Sony has introduced the HT-A5000 5.1.2 soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio. In-built technologies include Sony’s ‘Vertical Surround Engine’ and ‘S-Force PRO Front Surround’. Retailing for $899.99 and available from the “early fall”, the new unit can integrate with Sony BRAVIA TVs so that the display itself becomes a center speaker, and there is onboard support for optional wireless subs and rear speakers.

“We are committed to creating the best sound experience possible for our customers, no matter their home setup,” said Tyler Ishida, Deputy President for Consumer Business Group, Sony Electronics Inc. “With impressive optimization capabilities, the A5000 offers an immersive soundscape that’s suited for any room.”

The A5000’s Vertical Surround Engine uses both front and up-firing speakers, combined with signal processing to reproduce “vertical” audio with sounds positioned in a vertical space, according to Sony. S-Force PRO Front Surround, meanwhile, promises to widen the horizontal soundscape by using the X-Balanced Speaker Unit feature plus digital sound field processing. Additionally, there is a Sound Field Optimization tool for calibrating the system either with or without optional speakers.

The soundbar comes with a built-in dual subwoofer, two upfiring speakers, and two side-bouncing beam tweeters making up its immersive chops. As well as hi-res audio, there is 360 Reality Audio (care of Amazon Music HD, Deezer and TIDAL) for immersive music, and the A5000 supports Spotify Connect, Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The unit can be controlled with voice assistants and carries 8K- and 4K/120-ready HDMI connectivity.

For more information on the A5000 and external speaker accessories, visit Sony here.

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