updated 02:15 am EDT, Thu May 24, 2007
Sony micro home theater
Sony today introduced the DAV-IS10 micro home theater system, a 5.1 channel home-theater-in-a-box system that features five tiny speakers -- each about the size of a golf ball. The system, matched with a compact, single disc DVD/CD player/receiver, includes a unique subwoofer that helps the tiny speakers create sounds typically reserved for full size speakers, the company said. It features 450 watts of total system power, including five 50-watt satellite speakers and a two 2-way subwoofer (100W each channel). The system is specially tuned to deliver a natural sound field that takes the focus off the subwoofer while supplementing mid range and lower frequencies, Sony claims. The DAV-IS10 system will be available in July for about $800.
"Today, consumers want home theater products that are unobtrusive and easily integrate into the home's decor," said Jeff Goldstein, vice president of Sony Electronics' consumer audio group. "The IS10 delivers superb surround sound in a form factor that is so small that it is basically a non-factor for people who are conscious of space."
The system delivers Sony's new BRAVIA Theatre Sync technology, which utilizes the HDMI interface to communicate with select Sony BRAVIA televisions. With a single touch of a button, users can automatically turn on and switch inputs, synchronizing connected devices making operation easier.
The system's compact DVD/CD player can upscale DVDs to 720p or 1080i output when connected via HDMI to a compatible high-definition television. The DVD/CD unit also features touch sensitive controls that illuminate and disappear on touch for navigating DVDs and CDs without using the included universal remote control.
The included Sony's Digital Media Port input offers compatibility with various optional accessories, including a PC WiFi client for streaming digital music (TDM-NC1), a Bluetooth receiver that allows users to connect various Bluetooth-enabled devices to the system (TDM-BT1), and audio docking stations (TDM-NW1 and TDM-iP1) compatible with select Network Walkman and iPod products.
Additionally, the new system features Sony's Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC), which simplifies multi-channel surround sound setup with the use of an included microphone for calibrating the home theater system.