High-Definition Soundbar Speaker System: The Sony HT-ST7
High-Definition Soundbar Speaker System is a two-piece surround sound system
that brings simplicity and performance together by pairing a self-amplified
soundbar speaker and a wireless powered subwoofer to create and exceptional
audio experience marked by rich, natural, clear sound that complements your
high-definition flat-panel TV's incredible picture. The HT-ST7's soundbar system
will make any music or movie soundtrack come to life.
- Active Soundbar: The HT-ST7's soundbar speaker features
9-indivual drivers, including integrated front and center channels plus
dedicated tweeters, all powered by 7-discrete digital amplifiers. The
soundbar speaker uses two 0.75" tweeters and two 2.5" midrange drivers for
the left & right front channels; each channel is powered by a discrete
50-watt amp, while five 2.5" full-range drivers make up the center channel;
each center channel driver is powered by a discrete 50-watt amplifier.
- Wireless Powered Sub: The HT-ST7 includes a wireless powered
subwoofer that compliments the soundbar for a seamless sound. The wireless
subwoofer houses a front-firing 7" woofer powered by a built-in 100-watt
amplifier and down-firing 7.875" x 11.8125" passive radiator to deliver a
powerful low bass notes.
Note: Two wireless transceivers are included which need to be
plugged into the back of the active soundbar speaker and the wireless
powered sub for wireless transmission between the soundbar and the
Magnetic Fluid Speaker Technology: The Sony HT-ST7 employs Magnetic
Fluid Speaker technology. In conventional speakers, dampers provide suspension
and stability for voice coils, which unfortunately create unwanted noise and
distortion. By eliminating speaker dampers and replacing them with magnetic
fluid speaker technology, energy efficiency is dramatically improved, and mid
and high ranges are extended in incredible detail and clarity. With Magnetic
Fluid Speaker technology, the HT-ST7 allows a more accurate revealing sound, in
addition to cranking out 1.6x the volume of a conventional speaker.
S-Force Front Surround Technology: By using powerful digital
Sony S-Master digital amplifiers (450W total power) and DSP
(Digital Signal Processing) technology, realistic surround sound can be
generated from this two-piece surround sound system. Unlike other "virtual
surround" technologies, rear sound is generated from the soundbar speaker using
sophisticated digital sound processing and does not need to be bounced off of
side walls. No matter what the size or shape of the room or what is on the wall,
it is possible to hear sounds from behind you without needing to place speakers
behind you. You can select from one of the following soundfields (Standard,
Movie, Music, or Football) to optimize
your surround sound experience.
HDMI Inputs/Output: The Sony HT-ST7 features 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output which supports 4K pass-through, 1080/24p
video, x.v.Color, Deep Color, and 3D; as well as ARC and standby pass-through.
The system can detect and receive the best possible video and audio signals from
all connected devices via HDMI, making connection and performance as simple as
plugging in a single wire. Sony's HDMI Active Intelligence, transmits both audio
and video signals through one HDMI cable. The system's HDMI inputs/output
support 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 4K.
- 4K Pass-Through: 4K Pass-Through allows the Sony HT-ST7
to receive super high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal
to a 4K compatible TV or display monitor. The HT-ST7's HDMI jacks do not support the
latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not
support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services,
and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.
- 1080/24p: The Sony HT-ST7 allows you to watch movies
at their native frame rate 24p format (24 frames per second) when paired
with a 24p playback device like a Blu-ray Disc Player.
- 3D-Ready: The Sony HT-ST7 is compatible with 3D-ready
Blu-ray disc movies, video games and other 3D content through its HDMI
(v.1.4) connections. 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D content,
3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D accessories
may also be required.
- Deep/x.v.Color: The Sony HT-ST7 also supports Deep
Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than
standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
- Standby Pass-Through: You can conveniently access all
your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the HT-ST7 system.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio
to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the HT-ST7 system through the same
HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This
eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
Note: Because with most televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI
input will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or
analog, we recommend that you connect your Blu-ray/DVD player,
Satellite/Cable box, or Gaming console to the Sony HT-ST7 directly; and then
connect the HT-ST7's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI
input. This setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.
Digital Surround Formats: The HT-ST7 supports the
following digital audio formats.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby
- DTS: DTS, DTS HD High Resolution, DTS HD Master Audio,
- Linear PCM: 2ch (48 kHz or less), 5.1ch (96 kHz or
less), or 7.ch (192 kHz or less)
Note: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master
Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and LPCM 7ch is only supported via HDMI.
Digital + Analog Audio Inputs: The Sony HT-ST7 home
theater system features both analog audio and digital audio
inputs for connecting external audio sources such as your Blu-ray player, DVD player, and CD
player. There is a stereo RCA analog audio input, two optical
(toslink) digital audio inputs, and one coaxial (RCA) digital audio input. The
digital inputs supports Dolby Digital, DTS, and 2ch PCM audio signals.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection,
or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources
connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or
Audio Enhancement: The HT-ST7 home theater system offers
various audio enhancements to customize your music or movie listening experience.
