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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As Good As It Gets... but needs Rear Speakers Incl

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    BADog
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    The HT-Z9F is one Sony's latest high-end theater sound systems which only uses a single sound bar and subwoofer to emulate a 7.1.2 surround sound experience. The package comes with the sound bar, subwoofer, remote control (batteries included), mounting hardware, Demo DVD, 4K HDMI cable, & paperwork. Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. PROS: ----------- * Great-looking Sound bar and subwoofer. I like the removable front grill of the sound bar. The subwoofer is basic simple construction with a single front port on the bottom/front and the driver hidden behind the mesh on top. * There is an option to remove the magnetic grill on the front of the sound bar. Looks great either way. * Good frequency range. Different sounds - instruments, rain, explosions, screeches, speaking - it all really sounds quite good. * The "vertical" sound of this bar does work to a degree and does enhance the listening experience. This feature can be turned on or off via the remote. * The remote control is light, simplistic in design, and the buttons are satisfactory in response to the system. * The sound bar has every connection possible to connect to... see attached picture for rear available ports including bluetooth 4.2. * DTS and Dolby Atmos content were both outstanding (Avatar, The Matrix Reloaded, and some 4K online content). You can really tell the vertical sound engine is working well... to an extent. * Subwoofer (wood casing) connects to sound bar with no issues. CONS: ----------- * For this $899 system, you are paying for the Sony name, the new technology used, and a great look. What you are lacking is more power and bass (though it does have plenty). The system is 400W which isn't bad. Granted, I have a bigger basement theater room, so this sub does not thump/hit like other higher end sub components that typically connect to separate receivers. However, for apartments, smaller rooms, or enclosed areas, this system will be an excellent choice if you want to fork over the $$. * The main focus of this sound bar is to emulate a 7.1.2 surround sound experience. It does do that to a degree, but I strongly recommend getting the optional rear speakers (Sony SA-Z9R) to enhance the rear definition of sound that the sound bar (by itself) can lack. * The rear speaker set (SA-Z9R) should be included with the $899 price point. Adding the 2 very small rear speakers only adds extra-defining surround sound - not much power. If you do not opt for the rear speakers, your surround sound will suffer a bit. The sound bar can still only do so much by itself, even with the vertical engine software. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ----------- * There is no real use for the LAN connection on the back of the sound bar currently. There are more future functions coming with upcoming firmware updates according to the Sony website (Network Function: Chromecast built-in, Works with Google Assistant, Spotify Connect, DLNA.) * Sound bar is mountable and package includes hardware. * Will use the Sony Music Center app to play music on different Sony speakers around the home. I was unable to get this app to connect - this is a future firmware update based on what the Sony rep told me on the phone. (The app works with my other wireless Sony BT speakers) * If you opt to add the rear speakers, the only cord used for them is an AC power cord so make sure you have power available for each speaker. CONCLUSION: ===================== This is definitely a formidable theater sound system. The only applications that may need to be avoided are bigger theater rooms that may be open on the back side (where sound is not fully encompassed). It is highly recommended to get the rear surround speakers to get a "full" front/rear sound experience. It does not compare to a real 7.1.2 system but it's a viable option if you don't have room for a ton of components or want to "keep it simple". This is as good a sound bar system as anything out there. The vertical engine definitely helps, and for movies, it's quite good. On a separate note, music that has a lot of bass (bass you feel), you'll want to use a dedicated sub/receiver system. Great job, Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Surpassed my expectations - but not perfect

