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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple Set-Up, Realistic Sound For Smaller Spaces

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    After two weeks of enjoying this Sony 2.1 Channel Dolby Atmos®/DTS:X™ Soundbar with Bluetooth® Technology and 4K HDR Support, I am totally astonished by the quality reproduction of sound engineered into this soundbar system. The set-up is so simple that I had this soundbar up and running 10 minutes out of the box. I originally set this soundbar up in my Living Room, which is not as large as my Family Room. Glad I did. The acoustics of this Sony soundbar are optimized for harder wall surface materials (like plastered walls) that reflect sound much more readily. My smaller-sized Living Room with hard-plastered walls and 10' high ceiling is the ideal environment for the amazing sound quality from this soundbar. Sony's 'Vertical Sound Engine', actually creates virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around my Living Room. Wow! Important Points: * Soundbar – It should be connected by HDMI cable to the ARC port of your TV. This connection allows High Definition Audio like Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Digital Plus®, Dolby TrueHD®, DTS-HD Master Audio®, DTS:X®, 5.1/7.1 Multi Channel PCM, etc. to pass through from your TV or other Audio Devices to the soundbar. This soundbar also supports a USB 'A' connection and analog through a stereo mini port (3.5 mm). * No ARC Port on Your TV? – You can still connect this Sony soundbar with an Optical Cable. However, the sound formats that can be transmitted are Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Dual mono, DTS®, LPCM 2ch, Dolby® Digital EX. This is still quality sound, but you won't be able to take advantage of the latest High Definition Audio formats, like the featured Dorby® Atmos. * HDR Support – High Dynamic Range, HDR, is the latest feature being installed on all newer TV's. It goes beyond 4K with Ultra-High Definition Video, which contrasts blacks, whites and colors to deeper and higher brilliance, while displaying much finer details. This Sony soundbar supports all three of the latest HDR formats, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. * Vertical Sound Engine – This is Sony's latest technology using upward-firing speakers, which reflect sound above and behind you for a heightened, three-dimensional sound stage. These work best in rooms with flat ceilings up to 11 feet high and made of hard, reflective material (My Living Room). * Sound Modes – There are seven pre-set sound modes, Auto Sound, Cinema, Music, Game Studio, News, Sports, Standard. No need for an Equalizer. Additional sound effects are Night Mode and Voice Mode. * Bluetooth – You can Bluetooth your TV to this soundbar, but I would not recommend this type of connection. A wired connection (HDMI to ARC) should be your first choice (It is always much more stable). My wife connects her phone to this Sony soundbar through Bluetooth and plays selections from Pandora when not watching the TV. * Subwoofer – This wireless subwoofer is outstanding and provides plenty of low frequency 'boom'. It pairs with the soundbar automatically as soon as it is plugged in. It has its own volume control on the remote, which is highly unusual, but a heck of a nice feature. I placed mine in a corner of my Living Room for more added, reflective bass effect and resonating punch. However, since it is wireless, you can place it anywhere you choose. * Digital Assistants – This soundbar is not enabled for commands to any of the digital assistants, Alexa, Cortana, Google, etc. * Sound Quality – Even though this Sony soundbar is able to pass through the latest Dolby audio formats, not every TV program has the latest audio technology sound presentations. So, be prepared for mediocre sound from some TV stations, whether they are cable, satellite, or OTA. I have an Ultra HD Blue Ray Player, which play movies in HDR and all of the latest Dolby formats. This Sony soundbar does a fantastic job of delivering crisp, theater-quality, simulated, surround sound from just two speakers and a vibrant subwoofer. WooHoo! * Sony AV System Remote – The included remote is a multi-functional device. It allows me to switch between HDMI connections to activate a Blue-Ray player, or other auxiliary connected device, and, or, USB, or analog device. I can activate any one of the seven pre-set audio sound modes, and initiate the voice or night effect. I can also use the remote to pair another device like a Smart Phone using the Bluetooth button. And, of course, the main feature button is the Vertical Sound Engine, which when activated, produces phenomenal, realistic, theater surround sound. Besides the main volume control there is a subwoofer volume control, which is unique, and a handy, fun feature. Several remaining controls are Mute, Back, Options, Dimmer, Display, etc. I found that at this time there is very little HDR content available. Some of the latest DVD's feature all three of the HDR formats. Some cable and Internet selections are also available. But, HR-Compatible TV's are now a 'Must-Have' feature. It won't be too long before tons of HDR content will be out there. TIP: If you are looking at any new 4K TV's or Blue-Ray players – make sure you choose HDR - Compatible. And, of course, TV's with an ARC port. Although this Sony soundbar only has two front speakers the engineering to simulate 5.1/7.1 surround sound is absolutely astounding. Coupled with the powerful subwoofer this is one five-star system. The highs are clear and crisp. The mid-ranges are rich and variable, and true to Dolby Atmos' objective, three-dimensional, scaled height dimensional sounds. Sony's subwoofer is one of the best I have ever enjoyed listening too. YooHoo! Recommendations: * If you are thinking of buying a new 4K TV and, or, Blue-Ray player, upgrade to all of the HDR - Compatible standards. I could not believe the fine details of the contrasting blacks, grays, and whites. The colors are so rich and deep – it will soon be the norm. * This Sony 2.1 Channel Dolby Atmos®/DTS:X™ Soundbar is ideal for smaller to medium sized rooms. For its price-point it delivers full-bodied simulated, surround sound for a fraction of the cost of a 5.1 or 7.1 system. I highly recommend it. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Soundbar with some trade-offs

