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The HT-A9 system utilizes 4 cordless speakers and a small control box.

The 2nd, pricier new audio system is called the HT-A9, and it consists of four wireless speakers and a control box unit thats similar in size to an Apple TV. Sony says you can position the 4 cylinder-shaped speakers pretty much throughout a room, and the sound field optimization will take their position into account when tuning the audio efficiency. (The back of each speaker is flat for practical mounting.).
With these, the company is likewise including what it calls “360 spatial sound mapping innovation,” which can allegedly “develop up to twelve phantom speakers from simply 4 speakers by synthesizing sound waves based on positional details.” Those seem like huge claims, however for a price of $1,799.99, I d hope Sony might provide on some of that sound field trickery.

The A7000 has 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs.

As has actually become relatively common for premium soundbars, Sonys A7000 can tune itself for a rooms acoustics, using a microphone on the remote to “determine the height and width of a room” and enhance the sound profile. It supports 360 Reality Audio, hi-res audio, and works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2.

Were still in the early days of future-proofed HDMI 2.1 soundbars, but theyre beginning to appear: Klipsch simply announced a comparable Atmos bar called the Cinema 1200. It also has two HDMI inputs, though the $1,699 rate includes a bundled subwoofer and surrounds.

Sony has just announced two new high-end home theater audio systems, both of that include HDMI 2.1 passthrough ports that offer full support for features like 8K video, 4K video gaming at 120Hz, Dolby Vision HDR, eARC, and more.
Up is the HT-A7000 Dolby Atmos 7.1.2-channel soundbar. Priced at $1,299.99, the soundbar has 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs, so theoretically you might run both a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X into this thing and play each console to its full potential.
Positioned as Sonys most current flagship soundbar, the A7000 has two up-firing speakers for Atmos, 2 beam tweeters, and five front speakers for larger surround. Theres a built-in double subwoofer, however if you require much deeper bass, you can pay additional for a standalone sub; Sonys selling a 300-watt cordless subwoofer for $699.99 or a 200-watt unit for $399.99. The company is likewise offering cordless rear surrounds for $349.99.

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Each speaker determines a bit over 12 inches high. The A9 has just one HDMI input rather than the 2 on the soundbar, but the control box likewise has an ethernet jack and an aux port that permits compatible Sony TVs to serve as the center channel. That ought to make for outstanding voice clearness.
One disadvantage is that each speaker requires its own power outlet– as does the control box– so youre looking at an overall of 5 outlets. Sony told me it hasnt encountered any such problems, but its something I d want to be sure of.
Both the HT-A7000 and HT-A9 will begin shipping at some point between September and October, according to Sony.

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The wireless speakers allow for versatile placement.

Image: Sony

Image: Sony.

Positioned as Sonys newest flagship soundbar, the A7000 has two up-firing speakers for Atmos, 2 beam tweeters, and five front speakers for wider surround. Theres a built-in dual subwoofer, however if you need much deeper bass, you can pay extra for a standalone sub; Sonys offering a 300-watt cordless subwoofer for $699.99 or a 200-watt unit for $399.99. Sony says you can put the four cylinder-shaped speakers pretty much anywhere in a room, and the sound field optimization will take their position into account when tuning the audio performance. The A9 has simply one HDMI input rather than the two on the soundbar, but the control box also has an ethernet jack and an aux port that enables suitable Sony TVs to act as the center channel. Sony told me it hasnt encountered any such issues, however its something I d want to be sure of.

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