If the quality of the image is obviously important, that of the sound is at least as important for a good immersion. Sony has unveiled two novelties in this area, with features just as impressive as the prices.
The sound bar HT-A7000 promises to envelop the user in a 7.1.2 surround sound bubble. It incorporates two speakers facing upwards for sound that comes from the ceiling, two beam tweeters and five speakers that propel the sound forward. A double subwoofer is also present in the bar.
The HT-A7000, compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS: X formats, features 360 Reality Audio technology which offers unparalleled sound precision for live concert broadcasts or in the studio. In the gaming department, the device supports the most recent formats such as Dolby Vision, 4K 120 Hz and 8K HDR.
The soundbar includes two HDMI 2.1 output ports, which is not yet very common, as well as eARC support. It is also compatible with Google Cast and AirPlay 2 technologies for wireless streaming from a smartphone, as well as with Spotify Connect. Finally, we can use Google Assistant, integrated automatically. The device is sold for € 1,299 (with deliveries from September), we can add additional subwoofers as well as rear speakers.
Still within the sound radius but in another format, the system HT-A9 consists of four wireless speakers to be placed in key areas of the room where the television is located. A television to which you will have to connect the control box that looks like Apple TV.
Each satellite incorporates an upward facing speaker, a soft dome tweeter, a wide directionality woofer and two microphones. Here too, we find Dolby Atmos and DTS: X compatibility, 360 Reality Audio sound, Dolby Vision support, etc. The special thing about this kit is the 360 spatial sound which creates an extended listening area that fills the room.
The HT-A9 kit will be marketed for € 1,800 with availability for September. Two subwoofers can be added from 500 €.