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    mkcar1
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    This Sony 3.1 soundbar with its compact design, wireless subwoofer, optional wireless speaker(s) (turning into 5.1) and onscreen setup display makes it worth a very serious look. My review includes the optional wireless SA-Z9R rear speakers. In the HT-Z9F soundbar box; Soundbar Soundbar grill (attaches with magnets) Wireless subwoofer Remote control HDMI cable Wall mount template and hardware Assorted instruction/guides and ATMOS experience DVD In the optional SA-Z9Rwireless speakers box; 2 wireless speakers Assorted instruction/guides Pros; Lets get this out of the way first – I think the sound is awesome. I am not an audiophile so I cant really speak in technical terms but I would describe the sound as very spatial. With 3.1 processing (5.1 since I have optional rear speakers installed) it seems to fill the room and makes your movies/games/music come alive. This is one of the first soundbars to process Dolby ATMOS and luckily enough I have a 4K Blu-ray player which can process ATMOS. So I was able to listen to the provided ATMOS experience DVD - and it was short but pretty impressive. I also happened to have the “Commuter” blu-ray which also has Dolby ATMOS – and I was really impressed with its sound as well. I also listened to Dolby digital movies/shows and they sounded great too. Power output was more than enough for me but it doesn’t have rattle the windows, wake up the neighbors output. I also happen to have a Sony ES 7.2 receiver which is a few years old and as such cant process ATMOS, but I did a comparison with its overall sound to this soundbar. Since I have the space I would still pick my ES receiver as it is more powerful and I can pick its speakers. Having said that - IF you lack the space or inclination to mess with running speaker wires, buying additional speakers, etc. - then this soundbar is a VERY good option. Its nicely designed with flat black metal band around the back half and high gloss glass band around front section. It looks good with or without the black mesh grill (easily attaches/detaches using magnets). Its size should make it easy to use on a TV’s pedestal or to mount on the wall. Also just in case it blocks your TV’s IR it has 2 built in IR repeaters on the back. It didn’t block mine so cant speak to how they actually work. Has easy to understand inputs/output attachments on the back of the sound bar. There are 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI ARC output. There is also a fiber optical in, aux in (3.5 mm) for analog input, hard wired Ethernet port, USB (for playing music). Has built in Wi-fi but I used hard wired ethernet connection. I had it all connected and ready to roll within 15 minutes – including synching the subwoofer (was synched before I could get to it after plugging it in). Same thing with the rear wireless speakers – connected before I could even check. A green light appears on each to show they are synched. Adding it to Google Home app on my phone was pretty straight forward too. There is a front panel LED display to indicate inputs, messages, etc. – it can be turned down or off completely if desired. I think the biggest plus, for me, is that all of the remote functions show on screen so you don’t have to decode a series of lights or try to guess what audio codec is being used, etc. All controlled thru the provided remote that fits easily in your hand and has a myriad of options available. It has cinema/music/game/news/sports/standard audio presets, a night feature that cuts back ambient sounds and focuses on voice. You can turn up/down the rear or subwoofer speakers volume independent of overall sound level. There is a HOME main menu where you can drill down to set speakers response, run sound test for each speaker, set whether soundbar comes on when attached equipment is turned on, set it as passthru (I really like this option as you don’t have to have the soundbar on to and can use the TV speakers), etc. Suffice to say you should be able to pretty much fine tune this system exactly how you want it to sound/function. There are also controls built into the top of the sound bar as well. Chromecast audio is built in and was easy to use once synched with my Google home. Bluetooth is also built in. The GREAT twist is you can use it as a receiver (play your connected devices thru it as is usually the case) OR use it as a transmitter. This is great as using transmitter mode allows you to synch blue-tooth wireless headphones and use them without disturbing those around you. Just make sure when synching that anything the headphones may already be synched with is off or out of range and then drill down into soundbar settings to make sure Bluetooth is set to transmit. It does have a USB 2.0 input but its for audio only and with its connection being in the back it doesnt make it easy to get to. I guess you could get an extension but with built in Chromecast and Bluetooth I wonder when someone might actually use this? The sub-woofer wont win any design awards but has a pleasing functional shape. It weighs around 17 lbs. so I am sure that speaks to the size of its magnet. It has a nice unobtrusive light on the front of it that glows red when not on, green when on and connected. Around back is a synch button in case of issues as well as an on/off button. As mentioned this can be turned up/down from remote with more tuning options using Home menu. Rear speakers are somewhat small as most back speakers are - but have good heft to them as well. No indicator on the front for these but around back is power indicator (same light info as sub-woofer), power button, a link button, a wall mounting hole and another hole if attaching to a speaker stand. As mentioned these can be turned up/down from remote with more tuning options thru Home menu. I would definitely suggest purchasing these if you want to truly hear all this system can do. I did not try mounting anything to a wall. Cons – at least for me With great power comes great responsibility. You have a lot of options to set this exactly how you want it – BUT some settings interact with others. I.E – I made a small change to a sound setting and it wound up turning off all of the sound modes. Took me awhile to figure what the issue was. So be careful and document what you change – just in case. It only comes with an HDMI cable – no fiber optic or auxiliary cable included. Remote is not illuminated and makes it hard to find or use in dark room. Only 2 HDMI input connections. Also the HDMI connection area is inset and slanted to allow for flat connection to wall but you better have small hands to get into the space. The connections are pretty close together too so may have issue if using wide HDMI connector. While it has Chromecast built in its only for audio – you cant stream videos from your phone or Google Home thru to TV. Seems a tad odd to me since it is connected to TV? Maybe future firmware upgrade – hopefully…. While the soundbar, subwoofer or rear speakers do not have a power “brick” to contend with, none of them have removable power cords. So if running cord thru a wall you will need to have enough space for the plug to pass thru/clear. No option on the provided remote to run/learn other devices. As such every time I use the provided remote to turn on/off the soundbar – it also turns on/off my Sony ES receiver. I assume that if you have other Sony components within this remotes IR range – you may have the same issue. I was able to setup my Cox Cable remote using its auxiliary option to at least turn on/off and raise/lower volume of soundbar – with purpose of trying to reduce number of remotes I have to use. Overall a very nice unit that is one of the first soundbars to be able to provide ATMOS decoding but do consider purchasing the wireless rear speakers for full sound experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised

