Sony’s latest receivers and sound bars pack Google Cast streaming
LG isn’t the only tech giant rolling out Google Cast-friendly devices this month. Sony is launching two AV receivers (the STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060) and two sound bars (the HT-NT3 and the HT-ST9, above) that all take audio from Google Cast-capable mobile and web apps, so you won’t have a problem sending music to your TV’s speakers. Outside of the NT3, you’ll also get alternatives like Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and (on the receivers) Apple’s AirPlay.
Beyond that, you’re mostly paying for extra power. The receivers start off with the $500 DN860, which delivers 150W across 7.2 channels, Bluetooth and WiFi support for both Google Cast and AirPlay; splurge on the $600 DN1060 and you’ll get 165W of power, 4K video support and Spotify Connect. Among sound bars, the $700 NT3 is a straightforward 2.1-channel system with 450W of juice and Bluetooth, while the $1,500 ST9 kicks things up to 7.1 channels with 800W of total output. The two receivers will ship in May, alongside Cast-less HT-CT380 ($350) and HT-CT780 ($450) sound bars. If you insist on better sound for your TV, the two higher-end sound bars are due in July.