Sony HT-G700 soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos on a budget

Sony HT-G700 soundbar brings Dolby Atmos to tight budgets
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The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar and subwoofer combination complete with an affordable price, costing just £450 ($600/€540). Why so much cheaper than other Atmos soundbars? Well, the Atmos is delivered by far fewer speakers than more expensive models.

Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine aims to help the HT-G700’s front three speakers create up to a 7.1.2-channel surround sound – that is, a surround sound with a sense of height as well as width – in the absence of physical upward-firing and rear speakers. Sony says the signal processing has been improved over Sony’s 2019 2.1-channel HT-XF9000 to deliver surround sound to a wider area, too.

With the HT-G700, Sony also claims to have focused on widening the surround sound effect, by enhancing signal processing, and improving dialogue clarity, by introducing a dedicated centre speaker.

Sony is behind some of the most impressive Dolby Atmos soundbars out there, the HT-ST5000 and HT-ZF9. Its latest model hopes to extend the company's decent run of form, but at the cheaper end of the market. 

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So it can receive high-quality Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks from a connected TV, the HT-G700 has HDMI eARC connectivity, in addition to Bluetooth for simple streaming from a smartphone or tablet.

A press of the Immersive AE (Audio Enhancement) button can ‘upscale’ regular stereo audio to up to 7.1.2 surround sound, while Sony’s S-Force PRO mode can ‘lift’ sound higher to cover the top of larger TVs (Sony says over 55 inches). The more commonplace Cinema, Music, Night and Voice modes are also present to tailor the presentation to your content or preference.

Last but not least, an external wireless subwoofer brings the brunt, designed to produce a rich, deep bass that complements the bar’s performance.

The Sony HT-G700 is available from this month, priced £450 ($600/€540/AU$899).


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.

  • Briggsville
    I wish this was released about a month ago. I've only just bought a Sonos Beam and x 2 One SL's.
    This could be a game changer from Sony if it actually turns out to be any good. Atmos at a great price. I'll look forward to the testing and reviews.