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    I was excited to upgrade from an older sounder to this one purely because of the support for Dolby Atmos and the powered, wireless sub woofer. We already have a Sony UHD player so I thought, great - this'll play nicely. It does have some bells and whistles that are nice, but there are some trade offs to be sure. First, the sound bar itself is very slim, as you can see in my picture. The Samsung soundbar we upgraded from was quite large and was actually kept in the space where we ended up moving our UHD player and game consoles to in our TV stand. The main reason we couldn't just replace the soundbar was because the Sony uses a Vertical Sound feature. This pushes sound up to make it more immersive, but when kept in a tv stand cutout, you lose that capability, meaning a re-thinking of our setup was required. The sounder itself comes with 3 connection types: HDMI-ARC, Optical, and Bluetooth. In order to get the Atmos experience, you need to utilize the HDMI-ARC connection and have a TV that supports it. Our TV supports Atmos, so that means we get to enjoy great sound out of every input. The Optical connection is there for older TVs that don't support the HDMI-ARC format and Bluetooth is added for pairing a smart phone to stream music from. Although Sony advertises a wireless setup option using Bluetooth, I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking to get the best sound out of your setup. What's nice about this unit is that it also supports HDMI passthrough. There's another HDMI input so you can plug a device into this and then run the HDMI-ARC out to the HDMI-ARC input on your TV. I was disappointed to see that there was no wifi option, nor does this come with any smart home option. You can't control it using Sony's Sound+ app like you can their headphones or other wifi speakers. I feel like this is a step back when most soundbar setups at this price offer wifi and a smart assistant feature. The woofer connects automatically once you power it on - an important thing to note is that both the bar and the woofer have the power cord attached, meaning you might need to be aware of some more fun getting power cables through your set up - unlike other sounders that have a power cord that you can detach. Once I got this thing up and running it was nice - everything sounded great, until we got to the quiet part of a movie. Dialog suffers compared to music and sound effects. The woofer itself has it's own volume control on the remote, but I ended up cranking it all the way up before I could hear some bass boom. If you have a smaller room, or a basic setup that you don't want to overthink, then I'd recommend this. That being said, there's other soundbars that are a comparable price that also include additional features such as Alexa, Google Home, Wifi, etc. If Sony was to drop the price from $500 to $300, then I think it'd be more reasonable, unless they find a way to add more features through a firmware upgrade. I'd say I'd recommend this, but for a very specific user who doesn't need a lot of connectivity options.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi cjviscito, thank you very much for taking the time to share your concerns with us. Sony takes the voice of our customers very seriously and hearing all feedback - good and bad is important to us. We appreciate your feedback. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    4K HDR Deserves Incredible Audio

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    As someone who was an early adopter of 4K, who has had a few generations of Sony 4K televisions now, as well as someone who has discovered he is somewhat of an audiophile. I can tell you that the one thing that makes 4K HDR video all the more incredible is an incredible sound system. If you’re looking to pair your 4K HDR television with incredible audio in the form of a soundbar and wireless subwoofer then look no further. The Sony HT-X9000F provides incredible audio and is beautiful not only in it’s amazing design but also in its simplicity. You simply connect the soundbars output HDMI to the TV’s Audio Return Channel (ARC) HDMI connector and then connect your video and audio source, such as Blu-ray disc, Apple TV or satellite box etc., to the soundbars input HDMI. If however your TV does not have an HDMI labeled “ARC” then you can simply use an optical audio cable to connect TV to the soundbar. You might be surprised to know though that ARC is definitely the preferred method if your TV supports it. As soon as you power on the soundbar it will automatically connect to the subwoofer (included) and you should see a green LED on the subwoofer. No need for any additional setup to pair the soundbar with the subwoofer. Simplicity is definitely something Sony was looking to provide here. If your TV is wall mounted then the soundbar can be wall mounted right below the TV. The back of the soundbar is already prepared to be mounted to the wall and instructions on how to do this are provided. I’ll be doing this myself shortly and it looks almost as simple as the initial setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy Hanging, great sound

