Sony has announced two new high-end home theater systems, the HT-A9 and the HT-A7000 soundbar, which featureand
The most unusual of the two systems, and therefore the most "Sony," is the $1,800 HT-A9. The A9 consists of four identical speakers, vaguely resembling the, and they all connect wirelessly to a central HDMI control box. The company sees the system as a bridge between a soundbar and an .
The A9 speakers can be placed almost anywhere around the room as each unit incorporates dual microphones to measure its relative height and position.
The more traditional, $1,300 HT-A7000 is a single soundbar that offers "7.1.2-channel" decoding, and it includes dedicated height and side-mounted speakers plus an onboard sub. The HT-A7000 is designed to replace thethat came out in 2017, but that model had a wireless subwoofer included.
Both systems offerconnectivity (with 8K HDR, 4K 120fps and passthrough) plus , and .
While neither of these offer a subwoofer, which is unusual for $1,000-plus systems, users can opt to add the $400 SW-SW3 or $700 SA-SW5 subwoofers. The wireless SA-RS3S rear speakers will also be available for $350.
Changes to Sony's home theater lineup have been slow in recent times -- for instance, alongside the HT-ST5000, the company's STR-DN1080 receiver is still available after more than four years on the market.
The two systems and add-ons will be available in the fall of 2021.