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Sony announces 360 Spatial Sound firmware update to HT-A7000 soundbar at CES 2022

By Liu Hongzuo - on 6 Jan 2022, 2:35pm

Sony announces 360 Spatial Sound firmware update to HT-A7000 soundbar at CES 2022

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar.

Launched in August 2021, the Sony HT-A7000 is the brand’s premium soundbar with 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, up-firing speakers, beam tweeters, five front-firing speakers, and a built-in dual subwoofer. It’s meant to be the ideal audio companion for Sony’s range of impressive 8K and 4K TVs

A new firmware update announced at CES 2022 will see an additional 360 Spatial Sound Mapping feature added to the HT-A7000. This lets the soundbar use its built-in microphones to measure its relative position in the room, creating multiple “phantom speakers” that offer a rich aural experience no matter where the listener sits.

Pairing the HT-A7000 with a compatible Bravia XR television set also enables Acoustic Center Sync, where it uses both the TV and soundbar’s speakers to create a fuller home cinema system during 360 Spatial Sound Mapping setup.

Sony SA-RS5.

Sony is also launching optional, wireless rear speakers (Sony SA-RS5) to accompany the HT-A7000 soundbar. The up-firing speakers pack a host of advanced features to utilise their wireless capabilities fully. It has 10 hours of battery life and one-touch calibration for measuring space, making it a fuss-free add-on to the fuller soundbar experience.

Sony HT-A7000 is already on sale, while the Sony SA-RS5 accompaniment speakers are available from Summer 2022 onwards with a global retail price of €800 (~S$1,229.69).

Source: Sony

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