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    All in all this sound bar is a pretty one. The sound is solid and the set up is a breeze. When i first opened up the sound bar i notice how easy it was to hang. A few screw and it was up. Its relatively light weight, but packed a punch. The one thing, design wise that i did not completely like, was the woofer. It looks like a PC tower, no bells or whistles about it. Looks aside, it does however throw out some major thump. A second area of design that i really liked was the indicators of where plug in and controls are located. Example, on other electronics i own, it was not clearly market where volume controls are located or which port equals HDMI 1 and which port was HDMI 2. That was a nice touche. Overall, light weight, easy to install, great sound and good functional indicators. Great item!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar for your home theater

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    This Sony soundbar it’s all you need for your home theater. Great size and can be install on the wall or place it on your tv stand, the wireless connection was easy to set up , but if you want to see and control the menu, software updates and other settings on your tv , you most connect the HDMI cable included. The wireless subwoofer and the vertical sound settings makes the movie experience on my 4K TV super awesome. The system also includes secure link for the wireless connection on the subwoofer to prevent interference with other devices. The HDMI cable included is not that long, so if you need extra length of HDMI, you may have to buy a longer HDMI.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A step up for the audio enthusiast

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    If you're in the market for a soundbar to add some loudness/bass to your home theater setup, this isn't the one you want. Price wise, there are cheaper options out there if you're looking for additional speakers to add to your home theater setup. For those wanting a bit more or an upgrade to their existing sound system, then this is the one for you. This is Sony's mid-level soundbar system however it will easily meet the needs for any audio enthusiast. This soundbar was made to couple with Sony's BRAVIA X900F. Basically any TV that has an HDMI ARC port will work with this soundbar. However, if you don't, not a huge thing however you'll need to connect it with a Digital optical out cable. The sound of this sound bar is quite good and noticeable the first time you turn it on. The sound produced from this is very crisp/clear with a touch of bass where needed. There are 5 different pre-set sound configurations so it'll be good to cycle through them and see which one suits you. The subwoofer is about normal size so it should fit nicely pretty much anywhere. It's also a nice contrast of gloss/matte black so it looks good as well. You will definitely need some time to setup/configure the soundbar however it'll be worth it once that's been completed. Only thing left will be for you to enjoy to rich sound this soundbar system offers.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound bar and sub woofer

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    It really has Crystal clear sound. Love the sub woofer.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi KnightRyder, we're glad you love our product. The 2.1 channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with Vertical Sound Engine, our latest surround technology, lets you enjoy the thrill of Dolby Atmos from a single slim unit. No matter what type of room you're in, two front speakers reproduce "vertical" audio, creating virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around you. Thank you for choosing SONY. ~Earl Sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, stays clear at high volumes

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    Sub was better than i expected and although i dont have anything that pushes Atmos the dolby digital sounds great and the simulated surround is pretty good surprisingly. I had some trouble getting the delay worked out so it matched the movies but i think it was from the hdmi pass through i was using. Little pricey so find it on sale but great features and sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Bar

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    Like this soundbar however price is high. Setup easily with my Sony tv.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    HT-X9000F, almost but not quite *5*.1.2 ATMOS