- Voice/Dialog Adjustment: Dialog adjustment adjusts the
equalizer level of the mid to high frequency range. As the range is
adjusted, voices become clearer and sound volume is elevated.
- Subwoofer Tone: Subwoofer Tone lets you change the subwoofer
tone, in addition to the resonance of the low frequency range, to a level
that's comfortable to you. This function delivers heavy bass sound as well
as ensuring listening comfort in the low-frequency range and a clear
mid-range. Sony's unique proprietary Digital Motional Feedback technology
detects the amplitude of subwoofer unit vibration and uses it to control
high-precision digital signal processing
- Sound Optimizer: Sound Optimizer technology is a sound
compensation function that serves to maintain recognizable sound, even at
low volume. Due to the characteristics of human auditory perception, high-
and low-frequency sound ranges become hard to hear when the total sound
volume level is lowered. However, by maintaining these frequency ranges at a
higher level, sound can be easily heard and recognized.
- Harmonics Equalizer: The Harmonics Equalizer functions lets you
hear the details that have gone missing from your compressed MP3 music
- Auto Volume: Auto Volume adjust the volume automatically
depending on the input signal or content from the connected equipment. This
function is useful, for example, when the sound of a commercial is louder
than the TV programs.
- Dynamic Range Control: This feature narrows the dynamic range of
a Dolby Digital/DTS sound track for enjoying movies at low volume.
- A/V Sync: You can delay the sound using this function
when the image is slower than the sound when you are playing a Dolby,
Digital, DTS or Linear PCM source connected by a digital audio input or
HDMI. The A/V sync delay can be set between 0-200 msec.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony HT-ST7 home theater system
features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) technology with support for A2DP/AVRCP,
NFC (Near Field Communication), and aptX.
- Simple Paring w/ NFC: You can manually pair your device
with the HT-ST7 or use Near Field Communication (NFC) to automatically pair
your device with integrated NFC tag. Up to 9 devices can be paired (only one
can be played at a time). Once you have paired your Bluetooth-enabled
device, your mobile device will automatically connect with the soundbar
speaker when in range (up to 33'). The soundbar will then automatically
turn-on and start to stream music from your mobile device without any
additional steps or having to turn on additional components.
- A2DP/AVRCP: Utilizing Bluetooth A2DP & AVRCP, you can
wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your smartphone, tablet
or other compatible device to the HT-ST7 system. The included remote can control basic
playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track) of
your connected Bluetooth-enabled device.
- aptX Codec: aptX audio
coding technology allows for lossless, CD-quality wireless streaming of
music from your aptX compatible Bluetooth device.
Note: NFC is compatible with Android smartphones (2.3.3 or
later, excluding 3.x). You will also need to download the
NFC Easy Connect App onto your compatible Android smartphone from Google
Play. The NFC tag of the HT-ST7's soundbar speaker is located on its
top-panel. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth
enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support
all features when used with the Sony HT-ST7.
Programmable Remote w/ HDMI Control & IR Pass-Through: The
HT-ST7 comes supplied with a full-function IR remote control for wireless
operation of the system. The IR remote is programmable and offers HDMI control.
The HT-ST7 also provides and IR pass-through function on the soundbar speaker.
- Programmable: In addition, the remote can be used to
operate basic functions (Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, Input) on select
Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Vizio, Sharp, Toshiba, and Funai TVs.
- HDMI Control: HDMI Control allows you to easily manage
and operate an HDMI Control compatible television and other audio/video
components with a single remote, when all components are connected via HDMI.
By connecting HDMI-CEC components operation is simplified in the following
- One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such
as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc Player, the receiver and the TV are turned on
automatically and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
- System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can
select to output the sound from the TV speaker or the speakers connected
to the receiver.
- System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the
receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.
- IR Pass-Through: With many other soundbar systems,
placing the soundbar speaker on your TV stand can be problematic and block
the TV's remote control sensor, forcing you to stand up and angle your
remote to control your TV. The HT-ST7 soundbar speaker's features an IR
repeater pass-through which allows your TV remote control commands to
pass-through the front of the soundbar to the TV behind it, eliminating this
Mounting Options: The soundbar speaker can be securely placed on a
stand or shelf via its two mounting feet, or even wall mounted using its two
rear-mounted keyhole slots (feet must be removed; mounting screws sold
separately). The spacing of the two keyhole slots is 26.5". Because the powered subwoofer uses 5.8GHz wireless
technology, it can be placed virtually anywhere in your room. There are no extra
audio cables to run; you do have to plug the powered sub into an AC outlet.
LCD Dimmer: The HT-ST7's soundbar speaker includes a
front-panel LCD screen that
can be dimmed or turned off to make the soundbar disappear. It only shows you
the input selected or volume level when you need it, so you can immerse yourself
in the sound without distraction.
Auto Standby: You can reduce the system's power consumption.
The system enters standby mode automatically when you do no operate the system
for approximately 30 minutes and the system is not outputting sound for
approximately 30 minutes.