Sony has announced HT-A7000, a flagship soundbar with high-end specifications. The HT-A7000 will be launching in September 2021 and will retail for approximately £1,200.
The HT-A7000 soundbar is a Dolby Atmos 7.1.2-channel system with two 2.1 HDMI inputs and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The soundbar intends to deliver a rich surround sound experience. The drivers are configured as follows: two up-firing, two beam tweeters, five front speakers and a dual built-in subwoofer.
The configuration means to ensure that the powers of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are felt fully. The audio features and speaker positions provide the impression that audio is coming from above, not only front, left and right. This effect is also bolstered by Sony’s Virtual Surround Engine, which smartly positions sound vertically, meaning that there’s no need to install ceiling speakers.
Sony has incorporated Sound Field Optimisation, a handy little tool that uses in-built microphones to tune the acoustic performance to suit the room.
A standalone subwoofer is available for additional bass if desired. Two rear speakers for a broader sound field are also available for purchase. Sound Field Optimisation will also work across these peripheral additions.
Those hunting an extra subwoofer will be able to choose between the SA-SW5 at £700 or SW-SW3 at £450. The SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers will cost £450. Note that these are the prices as currently provided by Sony and may change at launch.
The two HDMI 2.1 ports on the A7000 soundbar are a welcome addition. A passthrough of this generation offers full support of 8K UHD, 4K UHD at 120Hz and Dolby Vision HDR; good news for anyone lucky enough to have picked up an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.
Sony is also making sure that music fans are well catered for with the new flagship soundbar. The HT-A7000 has High-Resolution Audio and DSEE Extreme, two systems that work to provide digital audio with clarity and accuracy. 360 Reality is also here for those with Amazon Music HD, Deezer and TIDAL.