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    This is going to be a serious multi-part review extended via Comments. Sections will be: VERDICT, BACKGROUND, MY ENVIRONMENT, HT-X9000F SETUP, 4K BLURAY HDR/ATMOS EXPERIENCE, YOUTUBE 4K VISION/ATMOS EXPERIENCE, VUDU 4K VISION/ATMOS EXPERIENCE, BROADCAST HDTV EXPERIENCE, MUSIC EXPERIENCE, 4K DTS BLURAY EXPERIENCE and FOOTNOTES. VERDICT 3.5 of 5 *-s 4k HDR/WCG HDCP2.2/HDMI2.0a pass through works. In all cases of lossless BluRay Dolby ATMOS decode/reproduction, the HT-X9000F presented a very rich, detailed, nearly 180°-hemispheric, vertical/surround soundscape, using "Sound Mode ON" and Vertical S enabled. Of course, no sense of from-behind LFE and/or from-behind mids and trebles. Mid and treble vertical/surround sounds fall 10°-15° short of a frontal 180° hemispheric ATMOS soundscape. The resulting soundstage is like a sonic 3D diorama, from the listener to slightly behind the smartTV. There is very smooth and vivid panning of effects, left-right, level-overhead within this ATMOS dioramic hemisphere. There are also smooth and vivid Doppler effects of approaching and departing objects. Diagonal and curving Doppler sounds, too. Vertical S ATMOS is fully capable of distinct overhead panning, left-right, front-overhead. ATMOS effects that are supposed to originate from behind the listener, suddenly appear out of thin air 80°-65° from center (0°, facing the soundbar). ATMOS effects that are supposed to pass behind the listener, suddenly disappear at the same 80°-65° radius, in front of the listener. Not the same as the theatrical Dolby ATMOS soundstage that fully surrounds the listener, but definitely exceeds discrete, channel-based, non-ATMOS 5.1 surround. This applies to engine sounds, gun fire, kaiju, avalanches, etc. LFE is otherwise excellent for my test environment. Never overwhelms the mids and highs (once soundbar/subwoofer are balanced via sweep-tone tuning), but strong enough to be felt in-body. ATMOS vectored mids and trebles trick you into sensing some LFE motion. ATMOS effects work as described when the listener's head is turned up to 45°-30° away from center, when the listener is generally within the width of the soundbar (perhaps up to 15° outside the width of the soundbar). ATMOS effects fall off very quickly if the listener is too far outside the width of the soundbar. (This ATMOS coverage area might expand horizontally with the dedicated center driver of a 3.1 HT-Z9F system, allowing L & R to focus outward more.) vudu streaming ATMOS is slightly, but noticeably diminished by lossy Dolby Digital Plus compression and clipping of highs and lows/LFE. BluRay ATMOS discs definitely sound better than streaming. vudu streaming of 4k HDR10 video is also slightly attenuated, relative to BluRay disc, comparing the exact same titles. Still, far exceeds vudu streaming of HDX/Dolby Digital 5.1. Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 are decoded as "Dolby Surround." Enabling Vertical S then simulates a nearly 80° vertical expansion of a nearly 160° semicircular surround soundscape, but it's not nearly as vectored as ATMOS decode. No unnatural sibilance is noticed, but synthetic Vertical S makes trebles notably hotter. For from-behind/to-behind ATMOS/surround, the HT-X9000F really needs two physical rear surround drivers, as it is now. The rear-less 3D dioramic ATMOS soundscape from the 2.1 setup is not unlike a visual 3D theatrical experience, where nothing can visually extend behind the viewer or even directly to their left/right. Sadly, unlike the 3.1 HT-Z9F, the HT-X9000F has NO WAY to add two physical rear drivers. Not hardwired. Not wireless. (Direct WiFi expandability of the HT-X9000F has been erroneously reported by some in the trade press. The 3.1 HT-Z9F can add two wireless, self-powered, Sony-only, surround drivers via direct WiFi-only connections.) Music reproduction surprisingly shines using Vertical S on MUSIC mode. The HT-X9000F is terrific playing ATMOS mixed music. So, is the HT-X9000F worth the SRP of US$599? Not if you want a truly 360° 3D Dolby ATMOS soundscape. The best the HT-X9000F can deliver is a ~160°, frontal hemispheric 3D Dolby ATMOS soundscape. The HT-X9000F is closer to 5.1.2 ATMOS than "7.1.2." Within its 3D ATMOS diorama, HT-X9000F effects are very nicely and sweetly detailed. Vertical S manages to decode the ".2" of "7.1.2" (but more like, "5.1.2"). And, what the HT-X9000F does deliver is NOT dependent on the physical geometry of its environment. The "surround" is directly projected to the listener. If Sony intends to sell a lot of HT-X9000F-s, they would do well to drop the street price down to US$399-$450. US$599, especially with zero physical rear driver expandability, is just too much to ask. This is, at best a 5.1.2 ATMOS contender. Fully immersive, 360° 3D ATMOS sound can be heard using very good stereo *headphones*. So, why not a 2.1 speaker system? Only if/when Sony manages to further tweak the DSP firmware, to deliver actual sensations of to-behind/from-behind ATMOS surround, can the HT-X9000F be called 7.1.2 ATMOS. THIS SHOULD BE POSSIBLE. Vertical S needs to be further tweaked to work significantly better with DTS (too much sibilance and tinny trebles). Otherwise vanilla DTS Master 5.1 decode is decent, as good as unaugmented non-ATMOS Dolby Digital 5.1. Then, and only then, would SRP US$599 feel right. As such, I give a highly caveatted Recommend to a Friend. [ stay tuned for the sections to follow ]

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome upgrade to a stock set up

