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Sony HT-Z9F

Powered sound bar with wireless subwoofer, Dolby Atmos®, and Wi-Fi®

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Overview

Our take on the Sony HT-Z9F

Sony unveiled the world's first 3.1-channel Atmos sound bar — the HT-Z9F — to quite a bit of fanfare at the CES show this year. Folks who experienced the demo reported being surprised that a single slim bar and wireless sub could reproduce Atmos and DTS:X content with such an expansive soundfield.

Sony HT-Z9F Vertical Surround Engine for Atmos effects

Sony's Vertical Surround Engine uses digital processing to simulate overhead effects.

Atmos effects in a slim package

Sony unveiled the world's first 3.1-channel Atmos sound bar — the HT-Z9F — to quite a bit of fanfare at the CES show this year. Folks who experienced the demo reported being surprised that a single slim bar and wireless sub could reproduce Atmos and DTS:X content with such an expansive soundfield.

Traditionally the overhead effects of Atmos and DTS:X have been achieved with upward-firing speakers (or in-ceiling speakers if you have that capability). But this sound bar utilizes Sony's brand new Vertical Surround Engine.

This proprietary digital processing simulates height effects using only the sound bar's three front-firing speakers. Since it doesn't need to reflect sound off the ceiling or the walls, you can experience enveloping sound in rooms of almost any size, shape, or ceiling height.

Surround yourself

Ready for an even more immersive home theater experience? Pick up Sony's matching SA-Z9R wireless speaker kit for full surround sound.

A multitude of musical options

Do you have a pesky earworm that you simply must share with the rest of the living room? Don't worry — the HT-Z9F makes that easy with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And Sony's LDAC technology even allows the transmission of some high-res files over Bluetooth from compatible sources. There's also a USB port in the back for your thumb drive full of high-res songs.

A future firmware update will add Chromecast and Spotify Connect to your streaming options. That update will also give you the ability to group and control compatible speakers all over the house using the Sony Music Center app.

Product Highlights:

    System:
    • 3-channel sound bar and wireless subwoofer
    • creates virtual 7.1.2-channel sound with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
      • Atmos and DTS:X decoding for heightened, three-dimensional soundstage
      • click "Vertical S." button on remote control to convert any audio signal into immersive surround
    • allows pass-through of 4K and HDR content
      • supports Dolby Vision™, HLG, and HDR10 formats
    • Add optional Sony SA-Z9R wireless speaker kit for full surround sound
    • Google Home compatibility with future firmware update
      • gives you voice control over music features and volume
    Sound Bar:
    • 3 built-in speakers
    • S-Master HX amplifier
    • built-in Dolby® decoding, including Dolby TrueHD and Atmos
    • supports DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS:X
    • Sony's S-Force® PRO/Vertical Surround Engine offers an immersive listening experience
    • wall-mounting bracket included
    • 39-3/8"W x 2-5/8"H x 4"D
    • weight: 6.83 lbs.
    Music Options:
    • built-in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
      • LDAC™ Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming from compatible sources
    • USB port for playing MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, and DSD files
    • DSEE HX™ improves the sound of compressed music files
    • available with future firmware update:
      • Chromecast built-in for streaming music from the cloud with compatible mobile apps
      • group and control compatible speakers as part of a multi-room music system with free downloadable Sony Music Center app (previously called SongPal)
      • Spotify Connect lets you stream Spotify through the sound bar, controlled by your phone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
      • DLNA for streaming music from Android smartphones, tablets, and compatible PCs
    Subwoofer:
    • connects wirelessly to sound bar for flexible placement options
    • AC power required, cord included
    • independent subwoofer volume control (via remote)
    • 7-1/2"W x 15-1/8"H x 15-1/4"D
    • weight: 17.86 lbs.
    Connections and General Info:
    • 2 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output (one cable included)
      • HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to 4K video sources
      • HDMI connections support 4K/HDR video, Audio Return Channel, and HDMI-CEC
    • optical digital audio input
    • USB port for connecting a thumb drive or external hard drive for music
    • 3.5mm analog minijack aux input
    • Ethernet jack for connection to a wired home network
    • wireless TV connection available with future firmware update
    • total system power: 400 watts
    • remote control
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure ---
    Design Bar
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter ---
    Midrange ---
    Woofer ---
    Separate Subwoofer ---
    Subwoofer Driver ---
    Features
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dolby Atmos Yes
    DTS:X No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible Yes
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel Yes
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included ---
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response ---
    Powered System ---
    Sound Bar RMS Power ---
    Subwoofer RMS Power ---
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs 2
    HDMI Outputs 1
    USB Port Yes
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 2-5/8H x39-3/8W x 4D
    Sound Bar Weight 6.83 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 15-1/8H x 7-1/2W x 15-1/4D
    Subwoofer Weight 17.86 lbs
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