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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement of the HT-A9?

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Let me start started that we purchased this to address frequent sound dropouts from the HT-A9 (which admittedly got better once we deactivated the 160 MHz channel on our WiFi router, but still persisted at over once per hour) - which we otherwise loved for the surreal ‘bubble of sound’ in its Dolby Atmos content rendering, but was just ok for music playback. Below are my thoughts as a home theater/dolby atmos enthusiast/ardent music consumer. Appearance: The new speaker look is highly polarizing, judging from internet AVS forums. Sony tried to come up with a more modern option and veer away from the traditional bland speaker look, and landed with boxy speakers that not everybody is enamored with. I think they look ok and they’re somewhat modern and innovative-looking. But perhaps Sony should consider consulting / hiring hardware designers to work with their engineers, so their products can look a bit more polished and pleasing to the eye. (May I suggest LoveFrom?) But right now, it is what it is, and your only options are to take it or leave it. 7/10 Set-up: Unlike the A9, you now need to download and sign up for the Sony Bravia Connect app, if you want to use your system. Of note (unlike some other reviewers have mentioned), you do not need to agree to all marketing prompts from the app to continue with set up - selecting no will still allow you to proceed to the next step. So setting up the four speakers that came with the box was pretty straightforward, until I tried to hook up the Sony SA-SW5 subwoofer we already owned with our A9. Despite factory resetting it and restarting it several times, the app would just not recognize it was available for about half a dozen restarts and re-set up attempts of the entire Quad. This was a several hours-long exercise in frustration, and the PDF manual (not included in the box) provides only generic information (‘if everything fails, reset to factory settings and restart’). Somehow, it was able to finally recognize the subwoofer on the 7th attempt, and it has remained connected to the system since. I do hope that Sony will get their act together and address these set up issues with a software update, and ensure in the future existing hardware is already updated and able to recognize and work with their new releases. 3/10 App: Probably one of the worse apps you have ever installed on your phone. Even after the initial painstaking set up, for the first 36 hours of usage, it failed to connect to the system every time I turned it on, asking for a re-set up (thankfully it only asked to connect to the phone & the Wifi, instead of setting up and optimizing each speaker from scratch). Sadly, you can’t make any adjustments to the system without the app (the new remote has very limited functionality - you can probably put it in a drawer and forget it exists). And the only way to verify what type of audio content you are getting (Atmos vs Dolby Audio vs LCPM and how many channels) is through the app. Sony, if you are reading this, please consider showing this on the box’s screen. Thankfully, things just magically started working on day two of usage, without changing anything from our end - likely a server-side software update (have the automatic updates to on). 3/10 Center channel sync: Unlike the HT-A9 which was able to do this wirelessly with compatible Sony Bravia TVs, this version now requires a cord (provided). I did connect it to try the sound with and without it, and I would say that it has almost no effect on the sound. Not sure it’s worth bothering with. Although, as stated earlier, it appears that our Sony A80J has not yet been updated with software to make it recognize the Quad. So who knows? Maybe it will sound better after it does. But for now, it neither improves nor worsens the center channel sound. 5/10 Apple AirPlay/Spotify Connect: Just like the connection to the Wifi and the Bravia Connect app that didn’t work for the first day and a half, the Quad wouldn’t appear on the list of available AirPlay speakers on our iPhones. And then, without us having done anything different, it just started working. We haven’t been as lucky with Spotify Connect. The Quad still doesn’t appear in our Spotify accounts, unlike all other compatible speakers from Bose & Sonos we have in the house… 5/10 Overall Sound: Overall, it sounds a little better than the HT-A9. Calibration and the 360 sound mapping worked as described, and ended up creating an even wider, more open, crisper, and more engaging sound bubble. And it should, as each speaker enclosure now comes with one additional tweeter, for a total of 4 (rather than just 3 in the HT-A9). Fidelity is up a notch. The sound feels more robust, with more presence, and the Atmos effects seem to be more precise for a more enjoyable listening experience for movies and atmos-encoded video content. Moving sound objects are more precisely located now in space around you, and their movement feels smoother. (Testing with Top Gun maverick from Apple TV, and Dolby’s testing trailers from Demolandia). The bass is also more powerful now, and music sounds fuller and warmer. Using the same SA-SW5 as with the A9 and at the same setting (8 out of 10), and the neighbors immediately noticed rattling of the shared wall, which naturally made us to immediately lower the bass to 5. I have not tested this without an additional subwoofer, so I cannot comment on whether one will be needed, but the bass output from the Quad speakers alone is definitely higher than of the A9. When it comes to music reproduction, it is still far from being as enjoyable as Bose and Sonos home theater set ups are. Just as with movies, the precise back and slightly above the ears position of the saxophones in Quincy Jones’ atmos-encoded Bossa Nova album could be enjoyed in clarity and detail in a remarkably well recreated soundscape. But the added warmth and fidelity didn’t necessarily translate to a more enjoyable music experience, and Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift sounded a bit muddled on the Atmos versions of their Radial Optimism and Tortured Poets Department albums respectively (tested on Apple Music). As there are no dedicated Modes (Movie, Music, etc) any more, deactivating the ‘Sound Field’ option makes things a bit better for music reproduction. Sadly, an equalizer is sorely missing - hopefully, Sony will provide one via a software update - that could address this major issue. I don’t thing there are many consumers left, at least in the US, who use their home theater set up strictly for TV/movies, and not for music also. The automatic upmixing of stereo content to 360 audio will enhance somewhat your content, with low frequency mostly sounds being conveyed from all 4 speakers and their up-firing twitters, but don’t expect any miracles. A big negative is that the only variables you can adjust is bass and rear speakers, and nothing else really. If you don’t have a compatible Sony TV to use for the center channel sync feature, you will not miss anything. The phantom center speaker works incredibly well. And the new Voice Zoom 3 feature also picks up the voices and raises their volume. While it works very well and does what it’s supposed to do for truly improved voice recognition, the acoustics of the entire soundtrack deteriorate significantly, as if someone took your home theater equalizer and turned up the mid- and high- frequencies all the way up. So whether you use this feature or not, will depend on whether you prioritize voice recognition or overall sound quality. Movies: 9/10 Music: 7/10 (Really hoping Sony will add an 5- or better still a 7-band equalizer to the Bravia Connect app, so the music can at least be fine-tuned) Intra-speaker Connectivity: This is where the Quad is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor (and the main reason for the upgrade in our situation). Over the past week, we haven’t had a single dropout in the sound output, and we live in a densely populated urban area. If you’ve had as many connectivity issues and dropouts with the A9 (I know a lot of people just like us did and still do, based on hundreds of reviews and AVS forum comments), this is a very good reason to upgrade to the Quad. 10/10 System is set up with a Sony subwoofer SA-SW5, a Sony Bravia A80J TV, and an Apple TV 4K. Hope this helps potentially interested buyers!

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

    The Sony Quad Home Theater is a giant “WOW”

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    No need for a sound bar for voices coming from the screen. I have my Quad front speakers 8’ apart and it set up its own phantom center speaker. Voices from actors voices are natural and action on screen was accurate while maintaining its left and right off screen sounds. It’s just Sony’s wizardry is all I can say. I did some research and found out that the Quad does not cut off/ or deactivate its bass when adding a Subwoofer. The previous A9 system did cutoff its bass in each of its speakers when adding the subwoofer. I added the Sony smaller subwoofer the 200w AW3 and it had plenty of bass with the setting on minus 4 with the Sony Connect App. It gives me plenty of thumping power along with the bass in each speaker left engaged. The 360 sound field was totally awesome when watching movies and regular content. Sony has added a mid tweeter in each of the Quads 4 speakers making it a total of 16 speakers. The A9 had only 12 speakers and with each bass speaker deactivated when adding a subwoofer it would go to down to 8 total. Please don’t try this system in a store it would be injustice to it. It’s not be as accurate like it would be in your home. “Buy it and you’ll love it like I do.”❤️

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Hi Cobbway,

      You made the right choice! We're thrilled that you are enjoying the sound quality of the BRAVIA Theater Quad surround sound system. Thank you for choosing Sony!

