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Sony Z9F Soundbar Specs
- Wireless Subwoofer included
- Ultimate Home Theater Upgrade with 3.1ch Dolby Atmos DTS: X and Vertical Sound Engine
- Seven sound modes for enhanced movies, music, gaming, news and sport
- 4K HDR compatible
- Voice enhancement for greater clarity
- Built-in Wi-Fi and easy BLUETOOTH streaming
- High-resolution Audio capable
- Stream music, online radio, and podcasts from your Amazon connected device directly to your Z9F soundbar. Just ask Alexa.
- Stream and control audio content with your favorite smart devices
- In the box: Remote (RMT-AH400U), Batteries for remote, HDMI Cable, Wall Hanging Bracket (with screws x 2), Wall Mount Template
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Sony Z9F Soundbar Review #Detailed
The Sony Z9F soundbar is equipped with a separate subwoofer and 3.1 (3 prime speakers, 1 inbuilt subwoofer) built-in channel system with the centre speaker. This combination is rated to give you a total of 400W audio output.
The soundbar also supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and VIRTUAL SURROUND TECHNOLOGY such as S-Force PRO, Vertical Surround Engine to give you an overall surround sound upscaled to 7.1.2.
Yes, Sony Z9F soundbar claims to give you an immersion surround sound experience upscaled to 7.1.2 levels (mentioned by Sony officially).
And it’s because of Virtual Surround Engine!
Vertical surround engine gives you the experience of surround sound even if your TV doesn’t have built-in speakers. The 3 front speakers create virtual surround sound that seems as though it comes from all sides.
Sound Quality & Overall Performance
The Sony Z9F delivers an surround sound field using it’s 3D Post Processing Virtualization.
However, it’s due to the heart of the Z9F is Sony‘s Vertical Sound Engine, along with the Vertical S Up-mixer.
There is also Dolby’s Atmos Virtual Processor. These three do similar jobs to each other, although Dolby’s is more refined than Sony‘s.
On the remote control, you toggle between the three processors. This doesn’t turn them on or off, but switches between them. So if you want to hear the most subtle differences in processing, you need to watch out for the remote control.
The HT-Z9Fs are a very impressive pair of speakers, but they come with soundbar (you need to buy them separately).
Sony HT-Z9F is a great choice for people who want to watch movies and television shows. It has a dedicated centre speaker for excellent sound quality, producing clear voices. It can get loud and fill a large room or crowd as Z9F has total of 400W audio output, and there’s also an audio enhancement feature to enhance voices.
Plus it supports 4K HDR Pass via it’s two 4K HDR passthrough HDMI ports.
Soundbar has three HDMI inputs, two of them being ARC compatible. It supports all audio formats (including Dolby Atmos) and can be connected to any TV or monitor with an HDMI port. There are different speaker modes to choose from, as well as a subwoofer mode with some bass enhancement options.
You can also use the Wifi and Bluetooth function to stream your favourite podcast or audiobook.
Build & Design
Soundbar: The Sony Z9f is a sleek looking bar with a nice metallic touch. The rest of the design is mainly plastic with a glossy black surface.
The speaker grilles are rounded, and the connection ports are hidden behind the unit.
Soundbars main unit size is 1000 x 64 x 99 mm (W X H X D). The total weight is 23.8 pounds.
Subwoofer: This product comes with a wireless subwoofer. Sony Z9F subwoofer is mainly wooden, with the port in front being glossy black. Sadly, the front of the woofer is covered with mesh fabric, so it could get dirty or torn.
It measures 190 x 382 x 386 mm (W X H X D). And it weighs 8.1 kg.
As for connectivity options, the sony z9f soundbar has 2x HDMI in pass-through ports that supports 4K HDR pass through, 1X HDMI out, 1X HDMI eArc, 1X ethernet lan, 1x Analogue in.
There is also 1 optical digital input port and 1 USB port for firmware update
Sony Z9F also comes with WIfi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. This means you can easily pair your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other devices. You can even use them to stream music from your phone, iPad, iPhone, Android device, etc.
You can cast content from these devices to the HT-Z9F using Chromecast Audio and play content stored on Spotify or Airplay 2.
As for controlling, Touch-sensitive controls are located at the top of the soundbar and towards the centre. You can control the soundbar by touching these buttons.
You can also control the soundbar with remote control and Voice control.
When it comes to smart features the speaker supports Amazon Alexa and Google assistant. This means you can use your voice to control the device.
Specification: Sony Z9F
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