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Sony HT-G700 Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony HT-G700 3.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer
Neoscore* 77%
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
  • Supports 4K HDR passthrough
  • Sony's Vertical Surround Engine
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Sony HT-G700 is an entry-level Dolby Atmos soundbar and subwoofer combo. It promises up to 7.1.2 channel surround sound according to Sony's marketing, though in fact most of those channels are emulated and not true Atmos surround sound. The bar has neither up-firing speakers nor rears.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1-channel soundbar with a dedicated discrete subwoofer. It has support for 4K HDR passthrough and Dolby Atmos. Priced at Rs. 47,990, the soundbar looks great on paper, but how does it perform? Find out in our review.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • 4K HDR passthrough and Dolby Atmos support
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

gizmodo[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1 channel system that can decode Atmos but uses Sony's secret algorithmic sauce to simulate height. It comes with a wireless subwoofer, but that's it—you don't have the option to add rear speakers or height speakers later on. Even without rear speakers, I did get a fairly immersive soundscape.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent Dolby Atmos soundstage
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Supports 4K HDR passthrough
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is a soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo which promises up to 7.1.2 channel surround sound. Most of those channels are emulated and not true Atmos surround sound -- the bar has neither upfiring speakers nor rears. The soundbar itself is a grey slab which is roughly 39 inches wide and 2 and five-eighth inches high.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding
  • Easy to set up
  • Wireless subwoofer
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The HT-G700 is a plug-and-play soundbar with a wireless subwoofer. Sony claims it can re-create surround sound and even Dolby Atmos. The $500 bar can only produce 3.1-channel sound, but it has impressive processing.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 3.1 channel surround sound
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Wireless subwoofer
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1 channel soundbar from 2020. It supports all common audio formats via its HDMI ARC and Full HDMI In ports. It can also play Dolby Atmos content, but it has to downmix it into stereo. Its boomy sound profile lacks a thumpy low-bass, which some listeners may find a tad bit disappointing, especially if you're a fan of EDM or action movies. However, if you prefer a different sound, it has a few EQ presets available, which is nice.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Good for dialogue and TV shows
  • Lots of EQ presets available
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS content
Cons[**]
  • Thumping and compression at max volume
  • Doesn't have a subwoofer

t3[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Sony HT-G700 Dolby Atmos soundbar is a sequel to the hugely popular Sony HT-X8500 that's been a staple of our list of the best soundbars for a while. This is a two-box system, meaning you get the soundbar that sits under your TV, plus a wireless subwoofer that goes wherever you want it. If you've been following recent soundbar options, it will make sense if we say that fills the gap between the Sonos Beam (our favourite lower-cost bar) and the new Sonos Arc.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos is great for DTS:X
  • Two HDMI ports
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1-channel soundbar that can deliver immersive 3D audio using not one, not two, but three competing audio technologies. The soundbar supports 3D object-based sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It doesn't deliver height effects with upfiring drivers that bounce sound off your ceiling. Instead, it uses virtualization to trick your ears into thinking you're hearing sound from above (not to mention from behind or from the sides)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 3.1-channel virtualization
  • Works with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and AirPlay 2
  • Easy-to-use Wi-Fi adapter
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support upfiring drivers

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 boasts a 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar and wireless subwoofer. The bar's height of 6.4cm will keep it clear of all but the most low-slung of today's TVs. It has a laudable collection of IR passthrough transmitters on the rear, so even it does block your TV's infrared receiver.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Works with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Integrated IR passthrough
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is an affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar that creates height channels through digital sound processing. It brings Atmos/DTS:X sound south of £500 but doesn't use upfiring speakers. All three speakers hew to a 45 x 100mm cone type driver design with the centre designated for dialogue. There are three audio modes available in Standard, Cinema and Music.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Atmos:X sound
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support upfiring speakers

whathifi[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Sony HT-G700 is a different proposition to the Sonos Beam. It comes with a wireless subwoofer, supports Dolby Atmos and has a dedicated HDMI input. However, it doesn't have music streaming, multi-room or voice control. It's a serious-looking bar, with a matte black finish and simple black grille.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
  • Wireless subwoofer
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ Sony HT-G700 Soundbar Review. ndtv. 2020-09-30 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ The Sony HT-G700 Makes a Great Case for Budget Dolby Atmos Soundbars. gizmodo. 2020-11-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony HT-G700 review: Room-filling sound at a premium price. cnet. 2020-05-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony HT-G700 review: Virtually irresistible. digitaltrends. 2020-06-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony HT-G700 Soundbar Review. rtings. 2020-07-09 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
8. ^ Sony HT-G700 Soundbar review. techradar. 2020-06-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony HT-G700 Review. trustedreviews. 2020-08-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Sony HT-G700 review. whathifi. 2020-09-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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