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    Ronin
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    Before deciding on my purchase I visited several Best Buy stores to listen to different 2.1 units manufacturers on display. This is to baseline the quality of sound. Then I compared the 5.1(Sony HTZ9F and Bose 700) and 7.1(Sony HTST5000) units. When I first heard the Sony HTST5000, I was impressed with the sound permeation of its Dolby ATMOS feature. Impressive base and mid range. However as I listened to it more, I found that most of the sound came from the front and did not quite have the 3D sound imagery I was expecting. All the speaker are in front and therefore sound came from the front. The ATMOS sound feature can fool the mind into hearing 3D sound at first. However, the more I listened, the more nuances I picked up, and found it could not thoroughly compensate to create the 3D sound. It definitely needs satellite speakers at the back to achieve the spatial imagery. The $1200 asking price for woofer and soundbar is rather steep, considering the performance. The Bose 700 was very impressive as a standalone sound bar.... very strong base. The combo of the woofer and satellite speakers made it even more impressive. It certainly generated a noticeably better 3D spatial sound than the aforementioned Sony HTST5000. The major knock was the clunky set up, which was not ready for prime time....I read a lot of complaints about this. Furthermore, you need to set up an account with Bose in order to optimize the unit. Not a fan of this...another form of intrusion on privacy. The other knock is the $1500 price tag for the whole unit (including soundbar, satellite speakers, and woofer) was prohibitive. Nice sounding unit but price and clunky set up was a deterrent. The Sony HTZ9F ended up giving the combination of best value and ease of set up. I got the soundbar, satellite speakers, and woofer for $1000. When used as a unit it provided a compelling alternative to the aforementioned models. The versatility of being able to place the satellite speakers to the rear of the room, along with Dolby and DTX surround resulted in impressive 3D sound imagery....better than the HTST5000. The set up was very easy plug and play. I was able to optimize the sound with front and rear equalization control, along with positional placement of the satellite speakers. The Bose unit (with satellite speaker and woofer) was slightly better in terms of base. However, I got 90% of the Bose sound at 2/3 the cost. For the Bose to be effective, the sound needs to be turned up, which is prohibitive in my apartment environment. I had the volume on my Sony unit at 60%, my neighbor complained...it was more than adequate. For my use and value, the Sony HTZ9F won my approval.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Solid Almost Great Soundbar

