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Sony Adding New Home Theater And Soundbar

Sony HT-A9

Electronics manufacturer Sony has expanded its portfolio of home theater products. In addition to the HT-A7000 soundbar, the company would like to bring the HT-A9 wireless home theater system onto the market. The two new devices carry surround sound, Dolby Atmos and DTS: X.

The soundbar uses the Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front to create virtual surround sound. It is possible to expand the system with subwoofers and rear speakers. The 7.1.2 soundbar has two up-ring speakers, two beam tweeters, five front speakers, and an integrated dual subwoofer. This allows tones to be emitted in different directions.

There is also compatibility with 360 Reality Audio and Dolby Vision via passthrough. The built-in microphones should help to find an optimal place for the soundbar. Content can be transferred to the soundbar via WLAN and Bluetooth. The HT-A7000 supports Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2. The device can be controlled with the Google Assistant and Alexa devices. In addition to a USB port and optical outputs and inputs, there are also HDMI ports and an S-Center Out connection on board.

Home theater with 360 spatial sound mapping

The HT-A9 home theater system uses Sony’s 360 spatial sound mapping technology to provide “most room-filling surround sound to date” according to the manufacturer. A sound field optimization determines the relative position of each loudspeaker and generates up to twelve so-called phantom loudspeakers from the four physically present loudspeakers. The loudspeakers are wirelessly connected to the control box. However, a power connection is still required for each loudspeaker.

Also, the Sony HT-A9 can be expanded with a subwoofer. The SA-SW3 with an output power of 200 watts and the SA-SW5 with 300 watt sound are available for this. The home theater system, like the soundbar, includes support for Dolby Vision, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, and Alexa.

While the HT-A7000 soundbar costs around 1300 euros, the HT-A9 home theater system costs around 1800 euros. It is also possible to order the optional SA-SW3 subwoofer for 500 euros or the SA-SW3 for 800 euros. The wireless speaker SA-RS3S is also optional and available for just under 500 euros. The delivery of the new devices is to begin in September 2021.

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