On the way from Sony is a trio of new 'home-cinema-in-a-rack' systems, combining an AV stand with processing, amplification and speakers to create a standalone surround solution.
The three models are designed for different screen sizes, with the larger two offering full 5.1-channel operation and a new entry model with 3.1 channels. And the two smaller models have been designed with cutaway corners on the rear, so they'll fit better in typical British 'corner of the room' locations.
Largest of the three is the RHT-G1550, designed for use with TVs of 46-50in and with a total power output of 550W. The smaller RHT-G950, with 470W output, is for use with TVs of 40-46in, while the 3.1-channel RHT-G550 entry model is designed for 32-40in TVs, and delivers 330W.
The systems use Sony's S-Master digital amplification and S-Force PRO Front Surround processing, and have a gloss-black finish, glass top and integrated cable management.
Three HDMI inputs and a single output are provided, along with Sony's Bravia Synch control to allow one-handset operation of a complete set-up. The stands also have a built-in FM/AM tuner, and a Digital Media Port accepting modular adaptors for iPods and other portable and wireless devices.
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Vibration-damped subwoofers and a night mode are in place to keep the neighbours off your back for night-time viewing, and the stands have a range of 12 sound modes for music and various types of video material.
The RHT-G950 and RHT-1550 will be in the shops in May, followed by the RHT-G550 in July. Prices are yet to be announced.