Although home theater design has always played a supporting role to TV design,
people’s attitudes are changing dramatically.
And that’s where the new shapes of these systems
will inspire pride of ownership.
Home theater speakers often call to mind boxy enclosures. Unfortunately, the parallel surfaces of boxes do not necessarily form acoustically ideal shapes. That’s why we have been exploring other options to redefine the shape of home theater systems. Inspirational here is the Sense of Quartz design concept, also used for BRAVIA TVs. By incorporating the bold, dynamic shapes of quartz and the faceted surfaces of crystalline minerals, we broke free from boxy systems and created new shapes.
As a straightforward expression of the quality and impact of music, BDV-N series Blu-ray home theater systems adopt an open, exposed structure in the speakers. But with nothing to protect it, the cone itself had to be constructed of durable material. We tested a variety of materials, and in the end, fiberglass offered the best sound quality. Every detail—cone shape, edge shape, surface finish, and color—was carefully decided through acoustic simulations.
We hoped the innovative lighting at floor level would make the experience as exciting as being in a theater with footlights. Although space for LEDs was limited because audio performance depends on making the most of the speakers’ limited size, the lighting was a success.
We have also broken away from boxy design in Blu-ray players. This player is tilted forward at a rakish angle, making it look distinctive but not massive, even when viewed from the front. Most impressive is the multifaceted control panel, with each panel serving a different function and occupying the perfect angle for that function. The nearly horizontal panel is for key operations. The wide panel in the middle incorporates lighting and an NFC module, so compatible devices can be touched against it. The most acute panel is used for display, with this position carefully chosen for readability.
Note: BDV-N9100W/N9100WL are available exclusively in markets outside Japan. As of May 2013, no domestic release is planned.
Sense of Quartz shows a new commitment to making our quest for striking picture quality and
audio with realistic presence clear through design. As long as BRAVIA and home theater experiences continue to evolve,
Sony design will evolve with them.