updated 5/28/2008 6:05:40 PM ET 2008-05-28T22:05:40

Sony says its newest speakers can deliver the sound of a top-notch home-theater sound system even though they're just a little bigger than golf balls.

A full Home Theater System HT-IS100 includes five of the roughly cube-shaped 1.7-inch speakers plus a 17-inch-tall combination amplifier and subwoofer for bass sounds.

The $870 set, to go on sale in Japan next month, will be available later in North America and Europe, Sony Corp. spokeswoman Eiko Sato said. But pricing and dates aren't set.

Sato declined to describe the technology for achieving the miniature size. The system can connect to TVs, disc recorders, Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console and other gadgets.

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