Sony is strengthening its range of sound bars with a new model at a price (almost) more affordable than those announced this summer. Cheaper does not mean less good!
The HT-A5000 soundbar is the little sister of the HT-A7000, announced at the end of July. It offers 5.1.2 sound, two speakers less than the more upscale model (7.2.1). There are two upwards speakers, two beam tweeters, three front speakers, all offering surround sound to enjoy Dolby Atmos and DTS: X formats.
Sound everywhere in the living room
The device relies on DSEE Extreme (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) technology with Edge-AI artificial intelligence to convert music files in real time. According to Sony, this allows the HT-A5000 to recognize the instrumentation, genres and individual elements of each song (vocals, instruments) in order to deliver them in the best possible way. The bar also offers 360 Reality Audio for ” rediscover his music »By diving into it head first.
Signal processing also compensates for phase modulation distortion effects in the bass. We gain clarity while avoiding vocal distortion. At the rear, the bar offers a 3.5 mm audio input, an optical input, two HDMI ports, one of which is eARC compatible (HDCP 2.2 support). It also provides image quality up to 8K in HDR, 4K at 120Hz, and Dolby Vision.
The HT-A5000 acts as a Chromecast, it is also compatible with Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2. Google Assistant is also supported. In addition to Wi-Fi 5 (ac), the device communicates using Bluetooth 5.0. Coupled with a Bravia television, the two devices become the center speaker of the home cinema system: the sound corresponds exactly to the image displayed.
The HT-A5000 is priced at € 900, which is € 400 less than the HT-A7000. An attractive price for a top-of-the-range soundbar that ultimately makes quite a few compromises. However, it will be necessary to be patient, since the expected availability is at the beginning of next year.
Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.
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