      -Ralph Sony_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Worthy successor to the HT-A9.

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Coming from the HT-A9, this is a definite upgrade. The voice/dialogue is a huge improvement. And the overall sound stage is much more robust. I used to have to keep the HT-A9 between 25-30 volume while with this, I get that same level of sound at only 11-12 volume. It’s intense. Only downside is it’s EXPENSIVE at $2500 smh

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

    Best sound system in a box

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    The Sony Bravia Theater Quad is the best sound system I’ve tried. Highly recommend

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

    I love it but a subwoofer is needed for excellence

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    Background and farewell to classic wired subwoofers: I haven't had a surround sound system in quite some time since my Onkyo 5.1 finally gave up the ghost after 15 years of faithful service and all that was working was the massive wired subwoofer which I kept and used with three subsequent sound bars starting small with a Vizio, upgrading to a Sanyo and finally my current soundbar is a Sennheiser Ambeo Plus 7.1.4 which is about a year old. It has provided me with almost 25yrs of faithful service. I liked that all three sound bars physically connected to my old Onkyo subwoofer which was a beast but alas modern times have caught up to it and the Sony HTA9M2 will only work with Sony branded wireless bluetooth subwoofers. For a complete, immersive experience, properly enriched sound stage along with extended bass, it is better to consider this a $2900 or $3200 based system as the SW3 200w sub and SW5 500w sub cost $400 and $700 respectively. Arrival, unboxing and required app for use: Arriving in a very large box clocking in at 33lbs, inside you will find a classic Sony layout of items with a straight forward guide to get your control box up and running and then speakers setup ready to use. Setting up everything was very straight forward and each speaker has its own compartment in the box with everything you need. Everything is clearly marked (Front L, Front R, Rear L, Rear R) along with place/directional guides. I love that you get the floor stands and optional wall mounts as that will be the eventual placement for our speakers both front and rear. All four speakers come with a very healthy run of power cabling that is thin and flexible making it easy to work with and place. The control box looks and feels like a mix of an older Apple TV and a Mac Mini. Documentation is basic in nature without any detailed explainations past the basic speaker/box cabling setup. Anything else if you need it will have to be via app exploration or online help but everything felt and proceeded intuitively. The speakers are very well made and feel solid and polished. I very much like the grey, industrial look they have. The control box has a nifty display on the front that will show you various text prompts depending on what you are doing and/or what is going on when in use. The remote almost feels like an afterthought because the system is clearly designed around using the app. It is very small with minimal functions but it does have the basics (IE volume, etc..) so once you configure your setup with the app, you could rely just on the remote for rudimentary functionality. For any type of fine tuning, you will have to use the app. Once your hardware is physically setup, all that's left to do is download the Bravia App and get things setup properly. There is a QR Code right on the quick setup portion of the packaging and it will take you right to the app to download. You will need a Sony account which can be created during setup (it uses your mobile browser for this) or if your account was previously via a third party service (Apple, Google, etc..) or even an older Sony account (like mine) you will now need to migrate it to an all enclusive Sony account. This was pretty straight forward too. Lots of Agree/Not Agree terms but kudos to Sony for allowing you to opt out from the bulk of it. There is no auto setup feature like the Sennheiser which could just use your Wifi settings and automatically setup your soundbar. I had to manually authenticate to my router but that was simple. The app really makes it fairly easy to get up and running and after a hefty update to your control box, you set up and test the speakers, have it map the soundstage based on where you primarily sit for tv viewing and off you go. Make sure during initial setup and updating the firmware you're right next to your Sony control box with your phone/tablet so there are no time outs or issues. A few times, the app said it couldn't find/connect to my HTA9M2s, but closing and restarting it fixed the problem each time. Once you have mapped your sound stage, you can then fine tune the settings to your liking. For example, after letting the app map and implement my sound stage, I increased the rear speakers output because the mapping overcompensated for the closeness to our recliners of the rear speakers and pushed bass to max because without a subwoofer everything sounds a bit hollow so pushing bass to max helped enrich the sound and add a bit of body and warmth to it. Since the app is fairly new, refinements and enhancements will roll out over time. I am hoping one is an equilizer so I can really dial in my preferred sound stage past the basic few settings for rear and bass settings. Individual speaker adjusts would be nice too with a fine degree of control. I paired the HTA9M2 to our Sony 65" Z9F Bravia that is now about 5 years old but still performs beautifully and has retained its magnificent picture quality. The last software update was from 2021 but it still had 100% support for the HTA9M2. It has an Arc out port and switching from my Sennheiser was as simply as unplugging the existing 2.1 8k HDMI cable from it and into the Sony control box. I also have a Sony 4k Blu-Ray player and an AppleTV 4k 3rd generation connected to my HDMI2 and HDMI4 ports via 8k 2.1 HDMI cables. The Z9F does have a 1/8" audio jack for center channel, but I will not be using it as it was problematic before and as noted the last software update from Sony for the Z9F is dated 2021. If somehow Sony decides to update the firmware on the Z9F, I will retest and report back here. Performance: So how does it perform when all is said and done? Let's be honest here. Without a subwoofer, it stood no chance against the Sennheiser setup for booming bass and a deep, rich, robust sound stage but that was to be expected. Just as with my Sennheiser without a sub during initial usage, adding a subwoofer is a game changer and I expect the same will be true for the HTA9M2. What I wasn't expecting was how much I had missed a true surround sound system when watching movies and shows that took advantage of it. I also missed the immersive nature of even listening to music in a 360 degree bubble. The Sennheiser is pretty state of the art and mapped the room to project a 3D'esque sound stage, but nothing can match the real thing. For music testing, I decided to just use Kitaro's "Caravansary" as it has fantastic highs, mids and punchy lows to give a complete idea of the audio and I must say the HTA9M2 delivered especially compared to my Sennheiser not only in immersion but the highs were just so clear and sweet and the bass it did have had a type of seperation I have not heard on home speakers before. Is it the best I've heard? No, but it is well above average. I would not purchase the HTA9M2 primarily for music, but it can do a good job in addition to everything else it does. I appreciate good sound but I am not a hardcore audiophile so I am sure there is much better out there for music but for myself? I was impressed with the balance of the highs, mids and lows but the lack of a subwoofer is painfully present to add that extra layer of richness and what I like to call electronic baritone that only a subwoofer can deliver. For program viewing, there is a particular sequence in AppleTV+ Foundation series Season 2, Episode 8 when Sal is trapped in the prison in the ground and she is brought food. The sound of the suppresors along with ambient and insect sounds is very specific, detailed with good separation. The HTA9M2's did an admirable job better than my Sennheiser Soundbar but was still lacking detail that can readily be heard on my Sonos Ace or Apple Airpod Max headphones but that was to be expected as headphones are a different breed but the point was to see what detail the HTA9M2 could produce compared to what is there. Again, I can not emphysize enough the lack of a subwoofer as even with the included bit of bass enhanced via the app, you will never achieve that next level of depth and richness of sound only a subwoofer can bring. One thing I very much like is the app will let you know what type of codec/streaming is being presented to the HTA9M2. When I was watching some basic older TV programs, the app said Dolby 2.0. When I started to stream any newer movies, it switched to Dolby Atmos to let me know what was being played back. Older content, the rear speakers were silent as expected but as soon as something modern played? They came to life in the most delightful way. Watching a movie like Top Gun Maverick or Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning was a joy with the real surround sound and not projected/simulated. A true and proper surround sound experience is completely on another level versus a soundbar even with the newest room mapping. Did I mention the lack of a subwoofer and that extra layer of richness missing? It is present here too. I can not emphysize how much of a game changer it is with a good subwoofer integrated into your sound system even if you are not a huge bass fan. The Sennheiser prides itself on center/dialogue playback, but my wife and I both found the Sony HTA9M2 and its simulated center channel to actually provide better and clearer dialogue than the Sennheiser. Many times we found ourselves with the Sennheiser backing up the program 10 seconds so we could hear what was being said but with the Sony we haven't encountered that problem once. The dialogue/center virtual reproduction is excellent. Networking and conflicts: I know the previous model had problems existing with other Wifi routers in close proximity. I have two routers with Wifi 6 and 6e going along with numerous devices in use and I have had zero drop outs or issues. In fact, the Sony control box is about 3 feet away from my Wifi 6 router and it has been rock solid. Overall, a great performer but a subwoofer is really a must to truly realize its potential.