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    masc360
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    Sony's new soundbar at times sounds great as close as I have ever heard a soundbar come to a true 5.1 system, but other times I am reminded that this a limited 3 speaker bar. Let me start off with the good, sound clarity is great and the depth of sound is excellent. There was excellent separation of the highs and mids, voice quality was much better than most sound bars I have heard. My biggest surprise and delight was Sony's Vertical Sound Engine, it makes a huge difference is the sound when you are watching movies, with it off the sound was very flat and felt like the it was coming just straight out of the speakers. with it on the sound definitely felt more surround like. The passthrough on the soundbar also worked great I was able to play movies in Dolby vision and HDR with no problems and I did not see any input lag added when the Xbox one X was connected directly to the soundbar. Now for the downsides of this soundbar. While the voices come in pretty clearly at higher levels there are two issues, there is a huge dynamic range gap that at high volumes hearing voices is no problem but explosions and other sounds are incredibly loud, and at lower volumes it becomes harder to hear voices clearly. the nighttime feature does help a bit in terms of flattening the other sounds but does not help too much in terms of voices. Sony's Vertical Sound Engine is fantastic and helps give the soundbar a much wider soundstage but it still never feels as good as even a basic true 5.1 system unless you add the extra wireless speakers you can buy seperately, and while the system does let you tweak some of the values of the speakers it does not give you the full control to tweak the center speaker compared the left and right. Overall I am very pleased with the soundbar and I think it sounds much better than most other soundbars, and the vertical sound engine makes a huge difference, but if you are looking between this and a true 5.1 system I would recommend that over this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Soundbar

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    grimmace
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    Overall this Sony Soundbar is great solution for those with limited space. I have an older Sony Soundbar and this was a definite leap in sound. In addition to being able to use handle the newest formats, it's a clean wireless setup. It comes in 'L' shaped box for the subwoofer and soundbar. It's not too heavy. One nice touch is the soundbar grill is held on magnetically, so it’s easy to place on and take off as wanted. It also comes with hangers for the sound bar. The Soundbar has 2 HDMI inputs and 1 output along with a LAN, toslink and a 3.5mm analog port. All of the ports are located together. The soundbar LCD display can be dimmed so it isn't distracting. On startup, the soundbar found the subwoofer and 2 extra satellite speakers (the ones designated for the unit and not included in this package) automatically. Setup was easy, but make sure you designate a HDMI port as enhanced in the menu to get 4K and the full sound options. 4K pass through worked without a problem, everything looked great. The Sony menu system is updated and looks better but operates the same as any other Sony device if you're used to them. The enhanced sound, Sony's Vertical Sound Engine, does make a difference. It fills the room better than a normal soundbar, but it’s still not true 5.1. It does make the most of a soundbar and sounds better. What really made the unit shine was using it with the rear satellite speakers. Then you have true surround sound with the Vertical Sound Engine. This setup really shows off the newest sound formats. But, you may not have the space or money for the extra speakers. Pluses over a normal wired setup are of course, no speaker wires to run. However, you need a plug for every device. If you have the optional rear speakers it’s 4 outlets, and the rears have to be somewhere close to where you want them. Being able to place the subwoofer away for the soundbar is a plus. There was no delay issue with any of the speakers and this can be addressed in the speaker sub menu section. Overall, if you want a premium soundbar experience this is it. No wires, and 2 pieces and you can have great sound from small sound bar. You can get a 5.1 system for the same money, but you’ll have to run wires, and you’re getting a system like this to avoid wires. By itself, the soundbar and subwoofer are a nice sounding package for limited space areas, or a less complex setup. To get the absolute most out of it, add the rear speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent high-end sound bar experience

