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New RHT-G Series Offers Home Cinema Surround Audio Concealed in a Stylish TV Stand

(March 19, 2009)

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/09 --

-- Multi-channel home cinema audio system with S-Master digital amplification

-- 3 Models available to suit a wide range of TV sizes

-- 3 HDMI(TM) inputs and BRAVIA Sync for single remote, one-touch easy operation

Elegantly designed and perfectly unobtrusive, Sony's RHT-G Series offers multi-channel surround audio artfully concealed in a TV stand. For anyone wanting the heightened home cinema viewing experience without the visible speakers or cabling, it is the ideal solution.

The three new models cater for a wide range of TV sizes. The RHT-G950 is designed for 40-46" TVs, while the RHT-G1550 is the perfect match for larger 46-55" sets. The RHT-G550 completes the range, and is intended for use with 32-40" screens.

Both the RHT-G950 and the RHT-G1550 incorporate 5.1 channel speaker arrays capable of great power, with a total output of 470W and 550W respectively. The smaller RHT-G550 features 3.1 channel audio with a combined output of 330W.

The RHT-950 and the RHT-550 have a special, space-saving design where the rear corners of the unit are cut away so that it will fit further back into the corner of the room. A premium gloss black finish and glass top ensure that the look and feel are stylish yet visually restrained, while carefully thought-out cable management keeps everything out of sight and tidy at the back.

Internally, the physical orientation of the speakers is optimised for front surround audio. The angle between the centre and outer units is carefully calculated to increase the separation of the front and rear aspects of the sound picture. Newly enhanced S-Force PRO Front Surround technology from Sony works together with the physical speaker array to generate a truly immersive surround effect, seemingly enveloping the listener in sound, yet without any need for speakers at the rear of the room.

Sony's S-Master digital amplification and signal processing yields superlative accuracy of reproduction and a rich, detailed sound virtually free of unwanted noise. Features like the vibration-damped sub-woofer and a special bass-reduced 'night mode' ensure that loud or quiet, the unit always delivers exceptional quality audio.

With no fewer than 12 selectable sound modes ranging from Movie, Sport and News to Rock, Jazz and Classic, the amplification system is capable of huge versatility and great results whatever use it is put to. As well as enjoying enhanced home cinema and gaming experiences, this will also include listening to the radio thanks to the presence of an integrated FM/AM tuner.

Using the RHT-G Series is simplified by BRAVIA Sync technology, which allows a single remote to control several A/V components connected via HDMI. One-Touch Play turns on the TV and the stand, and whichever Disc player or other HDMI source you require is automatically selected. System Audio Control switches between the TV speakers and the stand as desired, while System Power Off automatically turns off the stand and connected components when you power down the TV.

Convenience and flexibility are ensured by a generous allocation of inputs. Three HDMI connectors provide for a full complement of A/V devices including DVD or Blu-ray Disc(TM) players and PLAYSTATION®3. A special Digital Media Port is designed for accessing music held externally on a Walkman®, PC, mobile phone or iPod®.

The RHT-G Series makes the perfect partner for BRAVIA LCD TVs, both functionally and aesthetically. The RHT-950 and RHT-1550 will be available in stores in May, and the RHT-550 in July.

Environmental Info

Sony is engaged in a constant review of its manufacturing, operational and business practices to ensure that its products are developed in an environmentally responsible way. This approach can broadly be divided into three areas:


-- The RHT-G950 and G1550 BRAVIA Theatre surround sound TV systems consume only 0.3W in Standby mode. -- The full digital amplifier S-Master from Sony can achieve over 85% power efficiency.


-- Halogenated materials may pose a risk to the environment if disposed of improperly. To minimize this risk for the RHT-G950 and G1550, the flame retardants of all cover/housing parts and the printed circuit boards are halogen-free.


Sony is determined to lead the way as a responsible manufacturer, and as a result we are focussing on three key areas of investment:

-- Reducing CO2 gas emissions -- Increasing the percentage of renewable energy used in manufacturing facilities -- Minimising the resources used by our factories in manufacturing

"iPod" is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

"Sony", "WALKMAN" and "BRAVIA" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation.

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For more information, please contact: Chika Yoshida, Sony Europe +44 (0)1932 81 6529

About Sony:

Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be one of the world's leading digital entertainment brands. Sony recorded consolidated global annual sales of EUR 55.44 billion (yen 8,871 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, based on an average market exchange rate for the same period of yen 160.0 to the EUR. It employs approximately 180,500 people worldwide.

In Europe, the Sony Group recorded consolidated annual sales of EUR 12.73 billion (yen 2,328 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and registered consolidated sales of EUR 9.55 billion for the same period.

For more information on Sony Europe, please visit and

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