Sony launches two new premium home theater systems with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support (Updated)
Sony launches new flagship 7.1.2 soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
Note: This article was first published on 21 July 2021 and has been updated with the new HT-A9 system and local availability and pricing details. It was revised again on 10 August 2021 with new local availability dates.
Sony HT-A7000 Soundbar
Sony has a new flagship 7.1.2 soundbar called the HT-A7000.
This is a monster of a soundbar with multiple speakers. There are two up-firing speakers, two beam tweeters, five front-firing speakers, and a built-in dual subwoofer.
With its impressive array of speakers, Sony says this single unit soundbar will offer full support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
And for readers who feel that this isn't enough, you can add wireless subwoofers and rear speakers to the HT-A7000.
And to maximise the experience, the HT-A7000 has a built-in calibration feature that uses built-in mics in the soundbar to measure the room's height and width and optimise the sound.
The HT-A7000 also features two HDMI 2.1 passthrough ports with support for 8K video, 4K gaming at 120Hz, Dolby Vision HDR, and eARC.
For music lovers, the HT-A7000 works with Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2. Sony says it supports high-res audio, 360 Reality Audio, and also the company's DSEE Extreme technology that is said to restore music data lost to compression techniques.
Sony HT-A9 Home Theater System
Sony calls the HT-A9 a "360 spatial sound mapping Dolby Atmos/DTS:X home theater system".
The system consists of four speakers – two front and two rear – designed to project an ultra-wide soundstage.
Each speaker consists of a single up-firing driver, a soft dome tweeter, and wide woofers.
It also features a self-calibration system where it uses its built-in mics to measure their relative height and position to recreate a listening experience akin to a 12-speaker setup.
The entire system connects wirelessly to the main control box which gives greater flexibility in speaker placement.
And if you need more oomph, you can choose to supplement the system with the SA-SW5 or SA-SW3 wireless subwoofers.
Availability and pricing
The HT-A9 home theatre system and HT-A7000 soundbars will both will be available in Singapore in September 2021.
The HT-A9 is S$2,699. However, you can get S$200 cashback with any purchase of a 55-inch and above Bravia TV. On top of that, you can also enjoy concierge service with free installation and calibration of your TV and HT-A9 system.
There are also bundle packages and they are as follows:
- HT-A9 + SA-SW5 subwoofer - S$3,398 (U.P. S$3,698)
- HT-A9 + SA-SW3 subwoofer - S$2,998 (U.P. S$3,198)
The HT-A7000 is S$2,499. However, you can also get S$200 cashback with any purchase of a 55-inch and above Bravia TV as well as a free SA-SW3 subwoofer.
You can demo the HT-A9 and HT-A7000 systems at the following locations:
No word yet on local availability and pricing but the Sony HT-A7000 will be available in the US sometime during September and October. In the US, it is priced at US$1,300 (~S$1,762). It can be augmented with the Sony SA-SW5 and SA-SW3 subwoofers that are US$700 (~S$948) and US$400 (~S$542) respectively. You can also add SA-RS3S rear speakers to the HT-A7000 for US$350 (~S$474).