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

    Great for movies and awesome upgrade!

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    Alright most of my adult life I have been chasing the perfect sound system but too lazy to instal a dedicated system with speakers in my ceiling etc so I’ve been hooked on a brand that makes a soundbar that resembles a biblical ship but still felt ATMOS effects were MIA even with ERA300 surrounds. I was so super excited about the theatre quad because reviews online praise this system and honestly it is really really awesome. Here is my thoughts on the quad Packaging - first system came open box missing parts. Best Buy and Sony were excellent about replacing and made it hassle free Set up - you must download the app and calibrate prior to use. Make sure you have it built ready to go when you start this process App - not the best a few settings like height and rear speaker volume but system lacks EQ adjustments and doesn’t sync up with my streaming music platforms except for airplay Looks - love it hate it.. for me it grew on me but took some time now I love the looks Sound quality- ok this is what matters most. You can except to hear awesome chimes and swishes with this system more than any other soundbar on the market do to its wider soundstage and Sony 360 special mapping. The sound is clear and crisp and channels are well separated. How they do this I have no idea but this system by far has the best dialog I’ve heard and it doesn’t have a dedicated center channel. Whatever it is it works and it works great. Watching movies with the quad especially ATMOS enabled content is 10/10. If you watch TV or movies and that’s you main media.. RUN and buy this right now! Music- this is where I feel underwhelmed with the quad. This is also where you realize you need the sub woofer SW3 or SW5 no way around it. The thin profile and speaker cabinet is simply not big enough to provide room filling music like some other systems. If music is your main media, you might consider an alternate. Music 8/10 Overall - I kept the quad in my home theatre and am not looking back. The crisp sounds and agility of the bravia quad are not matched by any other offering in the market. This thing is amazing and the dialog is crystal clear dispite no center channel. You will hear sounds missed on movies you previously watched and honestly I just giggle because it’s that awesome. This really is a great system it’s only downfall is you can only connect one sub and music is kind of stuck on the mids which is great for movies but for music where are my highs and my lows? Spacial media does better but still underwhelming IMO. Would I buy it again? Heck yes it’s my favorite system avail and its capabilities are not matched by anyone else. Also 16 drivers is a nice upgrade from the HTA9. You will need the sub no matter what though.

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

    3D Audio Magic Boxes in a Box

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    PROS + Amazing surround sound and 3D audio with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, & 360 Reality Audio. + Great detail, effect placement, and overall sound imaging + Movies are incredibly immersive, with a soundstage and stereo separation most soundbars simply cannot match + Virtual center channel is very effective, with clear dialogue, even without the voice mode enabled + Sound Field Optimization is seamless and automatically optimizes for the placement of the speakers, as well as your seating position by using your phone’s microphone + Flexible speaker placement with only power cords needed to set-up each speaker and main connection box + Includes wall-mounting hardware with speaker table-top stands doubling as wall-mounts + Bravia Connect app is very responsive and simple to use + Low-res music audio upmixing with DSEE Ultimate sounds great + Extra features for other Sony device owners (TVs & PS5) + Completely solid connection with no audio dropouts, static, or other connectivity issues CONS - Really doesn’t feel like a complete system without a dedicated subwoofer to manage the low-end. You have the option to add one though, which is great & sounds amazing, but it does add more cost to an already pricey product - No ability to add a second subwoofer for those who want too - Display on the connection box is a bit on the small side, which combined with the small remote, makes the app more important for functionality - Inputs on the connection box are more limited, with only one extra HDMI input and no RCA or other inputs for devices like record players SO-SO * Slim non-traditional speaker design might not be for everyone or every space, but I personally love it after seeing it them in-person THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT I have owned many soundbars over the last decade, many of which were high-end soundbars which had some truly impressive virtual surround sound abilities. The Sony Bravia Theater Quad are really on another level though when it comes to producing effective virtual surround sound. Having the speakers in separate physical enclosures and being able to place them further apart creates a wider sound field that sounds amazing with films and music. How much you can achieve this effect is going to be dependent on your space and how far you can place the speakers apart in your space. Thankfully the Sound Field Optimization software is more than up to the task of correcting for deficiencies in your speaker placement. I played around with a few different orientations, and found that in general, the optimization software did a more than admirable job of creating a sound field that was wide and detailed. In my case, I settled on having the front speakers facing forward on both sides of my TV, and the rear speakers facing the front of the room behind, and to the left/right, of my listening position. Before I detail the sound quality, a few words on set-up, which is very quick and easy. I used all of my speakers on their tabletop stands, which were extremely easy to set-up and place. All you need is two screws and a power cord and the speakers can be positioned on a tabletop. If you are wall mounting, you can use the included hardware to mount the speakers where their bases double as wall mounts (a very nice touch). In terms of style, the speakers are effectively thin gray rectangles, measuring just under 12” x 12” height and width, and only about 2” deep, with about 1” extra height from the table top stands. When I first saw them in photographs, I wasn’t sure I really liked the minimalist look compared to a normal boxy speaker, but in-person I think these look great! I don’t know how they would look on speaker stands given their width, but on a tabletop or a wall I think they genuinely look fantastic. On my TV stand with the TV wall mounted they look very stylish, without being gaudy or overtly speaker-like,and they blend into the aesthetic of the room better. Everyone’s taste is different, as well as the style of their rooms, but I do think these look much better in-person than in images, and have a style that continues to grow on me. The other area where I was concerned about these speakers' thin design was in their ability to produce deep, robust, and detailed sound. While bigger doesn’t always mean better in the speaker world, it is a trend we sometimes see, especially in the soundbar space. Thankfully these sound incredible, with no limitations from their design as far as I can hear. The sound is full, with great imaging, and they get very loud (I could only bring these up about 50-60% before they reached the upper bound of my listening comfort). Despite not having a dedicated center channel speaker, things like dialogue are almost shockingly clear. It may be hard to believe, but honestly the dialogue is better than most soundbars I have heard with dedicated center channels, which I think is due to a combination of the speakers being housed in separate cabinets, and Sony’s processing doing a great job of lifting dialogue without the rest of the soundstage feeling unnatural. Once everything is set-up and calibrated, I played a wide variety of content on the Bravia Theater Quad, including some of my favorite audio demos. The opening race scene from Ready Player One had sound being thrown around the room as cars crashed and accelerated around the camera, while the T-Rex roar came effectively from overhead. The opening of Blade Runner accurately had sounds moving across the room and overhead, while Jurassic Park had super immersive rain effects when the T-Rex attack occurs. I played games on my PS5, and sound effects were accurately placed and very competitive with dedicated wired surround set-ups. I even played some dedicated 5.1, 7.1, and Atmos speaker tests and audio demos, and I was shocked how well the “virtual speakers” were placed in my room, which is typically not ideal for bouncing sound off of walls. Everything I threw at it, the Quad’s just handled them so well. If there is one area where the sound is lacking, it is in the bass department. Yes the Quad’s can absolutely be used on their own, with impressive bass for their size, but after a bit I paired mine with a Sony SW-5 subwoofer and the low-end really opened up. I personally couldn’t see myself using these without a subwoofer as an amateur audiophile, and so it is a bit of a shame one isn’t included in the package, as it is a game changer. At least you can buy one afterwards, which is itself wireless as well, and so can be placed anywhere in the room. I just wish I could add a second subwoofer as well to really balance the bass throughout my room, but the system only supports one currently. In terms of other flaws, I like the simple connection box that looks almost like a large Apple TV, but it has too few inputs and a small display. I would love to be able to connect my record player or other external audio devices to the box, but unfortunately HDMI eARC and an HDMI input are your primary options. Even so, a few extra HDMI ports would have been nice, but at least the one you get is the full HDMI 2.1 spec and can do 4K 120hz with HDR. But on the whole, these are really incredible speakers, and I am super happy I have them. They aren’t cheap by any means, but they do exactly what they say they are going to do, and so far at least, I have had zero bugs or issues at all. The app and set-up was super quick and easy, and very simple to navigate. The sound quality is excellent for both movies and music (although movies with 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are where these absolutely shine most), and gaming is a treat as well. Everything is wireless except power cords and HDMI cables, and every time I re-watch one of my favorite movies I can’t help but smile at the sound quality. If you can afford these, and have some extra money to spend, I highly recommend getting one of the wireless subwoofers as well, as it really adds so much more to the sound experience and frees up the speakers to do what they do best. But even as they are, there is no doubt these are some of the best speakers to experience 3D audio without a dedicated receiver and wired speakers. In terms of bridging the gap between a fully wired home theater and a simple soundbar, these perform incredibly well. The virtual speaker system is almost like magic, making a sound bubble appear out of nowhere and doing so incredibly well. Highly recommended.