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    Xephyroth
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    The Sony Z9F is an impressive sounding 4K-supported soundbar with features that give it an upper edge in audio and video. Prior to receiving this setup, I had a very nice soundbar with 9 drivers, but did not have a subwoofer to pair with it. My previous soundbar had excellent bass response for a standalone soundbar, but moving to the Z9F soundbar + subwoofer, my cinematic experience and music experience has never been more immersive. I immediately noticed that Z9F’s soundbar focuses on mid-range and treble response while depending heavily on the subwoofer for the low-end. As a result, the soundbar does not suffice without the subwoofer, unlike my previous soundbar. But adding a subwoofer to my home theater setup has added a level of immersion I was absolutely lacking. Instead of trying to make one soundbar do everything, Sony has focused on making a soundbar that delivers sonic clarity while pairing it with a subwoofer to create impact and immersion for music and movies alike. Ultimately, this creates a system without compromise, unlike a standalone soundbar. As an audiophile and basshead, listening to music on the Z9F is an absolute pleasure. You can control the volumes of both the soundbar and subwoofer to achieve a balance that best suits your tastes. I find that turning off virtual surround by using the “Music” mode provides the best clarity for music, as the other settings will create virtual separation that is undesirable. In fact, I believe that the “Music” setting is the best setting for all audio that does not have a surround sound setting like Dolby Atmos. For the content that *does* support Dolby Atmos, the Z9F’s “Cinema” mode creates an immersive experience with decent audio separation and clarity, as well as impact, thanks to the subwoofer. The system gets plenty loud without distorting and is very expressive with subtle nuances that might otherwise go unnoticed. The Z9F also has Chromecast Audio built-in so you can stream music from supported services, which is very convenient for individuals like me who’d rather not rely on a Bluetooth connection (which it also supports). That being said, it does support LDAC over Bluetooth, but I did find that the built-in Chromecast Audio features better clarity. Alternatively, you can use an Auxiliary cable or even USB. If price isn’t an issue for you, I think this system can be enjoyed by many.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but pricey

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    Technopackrat
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    I live in a 40 year old house with a vaulted ceiling so routing speaker wires is a challenge. It’s my old surround system has unsightly wires running along the baseboard and always get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner. I discovered the Sony HTZ9F soundbar with wireless subwoofer and optional wireless rear speakers as an option to my current system. Setup was easy. Plug in the power. Hook up the input. If your TV has a ARC HDMI things get simpler but for my setup I had the HDMI output of the sound bar to a TV HDMI input so I could see the on screen menu from the speakers and I used the optical output from the TV to the sound bar for sound. The wireless subwoofer and two rear speakers do require a wall outlet to power them but the sound bar easily recognized all of the speakers and walked me through an on screen setup to set distance from the listener depending on placement of the rear speaker. Due to the placement of my right rear speaker I was able to throttle the output down so it wasn’t overpowering the other speakers that were farther away. Running the speakers through a few sound demos, including the one on the DVD provided the sound is pretty immersive. I did find the rear speakers acting more like front speakers in some of the surround sound demos however I did fire up a recorded concert from my DVR and the sound was pretty awesome. The vertical surround feature fills the room and is available with a simple click on the remote. Other great features include built in Chromecast, LAN, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity so you and play music from any device connected to your network. I did experience one annoyance however but it was fairly easy to fix once I ran through the on screen menus. I don’t need or want the soundbar active for everything I watch. I had difficulty finding the right setting to make the soundbar only come on when I wanted it rather than the default of powering on with the TV. Once I found the setting the soundbar behaves as I desire. Simply turn the option off where you can control both devices with the remote. That setting will allow you to turn off and on the soundbar when you want it and the volume of the TV and the soundbar are separate. I do think the price point on this unit is a tad on the high side especially with the rear speakers being optional. I think for the price the rear speakers should have been included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My First Soundbar

