Sony has introduced the HT-A9 home theater system (MSRP $1,799.99) and flagship HT-A7000 sound bar (MSRP $1,299.99). Both immersive audio products include a series of features to enhance multi-channel audio and will be available in September or October of this year. The company is also making available two wireless subwoofers, the SA-SW5 ($699.99) and SA-SW3 ($399.99), as well as a pair of wireless surround speakers, the SA-RS3S ($349.99). (Click on the above links for full specifications.)
“The A9 and A7000 represent a new and powerful era for Sony’s home audio products,” said Daisuke Kawaguchi, Vice President of Home Entertainment & Sound, Sony Electronics Inc. “With best-in-class surround sound that boasts unique optimization features, these new products give anyone the ability to create immersive cinematic experiences without ever leaving their living room.”
Sony HT-A9 Home Theater System
The four-speaker HT-A9 uses a spatial mapping technology which creates ‘phantom’ speakers to optimize the sound field, while also supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive codecs. Sony’s new technologies allow for more freedom of speaker placement with a versatile layout feature, and 360 Reality Audio promises to recreate music as if the artist is in front of the listener. HDMI connectivity supports 8K/HDR and 4K/120.
Sony HT-A7000 Sound Bar (Cutaway)
The eARC-equipped A7000 sound bar can achieve 7.1.2 audio with upfiring speakers for immersive and upmixed content care of a vertical surround engine (for overhead audio) and ‘S-Force Pro’ for horizontal spatial enhancement. Similar to the A9, the A7000 includes a sound field optimization feature with built-in microphones to measure room characteristics and tailor performance to an individual space.
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