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Sony shows Google Cast some love with new speakers

Sony has announced a pair of speaker units and a svelte soundbar with the Google Cast audio streaming technology built in.

The SRS-ZR7 and SRS-ZR5 speakers are both compatible with the Sonos-like multi-room functionality rolled out in December last year.

The four-speaker SRS-ZR7 supports hi-res audio and an HDMI out and will cost $300 (around £205).

A more affordable option is the SRS-ZR5 ($200 / £137), which is a single speaker with Bluetooth and NFC streaming support.

There’s also a soundbar named the HT-NT5, which contains six speakers and is available for $800 (about £550) from May 15.

See also: Sonos Play:5 review

Effectively, the speakers have the Chromecast for Audio dongle built right in. Users will be able to send audio from the Google Cast (formerly Chromecast) app, as well as third-party platforms that have the technology built-in.

Meanwhile, the company has also announced the availability of the hi-res turntable that turned heads at CES 2016 in January.

The $600 (about £410) PS-HX500 can be nabbed from today and is capable of digitising vinyl records at up to 192KHz/24bit, although, unless you have a super expensive high-res audio player, that feature won’t be much use to you outside the home.

We’re checking with Sony on UK pricing and availability on all today’s releases.

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