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

    A Theatre-Like Experience!

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    Want a theatre-like experience at home? Well, if you have a decent TV or projector, combined with the Sony BRAVIA Theatre Quad, you can be confident that you will get an immersive experience like no other. This is my review of the Sony BRAVIA Theatre Quad. *TLDR at the bottom ========================= RECOMMENDATIONS/SETUP: This home theatre surround sound system has everything you need to get started with setting up a theatre-like experience at home. If you get this shipped to your home, I suggest making sure you have everything that is supposed to be included and checking if everything is intact. The box the system arrives in is not the best in protecting the unit and the insides, as a result, things may be all over the place upon opening the box. I am speaking from personal experience. Anyways, the setup does take about half an hour or so, depending on how you plan to set up the system. Sony gives two options. The speakers can be placed on a table/shelf, or the speaker can be wall mounted. I chose the former as I had space available for these speakers in my living room. Once they are in place, download the Sony BRAVIA Connect App and follow the instructions to get the unit set up. While the app does let you skip some steps, I suggest going through the entire setup to get everything setup perfectly. I did run into some bugs with the app that had me set up the unit again, and at other times, the app didn’t recognize the unit. But a simple restart of the app or unit did clear up most of those problems. ========================= SOUND QUALITY (MOVIES, VIDEOS): One of the first things I did with this system was of course watch some trailers that would eventually lead to a film. One of the trailers I watched was Godzilla Minus One. If I had to choose one word to describe this system, it would be immersive. The soundstage on this home theatre system is vast and amazing. Around the beginning of the trailer, the lows of Godzilla stomping seriously echoed throughout the living room and rattled the floor. The dialogue was clear, and the sound of gunfire and carnage sounded great! After getting a taste of what this system could do, I decided to finally watch a film. I decided to go with the first Blade Runner from 1982. The film is a little older and the sound is not as “clean” compared to something from a newer film but luckily, the entire movie still fits into today’s standards really well. The film felt immersive from beginning to end, the soundtrack sounded great, and the dialogue was clean. I did end up turning on voice mode for testing purposes but luckily it did not affect much of the film's other sound too much. While the lows were good, I do think a subwoofer would provide an even more immersive experience. With the current price tag, I do think a subwoofer should have been included. An extra subwoofer would certainly allow this system to reproduce that booming sound that movie theatres have. ========================= SOUND QUALITY (MUSIC): This system has Bluetooth and Spotify Connect which I used to wirelessly stream music. Luckily, both worked flawlessly for me. Spotify Connect can be used while in the Spotify app, simply click on the devices icon and select the Sony Home Theatre System. I suggest making sure your phone and the system are connected to the same network if you run into any issues. I was able to play a variety of genres from Hip Hop, Rock, Electronic, Latin, and Pop. The 360 audio brought an immersive listening experience. For example, this was clear in some of the electronic songs where the different instruments would slowly come in eventually leading to a beat drop. Standing in the middle of this system feels like the band or artist is performing a personal concert for you. Again, lows, while good, could be a lot better with a subwoofer. ========================= FEATURES: One of the neat features of this surround system is the Sound Field Optimization setting. This “sound optimization” can be done in the app, within settings. This feature calibrates the sound of the system based on where you are sitting and the type of room you are in. The app can also be used as a remote control if you happen to lose the one included. (the included remote is tiny) There are also some sound modes available to choose from. Sound field is the default mode, voice mode is self-explanatory, and night mode seems to enhance the lows at low volume. Some features I would love Sony to include within the app are an EQ setting or more modes (music, movie, podcast, etc.). ========================= CONCLUSION/TLDR: Overall, this is an excellent home theatre surround sound system. The setup does take a while but once you are through it, you will be blessed with some great-sounding and immersive speakers. Movies, videos, and music all sound amazing on this system. The highs and mids stand out the most. While the lows are good, the addition of a subwoofer would improve those lows and reproduce that grand sound from the lows that movie theatres have. I do think one should have been included with this system, especially with the current price tag. All of this is controlled with the tiny remote or the app. The app is a little buggy at times but works well for the most part. However, I do wish there were more modes included or some type of EQ to fine-tune your desired sound. Regardless, if you are looking for a home theatre surround sound system, you cannot go wrong with trying this one out!

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

    Innovative design and sound with 360 audio!

