January 4, 2022 — Sony announced a firmware update for the premium HT-A7000 soundbar, which will add the widely acclaimed 360 Spatial Sound Mapping capabilities that first premiered in the HT-A9 home theater system in 2021. Customers can access this innovative feature when connecting their soundbar to Sony’s new SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers, launching summer 2022, or the currently available SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers.
With Sony’s revolutionary 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology, customers can feel sound from every direction and distance. Using Sound Field Optimization, the soundbar uses built-in microphones to ingeniously measure the relative height and position of the soundbar and rear speakers. 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology then creates multiple phantom speakers by synthesizing sound waves based on positional information. Thanks to this technology, Sony’s wide spatial sound field fills every part of the living space, so everyone gets the same sound experience, wherever they are in the room.
Users can enhance their experience further by pairing with a compatible BRAVIA™ XR television. Using the Acoustic Center Sync feature, both the soundbar and BRAVIA XR TV become the center speaker in the home cinema system as part of the 360 Spatial Sound Mapping setup1,2, enabling sound to precisely match what’s on the screen for clearer dialogue and a more immersive experience.
Add SA-RS5 optional wireless rear speakers for a richer and more immersive 360 Spatial Sound experience in summer 2022.
Sony’s new SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers deliver optimal sound quality and wide directivity for 360 Spatial Sound in combination with a compatible soundbar. They feature up-firing speakers for richer and more immersive 360 Spatial Sound as well as built-in battery power for up to 10 hours of playback.
SA-RS5 Wireless Rear Speakers’ Key Features:
Pricing and Availability:
The SA-RS5 has a suggested retail price of €800 / £700 and will be available to purchase from summer 2022 at authorised retailers.
For more information, please contact your local PR manager or:
Loic Malroux, Corporate Communications, Sony Europe Loic.firstname.lastname@example.org
 Compatible rear speakers (SA-RS3S, SA-RS5) and a software update on the soundbar are required to enjoy 360 Spatial Sound by 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology. Software update available by April 15th 2022. Soundbar OTA (Over-The-Air) software update available by April 15th 2022. Network connection required for software updates. The rear speakers may not be available in all countries and regions.
 BRAVIA Acoustic Center Sync mode works with the following models: Z9K series, A95K series, A90K series, A80K series, X95K series, X90K series, Z9J series, A90J series, A80J series and X95J series. Product availability varies by country.
 The compatible HT-A7000 soundbar (sold separately) is required to use.
 Built-in battery charging time will take about 4 hours (when using the supplied AC adaptor). Actual charging time may vary from the time above due to the surrounding temperature and usage conditions.
 When using the supplied AC adaptor.
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