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    The Sony soundbar looks and feels like a typical soundbar set up however it brings some key designs that help it break away from the typical set up you may be use to. I don't want to waste a lot of time on specifics since most people are buying the soundbar for one thing which is audio quality and immersion. The soundbar is a typical looking set up with a standard bar and wireless 15'' sub for bass. Most set ups i have owned in the past utilize connection via an optical cable however with the X9000F, it uses an HDMI/HDMI ARC connection and a USB port to ultize such files as mps, wav, flac, etc. The Sony X9000F comes equipped with the the Dolby Atmos surround sound. What this does is try to push through the movie cinema feel out of this 2.1 channel set up. It does try however it will fall short because in order to get a true Dolby Atmos sound you need a 7.1 set up and not a 2.1. This is not a feature that should discourage you but encourage you because Sony has made it to where you can add on additional speakers turning this set up to a true 7.1 and feel the true power of the Atmos surround sound. If you have a Sony music account you can run your app through the speakers turning this in to a stereo allowing you to jam out to all your tunes while your either cleaning the house or entertaining guest. Most soundbars are not a true surround sound but more of a add on or upgrade to a high end TV that offers low end audio. I have only ever owned soundbars to help amplify my sound quality with the realization of knowing this was not a surround sound speaker. The Sony X9000F however kinda of gave me a different impression. Lets not waste any more time and talk audio. Sony did something different with this set up via a technology they are calling the Vertical Sound Engine. There is a button on your remote called "vertical s" when pressed you will engage the Vertical Sound Engine. What this does is when you are watching a 4k or ultra 4k movie it will try its best to immerse you in a surround sound vibe by emphasizing vertical audio for distinction. I'll give you and example of what i mean. The other day me and my son were watching Spider man and there was a part where he flew over our head on his web. I could distinctly hear the audio pitch change with clarity to the upper most part of the room, it felt as if he actually did fly over our head. Yes, it was that distinct and impressive. I am not used to hearing something like that out of a soundbar and was rather impressed to see a bit of immersion coming from this soundbar. There was another scene where he swooped down to save someone and sure enough you could hear the audio become more pronounced toward the ground level as if he was coming down at the ground towards us. I would not expect anything less from Sony especially at this price point. The audio quality was superb with no drop offs to the wireless sub and all background noise and sound were heard with clarity from all corners of the room no matter where you sat. The crunching of metal as cars slammed together could be felt via the bass from the sub. The bass was loud enough to be felt but never enough to take away from the back ground noise of metal bending and crinkling together from the sound of a car wreck. There are a few preset sound modes that come equipped that i would like to touch on a bit. You have Cinema mode, which puts an emphasis on deep rich sounds for better immersion. Music mode, which focuses more on vocals and instruments. News and Sports mode are very similar in the fact that they put more attention to the commentary's voice and less on the background noise. Game mode is very similar to cinema mode in the fact that if puts emphasis on deep rich sounds but adds to a greater attention to background noises which help give depth and distance to what is going on in the game. This mode is actually really cool for all you gamers out there who are looking for a deeper immersion to go with that 4k gaming you may be doing. I just recently bought God of War and was playing it on my PS4 Pro will listening to it via my Sony soundbar on game mode. There was a part where i was walking down a open corridor and didn't realize i was about to be flanked by an npc from my right side. The only reason i was able to turn around in time and counter the attack was because i was able to distinctly make out some distant footsteps that where slowly getting louder as they were creeping up on me from behind. Man, i was impressed on just how much of every little detail like that this mode picks up on or the fact that the soundbar was able to deliver that kind of immersion and sound quality. Now for you music lovers out there music mode will not leave you hanging. Don't have a big audio set up? No worries because the Sony X9000F does an awesome job of delivering sound quality that you would expect from a Sony product. While listening to some Tupac "All Eyes on Me" vocals were heard crystal clear along with all my mids. The punch of the sub was nice and deep but never hit so hard as to over power my vocals or percussion. Sound quality was crystal clear with no static or feedback and left me almost feeling as if i was listening to a 5.1 set up. All in all this is a Sony product, which should bring you piece of mind knowing that you are going to always get quality audio sound. This is a soundbar that is not very A-typical of most soundbars that i have seen in the past as far as functionality goes which is a good thing. The Sony Soundbar is a Hi-Def set up that will even try to upscale non 4k audio so you can watch all those 90's sitcoms with an up scaled audio version. The different audio modes offer a variety that should be able to suit your needs whatever they may call for. With very many pluses and really no cons that i can see at least as of writing this, it should be a no brainer as to rather or not you should buy this. If you are looking for a true surround immersion than this is not for you as nothing tops a 7.1 set up. However with the ability to expand in to that set up, this makes the Sony soundbar all the more versatile for whatever your future needs may be.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for the price!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I purchased this with my X900F TV. I am going to run a sound system when I upgrade to an better TV and wanted something better than TV sound (although the X900F does a great job believe it or not!) I asked my Best Buy associate (yeah I said "MY" associate - I particularly like one guy at my local Best Buy) for recommendations under $300.00. He had recommended this one and a HTS350. I chose this one for the clarity and how it dispurses sound. He showed me a few different sources and this one sounded better to my ears. What I like about it the most, is the that I can set the distance I am sitting from the soundbar. A nice feature I haven't seen in a soundbar before. It is similar to how you would use an audio receiver with a microphone you plug in and the receiver sets the distance of the speakers in relation to the microphones placement. The exception being you have to measure the distance yourself. A nice touch. Sound from my Xfinity box through the soundbar is a nice improvement over TV sound (as expected of course). The bass tube is wireless and offers sufficient bass. Movie watching is where this soundbar shines. Believe it or not, it does really fill the room and "envelope" you in the scene. Keep in mind nothing beats a 5.1 or higher setup and you will never get true digital dolby sound, but this is like the little engine that could. The soundbar is hooked up to my TV's ARC HDMI Port and my Xfinity cable box on the input of the bar (just an FYI). I also have Apple TV 4K, Fire Stick 4K and a PS4 Pro and all sound fantastic! Note: I received $100 off this soundbar when I purchased my Sony TV, so I paid $299.99 (sells for $399.99 on Best Buy as of 4 April 2020). I still would have purchased it anyway, as it compliments my Sony X900F. I have never been a big soundbar guy, but needed one on the interim. I am impressed Sony and would recommend it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi LTwinJeff, we're thrilled you love our amazing sound bar. You mentioned some of the devices you’ve connected to your soundbar which also support Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, make sure your audio content comes alive, by enabling those features on those devices as well. The Vertical Sound Engine reproduces sounds that seem to come from above, beside, and behind you for an immersive experience. Utilize one of five sound modes optimized for movies, music, gaming, news, and sports. Thank you for choosing SONY. ~Earl Sony_US