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    The Sony Bravia Theater Quad has revolutionized my home theater layout and sound. I’ve used many soundbars over the past 15 years on multiple televisions throughout my house, and none of them compare to the Bravia Quad system. Even without the subwoofer, which is sold separately, this system is the full package, presented in a new, innovative way that improves the sound, and overall look of home theater. The Quad came packaged in a large cardboard box that opens similar to a laptop box. I do think Sony needs to do a little better job securing the contents though, as my box lid was partially open and the speaker stands and leg accessories had moved around in the box. Other than that, everything looked good so I proceeded with unpacking and getting it all set up. For me, the set up took a little longer than I was expecting. The main reason is because there was no obvious quick setup guide included. There is a link to download the app, but I wasn’t sure if I should set the speakers up first, or the app. So I started with the speaker, but ran into some questions I couldn’t answer, so I continued in the app. From there, I realized that I should have my speakers set up more. And I went back and forth a bit. LOL I also didn’t realize each speaker has a designated position. After finding that out, in the app, I had to move some speakers around, which meant detaching the included legs/stand and attaching them to my tall speaker stands that I used for the rear. Attaching the stands is really easy, with a simple screw on each side to hold it down. Once I got it all set up, I looked back in hindsight and realized that what took me almost an hour should have only taken 20-30 minutes, with better guidance. I wasn’t exactly sure how I would like the new layout, with four speakers and a receiver, but it actually worked out really well, and I like having the space under the TV clear. My old system consisted of a soundbar, two wireless rear speakers, and a subwoofer, so I’m swapping four outlets for four new ones. If I add the optional Sony subwoofer, I will be using one more outlet than my old setup, but I have an outlet to spare, so that’s okay with me. I didn’t mount the speakers on the wall; instead, I placed one on each table beside the TV. For the rear speakers, I was able to use the same tall stands from my old system. My old rear speakers were large and tended to tip easily. These new rears are sleek and not nearly as top-heavy. I love them. Speaking of the rear speakers, these are the loudest and most satisfying rear speakers I’ve ever heard from any of my surround sound systems. The Bravia Quad rear speakers are loud and clear, creating a blanket of sound that envelops you as you watch movies and play games. Overall, the sound from the Sony Bravia Quad is premium quality, bringing your content to the next level. If you are playing content that includes 360 spatial audio, you are in for a real treat; with your eyes closed, it sounds like you are transported to the place you hear. 360 spatial sound mapping allows you to experience sound in an entirely new way. However, as amazing as the spatial sound is, if the content is Dolby, you’ll want to enable the “Dolby Speaker Virtualizer” sound field setting from the sound setting menu in the app. It’s great that I can change this using the app, but it's also unfortunate that I have to do so for everything I watch. Why can’t the system choose for me based on the content? Perhaps there is an option for that, but if there is, I haven’t found it. It's important because a lot of the Dolby content doesn't sound good with the “360 Spatial Sound Mapping” sound field setting enabled. Sometimes it sounds okay, but usually, if the content is Dolby, the Dolby sound field setting sounds best in my opinion. And Dolby sounds great on this system, as well as the DTS setting. The speaker “node” design is sleek, modern and innovative. They can blend into your environment and decor, but also stand out as a conversation piece with their unique look and style. I’ve grown to really like them, over the past week, and I hope Sony continues on this route. I love that you can hang these on the wall, sit them on top of a surface or attach them to most speaker stands. One suggestion, for future models, change the plug to a flat or 90 degree plug. I’m always perplexed when high tech and innovative devices use old tech plugins. The bass produced by this system is great, sufficient by itself unless you are an audiophile or someone who wants to rattle the windows. If that's the case, you’ll want to get the subwoofer, which I have not tried yet. Speaking of rattling, I have noticed a minor rattle in a couple of the speakers when I play music with deep bass at a mid to loud level. This does concern me a bit. Reattaching the stand on my rear speakers solved the problem, but I still hear it slightly from the front two speakers from time to time. Overall I really LOVE this system and I’m so happy that I got it. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to experience the next level in sound and design.

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

    Powerful and rich audio in a svelte form factor.

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    Sony - BRAVIA Theater Quad with 16 total speakers - Gray Summary: Powerful and rich audio in a super svelte form factor. Use: We are building out a new home theatre experience. We are replacing our LCD TV with a new 120" 4K projector and we needed audio that could match the magnificence of the new setup. Unfortunately, the UST ALR projection screen arrived damaged - so the pictures in this review won't show that screen in tandem with these new speakers. In fact, you'll only see temporary placement used with the original LCD TV (75" for reference). The intention is that the speakers will sit just about head level on the projection wall with the rears positioned similarly. When not in use, the speakers will stand alone next to artwork while the projection screen will be concealed. Using a stark black sound bar just wasn't the aesthetic we wanted. While we had our home pre-wired for overhead speakers, we wanted a system that would be easier to install and that would be portable (as we're looking to sell our home this year). The Sony BRAVIA Theater Quad speakers fit the bill to the T. Even though the bass is pretty impressive from these units, we will be ordering a compatible Sony subwoofer to kick this setup a notch. We watch TV pretty regularly. We watch series during the week - all types of content and genres. We watch movies on the weekends. Having rich immersive sound is something we wanted to enjoy but needed to balance that against portability and aesthetics. These units really wrap you in crystal clear sound whether you're watching dark quiet scenes or booming loud explosive action scenes. We've only had the units for a few days, but we've run it through the wringer by watching a few movies and series and played a few games: Sinister, League of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Godzilla x Kong, and Dead Space and Destiny 2 via PS5Pro. Watching these movies was a blast! Initial setup was a breeze and when I first started something I was confused because even though there isn't a physical center channel, I was convinced that audio was coming out of my TV speakers! The dialog is crisp and clear. The suspenseful and creepy moments were further enhanced as whispers and creeks came subtly from behind and around us. From explosions and ricochets to water trickling and people movement the surround sound is immersive and doesn't feel like you have a speaker behind your head. It just feels like you're in the room. While our previous audio setup was also pretty capable, it did always feel directional, and you were easily reminded there was a speaker immediately behind you. The positioning of the Quad speakers doesn't seem to matter as long as you perform the tuning/ calibration exercise - you'll end up with an impressively blended audio experience. For a breakdown of pros and cons see below. I've seen a lot of headlines asking the question: Soundbar killer? My answer: No. These certainly will replace soundbars for many households (as they will mine), they are built for those that have different needs (also like mine). I think soundbars occupy an overlapping segment of needs as the Theatre Quad, but I'm not sure they will kill them off in their entirety as they're premium price point really only has them competing with top-tier soundbars. Pros: * Audio. As I've mentioned over and over, the audio is crystal clear and immersive. This is expective of Sony. We own one of their large party speakers and their smaller Bluetooth portable speakers. Their audio is unrivaled. We have never owned Sony theatre speakers, though. * Svelte. The unit's form factors are sexy! We have the picture frame audio speakers - we considered creating a theatre setup using them, but artwork draws attention and your eyes. Given the positioning we desired, we didn't feel picture frame speakers were the answer. The BRAVIA Theatre Quad are! They feature a sleek look in black or white. We chose the white ones to match our projector and to blend into the walls. You'll know they're speakers, but only when you purposely scan the room. Their mounting options allow for flexible placement. Have table space but tired of bookcase or box like speakers? Use the speaker stands! Have free wall space or unique positioning requirements where table space won't cut it? Hang them! * Capability. The unit features built-in Wi-Fi and hardwired network connectivity and supports Apple Airplay, and Spotify. It's a nice convenience. * Setup. The setup of these speakers is remarkably simple. Assemble the mounting solution you need, position the speakers, and connect power and HDMI connections. That's it for physical setup. * App. The app is fairly straight forward, but I don't like that I had to download another app when I have a Sony app to manage my other devices. Download and install the BRAVIA Connect app and follow up the instructions for adding and calibrating a new system quickly and painlessly. * Materials. The speakers don't just look good they feel well made and substantial. * Controls. The controls on the devices may seem sparse, but they also seem like they're adequate because the remote handles most activity and the app the rest. Cons: * Stands. The stands are nice when used directly as a stand for the speakers. But when used to hang the speakers, it is one of the most convoluted designs I've seen. I respect they wanted to reuse some components, but not at the cost of ease of use. Why not just make a cleat mounting system? Instead, there are arms that attach to the stand that must be held in place by hand while securing both units to the wall. At the very least, the arms and the stands should connect so that installation doesn't require juggling. The instructions even call out this quirk! This is the only think I really don't like about this system. What do I do with these accessories if I need to temporarily use the speakers as bookshelf speakers? I have to keep track of 8 arms. * Compatibility. Though I understand why it might be an issue technically (and certainly commercially), but it seems that Sony could have made center channel TV support much more open AND AT THE VERY LEAST offer support for third-party Bluetooth subwoofers. Not a deal breaker either, but it might bring more customers into the fold with this product. * Ports. The outlier for the svelte design is the control/transmitter box. For its size, I would have expected some more inbound HDMI ports. It doesn't impact me, because I use a multiplexer with this box sitting just before the TV. Otherwise, a flatter design would have been better for those that need to conceal their units behind other appliances (such as wall mounted TVs, etc.). Not a deal-breaker, but a missed opportunity. * Packaging. While packaging seemed purposeful, it is a bit unwieldy, but it does appear to protect the product enough - though not without a bit of shifting of contents. Recommendation? If you're looking to replace a high-end soundbar, want a premium experience, don't want to install ceiling mounted speakers and/or receivers, need an inconspicuous wall-mounted setup that supports modern features such as Dolby Atmos, streaming, etc., this system might be the system you're looking for! I would highly recommend these units. While I haven't added a compatible subwoofer (yet), I am fairly confident that it would only elevate the experience further. Yes.

