Much has been made in recent months of Sony and the emphasis they have been placing on the design of their products. The Sony BRAVIA ‘Monolithic Design Concept’ has been at the forefront of their plans for their entire range of home theater products and it seems wherever we look at the moment we can’t get away from the latest Sony products whether it be 3DTV’s, audio players or laptops and in all honesty I wouldn’t have it any other way. Their latest efforts in the Sony home surround sound systems department have really caught the eye of many and their innovative approach has won them many fans, including me.
So what exactly is it they’ve done this time? Why am I getting so excited? you may ask. Well in the past, many have refrained from incorporating costly surround sound systems into their home theater set up simply due to excess clutter and trailing wires. Many companies attempted to tackle this troubling issue with various wireless systems and such systems have proved popular. But now, Sony have come announced a new concept. A concept that not only allows for great sound quality, but dramatically improves the aesthetic appeal of surround sound systems.
Starting in May this year and creeping into June, Sony will release three TV stands. Three TV stands unlike any which have gone before. The ‘Home Cinema In A Stand’ concept houses a complete home theater system within the stand of the TV. The stands not only incorporate the sound system, they also provide space and full connectivity for a range of Sony Blu-Ray players including the recently announced 3D capable players.
The TV stands themselves in terms of how they look, continue the recent Monolithic Design Concept tradition already illustrated by the range of Sony BRAVIA HDTVs and Blu-Ray players recently announced by the company. It’s straight edges and monochrome colour scheme create a modern look as well as enough simplicity to fill any gap and compliment pretty much any environment.
In terms of functionality, the in-stand speaker system is controlled by one remote due to the ‘Bravia Sync’ capabilities when combined with the according TV or alternatively via the Bravia Internet Widget with capable Sony TV’s. The systems can handle 7.1-channel and as I mentioned earlier, are compatible with both HD and 3D video playback. The stands also feature a built in FM radio tuner as well as a dedicated port for Walkman or iPod connectivity. As you can tell, they’ve covered everything with these astonishing TV stands and like me, you’ve probably never been so intrigued, if not excited, by a TV stand before.
They come in three models, the Sony Bravia RHT-G5, RHT-G11 and RHT-G15 which provide slightly different functionality as well as primarily being designed for various sized TV’s. The prices seem to increase with the numbers as well with 15 obviously being the ‘premium’ model for 50”-60” TV’s. All three stands will be released by the end of June if all goes to plan over at Sony and I for one will be looking out for their progress in the near future.
So, as always we want to know what you make of the products, would you want a sound system like this to go with your HDTV and latest Blu-Ray player set-up?