Sony's new HT-RT3 5.1ch soundbar system is a simpler and more affordable alternative to the full home theatre, promising 600W of power through the combined soundbar, subwoofer and rear speakers. Though the speakers still have to be wired into the system, it also boasts Bluetooth connectivity to stream audio from all your devices.
The system includes a 3ch soundbar as the main hub, paired with a subwoofer for improved bass and two rear speakers for a whole room audio experience, at a significantly cheaper price than most traditional 5.1 surround systems. The HT-RT3 also comes equipped with a S-Master Digital Amplifier to minimise sound distortion.
While Sony pegs it as 'a few seconds of setting up', the system does still require some wiring up (via colour-coded connections) between the speakers, so may take you a little longer than promised. The soundbar itself connects straight to your TV via HDMI, however, and promises easy audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices. One-touch connection using NFC technology simplifies the set-up process even further.
The HT-RT 5.1 surround Soundbar system will be available in Australia from late May for SRP $499.