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Review: Sony HT-A7000 premium soundbar

The Sony HT-A7000 is the manufacturer’s flagship 7.1.2 configuration released in 2021. It has been announced that it supports Sony’s virtual surround engine and S-Force PRO front surround technologies, which help create a more immersive listening experience. You can also upgrade this configuration with a subwoofer and satellites, which are sold separately. Its main competitors are Sonos Arc, Sony HT-A9 and Samsung HW-Q950A.
The Sony HT-A7000 has two subwoofers built into the bar. They are located to the left and right of the central enclosure. You can also purchase a dedicated subwoofer, which is sold separately.

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar

The Sony HT-A7000 is a stylish soundbar with a high-end design. It is mainly made of high-quality plastic with a metal grille on the front. However, unlike the Sony HT-ST5000, the grille cannot be removed to expose the speakers. That said, the grille is transparent enough that you can see the speakers behind it. There is also a glass and fabric cap covering the ignition conductors on top.

The Sony HT-A7000 has an impressive build quality. It is mainly made of plastic, which feels strong and durable, and the metal grille on the front helps protect the drivers inside. On the top there is a glass plate which gives you a more premium feel. The fabric covering the runners getting up is a bit loose, but seems to be of good quality overall. It’s big and heavy, but it’s premium.

The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar offers good stereo audio performance. Its stage is perceived as wide enough thanks to its s-Front PRO Front Surround technology, which uses front speakers to reproduce the sound field. However, their attention is only average, and the sound objects seem to come from a more general area than from a specific, precise location. For a setup with a better audio scenario, check out the Sony HT-A9.

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar

The Sony HT-A7000 is decent for music. It has a room correction function called Sound Field Optimization that automatically optimizes audio playback based on the acoustic characteristics of the room. Its frequency response is neutral, with an extra boom on the bass, making it suitable for most musical genres. However, he strives to sound low-low, so that he does not hear the deep roar in genres like EDM and hip hop. There are not many customization options.

The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar is suitable for dialogue-oriented content such as TV shows. Its discrete center channel allows voices to be more accurately located in a precise position in the sound image, and its balanced frequency response reproduces the dialogue clearly and accurately. There is also a dialogue enhancement feature to make the voices clearer and sharper. However, it does not become very strong, which can be disappointing.

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar

The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar is a solid for movies. Its neutral sound profile makes it possible to reproduce the dialogue clearly and accurately, but it lacks low bass, so you don’t hear the deep rumble in the action-packed scenes. It supports immersive content and atmosphere, although overall its performance is disappointing. Besides, it doesn’t get too loud.

The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar is a premium 7.1.2 configuration released in 2021. It has been announced that it supports S-Force PRO front surround and vertical Surround engine technologies for a more immersive listening experience. Its default audio profile is fairly neutral with an extra punch on the bass, making it suitable for listening to most types of audio content. However, it does not become very strong. In addition, in our subjective listening tests, we found that it is best to adjust the EQ preset based on the content you are listening to, which can be inconvenient for some users. Video: YouTube/Sony Photo: Sony

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar specs:

Main Unit Size – Body Only (W x H x D)

1300x80x142mm

Main Unit Size – Body Only (W x H x D) (INCH)

51 1/4×3 1/4×5 5/8 in

Main Unit Weight – Body Only

8.7 kg

MAIN UNIT WEIGHT – BODY ONLY (OZ)

19lb 2oz

Amplifier

Amplifier Type

Digital Amplifier, S-Master HX

Amplifier Channels

11ch

Power Output (Total)

500W

Subwoofer

Subwoofer Type

Built-in

Interface

Input and Output Terminals

Optical-audio input, Analogue audio input(stereo mini), USB typeA, File System:exFAT/FAT12/16/32,vFAT

IEEE802.11 version

a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth

Yes

Bluetooth version

Ver5.0

HDCP2.2

Yes

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