Sony today has taken the wraps off of a handful of new products that will play nicely with Android devices. First off, the company has announced that its 4k Ultra HD televisions with support for Android TV and Google Cast will begin shipping in May. The TVs feature Sony’s X1 processor which lends itself to improved color, brightness, and upscaling. The TVs also feature the X-Reality PRO Picture Engine, which also contributes to improving those factors.

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4K Monitor

The Sony X900C models come in at just 4.7mm thick and will be available later this summer in 55-inch and 65-inch versions. There’s also an X910C model that is 75-inches. In May, however, the the X830C 43-inch and 49-inch models will be available for $1,299.99 and $1,599.99 respectively. Above that is the X850C, which runs $2,199.99 for 55-inches, $3,499.99 for 65-inches, and $4,999.99 for 75-inches. The X930C model comes in a 65-inch variant for $4,499.99, while the X940C offers 75-inches for $7,999.99. These models all offer a 4k resolution.

Finally, a W800C model will be available in 50-inch and 55-inch models for $999.99 and $1,299.99 respectively and the W85oC comes in at 65-inches for $1,899.99 or 75-inches for $2,999. These models will also be available in May and offer a 2k resolution. All of Sony’s new TVs support Android TV and Google Cast.

In addition its number of new TVs, Sony has also today unveiled new sound bars and A/V receivers that carry support for Google Cast. The Sony HT-ST9 ($1,500) and HT-NT3 ($700) sound bars both carry support for Google Cast, as do the STR-DN-1060 ($599.99) and STR-DN860 ($499.99) A/V receivers.

Android TV was originally announced at I/O 2014 and is based on Android Lollipop. Google Cast takes advantage of the Chromecast technology and sends audio wirelessly to speakers and other devices.

Both of Sony’s full press releases can be seen below:

Sony Electronics Offers Extensive 4K Ultra HD Home Entertainment Solutions with New 2015 TV Lineup

SAN DIEGOApril 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics announced a comprehensive 4K Ultra HD TV lineup complete with picture enhancing technologies, beautiful and sleek design and a smarter TV experience. Powered by the new 4K Processor X1, the entire lineup offers better picture quality from any source with improved contrast, color and clarity while Android™ TV brings the world’s most popular mobile platform to the television.

“Sony has always been the leader in 4K and our exclusive Sony technologies have been at the core of providing TV lovers with the best picture quality, no matter what content they are watching. Our decade of experience allows us to now improve color accuracy and clarity even better than before,” said Taka Fujita, vice president of home entertainment and sound at Sony Electronics. “And now, by pairing our unrivaled picture quality with Android TV, we are setting out to provide our customers with the best user experience possible.”

For 2015, Sony will offer six new series of 4K Ultra HD TVs. The X830C, X850C and X930C/X940C are available for pre-order today and will ship in May. The X900C/X910C will be available this summer. The new models join the X950B and X800B, a line of 4K Ultra HD projectors, including the VPL-VW350ES and the 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, and an extensive list of sound products to provide consumers with more choices than ever to create an ideal home entertainment experience.

“With screen sizes starting at 43″ and going up to our 180″ large screen 4K projectors, Sony’s new lineup offers a 4K solution for almost every room and situation,” added Fujita.

Brilliant Picture Quality

The full 2015 4K Ultra HD lineup is powered by the X1 processor engine, maximizing contrast, color and clarity in both HD and 4K content. While Sony TVs have had expanded color, brightness range and upscaling for years, the X1 processor takes another step forward in improving these features. Thanks to X-Reality™ PRO Picture Engine, developed from over ten years of experience in upscaling, all existing HD content is upscaled to super clear 4K quality. And TRILUMINOS™, found on the X850C series and up, provides the widest color range ever and dynamic color correction ensures colors are as consistent and accurate as possible.

The X930C and X940C series will also be compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR) content via a network update this summer. HDR is an emerging video format that can display a wider range of brightness levels which will allow content creators, such as movie directors, to expand their range of creativity. HDR content will be available from major video service providers like Amazon and Netflix this year. With Sony’s unique technology, X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO (75-inch model) and X-tended Dynamic Range (65-inch model), customers can enjoy a peak brightness of LED as well as deeper blacks, providing them with a superior viewing experience compared to that of normal HDR video sources as well as any other video source.