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    Rkirt
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    I purchased the HT-Z9F to replace a 5.1 system in my main TV room. I wanted a system to pass through all the newest audio and video signals. The HT-Z9F does this. The soundbar has a Ultra HD DVD player and a 4K  TV attached in the HDMI in slots. The soundbar is connected to my TV via the HDMI ARC. I️ have not added the rear surrounds yet, but intend to add them soon. The sound is clearer than the system it replaced. The old speakers were nothing special, just some old Panasonic speakers from an old system. I first thought the sub-woofer was weak. After adjusting the volume levels it sounds great and integrates with the soundbar audio very well. Although I wanted the lastest audio signals, ie Dolby Atmos, I knew going in a soundbar would not be able to produce the Atmos environment. Sony included a 5 minute Atmos demo DVD to highlight the Atmos experience. It takes concentration to hear right-left separation, the soundbar is only about 40 inches long. I️ haven’t been able to hear any noticeable overhead sound. If I close my eyes and listen to the demo DVD, I have a harder time hearing the separation. The video enhances the audio in the demo. But I have only had one Atmos source. I was hoping for more adjustability with this unit. The only adjustment I’ve tinkered with is speaker distance from the viewing area. There are built in settings for various uses like cinema, sports, games, etc. The other reason I️ wanted to replace the old system was to get rid of wired speakers around the room. The Z9D is very tidy. I mounted the soundbar on the wall under the TV. Only one cable in sight. So far so good. I get Dolby Vision and 4K ultra HD signals passed from the DVD player and Apple TV through the unit to the TV. Setup is straightforward. I haven’t listened to any music yet. This is primarily for TV and movie viewing. For that use the audio is pretty good. Clear voices, loud if you want it, plenty of low frequency that mixes will with the overall sound output. I look forward to adding the rear surrounds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Premium Sound. Good Base. Simulated Atmos is Good.

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    dorkhead2
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    If your limited in space or just do not want an overbearing number of speakers, this soundbar at 39 inches is a great option. The sound quality is superior for a soundbar this size, and the included base isn’t lacking in its power. Of course, the main feature of this unit is its ability to play the latest surround sound technology, Dolby Atmos. Overall, the unit does a good job simulating the 3-dimensional sound Dolby Atmos is known for creating. Even though it’s not a true recreation of Atmos 3D spatial sound, because the soundbar is lacking upward firing speakers, the simulated 3D sound this system offers is impressive given it’s small footprint. Pros: Quality Sound, Strong Base, 4K HDR Pass Through, Compact Size, Wireless Rear Speakers Sold Separately Cons: Wireless Interference, Lacks Upward-Firing Speakers, Wireless Rear Speakers Sold Separately (The rear speakers being sold separately can either be a Pro or a Con, depending on if you want them or not. If you do not want them because you’re trying to keep the number of speakers down to a minimum, then this set is perfect. However, if you like the option of having wireless rear speakers, then you may be disappointed that they’re not included.) Note: The instructions clearly state to keep a distance of at least 3 inches between the soundbar and the bottom of the TV. I didn’t follow these instructions at first and was having wireless connectivity problems between the soundbar and subwoofer; the sub would drop-out often. Once I moved the soundbar away from the TV to the proper distance, the sub started working properly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice surround sound without the wires

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    tyeske
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    This sound bar with wireless sub is on the large size. I have a 50” TV and it is even wider than my TV. The sub box is pretty big as well. It needs to be mounted with enough room below the TV to access the control buttons. The buttons on top of the sound bar are not really buttons, they are sensors so you need to be able to see or read them to be able to select one of them. Fortunately you may not need them that often. Or you can use the included remote control. If you are just watching TV, then you can power your TV on and it powers on automatically. If you want to use the Bluetooth function and play music using your cell phone, you can either use the sound bar remote, or select the input from the top of the sound bar. It has a display behind the screen that tells you which input is selected which is nice. I have tried entry level and mid level sound bars in the past. With the entry level sound bars sometimes the voice gets muffled and is hard to hear. This sound bar does not have that problem. The adjustable sub level is nice too. The wireless sub and rear speakers connect easily. I have a wireless modem nearby and I think I may have some occasional interference with the sub. So you may want to put some distance between any wireless modem and the sub. I have the pair of wireless rear speakers hooked up as well. They are relatively small so you can set them on a shelf or table. The only downside is that since they are powered, you need to place them somewhere near an outlet. Once plugged in they are easy to pair with the sound bar. I think this sound bar and wireless sub are a bit expensive. They do have a few extra features than my old mid level sound bar, but is it worth 3 times the price, I’m not so sure about that.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for TV/movies; poor for music