  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    A lot of sound from a few speakers but....

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    ...This system is not without some serious shortcomings. The good news first. This Sony ,soundbar, which only contains two speakers produces an amazingly full sound field, especially when cranking out true Dolby Atmos or DTS X soundtracks. (The only way to get that is via the unit's sole HDMI input connection, via a Blu-ray deck or streaming device.... more on that later) It's really quite remarkable how it wraps the sound around you in a way that is arguably better than a standard 5.1 surround system. It is more immersive than any soundbar system I have heard. Pretty amazing. The soundbar also supports Bluetooth, so you can stream music from phone or tablet. And it sounds pretty decent because of built in tech that helps improve the muddiness you generally get using any kind of wireless bluetooth connection. There is also a USB port that is supposed to support music but I never could get that to work. It kept reporting the USB drive was incompatible, which is odd since it works fine on other devices I have with USB input. The soundbar can simulate the Atmos surround bubble on any content with its "vertical surround engine" (which you can turn on or off via remote) but it's not quite the same as carefully crafted sound from an Atmos encoded Blu-ray disc. And when listening to music, that vertical sound engine can distort the sound in odd ways. Maybe that's why it is turned off by default when using the built in "music" mode. Less depth but also less distortion. Other equalizer settings include cinema, news, sports, game and standard. There is a voice mode to boost voices. An "auto" mode is supposed to be able to choose the best equalizer on its own but I found it quite lacking. There are other problems. While the sound quality is quite good given you are working with only two small speakers and a subwoofer, it lacks the depth -- mainly in the midrange -- a multi-speaker soundbar can provide. I also find the subwoofer quite weak, providing a lot less punch than other similarly priced soundbars. The front firing subwoofer also has a tendency to be viery directional, which is odd given that low frequencies tend to be omni-directional. Place it off center or off to the side of where you sit and you may not hear it at all. a serious shortcoming. The sound bubble produced by the vertical sound engine also is very directional, working best only if you are perfectly centered on the soundbar. You can adjust the distance in settings but I did not find that made a huge difference. You still get the immersive effect if not centered but the discrete left and right sounds and panning tend to get muddy.when you do that. Here;s another problem most people probably won't consider. You will not be able to hear true Atmos of Dolby X or other high res sound codecs if you are running this soundbar ONLY from your TV. That means an HDMI ARC or optical connection. Those kind of connections only support plain old Dolby Digital and DTS. A direct HDMI (not HDMI ARC) connection is required for Atmos or even Dolby True HD or DTS Master Audio. In other words, if you have a smart TV and get all your content streaming through the built in apps, Roku, Android TV, etc, then you will never hear real Atmos The only way that can happen is through a direct HDMI connection. This is not the fault of the soundbar. This limitation affects all of them. But since this soundbar only has ONE HDMI input, another big shortcoming in my view, you cannot run multiple devices through it to get true Atmos, et al. For this price, Sony should have provided two or three HDMI inputs. Not one. Bottom line: This Sony soundbar can produce some amazing sound in the right circumstances but it has a long list of limitations that might make it unsuitable for a lot of consumers. And at this price point, they have a lot of other options that might be better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great traditional 2.1 soundbar

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    After buying and returning another soundbar and spending about an hour listening to floor models at my local Best Buy, I ended up taking home this setup and I have loved it ever since. I was hesitant because I convinced myself I needed a soundbar with a center channel speaker (i.e. a 3.1 setup), but to my ear this one sounded the best in my price range. Also, I got an open-box version for a little bit cheaper which was basically brand new and I've had no issues with it. As far as the sound, this unit has a lot of digital bells and whistles but I ultimately found that bypassing all the presets produced the most balanced, natural sound. I even have my vinyl record played hooked up and it sounds really good. If anything the bass could be a bit louder for movies but it is good enough for me, as I prefer a very flat, balanced sound. Overall I am very happy with this and I appreciate the recommendation from the store associate who helped me out.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi Rick, we're glad you like our product. The 2.1 channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with Vertical Sound Engine, our latest surround technology, lets you enjoy the thrill of Dolby Atmos from a single slim unit. No matter what type of room you’re in, two front speakers reproduce “vertical” audio, creating virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around you. Thank you for choosing SONY. ~Earl Sony_US

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good companion to the Sony TV

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I purchased this with a Sony X950G 85" TV. The base is good and it fills the room well. Still working through some of the presets to try to get optimal sound for the different types of programs. I'm sure there are better systems, but at this price point it's reviews were very good and it works for me. Plus I like the compatibility with the same brand TV. Given the shut in status, I didn't really have the opportunity for any side-by-side comparisons, but it's been working well.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
      Posted .

