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Sony announces $200 PS3-friendly sound bar

Sony has announced the CECH-ZVS1 sound bar home theater system, featuring a built-in subwoofer and coming in the fall of 2010 for $200.

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Along with all the big E3 news from Sony, the company also announced a new, PS3-friendly sound bar home theater system, the CECH-ZVS1. Despite being described as "for the PlayStation 3," nothing in the announcement suggests that it's different from any other sound bar, except for some PS3-like styling. Here's a quick rundown of the CECH-ZVS1's key features.

Key features of the Sony CECH-ZVS1:

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • One optical digital audio input, one analog audio input
  • Dolby Digital and DTS decoding
  • Sony's "S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound" virtual surround processing
  • $200 list price; available fall 2010

Though the connectivity is certainly skimpy--most sound bar home theater systems allow you to connect at least three total devices--the $200 price is sure to be attractive to gamers with a minimal home theater setup who just want an upgrade over their TV's built-in speakers. If you're looking for more connectivity options, Sony also offers the HT-CT150 and HT-CT350, which both include three HDMI inputs and a separate subwoofer.