Here is some big news from Sony. The brand has recently made a big announcement about the launch of its two new high-end home theater audio systems. Both the soundbars will be a treat to every audiophile as the brand promises. These are just the perfect soundbars for PS5 and Xbox Series X. The all new Sony soundbars offer HDMI 2.1 passthrough ports that support some really cool features like 8K video, 4K gaming at 120Hz, Dolby Vision HDR, eARC, and a lot more.
Sony HT-A7000 Soundbar
Let’s look at the first one that is the HT-A7000 Dolby Atmos 7.1.2-channel soundbar. The A7000 supports two HDMI 2.1 inputs. This will make it easy for you to run both a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The experience will, undoubtedly, be surreal as you will be able to play each console to its full capacity.
In addition to this, the A7000 soundbar has been supported with two up-firing speakers for Atmos, two beam tweeters, and five front speakers for wider surround. There is also a built-in dual subwoofer. You can also buy a standalone subwoofer in case you need a deeper bass, like the 300-watt wireless subwoofer which is priced at $699.99 or a 200-watt subwoofer available for $399.99.
This premium 12-inches tall soundbar is smart enough to tune itself according to the room’s acoustics by making use of the microphone on the remote that gives an approximate idea of the height and width of a room. This lets it optimize the sound profile accordingly. Besides this, it also supports 360 Reality Audio, hi-res audio. The A7000 is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2. It is priced at $1,299.99.
Sony HT-A9 Soundbar
The second Sony soundar, which is more expensive than the former, is known as the HT-A9. This soundbar consists of four wireless speakers. It also has a control box unit that looks very similar in size to an Apple TV. The four wireless speakers which are in the shape of a cylinder could be placed anywhere in a room. The back of the four wireless speakers has been made flat so that it can be mounted conveniently.
The HT-A9 supports only one HDMI input rather than the two as with the A7000. However, the control box has an ethernet jack as well as an aux port that allows all the compatible Sony TVs to act as the center channel. This would hopefully give an excellent sound clarity.
Since, you can place the four wireless speakers anywhere in the room, the sound field optimization of the Sony HT-A9 will take the position of each of the four speakers into account when tuning the audio. Sony has also talked about introducing the 360 spatial sound mapping technology. The company claims that this technology is powerful enough to create up to twelve ‘phantom’ speakers from just four speakers by synthesizing sound waves based on positional information. If this is true, then the soundbars would be a delight to witness this sound trickery. The soundbar is priced at $1,799.99.
The one thing off about these soundbars is that each speaker requires its own power outlet and so does the control box. This makes a total of five outlets. Also, there is some possibility of audio sync issues with these soundbars since they are wireless. The audio sync problem might make your gaming session a little less exciting.
Leaving all the speculations aside, the good news is that both the HT-A7000 and HT-A9 will start shipping between September and October, which is for sure a shorter wait.