Home cinema enthusiasts and lovers of crystal-clear audio quality alike should take note, Sky’s new Soundbox is a force to be reckoned with - a fact to which we can attest after experiencing a demonstration of the singular box’s sonic capacity this afternoon at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
From one single compact speaker unit, Sky Soundbox works together with your Sky Q box with Devialet’s ground breaking audio technologies, developed for the critically acclaimed Expert Pro amplifier and Phantom wireless speaker.
This is the first time French audio expert Devialet has partnered with another brand, making its unique sound available to millions of Sky customers across the UK and Ireland. Together the two companies hope to reimagine what consumers can expect from their home TV sound experience.
Combining six woofers and three full-range speakers into just one device Sky Soundbox uses the walls in the home to reflect ambient sound around the room. Devialet’s superior engineering also enables Sky Soundbox to deliver outstanding power and bass depth. The result is spatial surround sound, offering the immersive, 360-degree experience normally expected from a full home cinema system, without the need for a subwoofer or extra speakers.
Sky Soundbox analyses incoming audio in real time, and adjusts volume levels to ensure clarity - from quiet dialogue to explosive action. Sky Soundbox users will also be able to select many manual modes that best suit their needs, including:
Dialogue Enhance Mode: ensuring speech is clear and defined
Late Night Mode: decreasing bass and further enhancing quiet whispers.
Kids Mode: giving parents control over the maximum volume levels to protect vulnerable ears.
Though Sky Soundbox is compatible with Sky+ and standalone TVs for non-Sky customers, it really comes to life when paired with Sky Q. With Sky Q, customers can enjoy Sky Q sound - exclusive sound modes designed by Devialet, to automatically refine the audio for a range of Sky’s entertainment and sports. Each mode adjusts and tailors Sky Soundbox’s audio settings so entertainment can be enjoyed at its very best.
When can I get one?
The Sky Soundbox will go on next month, priced at €949 for non-Sky customers. There’s great news for new and existing Sky customers however, as they can pick up a Soundbox for just €349 and Sky Q Multiscreen customers can get one for the even lower price of €299. Customers can also pre-register for the latest updates about the new product.
JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland, commented: “Sound is a vital part of visual storytelling - whether you’re watching the season finale of your favourite drama, an epic Premier League clash or a nail-biting GAA final. That’s why we’ve partnered with audio industry leaders Devialet to launch Sky Soundbox and take the TV experience to the next level for our customers. Sky Q has reinvented how people watch TV and coupled with Soundbox that experience is going to be amplified even more… literally!”
Quentin Sannié, Chief Executive, Devialet, said: “Sound is the future of television. We are very proud to be partnering with Sky, to help them unleash the full emotional impact of their content, through powerful, immersive, fully integrated sound. This first partnership illustrates our ability to pursue Devialet’s vision to enable revolutionary experiences through audio, and bring them to the widest number of people through partnerships with like-minded companies who are looking to challenge the status quo.”
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