Leave it to Sony to deliver odd-ball futuristic designs. The company's latest CMT-CX5 "HiFi" system sure is a looker, and could easily be mistaken as the lovechild of its S2 tablet and B&W's Zeppelin. This made for iPhone rig packs 40 watts of RMS power in its modular design with removable speakers, and can also be wall-mounted if you've cluttered your bookshelves. To get the jams flowing, you'll find an iDevice dock, CD player, USB and aux-in ports, as well as FM and DAB / DAB+ radio tuners; Sony's also added in its Dynamic Sound Generator X-tra processing if you want to give your music a slap of vibrance. You'll be able to pick up the CX5 in either black or white from the UK beginning in August, although pricing remains to be seen. For now, feel free to skim the PR past the break while you decide.
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Sony debuts streamlined wall-mountable Hi-Fi systems 14 July 2011
CMT-CX5 offers elegant, slim audio system with CD, USB, audio-in and mobile inputs


Dynamic Sound Generator X-tra (DSGX) delivers superior sound
Slim design harmonises room decor
Layout flexibility for both 'on the wall' or 'on the shelf' display
Play music from a range of sources via FM DAB / DAB+, CD, USB, audio-in, and mobile, including iPod/iPhone
With Sony's new CMT-CX5 wall-mountable Hi-Fi system, it's never been easier to match your interior decor with your technology whilst getting superior sound quality in a sleek, aesthetically pleasing, wall-mountable hi-fi. The CMT-CX5 provides clarity of sound and freedom to suit your listening needs with audio source options including USB, CD, Audio-in, and iPhone/iPod compatibility.

The perfect addition to a bedroom or living room, the new Hi-Fi systems are presented in a streamlined, spindle-shaped design and come in either black or white. Compatible with iPhone/iPod, the CMT-CX5 keeps your sophisticated decor clean and uncluttered, providing a happy harmony of style and sound.

Matt Coupe, Audio Category Marketing Manager, Sony UK commented: "Great audio quality is now not enough for customers looking into new HiFi systems, they are also looking for products that will work well with the style of their homes. The CMT-CX5 series represent a creative approach to product design combined that with an intuitive user interface so that customers can get to whatever music they want in the quickest possible time. Feedback from consumer testing groups has been very positive and we look forward to seeing the wider market reaction."

The product consists of three boxes (main unit and 2 speakers), which can be grouped for efficiency and aesthetic purposes or separated depending upon the stylistic preferences. Key holes on the back panel give users freedom to either mount the system on the wall, or display via shelf set-up. The Dynamic Sound Generator X-tra delivers a clear, crisp sound that can be enjoyed via a number of audio inputs, including USB, CD, Audio-in, or Tuner, as well as simply by inserting one's iPod or iPhone into the dock. In addition, the provision of DAB / DAB+ tuners means that users can enjoy the ever increasing amount of content that is being delivered by this channel.

The CMT-CX5 is available in the UK from August 2011.

Key specifications:

CMT-CX5BiP

Output power

40W RMS

DSGX

Dynamic Sound Generator X-tra allows more dynamic sound to be generated

Made for iPod/iPhone

Enjoy the music stored on your iPod or iPhone by simply mounting it in the built-in dock

Other Audio Sources

USB

CD

Audio-in

Tuner

*RDS (PS mode) supported: Station name is shown on the radio display

DAB / DAB+

Wall Mountable

Key holes on the back panel enable the wall installation

Layout Free and Space Saving

Complete layout freedom for space-efficient wall installation or on-the-shelf set up. Streamlined setting is possible in either case (wall mount or on-the-shelf) despite that the system consists of 3 boxes (main unit and 2 speakers)

Colour

Black; White

Sony is a leading global innovator of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned for its audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA™ LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot™ digital camera, Handycam® camcorder, "α" (Alpha) digital SLR camera, and Walkman® MP3 player as well as its VAIO™ personal computers and high-definition (HD) professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD. Offering a complete end-to-end HD value chain and with its electronics, music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is one of the world's leading digital entertainment brands, employing approximately 170,000 people worldwide.

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