      Hi PTrock, we're glad you're enjoying our products. The 2.1 channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with Vertical Sound Engine, our latest surround technology, lets you enjoy the thrill of Dolby Atmos from a single slim unit. No matter what type of room you're in, two front speakers reproduce "vertical" audio, creating virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around you. Thank you for choosing SONY. ~Earl Sony_US

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall a Good Deal

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    I think the soundbar does a great job simulating the ATMOS field. I have an up firing model and I can tell the difference. Overall the sound is a lot louder when it is playing Dolby Atmos over the Dolby digital I still think the soundbar could to a little better. For $399.99 I can't really complain though. I do think would I have the larger capital for the remodel of the bedroom, I would have gone with the HTZ9F model as it has 3.1 Channels (One dedicated to Voice).

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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi ODLR, we're glad you appreciate the Dolby ATMOS feature of our product. The 2.1 channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with Vertical Sound Engine, our latest surround technology, lets you enjoy the thrill of Dolby Atmos from a single slim unit. No matter what type of room you're in, two front speakers reproduce "vertical" audio, creating virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around you. Thank you for choosing SONY. ~Earl Sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for a 2.1

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    So I've been researching soundbars basically for the past year. Though I've wanted a new one, I've had an old LG for the last 8 years that works, so I didn't feel compelled to pull the trigger on a new one. Initially I had my eyes set on the Yamaha YAS 207 which I convinced a friend to get and don't get me wrong, that sounds great. I really wanted to get a soundbar that could output Dolby Atmos, but I was hesitant to spend over $500 and be disappointed. Last week, I saw this one on sale for $400 from $600 and I bought an out-of-box for just under $300. The verdict? On the night I set up this soundbar, I left my LG in w/ the optical, but it on top of my new Sony soundbar, cranked it all the way up 40 and listened. Then I shut it off and turned on the Sony at 20 (volume goes up to 50) and there was an extreme difference in sound. My old LG was very hollow and the Sony's has such a wide sound stage. I live in a large studio apartment where I can swivel my TV when I'm in bed and swivel it the other way when I'm on the couch and I used to turn my soundbar too to hear it better. I no longer need to do so with this one. From just 2 small oval speakers in the bar, the sound is very rich and dialogue is clear. I have my XBOX one that is connected directly to the bar and set up Dolby Atmos. Though I can't say for sure if I've heard anything behind me over the past few days, I certainly can say I do hear sound from above. When Atmos content isn't available, the Vertical Surround does a nice job of making the sound still feel fairly immersive. I've played music through the soundbar too via bluetooth and I am happy with the sound quality. The only con I could say, if you like deep bass, this soundbar might not be for you. Bass output is decent, but I wouldn't want complaints from all of my neighbors so I'm good with it. I do listen to a lot of hip hop, but the bass is still good for regular listening. When watching TV, I don't feel comfortable putting it above 25 and this soundbar is LOUD! I'm watching an ATMOS title right now on Netflix, Our Planet during the middle of the day and just put the sound down to 16 from 19 as I felt the scene was getting too loud! If you're looking for an entry into Dolby ATMOS and you don't want to spend a pretty penny, I'd pick up this Sony right now.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, just one issue

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    I'll start by saying that I bought this open box and not brand new. The sound is excellent and the bass is top notch, especially in cinema mode and game mode. Its attractive and the wireless sub is great for hiding it out of sight. My only complaint is when watching long movies, the sound will occasionally cut out for a second then pop right back in, but there has been 2 times that it totally cut out all together requiring me to turn off the system then turn it back on.

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    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes Movie Night Exciting!