Sony’s commitment to developing the 4K Ultra HD ecosystem continues, from lens to living room. As a founding member of the UHD Alliance, Sony has joined a coalition of companies united to establish new standards to support innovation in video technologies including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider color gamut and immersive 3D audio.

A Smarter TV

Android TV brings the world’s most popular mobile platform to Sony’s TVs, allows users to easily access content from their favorite apps like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, providing a tailored and intuitive entertainment experience. TV lovers can watch hit shows and timeless movies from Google Play, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu, PBS and PBS KIDS. Users can also access a huge selection of games and additional content from the Google Play store right on the TV. Additional popular apps available via Android TV include EPIX, YuppTV, iHeartRadio, Madefire, PlutoTV and Vevo.

With Google Cast™, users can cast their favorite entertainment apps such as HBO GO from their Android or iOS device, Mac or Windows computer or Chromebook to the TV.

The voice search feature helps users find content quickly and easily just by speaking into the One-Flick remote or compatible smartphone and the Android TV home screen personalizes content and recommendations based on what you like to watch.

Android TV is available on all of the new 2015 X series TVs and the W850C and W800C series TVs.

This summer, gamers can also bring the immersive world of PlayStation® direct to the TV with PlayStation® Now. PlayStation® 3 games can be streamed to the TV and played with a DUALSHOCK® 4 controller.

Ultra-thin

At just under 0.2 inches thin, the X900C model is thinner than a smartphone and is the thinnest LED TV in the world. With a Vanishing Edge™ screen, the picture fills the screen to the very edge so it appears the picture floats on the wall. The bezel-free edge is so thin that it practically vanishes while watching, leaving only a stunning 4K picture. With an included wall mount, the X900C and X910C are easy and fast to mount and rest flush against the wall.

Pricing and availability

The X830C, X850C, X930C and X940C 4K Ultra HDTVs are available for pre-sale today, and will be on-sale in May at store.sony.com, amazon.com/sony, bestbuy.com and other authorized dealers nationwide.

The 2015 HDTV series (R510C, W800C, W850C) are also available for pre-sale today, and will be on-sale in May at store.sony.com, amazon.com/sony, bestbuy.com and other authorized dealers nationwide.

The X900C and X910C will be available this summer, pricing to be announced.

4K Ultra HD TV series

Model

Price

Sizes

X830C

$1,299.99, $1,599.99

43″ class (42.5″ diag), 

49″ class (48.5″ diag)

X850C

$2,199.99, $3,499.99, $4,999.99

55″ class (54.6″ diag) , 65″ class (64.5″ diag), 75″ class (74.5″ diag)

X900C

TBA

55″ class (54.6″ diag) , 65″ class (64.5″ diag)

X910C

TBA

75″ class (74.5″ diag)

X930C

$4,499.99

65″ class (64.5″ diag)

X940C

$7,999.99

75″ class (74.5″ diag)

 

2K HD TV series

Model

Price

Sizes

R510C

$479.99, $529.99

40″ diag. 

48″ class (47.6″ diag.)

W800C

$999.99, $1,299.99

50″ diag., 

55″ class (54.6″ diag)

** 55″ class pre-sale begins in June

W850C

$1,899.99, $2,999.99

65″ class (64.5″ diag), 75″ class (74.5″ diag)

 

Sony Electronics Unveils New Premium Home Audio Products For The Ultimate In-Home Entertainment Experience with 4K Support

SAN DIEGOApril 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics announced today pricing and retail availability for four new Sound Bars – the HT-ST9, HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380, as well as the STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 A/V Receivers, allowing consumers to elevate the home audio experience with simplicity and powerful performance. Taking the home entertainment experience to the next level, these new home audio products are HDCP 2.2 compliant (except for the HT-CT380), supporting playback of copyright-protected 4K content, including hit blockbuster movies.

