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Sony - 3.1 Ch Hi-Res Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 619 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Quality But Little Atmos Effect

    Posted
    Jturn
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    I was very excited when this sound bar was announced, as it promised the ability to add Dolby Atmos to my existing upstairs living room without the need for a bulky receiver unit, and paired with the wireless surround speakers that are made for this 3.1 system, I wouldn't even need to run cords to the front to get legitimate surround sound! Unfortunately, I've been underwhelmed with the Atmos sound, which may or may not be the result of the room I'm using the system in. To start, I'll say up front that the sound quality is pretty good for a sound bar. It'll be more than sufficient for most, though audiophiles (which I somewhat consider myself) may be underwhelmed. The included subwoofer has a surprising amount of power for its size, though I had to crank it nearly to max before it felt balanced with the rest of the system. Also, the ability to handle 4K@60hz pass thru is a huge bonus (though it has only 2 HDMI inputs to utilize it). As stated above, in my particular room setup where this system will be used (which has vaulted ceilings which very well may be negatively impacting the system), the Atmos effect is quite underwhelming. It seems to use the rear speakers (which are an optional extra) to synthesize the Atmos effect, and while it opens up the sound space, I never had a sense of "altitude"; said another way, I never felt as though the sound came from different height planes. I'm not a fan of how Sony chose to include the inputs for the soundbar. Instead of putting the input ports on the subwoofer unit, which I'd imagine most will nest behind an entertainment center, they elected to place the inputs on the soundbar itself. While this may have been done for technical reasons (perhaps to reduce latency), this poses a convenience issue, especially for those intending to wall mount the soundbar. My next issue with their input placement is that they've chosen to put the inputs at an angle, undoubtedly for those choosing to wall mount. However, they should've given the HDMI ports more clearance. The display/ARC enabled port is the furthest back, and I had quite a bit of trouble connecting a heavy duty cable. For those looking for a top of the line soundbar with good sound quality and the ability to pass thru the lastest 4K/HDMI spec signal, this fits the bill. When fitted with the optional surround speakers, getting good sounding surround sound couldn't be easier or more convenient, and for these reasons alone I would recommend the system if you can deal with the price. That being said, those expecting to be wowed by the system's Atmos abilities will be underwhelmed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid performance but overloaded with functionalit

    Posted
    mbf01
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    I purchased the HTZ9F soundbar to go along with a Sony 75" X900F. This is my first soundbar after using the internal TV speakers on my previous TV's. Setup is fairly easy and Sony includes the HDMI cable to connect the soundbar to the TV. The specialists at Best Buy recommend running sources through the soundbar and using the HDMI-3 Audio Return Channel (ARC) to feed the TV. The soundbar only has two other HDMI jacks, limiting the number of sources. The HDMI jacks are set at an angle on the back of the soundbar. The inner most jack can be difficult to use with thicker HDMI cables. Thicker cables make mounting the soundbar challenging as to not over bend the HDMI cables. The front of the soundbar has an LED display that provides feedback on which source is is in use and other messages. There is no functionality to rename HDMI jacks so one has to remember which source is associated with each jack. The HTZ9F provides better audio than the X900F TV's internal speakers. But for the price, that is expected. A big selling point is the Vertical Surround Engine (VSE). After trying various adjustments, I couldn't tell a huge difference with standard HD material. There are controls for adjusting the volume of the sub and rear speakers independent of the main soundbar. This makes it easy to increase or decrease the amount of bass depending on if you want to shake the house or not. The HTZ9F comes with Chromecast, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and and LAN connection functionality which I question the value add. Why do all devices (TV, soundbar, players, etc) have these redundant features? Hopefully there will be software updates which would make the LAN / Wi-Fi useful. I am using the soundbar with a Sony TV and there have been no integration issues or problems with voice sync. It works well with the Sony TV and BRAVIA Sync makes controlling the soundbar and TV easier after figuring out the various options. Fortunately, I was able to get an additional price reduction on top of the sale price when purchasing the soundbar with the TV. If I had to pay the normal sale price I am not sure the soundbar would be worth the price. But for the price paid, it is a reasonable upgrade to the system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Something I Learned

    Posted
    B5252
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    After owning multiple different types of Dolby Atmos sound bars and traditional 5.1 wired systems I’ve come to this conclusion. The newer sound formats are great, but only if do you have a true professional home theater installed speakers mounted in the ceilings and walls etc. This Sony HD ZF9 tries to do too many things at once. Trying to watch the news or a regular sitcom on TV the audience and surround the fax in the background end up being lower than the voice. So you turn it louder in the subwoofer gets louder than it needs to be despite the fact of you are you just did it. Trying to watch the news or a regular sitcom on TV the audience and surround the fax in the background end up being lower than the voice. So you turn it louder in the subwoofer gets louder than it needs to be despite the fact of you are you just did it. Trying to watch the news or a regular sitcom on TV the audience and surround the fax in the background end up being lower than the voice. So you turn it louder in the subwoofer gets louder than it needs to be despite the fact of you are you just did it. So then you increase the center channel voice boosting settings and then it just sounds Tinny and not warm. I switch to Sonos which just a standard Dolby 5.1 surround without the fake Atmos FX. And everything sounds so much better

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the best option...

