Sony takes orders for HT-A3000 immersive soundbar

Sony has announced the imminent arrival of the 3.1 channel HT-A3000 soundbar ($699.99) which can be paired with optional surround speakers and subwoofers. The soundbar itself can be pre-ordered, but the SA-RS5 ($599.99) wireless surround speakers – which include virtual height upfiring speakers – and SA-RS3S ($349.99) wireless surrounds, are both available now.

The soundbar itself has three front speakers including a dedicated center speaker for dialogue, and a built-in dual subwoofer. The A3000 uses Sony’s vertical surround engine and S-Force PRO front surround tech to create virtual immersive surround sound with both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The soundbar also uses Sony’s much-praised 360 spatial sound mapping when using the optional surround speakers. A built-in microphone measures speaker position and then the system delivers multiple phantom speakers on playback. (There’s also an option to build out the system with the 300W SA-SW5 or 200W SA-SW3 subwoofers.)

The HT-A3000 includes eARC, USB, optical in and ‘S-Center Out’ connectivity, the latter allowing you to use compatible Bravia XR TVs as a center speaker. Sony says its onboard 360 Reality Audio feature enables an immersive live concert or studio session experience. It can also be used on Amazon Music HD, nugs.net and TIDAL. Streaming capabilities extend to using Spotify with Chromecast, Spotify Connect or Apple AirPlay 2. You can also stream wirelessly from smartphones with Bluetooth or use built-in Wi-Fi to play your tunes.

The soundbar works with Google Assistant enabled devices with Chromecast built-in or Amazon Alexa. Sony says that the A3000 can be connected to a speaker group using Google Home app to play music, change volume and other functions with voice activation. For more information, visit Sony Electronics here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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