Sony recently announced a new range of Home Theatre Systems, comprising a home theatre system, a soundbar, subwoofers, and wireless rear speakers. The product range can be broken down into the HT Series soundbars, while the rest of the items fall under Sony’s SA range.
For the soundbars, the lineup includes Sony’s HT-A9 and HT-A7000. Starting with the HT-A9, this system is the brand’s top-of-the-line product and even comes with all the latest audio technology it has to offer. This includes Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping Technology that creates 12 phantom speakers – created from the four physical speakers – to optimise the sound within a living space.
The speakers also use a cylindrical shape and design, made into a single solid block to fit as seamlessly as possible against the wall. Further, the HT-A9 is easy to set up straight out from the box and, obviously, best paired with Sony Bravia TVs. Lastly, it also supports 8K HDR, 4K 120 fps, and Dolby Vision.
The Sony HT-A9 system will be available from mid-October 2021 with an SRP of RM7299.
Moving down the list, the HT-A7000 lacks the 360 Spatial Sound Mapping Technology, but more than makes up for it with a 7.1.2-channel setup, built into the soundbar. This includes two up-firing speakers for overhead sound, two beam tweeters, five front speakers, and a built-in dual subwoofer. Flanking the speakers is the Vertical Surround Engine, as well as the S-Force PRO Front Surround that enables the soundbar to provide its user with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
In addition, the HT-A7000 also supports Hi-Res Audio, 360 Reality Audio, as well as the DSEE Extreme feature that restores the high-range sound of compressed digital music.
The HT-A7000 will be available starting mid-October 2021 with an SRP of RM5399. Like the HT-A9, the soundbar also supports the latest video formats, including 8K HDR, 4K 120 fps, and Dolby Vision. Additionally, the Bluetooth function on both soundbars also support streaming via Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, or Spotify Connect.
Last but not least, there are the SA-SW5 and SA-SW3 wireless subwoofer, and the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers, which are all optional extras that Sony is making available for those among you that want to complement the HT-A9 or HT-A7000 further. Specs-wise, the SA-SW5 can drive 300W of pure, deep bass via its 180mm driver, while the SA-SW3 houses a 160mm driver that puts out 200W of bass. As for the SA-RS3S speakers, they are rated for 100W and provide an additional and wider surround sound and can be wall-mounted.
The SA-SW5, SA-SW3, and SA-RS3S will be available from mid-November 2021 onwards and will have an SRP of RM2799, RM1399, and RM1299, respectively.