    Posted
    StewartChEE
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    After hours of testing various surround sound (wireless) systems we went with the Sony 3.1. We were mainly comparing the Sony, Bose and Sonos. We narrowed it down to Bose and Sony due to the cost of the Sonos. We liked the option for Dolby Atmos thinking it would provide overall better sound. In the store, the Sony sounded great. Deeper base, great surround sound effects, and the ability to tune the sound on the remote seemed great. We purchased the sony 3.1 package with the surround sound speakers. We tested the product at home for a week with various movies and genres of music. We noticed issues with speaker connection, sound quality and varying output levels. The bass module put out more of a head bass then a low rumbling bass you could feel. This made listening to music extremely irritating and disappointing. The movie experience was just as disappointing. After hours of home testing and adjustments to settings, db levels, speaker placement and different sized rooms we decided to return the sony 3.1 for the Sonos setup(playbar, sub and play one(s)). { I will leave a review on the Sonos equipment as well, if interested. }

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Descent but not great

    Posted
    Russ
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    Considering the high price of this Sony sound bar and woofer, the product is ok--certainly better than the built in speakers of the Sony tv' that we bought with the sound bar--but not as good as I hoped. Since it's a 3.1 channel sound bar, I really hoped to get great clarity of the dialogue on programs we watch. But to get that clarity, I then have to sacrifice the over all sound quality. I do like the variety of settings you can change on the remote (sports, cinema, news, gaming, etc.) and the 3 settings for increasing the voice clarity. I'm still playing around with those settings. Given the pros/cons of the sound bar, I would still recommend this to a friend--so long as you get it at the sale price, not full price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Buyer beware!

    Posted
    Dustin
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    I checked this out in the store and found out that the Sony rep had the rear speakers (that are an additional purchase) set up. I asked if I could hear just the soundbar and sub and he said he would have to unhook a bunch of stuff and his boss wouldn't like that. The remote allowed me to turn down the rear speakers but the Sony rep should have known that. I purchased it and was very displeased with it on lower volume settings. I ended up returning it. However, I gave it three stars because at higher volumes it sounds great! Just dont go off of the way it sounds in the store unless you are going to fork out the extra $.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good!

    Posted
    Grammy
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    We think the sound is pretty good. We are disappointed with the sound of some of the nature programs and sports events where there is someone narrating the event. We have tried several different settings but still find it hard to hear the voice of the narrator/announcer above the background noise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar but Atmos effect doesn't work

    Posted
    stanlyam

    The setup and connection is very seamless, I did not feel the Atmos Effect even when using the Atmos Demo DVD that came with the soundbar. But after connecting the rear speakers it provided a much more immersive sound experience. I have to point out though that I don't think the Atmos effect works at all, no overhead sound. This system would be just okay without the rear speakers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sound synch with TV questionable.

    Posted
    WaltMax
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    Love the picture on the Sony TV. Also bought the Sony sound bar being promoted with TV. Sound bar is "flat", no fidelity, no sterio effect just volumne. Also, conversation drops, lips move with and no words are heard. These issues are only with this TV and sound bar in house. Two other TVS work great. So sorry I purchased the sound bar.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sony sound bar

    Posted
    JoePatriot
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    I almost bought the more advanced soundbar Sony sells. But even w/the $200 off, it still came to $600. So went w/the cheaper model. It was decent, but didnt blow me away for the $400 it cost. So I'm returning it for a great sounding Samsung soundbar, that sounds just as good if not better for only $300.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than TV Speakers

    Posted
    Cableguy
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    Better than TV Speakers but don’t feel its worth the $700+ price tag. Definitely enhances movies, most TV and sports as well. When I asked the salesman difference between $700 soundbar and a $300 soundbar, I was told the sound would be so much better. Not so sure. Would recommend spend no more than $300.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sound bar

    Posted
    GAA36
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    Sound bar I return my sound bar and rear speakers because I had a problem with the words matching up with the TV screen so I just decided to hook up my stereo that I already previously owned so everything is wired and stead of being wireless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but too expensive!

    Posted
    Granddad
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    I returned the Sony 3.1 Ch Hi-Res Sound Bar because I did not think the audio was significantly better than my existing Yamaha system in another application. Why? The cost was slightly more for less!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a true Atmos

    Posted
    Vikash
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    Returned this system as it needs the rear kit to even sound half way decent purchased it because of the Atmos features . It doesn’t work well and doesn’t sound well with out the rear speaker kit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bt quality

    Posted
    Decent
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    Sound quality is great, however i do experience trouble with subwoofer interface while connected to another device. Subwoofer is less than 2 feet away from bar

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok system

    Posted
    mike
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    Was not super impressed with these bought speakers that go with it not alot of bass on them and should have higher volume then 12 for the speakers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great

    Posted
    bocabrits
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    This sounded great in the store but at home it wasn’t worth the $900 I paid. Either do home theater or a more modestly priced soundbar.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Um, yea

    Posted
    Xman7
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    seems too difficult to get the right adjustments for the sound that i want. Sorry, but i think i may have paid too much for this

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wish I had gone with nicer

    Posted
    John
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    The soundbar is okay but I wish I would have gone with something a little bit nicer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar for the money

    Posted
    Vic1850
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    This is my first time buying a Sony soundbar. The sound is excellent and really fills the room. Great buy

    I would recommend this to a friend