CHULA VISTA, California, October 11, 2012 — For the first time ever, ultra-slim and sleek flat panel TVs are being matched with elegant slim audio systems. Hitachi America, Ltd. today announced the introduction of two 133W Bluetooth® Sound Bars, easy to use home theater speaker systems that deliver expansive sound for TV, movies, music and gaming. Designed for TVs with 32-inch and larger HDTVs, the 133W digitally powered Sound Bars feature Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a sleek appearance that complements any flat-screen TV, and Hitachi’s exclusive CONEQ™ 3D sound for clear, immersive audio.
“Sound Bars are all about combining superior sound with space-saving convenience and value, and our new 32” and 40” models make adding a sound bar to a home entertainment system easier than ever,” said Bill Whalen, director of product development, Hitachi America, Ltd. “In addition to being the ideal audio complement to 3D and high-definition video, the Bluetooth capability makes each Sound Bar a high-quality music system for mobile phones and Bluetooth devices. The elegant design complements any home.”
The slim, gloss-black Sound Bar dimensions enable easy placement in front of a TV or wall-mounted below. The tabletop stands convert to wall-mounting brackets and are included, along with a remote control. The sound bar is easy to set up and use – simply connect the audio output from the TV to the sound bar and it’s ready to go. No A/V receiver is required.
Each Sound Bar delivers powerful audio, thanks to its four built-in amplifiers which total 133-watts of digital power. Four midrange/woofers and two acoustic lens soft dome tweeters reproduce sound with remarkable clarity and punch. Hitachi’s exclusive CONEQ digital equalization delivers a natural, enveloping sound field with smooth, clear dialogue reproduction. CONEQ also offers a host of sound enhancement modes including a virtual surround sound, a mode that auto adjust for whispers, special effects and commercials, a hearing aid mode and other settings. In addition, each model includes Dolby® Digital audio processing.
The 133W Sound Bars versatile connection choices include Bluetooth, as well as two analog and two digital inputs including stereo RCA, 1/8-inch mini-jack and optical and coaxial digital audio inputs. Each model includes a Bluetooth wireless receiver with Apt-X processing to deliver CD-quality sound using Bluetooth wireless streaming. In addition, each model has a variable subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer. The included remote provides control of power, volume, input selection and subwoofer volume.
The Hitachi 133W Bluetooth Sound Bars will be available in October 2012 at a suggested retail price of $199 for the 40” model HSB40B16 and $149 for the 32” model HSB32B26.
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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.