The HT-ST9, HT-NT3, and both new A/V Receivers have Google Cast™ built in so you can cast your favorite music apps from your personal device to your speakers. You can cast from your Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Chromebook, and Mac or Windows laptop. By simply pressing the cast icon, you can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume on your favorite tracks directly. Google Cast gives you a wider breadth of audio streaming options vs. standard built-in streaming. Additionally, you can expand the fully integrated home music experience through multi-room functionality by joining speakers together using the intuitive SongPal™ app. Stay tuned for more information on the future of Google Cast and multi-room functionality.

Sound Bars

The HT-ST9 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer, sound-tuned by Academy Award-winning Sony Pictures engineers for world-class cinematic sound, features immersive 800 watts and 7.1 channel surround sound from seven discrete amplifiers and nine speakers. The HT-ST9 is Hi-Res capable and also supports Spotify Connect. Complete with a wireless, front-firing subwoofer with passive radiator, the HT-ST9 delivers an enveloping listening experience that will enhance any home theater environment. The HT-ST9 has three HDMI inputs for easy set-up, and brings full-room cinematic simulated surround sound to life with four digital sound fields – allowing consumers to enjoy movies as if in the theater, listen to music as if at a concert or watch sports as if at the stadium. For easy music connectivity, the HT-ST9 offers Bluetooth® reception and transmission for a simplified, high-quality music experience. With integrated Bluetooth transmission, enjoy music or movies with Bluetooth enabled headphones while not disturbing the rest of the house. With three times the data transmission capability, Sony’s LDAC™ technology provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all music with compatible products.

The HT-NT3 Hi-Res Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer provides flexible connectivity, smart functionality and 450 watts of premium power for rich, high-fidelity sound. The sleek, slim and versatile HT-NT3 delivers a quality 2.1 channel listening experience that allows for effortless, wireless audio streaming with Bluetooth and NFC connections. The HT-NT3 also incorporates Sony LDAC technology. Boasting single HDMI® TV connection with inputs for three HDMI devices, the HT-NT3 also offers easy connectivity for superb sound in unrivaled hi-resolution.

The HT-CT780 330 watt 2.1 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer elevates the home theater experience with elegant simplicity and powerful performance. This sound bar delivers impressive sound with wall-mount versatility. Enjoy superior high-definition quality, including three HDMI inputs with one supporting 4K with HDCP 2.2, and seamlessly connect to 4K or HD devices such as a cable box, Blu-ray® player or gaming console. HDMI TV connectivity with Audio Return Channel support ensures simple, one cable connectivity and maximum Audio/Video performance.

The HT-CT380 300 watt 2.1 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer allows users to simply connect a TV and other HD devices or stream content wirelessly via Bluetooth and NFC. Similar to the HT-CT780, the sleek HT-CT380 is inspired by a flat panel design, complementing virtually any TV or household room, and can easily be mounted on the wall or placed on top of a TV stand or table.  

A/V Receivers 

The STR-DN1060 Hi-Res Wi-Fi® Network A/V Receiver provides the ultimate sound stage for music, movies and more. Enjoy superior sound while easily streaming music with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth reception and transmission, Google Cast for audio, AirPlay® and Spotify Connect. With 7.2 channels and 165 watts of power per channel, supported by the largest capacitors and transformer in its class, its legendary Sony sound really connects the listener to the sound experience. The STR-DN1060 also features 4K resolution upscaling and pass-through, flexible connectivity with ten high-definition inputs, support for two separate powered zones and hi-res audio compatibility.

The STR-DN860 7.2 channel Hi-Res Wi-Fi® Network A/V Receiver is a powerhouse that envelopes listeners in a new level of sound performance. The STR-DN860 offers 7.2 channels and 150 watts of power, as well as the ability to stream music via built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth reception and transmission, Google Cast for Audio and AirPlay. Quickly and easily maximize the home theater experience via the newly improved Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration feature and supplied microphone. Using the intuitive, graphical user interface, refined remote control or SongPal App, users can easily adjust settings, change inputs, and confirm volume levels on-screen.

Model

Price

Availability

HT-ST9

$1,499.99

July 2015

HT-NT3

$699.99

July 2015

HT-CT780

$449.99

May 2015

HT-CT380

$349.99

May 2015

STR-DN1060

$599.99

May 2015

STR-DN860

$499.99

May 2015

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