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    Psychon
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    There's a lot to like about this system when combined with its rear speakers. Setup is a breeze and it takes up very little space. It comes with only 1 HDMI cable, so you may need more depending on your system. Of course, if you're like me, you have lots of them lying around. The dolby atmos works if set up properly (don't block the top of the soundbar). I won't say it's as obvious as a full surround system with speakers in the ceiling, but it's decent. The subwoofer is very pleasing and adds tremendously. The rear speakers (bought separately) are another story. They're downright weak. I ended up parking them immediately behind me and cranked the volume to the max. Once that was done, though, I loved the result. The soundbar volume can be improved by using something under either end to raise it up over whatever it's setting on. The system sounds great for movies and TV. Extremely clear voices and the settings are easy to use. It's perfect for small homes or apartments that don't have a lot of space for speakers. My only disappointment was how it handled music. It's very hit or miss. Some music (especially lower tones and cinematic pieces) sounds somewhere between okay and good. Other pieces? They can sound lousy, especially if you need high tones. My computer does a better job with Audioengine A2 speakers. So it's not just the CD. Overall, if you want to use this for music, keep looking. It's not for you. But if you mostly want to use it for TV and movies, the sound bar is a fabulous choice. The size and small footprint alone make it a great deal because you can always switch it to a bedroom TV if you decide later to upgrade your main system to a full surround sound system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but expensive soundbar

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    Glenn
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    I purchased this soundbar when I purchased a Sony X900F TV because they were running a special where I would get $400 off the price of the soundbar. Overall I like the sound quality, I'm amazed at it's ability to use just 3 speakers to simulate surround sound and atmos. It works nowhere near as well as actually having a real surround sound system but it was for a bedroom where I didn't want to have all the wires. The unit is attractive and does a great job of automatically switching to the input needed when you change your source from using HDMI ARC from the TV to using an input plugged directly into the soundbar. It was simple to setup and has all of the inputs you could want for a soundbar. Voices are very clear and it can play at low volumes at night while still hearing what people are saying. The sub works pretty well and is adjustable to obtain your preferred level of bass. I think if I had paid full price I would have been disappointed in this soundbar though. For $500 it was a good deal but if I was going to spend $900 I probably would have spent a little more to get one that has 5 forward firing and 2 upwards firing atmos speakers. It does have the option to add 2 rear wireless speakers which should improve the surround sound effect but the price on those is a little bit steep as well. Overall if you find this item on sale I would recommend it but if your looking at paying full price I would shop around a little bit more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

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    fargofar
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    I received the sound and out of the box it was easy to set up. I have a Sony 4k TV with an Xbox One X (X1X) and a Sony Playstation 4 Pro. The X1X has a built in 4k player as well as 4k streaming and gaming. The PS4Pro is rather limited in this regard. The X1X fully supports Atmos while the PS4Pro can but takes some knowing how to setup the sound and doesn't directly support Atmos. The sound bar has 2 HDMI inputs which is great as both are plugged into it. Both the X1X and PS4Pro can turn the TV and sound bar on and off. I pretty much use the X1X for this. The sound bar comes with it own demo disk. While the sound bar does sound amazing but I had trouble distinguishing between stereo and Atmos. As part of this test I was also giving the rear channel speakers. I will add a review for those on their product page. I will say that once I added the rear speakers Atmos came to life. X1X also has a few games that support Atmos with more coming which is amazing. I like playing a game and being able to hear where something is. No games for the PS4Pro. Have to wait for the PS5 before that will happen. This soundbar sounds amazing to say the least. They make even the most mundane game sound EPIC beyond what it has any right to. That said I am disappointed that the soundbar by itself does not seem to give Atmos performance. It is still a great setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

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    OHIOKLH
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    Purchased on Black Friday due to special pricing when purchased with Sony TV. I have been a Polk / Bose speaker w/ amp user for years, but did not want to spend the $$ for a new amp and speakers or their comparable soundbar and sub system (considerably more $$) since this is not my primary TV / viewing area (mostly for kids). I was also considering Sonos, but their technology is comparatively outdated and subwoofer was $$$$. Good sound quality, user interface looks dated but is effective. Bluetooth pairing for my phone & tablet is very easy and streaming music sounds good. Setup was very easy and refreshing not to deal with speaker wires and a bunch of cables, etc. vs traditional sound system. I wish it had more than 2 HDMI inputs and that I could use a single remote for the TV and soundbar since they are both high-end Sony products. Hopefully, that functionality can be introduced at some point via software update so I can reduce the number of remotes I have to use to operate the TV and Soundbar? Overall, for the price, good product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expandable Home Stereo Packs a Punch!

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    TechGuy
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    At first I didn't expect much considering it was a 3.1 set. But it exceeded my expectations after using it. Perfect for a home theater or game room. Great clarity and volume of voices was solid. Sony's Vertical Sound Engine really does imitate a surround sound experience (but you do need the rear speaker set for best sound!) Pros: -Easy to set up, unbox, plug and play -Google Home compatible -Built-in Google Chromecast -Combine with other Sony soundbars and speakers to stream music to multiple rooms (using the Sony Music Center App) -Sound modes for movies, music, gaming, news and sports -Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming -LAN and HDMI in and out ports -Dedicated rear wireless speakers (SA-Z9R) sold separately Cons: -That the rear speakers are sold separately which you need to fully realize this system's potential. -Inputs are at odd angle on back of soundbar

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound bar

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    ams1960
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    My original plan was to have surround sound but my contractor assured me that I could get wireless speakers and did not need to have speaker wire run behind the wall. NOT! Instead of speaker wire I would have needed electricity. So this seemed to be the next best thing. I don't think it is as good as surround sound, but it seems ok. sometimes the audio does not seem to match up with the video but I'm not sure if this is the fault of the sound bar. I used the template with the sound bar, and would have liked to have it closer to the tv - it is about 4.5 inches away. It was more expensive than most of the other bars, and I don't know if it was worth the extra money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound

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    Tbsclmail
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    I am very happy with the sound output from this sound bar. The only downside is the difficulty of connectivity. I currently only have it hooked up from the TV to the sound bar using an optical cable. That may be my problem as I’m not using the arc connection. But I currently can’t figure out how to make one remote run the TV and sound bar. With my last setup (all LG), even when I connected just the optical cable, I set sound output to LG Soundbar (or whatever the title was) and it was god from there on out. I used just the tv remote and it turned everything on, ran everything, Didn’t need a remote for the sound bar...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Sound bar

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    Rooskie82
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    When purchasing this setup I was replacing a decade old 5.1 system that worked well but was losing some functionality. I was looking to not take up as much space and sound bars fit that need as well as delivering similiar full/satisfying sound. I decided on the sony sound bar as it met my need for the number of HDMI connection ports as well as still having ample watt-age (1k on old system). I enjoyed the easy setup and install. It was very nice finally having a Bluetooth system in the house. Overall very satisfied, but i will probably look to get the rear speakers in the future. There is some loss of sound from the rear obviously, but the sound bar n sub do a solid job of covering all the other angles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

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    Jay123
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    The soundbar and subwoofer were very well packed in the box. The wireless subwoofer paired instantly as soon as it was plugged in. The bar itself only has 3 small speakers but somehow through sorcery and magic, Sony has created a speaker system with great and expansive sound. Like the first reviewer Chris said, I'm not convinced that the Atmos effects are all that remarkable, but as for the rest the sound is crystal clear and the bass is definitely powerful but not overpowering. There are a few adjustments possible for speaker size, subwoofer level, and sound mode (movies/sports/music etc.). I don't have the rear speaker kit yet but will probably invest in that as well. MUCH better sound than the JBL I had bought earlier in the year. Overall a great, simple system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of Bass. Needs more midrange.

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    Pauly
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    The sound bar looks nice, but is long and may not fit well under smaller TVs. It gives off and plenty of Bass which is great during action movies. If you're used to hearing full quality music, listening to music through the sound bar will give you the sense that something is missing. The control buttons on my sound bar are fairly faint and difficult to see sometimes. Just know the buttons do not have tactile response and do not press down. They are very touch sensitive. So sensitive that even accidentally brushing over the top (or dusting) will activate a button. Still considering the optional wireless speakers, so don't know what it sounds like with all the speakers blazing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend