Sountina NSA-PF1: Sony's high-end speaker?

It's not sold in the US, but Sony's innovative, $10,000 assault on the state-of-the-art speaker design might be a tantalizing glimpse of things to come.

Sony's glass tube speaker projects a 360 degree soundfield! Sony

Sony's making high-end speakers?

It's kind of like hearing master chef Mario Batali is concocting a $25 Quarter Pounder for McDonalds. It's just that I associate Sony speakers with the sort I hear in home-theater-in-a-box systems. You know, little plastic boxes with low-tech drivers. Those speakers can be decent enough, but they're light years away from bona-fide high-end audio devices.

Well, the Sountina NSA-PF1 doesn't look like anything I've seen from Sony, or any other speaker manufacturer. Exact design details are sketchy, other than to claim the speaker uses "Four columns linking these parts contain oscillators to vibrate the organic glass tube." OK, sure.

It's a stereo speaker; one Sountina NSA-PF1 can produce stereo sound. Cool. Thing is, while the Sountina NSA-PF1 is available in Japan, Europe, Russia, Taiwan, Brazil, Panama, and Chile, it's not for sale here in the U.S.A. I can only wonder why.

About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.

 

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