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Sony’s new HT-A7000 flagship soundbar supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and HDMI 2.1

Sony’s new HT-A7000 flagship soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
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Sony has announced two premium home cinema speaker systems designed to offer flexible, immersive audio.

First up is the HT-A7000, Sony’s flagship soundbar for 2021, costing £1200 ($1299, AU$1699). The 7.1.2 system, which is Dolby Atmos and DTS:X enabled, features two upward-firing drivers, two beam tweeters and five front speakers. There’s a built-in dual subwoofer for bass, but there’s also a choice of two optional wireless subs: the SA-SW5 300-watt wireless subwoofer priced at £700 ($700, AU$999) or the 200 Watt SA-SW3 costing £400 ($400, AU$599).

Sony says that the HT-A7000 can create virtual surround sound calibrated to your room's acoustics, though if you find it lacking, you could also add the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers for £450 ($350, AU$649).

There is, however, a very impressive spec sheet to go with this premium price point. Both the HT-A7000 and HT-A9 (below) have support for Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and HDMI 2.1 features, including 8K video, Dolby Vision and 4K@120Hz. For streaming, there’s Chromecast built-in, Apple Airplay and Bluetooth, as well as support for 360 Reality Audio and hi-res music, plus compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Sony’s new HT-A7000 flagship soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X - HT-A9

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The second package is an intriguing new wireless surround system called the HT-A9, consisting of four light grey, cylindrical, wireless speakers, each measuring around 30cm in height and controlled by a small hub. 

Sony claims you can position the omnidirectional HT-A9 units anywhere within your available space (so long as each one is near a power socket) and its Sound Field Optimisation technology will use the dual microphones in each speaker to measure their relative position. From this location information, Sony says the HT-A9 can generate the sound field of up to twelve ‘phantom speakers’ and completely encircle your room in 360 spatial sound.

The HT-A9 will be priced at $1799 (AU$2299), which is about £1300, and again can be enhanced by the addition of the SW-SW3 or SA-SW5 wireless subs.

All models are set for release in September 2021.

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Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre. Her mixing credits include productions at The National Theatre and in the West End, as well as original musicals composed by Mark Knopfler, Tori Amos, Guy Chambers, Howard Goodall and Dan Gillespie Sells.