Sony today introduced the HT-A7000, its new compact sound bar with which it aims to conquer users looking to improve the standard sound of their televisions with an all-inclusive device to have surround sound from the first minute. but with possibilities for future expansion.
Designed around a 7.1.2-channel configuration, the bar features two upward-facing speakers to launch sound towards the ceiling, two beam tweeters and five forward-facing speakers complemented by a dual cabinet bass integrated in the body of the bar.
It is equipped with Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround technologies with which it is able to recreate virtual surround sound from Dolby Atmos and DTS: X tracks, but also from classic 5.1 sources.
The tweeters bounce their sound off the sidewalls and expand the surround effect for a more immersive experience, while the upward-facing speakers, integrated subwoofer, and front speakers feature an X-Balanced design. with rectangular shapes to maximize the diaphragm area. and increase the sound pressure by obtaining, according to the manufacturer, a bass with more punch and greater clarity in the vocals.
Compatible with 8K and HDMI eARC
The HT-A7000 is compatible with Sony 360 Reality Audio technology which tries to mimic the experience of a live concert or studio session, although to enjoy it we will need to be subscribed to Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net or TIDE.
As for the advanced features, if we connect it to a BRAVIA TV with Acoustic Center Sync using the supplied cable, the sound bar and the TV become the center speaker of a home theater system.
It also comes with DSEE Extreme technology, which uses the Edge-AI system to restore compressed digital music files (such as MP3s) in real time and replace high frequencies lost during compression. In addition, it supports direct pass-through of 8K signals in HDR, 4K at 120Hz and Dolby Vision.
The bar also allows us to complement the built-in speakers as standard with another additional external subwoofer that we have to purchase separately, such as the SA-SW5 with 300 watts or the SA-SW3 with 200 watts, as well as with a pair of Wireless speakers for rear effects such as the SA-RS3S with a total of 100 watts.
It is compatible with popular music services like Spotify, we can use it with Chromecast, AirPlay, with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and connect it to TV through HDMI eARC port or its digital optical input.
Pricing and availability
The HT-A7000 soundbar will be priced around 1,300 euros and will be available from September 2021, while the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers will cost 500 euros, the optional SA-SW5 subwoofer will cost 800 euros and the SW-SW3 will have an approximate price of 500 euros, all available from September 2021.
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