Sony’s HT-A9 Guarantees Dolby Atmos From 4 Wireless Audio system | Digital Trends


Today, Sony has pulled the wraps off two new Dolby Atmos-capable house theater sound methods. And even though they’re each designed to supply people extremely immersive sound and a straightforward set up, the way in which they way that problem couldn’t be extra other. The $1,300 HT-A7000 seems like a standard soundbar, proper all the way down to the non-compulsory wi-fi subwoofer and encompass audio system. But the $1,800 HT-A9 makes use of a suite of 4 bookshelf-sized impartial wi-fi audio system that may be positioned anyplace in a room and use their onboard microphones to sense and reply to furnishings, partitions, and different acoustic options. Both might be to be had in September/October from primary outlets. Here’s a deeper take a look at every gadget.

Sony HT-A9: $1,800

Sony HT-A9 home theater system.

The HT-A9 is a wholly new idea in house theater sound, even supposing it’s transparent that Sony took its inspiration from each Sonos and WiSA. It’s constructed from 4 similar wi-fi audio system which might be provided with a tweeter, a midrange driving force, a bass duct, and an up-firing driving force. They keep up a correspondence with a regulate field this is no larger than the scale of an Apple TV. The regulate field acts as a simplified A/V receiver, with one HDMI enter, one HDMI ARC/eARC output, an Ethernet jack, and a middle channel output (extra on that during a second). The regulate field connects the gadget to Wi-Fi, and it’s appropriate with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, plus Chromecast and AirPlay 2 are integrated.

Once put in, the gadget makes use of Sony’s Sound Field Optimization to hit upon room options like ceiling top and adjusts its settings accordingly. The HT-A9 additionally makes use of Spatial Sound Mapping era, which Sony claims can create as much as 12 phantom audio system, broadening the soundstage and making a 360-degree dome of sound. Apparently, you are going to really feel as even though the sound is “coming from beyond your walls.”

Family with Sony HT-A9 home theater system.

Having 4 audio system you put anyplace frees other folks from the normal “big bar in front of the TV” glance of standard soundbars, but it surely comes with some caveats. Despite the just about $2,000 value, the HT-A9 does no longer include a wi-fi subwoofer, in order that actually low rumble, which has change into some of the hallmarks of immersive house theater sound, could also be missing. As you could have noticed, there’s additionally no discrete heart channel speaker.

Sony has designed the HT-A9 to paintings with its 2021 TVs, a few of which possess the facility to behave as an enormous heart channel speaker — that heart channel output at the again of the regulate field supplies this connection. For the ones and not using a appropriate Sony TV, the HT-A9 creates a digital heart channel.

We’re additionally slightly stunned that Sony hasn’t integrated extra connectivity choices, like further HDMI inputs, and optical enter or stressed subwoofer output. Sony hasn’t mentioned whether or not or no longer the HT-A9 will make stronger Bluetooth when it is going on sale.

If you wish to have extra low-end energy, you’ll equip the HT-A9 with an non-compulsory wi-fi subwoofer. Sony supplies two choices: The $700 SA-SW5and the $400 SA-SW3.

The gadget helps Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Sony’s 360 Reality Audio (360 RA) layout, and hi-res audio.

Sony HT-A7000: $1,300

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar.

Sony’s HT-A7000 is way more typical. It’s a 7.1.2 channel soundbar that makes use of integrated subwoofers and side-beam tweeters to create an immersive sound box from only a unmarried enclosure. Like the HT-A9, you’ll complement the A7000 with both the $700 SA-SW5 or $400 SA-SW3 wi-fi subs, plus there’s additionally the choice of including the $350 SA-RS3S wi-fi encompass audio system to deliver even larger immersion, but it surely will have to be famous that those surrounds shouldn’t have their up-firing drivers for stepped forward Dolby Atmos or DTS:X efficiency.

Sony makes use of Sound Field Optimization to as soon as once more hit upon room options like ceiling top and regulate its settings accordingly. The A7000 comes with two HDMI inputs and an HDMI ARC/eARC output, in addition to an optical enter, a USB port for getting access to track, and an analog enter. Despite having its personal heart channel drivers, you’ll additionally attach the A7000 to a appropriate Sony Bravia TV to make the most of the TV’s heart channel output features.

The HT-A7000 has Chromecast and AirPlay 2 integrated, it’s appropriate with each Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and it helps Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Sony 360 Reality Audio, Spotify Connect, and hi-res audio.

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