Sony has unveiled a new soundbar called HT-A5000. It has nine channels, which are distributed over the device in such a way that it must be suitable for Dolby Atmos.
It is in fact a 5.1.2 channel setup, with two speakers on the top and two on the sides. Because the sound in the room bounces off the ceiling and walls, the illusion is created that the sound comes from above and from the side. It is therefore suitable for surround sound, without having to place speakers throughout the room.
It is not clear exactly how many speakers he owns, but Sony does say that the two subwoofers are built-in. With a power of 450 watts, it will also be able to provide relatively large (living) rooms with enough sound, and optional separate speakers are also available. For example, it can be supplied with the SA-SW3 or SA-SW5 subwoofer, which have a power of 200 and 300 watts respectively, or with the SA-RS3S satellite speakers for 100 watts of extra power. The latter can be mounted on the wall.
The HT-A5000 can handle Sony’s DSEE Extreme and Edge AI algorithms. This allows the soundbar to restore the sound of compressed files. There is also support for 360 Reality Audio, which works with Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Nugs.net and Tidal. It is suitable for Apple AirPlay 2, has a built-in Chromecast and can connect wireless devices via Bluetooth and WiFi.
As for physical connections, it has an HDMI input and output, which are respectively enhanced audio return channel (earc) en audio return channel (arc) support. There is support for Dolby Vision if you use the HDMI connections as passthrough, and you can also connect via s/pdif. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa have not been forgotten either. It will be available from January for a suggested retail price of 900 euros.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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