now 3D-ready PS3 console if you should so desire too.

An auto-calibration setting makes setting up the system a piece of cake, while there’s even an analogue radio tuner built into the subwoofer if you fancy listening to Desert Island Discs one day.

You’re looking at around £429.99 for the system, though one eagle-eyed reader has already spotted it for £60 cheaper than that over at

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Gerald Lynch
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