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

    It’s Immersive but Limited

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    Bravia Theater Quad is only latest flagship home theater system and man this surround system does not disappoint makes me want to watch all previous movies I watched millions of times and continues to enjoy them specially with this new Bravia Theater Quad. Sony decided to drop The HTA9 series and move to a more premium name using their Bravia line up I think it fit perfectly it’s also a name that’s easy to remember, I was never a fan of letters and numbers for a product name sometimes they just not that easy to remember. this new surround system also continues Sonys 360 Spatial Sound Mapping. Design: right from unboxing which very simple and laid out perfect the Bravia Theater Quad was bigger than what I anticipated, its wrap around with this fabric like covers that I would highly recommend being careful taking out of the box and being aware of your surroundings ok where you placing the speaker before installing, it’s because there’s a chance that something might get hooked and could ruin the fabric. I personally wish it more a solid frame but I could see the appeal with some people. each individual speakers comes with the stand and Sony also provided a wall mount as an optional way of displaying these speakers. the remote is also tiny. for a premium price I was hoping for more a premium feel and look for that remote, it’s very basic and zero backlit with limited functionality. the HUB is also simple and lacking maybe an additional HDMI input, you have two total and one for your extra device like a gaming console to be plug on the back of the hub. Audio Quality: now I think this is where this speaker truly shine and wow I was loving, i’m coming from using Sony HT5000 both RS5 rear speakers and the SA-SW5 subwoofer. the Bravia Theater Quad offers 16 total speakers, the amount of bass it produces with this speaker is more than enough of what a small town house I have can handle it’s immersive clear with great audio mix from dolby atmos it does gives my house a more theater like experience. I did pumped up the rear a lot more this just based on my preference i’m not an audiophile expert and just a casual movie loving customer. you can technically position each speaker anywhere you would like in the room each will talk and communicate to each other for calibration. sounds field will be optimized based on your room sizes and where these speakers are located. the one I do need to upgrade is my tv, currently using a 2018 OLED that doesn’t support the current IMAX Enhanced feature the Bravia Theater Quad offer so i’m little sadden about that but dolby atmos is more than enough for me to have a theater like experience at home, Sony said their Voice mode has been I can definitely hear the difference comparing to previous entry. center channel is not an issue at all both front speaker sounds perfect that it truly blends together to create that center effects. App Experience This Bravia Theater Quad doesn’t use Sony sound app, you’ll be required to download the Bravia app, it’s a much better design than previous Sony app, and it has a much better UX design/ layout. a night and day difference from using the old app on my previous HT5000. you have all the functionality the tiny remote offers and way more. it’s also not great for older folks who doesn’t want to deal with an app but would like enjoys a great sound system like these. from calibration when adjusting the speakers around, for firmware updates you will need the app. I wish you have more control in the app on how to explain or show what is the current setting is, because there is high possibility that it won’t be a 1 to 1 of what you see in the app. even the app has more options than the remote the Sony still not perfect there is no other option to adjust beyond volume levels and bass level if you happen to their previous subwoofers. Conclusion I will say this hands down the best sounds system I ever owned there’s just a bit more that I wish sony would do, I wish they would listen to their customers gives us more options to adjust our sound quality, not even treble or equalizer is available for user, and Sony want you to spend a lot of money for these speakers, they are not cheap. also it was nice that their 2 previous subwoofer has the capability to be added. but you’re telling me I cannot even add more speakers? my two RS rear speakers add on that you can buy are absolutely useless with Sony, it’s a terrible decision they like to stand on. like why? they know Sonos exist and Sony continue to not support its user base by letting previous products to be added to create an even more theater experience. i still recommend this sound system but I hope you’re aware on what Sony is offering for your future, meaning these won’t be coming with you in the future.

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

    Low profile yet lacks some lows.

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    DESIGN: The Sony BRAVIA Theater Quad with 16 total speakers is a beautifully designed home theater system that adds a touch of elegance to any room. Its minimalist and neutral color palette allows it to seamlessly integrate into various interior styles. The slim profile of the speakers and the ability to wall mount them using the included hardware make it an unobtrusive addition to any living space. This system’s sleek design ensures it complements your living area without overpowering it. SETUP: Setting up the Sony BRAVIA Theater Quad is straightforward, thanks to the app guidance and clearly marked components. Each speaker is well-labeled for easy identification during physical placement and the calibration process. The app streamlines the setup, making it user-friendly even for those who are not tech-savvy. However, it’s important to note that each speaker requires an outlet to plug into, so planning for wire management is essential to achieve a clean and tidy setup. PERFORMANCE: The BRAVIA Theater Quad delivers impressive sound quality, covering a wide area with its compact speakers. However, the system’s performance in delivering low frequencies could be improved. A subwoofer would tremendously enhance the overall audio experience, particularly in larger rooms or spaces with sound dampeners. In smaller rooms, the absence of a subwoofer might be less noticeable, but for a truly immersive experience, adding one is recommended. FEATURES: This home theater system is compact, which is reflected in its premium price. While it is not cheap, the quality and functionality justify the investment. The compact design and high-quality build make it a valuable addition to any home entertainment setup. Connecting to other devices, such as an iPhone, is generally easy and smooth, with few drops or interruptions, adding to the system’s versatility. APP EXPERIENCE: Sony’s Bravia Connect app feels somewhat lacking. Given the cost of the product, one would expect a more robust selection of sound enhancement options. The current app interface and functionality do not fully utilize the system's capabilities, and the remote control also falls short in providing a comprehensive user experience. Enhancing the app with more features and improving its functionality would significantly elevate the overall user experience. CONCLUSION: The Sony BRAVIA Theater Quad is an elegant and functional addition to any home. Its minimalist design, ease of setup, and impressive sound quality make it a standout product. However, to fully enjoy its potential, adding a subwoofer is advisable, especially in larger rooms. The app experience could use some improvement to match the premium nature of the system. Overall, despite a few shortcomings, the Sony BRAVIA Theater Quad offers a solid home theater experience and is a worthy investment for those seeking a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing audio solution. RECOMMENDATION: If you value design and ease of integration into your home decor and are looking for a high-quality audio experience with the potential for further enhancement through additional components, the Sony BRAVIA Theater Quad is a solid choice. Be prepared to manage wire placements and consider investing in a subwoofer for the best experience.

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

    Is this Sony home theater in a box worth it?Maybe!