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    I've honestly and quite literally have had a BLAST watching movies and playing video games with this Sony sound system. I unboxed it and had it hooked up to my 75 inch Sony Bravia 4K TV in about 5 minutes. Sony provides you with a quick start guide to walk you through it, and an HDMI cable to get you up and running. Ill start with the cons about this sound system. I've only have 2 gripes with it, Firstly - the soundbar has no digital display on it to show you most of the settings. It is hard to tell if you have toggled on or toggled off a profile or the vertical surround. There is small led lights that will blink accordingly to different button presses. I wish it had a small screen to show you what volume you're at, what sound profile you have active, etc etc.I have to mention though, whichever HDMI input you have connected your soundbar to will show an onscreen menu to assist you and show you menu scrolls and adjustments. I wish it would show it on every HDMI input though. My second gripe with this soundbar is that when watching TV through the set top cable box, there is a noticeable lag between the picture and audio. It seems to happen on channels that aren't quite full HD, and of lower quality / resolution. The controller does give you the option of adjusting the sound up or down in millisecond increments so that you can try and get the audio/video more in sync but going back to the lack of the screen on the soundbar.. it is hard to tell if you've adjusted up or down and by how much. I gave up trying to perfect it. I left it a little off. On some channels, i'll see the mouths move or an explosion and ill hear the sound a split second later. It can be annoying sometimes. I think it has to do with the fact that the soundbar is connected through an HDMI cable. You do have the option of using an optical audio cable or bluetooth connection but if you want to take advantage of the Dolby Atmos surround sound, the soundbar MUST be connected with the HDMI cable. The soundbar only has 1 HDMI in and 1 HDMI out port. It would also be nice if it had at least 1 other HDMI out port. I connected it to an XBOX ONE and this is where the soundbar has shined. I spent the whole day watching movies that support Dolby Atmos, I was excited to sit there and watch movies all day. There is a noticeable boost in sound quality and volume when you are using Atmos. You feel the explosions, you hear the dirt falling to the ground, when the screen shakes, you feel it. It is an immersive experience, and I love it! It really is like being at the movie theater. Ive never been a big fan of "virtual surround sound" but Sony pulls it off with this sound system. You can hear and literally feel the difference when you activate the vertical surround sound. Every sound comes in nice and clear. Voices do not get over powered by explosions or music, and the lows / bass do not distort or drown out everything else even when the subwoofer is at its max volume. I'm a big movie buff and i frequently attend movies for the experience and this sound bar most definitely brings the experience to the comfort of your own living room.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for... awesomeness

    Posted .

    Intro It is sleek, tiny but packs big sound. It is very minimalistic and solidly built even though it is mostly made of hard plastic with a metal mesh grille on the front. No buttons but instead it uses a touch panel on the top for power, source, bluetooth and volume control. Perfect for screens smaller than 50” but it will fill space for bigger screens. For a soundbar that measures only 36 5/8”, it does a good job of projecting sound throughout the space especially when the Vertical S is active. I am using this with my 28” computer monitor for both watching and listening to my Apple TV and computer. A second HDMI input would have been a big help with my setup since my monitor doesn’t support ARC (Audio Return Channel). Along with HDMI input and output(ARC), it has analog, optical and USB. Even with the soundbar on stand-by mode, HDMI signals still pass through (you can set this in the HDMI settings). No wifi or ethernet so no media streaming services. It has six sound presets (Cinema, Music, Game, News, Sports and standard). Music sounds awesome and watching sports is more exciting. Movies though, this unit could use a lot more voice. Dialogue can get drowned out compared to soundbars with the center channel for voice. It’s still a huge difference compared to listening to the TV’s speaker. If you watch news and talkshows then the News sound preset is for you because it really focuses on the mid frequencies for voice. This unit supports Dolby DTS:X and Atmos. It only has two speakers but yet it supports Atmos probably because of a feature called Vertical Surround which reproduces vertical audio with the two front speakers. To me it just sounds like the higher frequencies gets magnified a bit to project sounds faster and further and bounce them off walls and ceilings. It does the job though but I would rather have upward firing speakers. On-screen display for configuring speaker, audio, HDMI, Bluetooth and system settings. You can specify distance and level of the soundbar and subwoofer independently. The maximum distance you can set is 33 feet away from your couch or in my case, computer chair. The software/firmware is updatable with the use of a USB flash drive. This is very useful since there is no LCD on the soundbar itself. There are LEDs on the top used as source indicators. The LEDs are also used to indicate volume level and to acknowledge a button press on the remote. It has features for your late night entertaining. Dimmer (Off, Dark, Bright) dims the LED lights on the front top. There’s also a Night function which decreases volume while minimizing loss of fidelity and clarity of dialogue. It basically turns the bass down. The wireless subwoofer is a front facing, front ported design and it does a good job of producing loud pounding bass. You can decrease the sub volume with the remote and if you need to turn it off completely, there’s a power button on the back of the sub. Not all soundbar subs have a power button. It is wall mountable with no need for mounting brackets. It uses two keyholes on the back of the soundbar and all you need to do is screw in two screws on the wall. It does come with a mounting template but not the screws. Pros - On-screen menu - No bulky power bricks - Firmware/software is updatable - Supports 4K HDR Cons - Lack voice with movies - No sound adjustments (bass and treble) - No media streaming services Outro I really love this soundbar. For my intended use, computer and Apple TV on a 28” monitor, it’s oversized but perfect… if that makes any sense. It has the spatial qualities I want and need and I think it is well suited for its price range of $500

    I would recommend this to a friend
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