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Sony HT-ST5000 sound bar joins the Atmos party at CES 2017

The Sony HT-ST500 is the company's debut Atmos sound bar which also includes three HDMI inputs and Google Cast.

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With the introduction of the Yamaha YSP-5600, the world got its first glimpse at what a Dolby Atmos-capable sound bar would look and sound like. It's an impressive piece of kit, but it has its issues -- it's huge, it's expensive, it doesn't have a sub (in the US at least) and it doesn't do surround.

Along comes the Sony HT-ST5000 at CES 2017, the company's first Atmos sound bar. Given the 12-month wait, can it fix the problems of the Yamaha?

The HT-ST5000 claims to be a 7.1.2-channel sound bar, but it lacks surround speakers, so that's it's first ding. However, it does boast a lot of drivers -- 12 in all -- and it does have that all-important wireless subwoofer.

It comes with three HDMI inputs -- which have 4K HDR support -- in addition to an HDMI ARC output, a USB input, Bluetooth, as well as digital optical and analog connections. There's a connection for all your equipment.

Like most connected Sony gear, the HT-ST5000 supports Google Cast for multiroom playback as well as voice control via the Google Home speaker.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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