Sony has unveiled its flagship soundbar for 2021, the HT-A7000. With a length of 130 cm (which corresponds to a screen width of 55-60 inches), the novelty has a cross-section of approximately 8×14 cm. In these dimensions, it was possible to fit a built-in dual subwoofer, two upward facing and five front speakers, complemented by a pair of tweeters, not to mention the whole necessary electronics.
According to Sony, this speaker configuration delivers immersive 7.1.2 sound with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Immersive Audio Enhancement converts ordinary sound into “almost 7.1.2-channel”.
A pair of optional SA-RS3S wireless satellites can enhance the effect. One of two recommended wireless subwoofers compatible with the novelty will allow you to raise the low-frequency component: 300-W SA-SW3 or 200-W SA-SW5.
Virtual Surround Soundbar HT-A7000 is able to calibrate to the acoustics of a real room. The model received all the capabilities of HDMI 2.1: it passes 8K and supports 4K / 120 Hz gaming mode, and also works with Dolby Vision.
You can choose from Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, or Bluetooth for streaming. As expected, the HT-A7000 supports 360 Reality Audio and reproduces Hi-Res. In addition to manual control, you can also use voice control: Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
The HT-A7000 soundbar should be on sale in September – at the same time all the optional devices that complement it will be released. In Europe, the Sony HT-A7000 premium soundbar will cost 1,300 euros. SA-RS3S speakers will cost 500 euros, an additional SA-SW5 subwoofer – 780 euros, and SW-SW3 will cost about 500 euros.