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    First things first, I love this Sony Bravia quad home theater in a box system more than any other home theater I have ever had and that includes soundbars as well. And I have had and tried many over the last 20 years of so. This system is a beast and can and should replace the old wired surround sounds with a separate receiver and speakers imo. Yes this system only has 4 speakers, hence the naming of “Bravia quad”, but let me tell you that this system will make you question how did Sony make a wireless surround sound with only 4 speakers and said speakers are so thin? This system truly sounds amazing. I tested this system with 2 separate viewing experiences and I have 2 different experiences, 1 is perfect and amazing- the other almost perfect and still amazing! Let me explain as this may pertain to you(most likely not tho) first I tested this system on my 65 inch mini led tv that is downstairs in the living room. That experience was perfect and as seemless as one can hope for. You set up the control box, plug in the the provided ultra high speed hdmi into the EARC port on your tv, set up the speaker and run the the Bravia app setting to map your room and you are pretty much done, maybe you have one of Sonys 2 high power subs(SW3 or SW5) you pair that through the app. And you enjoy the full experience that EARC has to offer such as high quality audio and Dolby atmos. Works perfectly and the sound is amazing. Front speaker tho spaced apart about 6-8 feet make it sound as you have a dedicated center channel what they call a phantom channel. Clear and precise vocal clarity with solid mid bass and smooth high range make it like music to your ears. Family and friends that were able to come over and hear the Bravia quad said it sounds like a movie theater, and it really does. Albeit if you have one of the Sony subs. I tested the system before I was able to pair my Sony SW5 and while not nearly as good as with the sub, without is still enjoyable for the most part. No issues with wireless connectivity either incase that is a concern for you. Amazing experience and I love it. Now to the second experience, mine and my wife’s master bedroom “real home theater set up area” where we have a 4K projector paired with a wall mounted 120 inch screen. Set up is fast and easy just like downstairs. Ok, we connect everything and recalibrate the Sony 360 audio mapping. Great. We plug in our ps4 pro directly to the control boxes HDMI IN port, the hen ran the 25 foot hdmi cable to the projector, select hdmi on the app and start watching a newer movie. Then I noticed that the sound was only coming out from the front main speakers and the sub of course. So I went to change the setting on the ps4 pros audio out and I change it to bitstream Dolby. Still had only stereo audio output. Ok I go into the app and change the hdmi setting from enhanced to standard still only stereo. I Google the issue and found nothing solid to help me either fix or confirm my “worst fear” not a huge deal by the way but yea. Unless I am missing something or wrong, the Sony control box doesn’t allow full pass through via the HDMI IN!? So you are either stuck with 2.0 or 2.1 channel set up or you have to use Sony 360 sound field technology, which sounds good but you lose Dolby 5.1, Dolby atmos and you even lose HDR support. To me that’s very disappointing as a fair amount of people have projectors and this system is geared more towards just being an EARC focused system. Again, this most likely won’t pertain to you if you don’t have a projector but I wanted to put it out there. With that out the way I would recommend this if it’s in your price range, if you want the movie theater sound in your house and you don’t want wires running everywhere. So is this system worth the retail price. Maybe. It does not include any subwoofer and you kinda want one for the best experience again it pricey and I know the overall price jumps up significantly. Tho can this make you happier? Absolutely I love watching movies with my wife and kids so to me it’s worth the investment. Give it a shot and see what I mean when I say it will blow you away.

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

    New look, better sound.

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    In the past I have been a sound bar fan. I enjoy the central channel of sound coming my way and never gave a true surround sound experience much though. In a past home I had a projector and utilized a sound bar which I though had superior sound. My mind and thought process has completely changed since setting up this quad set package. When looking at how my first impressions were formed it boils down into several categories: Set-Up process, Look & Feel of speakers, Companion app, and the overall Experience from a sound/emersion standpoint. -Set up Opening this box was a pretty neat experience. Each speaker and central is hub is packed into its own compartment which is partitioned into its own section of the box. Within each section all mounting equipment and additional literature is included forming sort of a "kit" for each speaker. It is very easy to see which pieces go with each part. After opening arranging throughout my living room was easy too. The layout of my living room is sort of limiting as to where I could place each speaker but it still was easy to figure out. Once laid out the pairing of the hub and speaker was very self explanatory. Mounting can be done vertically with a bracket or against a wall if desired. If mounting on wall make sure the sheetrock is flush or it could rattle if not properly secured. All of this is walked through in the companion app. -Look & Feel of speakers I am on the fence in terms of how these speakers look. I am attuned to a central channel paired with a sub woofer. This is not how these are designed. My speakers are set up as if it were an internet router. This look is a little confusing at first glance, they sort of look out of place...however they are growing on me. The speakers are quite small too which is a value add in my opinion. They pump out major sound for something quite small in size. The color is semi-shiny gray which generally goes well with most common household designs. One small "nice to have" would be to have the power cord being fed from either the bottom of the speaker or the flat side. This would have give the user an easier way to hide the power cord. -Companion app The app is ok at best. Pretty straight forward but overall it kicks off the experience in the right way. I was not a fan of being forced to install but after initial set up was completed it was pretty much not needed moving forward unless you are one that constantly tweaks sound quality or redesigns the layout of your tv room. -Overall Experience Sound quality of these surround set up has been better than I had expected. As noted above my past experiences have involved sound bars (from a variety manufacturers). The sound that comes out of these tiny quads is quite powerful. The bass is rich and deep and there treble is crisp and snappy. I had initially not liked the design but it quickly grew on my as the small yet mighty size of these speakers have overpowered my first impressions. I can safely say that the sound pumping through is better than alternate approaches. From the input side, being able to use these with an HDMI ARC set up has been quite smooth. I wish there were more inputs though, however, but thats not a deal breaker for me. All in all I would recommend this set up if you are looking for a speaker package with a high level of emersion, quality sound and a decent app to guide the set up process.

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

    Designed uniquely away from a soundbar

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    Design: Unique design that adds a unique look to my home theater. I have all four speakers mounted on the walls and they look great. They would look even better if I can find a solution to hide the power cable. With each speaker having a power cable, placement can be a challenge. The speakers are surrounded by a neutral gray soft cloth and plastic on the top and bottom. The control box looks like an oversized Apple TV with a screen on the front and like the Apple TV, the power button is in the back of the box. It’s made mostly of plastic and not much to look at. As big as it is, not sure why they couldn’t put all the electrical stuff inside and make the plug a regular plug. It has one HDMI IN, one HDMI OUT (eARC/ARC), one ethernet port (100 LAN) and an S-CENTER OUT for Sony TVs with Acoustic Center Sync. The remote is simple which controls volume, bass level, sound field, voice and input. No music controls so you have to keep your other remote handy. Sound Quality: Movies: Unbelievable!!! I’ve never had a sound theater system that filled the whole room with precise sound mapping that produces sound as if there were more than four speakers. To be fair, each channel has four speakers for a total of 16 speakers. Each unit is a 3-way woofer design along with an upfiring speaker which creates phantom speakers throughout the space and it’s mind boggling. It is so immersive and the sound quality that it produces is so clear. The only thing that it is lacking is the low frequencies. Although it does produce good bass, I definitely would recommend adding a sub-woofer for those heart pounding action scenes. Dialog is not lost without a center channel. In fact, with Voice Zoom 3, it is super clear. I usually watch Top Gun when I test sound systems, and with this system it sounded great. I also watched action movies with lots of dialog like The Equalizer and End Game. Music: Listened to music with Spatial audio with the sound field and voice mode on and I didn’t hear anything worth mentioning. I’d rather have the sound field turned off in my opinion because the vocals sounds washed out even with the voice mode turned on. It’s good if you want to feel like you’re at a concert. With just voice mode turned on, I heard a wider frequency band and that’s how I prefer to listen to music. You can hear more stereo separation compared to a soundbar. Bravia Connect app: This app is required to setup and modify system settings. Dislikes: - It didn’t come with a sub-woofer and Sony does not have an updated sub out yet. Gotta go with the SA-SW3 or SA-SW5. - Having to hide the power cables, four of them, is a task and can look very tacky if they aren’t easily hidden. At least, the cables are flat and neutral colored, gray. Sony should have included wire straps to secure the power cords to the wall. - No EQ or bass, treble adjustments. Only bass level adjustments. Notable Specs: - 16 total speakers - Dolby Atmos, IMAX Enhanced, DTS:X, Dolby Vision - 360 Spatial Sound Mapping - Apple Airplay 2 - Hi-Res Audio

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

    GREAT DESIGN AND AMAZING SOUND

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    I have had a chance to enjoy this speaker system, without a subwoofer, and I have had a very pleasant experience. Adding a subwoofer would improve the sound overall with the added bass but it still sounds great without it. It also has has DOLBY ATMOS, DTS X for great theater sound experience. DESIGN The design of the system is very sleek, it looks modern and has a slim profile so it doesn't stand out or look bulky. The gray speaker cloth and mounting system make it look very modern, The wall mounting system is pretty much invisible, it hangs on the wall or sits on the table seamlessly with a small footprint. CONNECTIVITY The speakers connect via your wifi network and the setup thru the Bravia Connect App. It allows you to connect the speakers and once placed it uses the phone mic to adjust the acoustics to the speaker placement and gives you the best sound regardless of the size of the room. It was pretty easy to setup and i experienced slight signal distortion but that was my mistake i placed it next to another wireless device but as soon as i placed them apart from each other the sound was clear and stable. You can also connect your phone to play music on the system using bluetooth and connecting to the speaker system. INTERFACE I have an video control box with all my video devices connected and it was pretty simple for me to connect the sony control box to my video switch and enjoy the sound no matter which video device i am using (PS5, XBOX, PROJECTOR, FIRESTICK) It has an HDMI INPUT and HDMI OUTPUT and that is all i needed but it would have been nice to have multiple inputs for several devices. OVERALL Easy installation, easy speaker connection, modern look, easy placement and MOST IMPORTANT GREAT SOUND!

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

    Sony is unbeatable

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    So I’m a Sony fanatic when it comes to home theater. I have probably had every brand television that’s sold in the US at one point or another. At this point I have 2 lg oled in bedrooms one Samsung OLED and my main tv for my home theater is a Sony a95l which blows the completion out of the water. It’s not even close. To pair with Sonys best OLED at the time I purchased the Sony ht9000 which was the best at the time paired with the the sw5 and wireless rear speakers. At the time I would have never thought it got better. I was completely wrong.this new system is undeniably perfect. I opened the box when it arrived and I was def nervous because the soundbars were always my center channels and this doesn’t have one. Set up was a breeze because I already had a comparable Sony tv it was honestly seamless. I wall mounted the rear speakers which took the most time but still was easy. System comes with stands or wall mounts for the speakers which is great and they are flush against the wall. The no center channel wasn’t an issue at all if you have a comparable Sony tv the newer ones use the tvs speakers as the center channel. The sound is perfect!! Voices are crystal clear background noise is swirling around your head like your there. It is the most immersive system I have ever owned. I honestly can’t say enough about this. Updated a day after I got it to make the center channel from the tv even better than originally put the box! If you have the extra cash and a home theater you can’t do much better than this and I’ve tried most of them!! Sony has done it again!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      You made the right choice! We're thrilled that you are enjoying the sound quality and user-friendly functions of the home theater system. Thank you for choosing Sony!

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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy surroundsound Theater and music system

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    I own two different home theater systems, 5.1 system in the main living area and a 5.2.4 Atmos system in My Home theater area. I’m coming from a little bit of knowledge and enthusiast in this area. I wanted to get an easy home theater set up for my kids playroom and media room connected to a PS five. I found that The Sony Bravia, quad 4 Might be the perfect solution. It’s a smaller lofted room about 11 x 11 with the back open To an office below. The set up was quite easy First connecting the base box and then downloading the app and following the instructions. Assembly is quite easy for the four speakers and the bases. And power plugs. I would recommend assembling that first before running the set up Due to the fact that the set up would time out while it prompted me to assemble the stand stand on the speakers. After that set up, I found it quite easy to run the calibration software from the app which uses your phone as a microphone to Received test signals from each speaker and subsequently it runs its calibration. After running the calibration, The magic began to happen. Without any center speaker it does create a pretty good center image with the two front speakers. The sides surrounds are fairly immersive, and I do think that each atmos speaker that is upward firing does create a decent Atmos affect from the reflected sounds. Most likely has to do with the small room and that’s what I bet this speaker system would best shine. This does appear to be a decent immersive solution if you want simplicity. I don’t think this place is my 5.2.4 home theater set up whatsoever which has dedicated floor speakers, for overhead in ceiling, Atmos speakers and two separate subwoofers. But if space is a constraint and wiring is a big concern this speaker system does a good job probably for most people. I’m only giving it four stars because this system is quite expensive and only comes with the four main speakers in no subwoofer. You have to buy that separate and select either the Sony three or five. This system does a moderately decent job at creating loose sounds but there’s no way you can expect from the system without a subwoofer. Movies, gaming, and music are enjoyable with the system, and if you’re looking for simplicity, space, saving then consider this system and buy the subwoofer separate.

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

    Elegant design and immersion sound quality

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    I was impressed with how well the setup went. After plugging the receiver and 4 speakers, the entire system was synced together. I decided to use the stands instead of mounting them on the wall. I may eventually mount them but I wanted to take the time to make sure that it’s going to look better on the wall. I wasn’t sure why an app download was needed to complete my setup but it did make sense when I started using it. The network setup and sound mapping was easy enough to setup with my iPhone. I did the required update after connecting to my home network. I tried to connect a subwoofer for the heart pounding sound that it promised but my HT-Z9F was not compatible. The SA-SW3 or SA-SW5 subwoofers are listed as compatible but I was thinking that maybe an update would have my current HT-Z9F subwoofer to sync since it’s only 2 years old but no luck. I sure hope it gets the support update later in the future. I do think it sounds decent without the subwoofer but I always have a sub and it feels needed for my use. The Bravia Theater Quad allows me to hear the immersion of sound and it’s better than directional sound from my prior surround sound systems. I can clearly hear voices from what I’m watching or music playing which is a good thing. I can’t seem to rate this surround sound at a perfect score because it’s not complete without the subwoofer. The price tag should include a subwoofer or have a larger list of compatible speakers. The big issue that I’m having with this Bravia connect app is the connectivity. The app doesn’t connect with the surround sound all the time, it sometimes takes several attempts to connect. It gets annoying when that happens because I’m limited on some of the features that the app offers. My biggest like is the quality sound from streaming Apple Music from my iPhone. It’s close to perfect sound quality and that’s without any subwoofer. The immersion sound is better when playing music compared to watching tv/movies. I’m hoping Sony adds more subwoofers to support like I mentioned above, so I don’t have to spend money unnecessarily. The remote I will probably never use because I use HDMI arc whisk allows me to control the volume using the tv remote. The app also allows me to control much more than the remote. I think as of right now I would recommend the Bravia Theater Quad to others because it’s an improvement over what I was using (HT-Z9F). It is a well built product!

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

    A great solution depending on power availability

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    I have to admit I was really excited to get the Bravia Theatre Quad home and set up in my living room. I’ve been using a sound bar for many years and not had the capability to do anything near what this system offers. Things feel a little intimidating when you open the box but the overall setup process is very simple. You’ll decide whether you are mounting the speakers or using the enclosed stands which only require two screws to attach. Once positioned, you’ll plug each speaker in. This is where i got tripped up during my initial process, as I had to figure out how to route the power to the rear speakers in a way that didn’t run cords all around my living room. Once you figure that out you will download the Bravia Connect app, connect the control box via HDMI ARC to your TV, and walk through the tuning steps. Everything is done very intuitively using the microphone in your phone, and within a couple of minutes the system is updated and tuned to your space. The sound is definitely better than expected, likely because each speaker is actively powered drawing its own power source. You have the ability to hook up a wireless subwoofer as well, which should allow for more depth to the sound. The system supports Dolby Atmos which provided a completely different sound dynamic when connected to my Xbox as the source. Thanks to HDMI ARC functionality you can use your existing tv remote to control the system volume, but also have the flexibility to use the app or the included remote. I think the system is perfect for anyone who wants surround sound without a lot of complex hardware and is well worth the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend