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Sony HT-A7000 7.1.2-Channel All-in-One Soundbar (2021)

MSRP 1300 USDNEX score 63%

Product Overview

Sony HT-A7000 is a high-end all-in-one soundbar with 11 channels, including a built-in subwoofer. Outputting 500W in total, the HT-A7000 supports a full suite of surround sound processing protocols and can be paired with optional subwoofers and wireless rear speakers unveiled at the same time.
With two up-firing speakers, two beam tweeters, and a built-in subwoofer, the HT-A7000 creates convincing virtual surround sound. It also support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as a result.
The beam tweeters in the HT-A7000 have now become a common occurrence in Sony's soundbars. They leverage the side walls and expand the sound stage. Other drivers feature Sony's X-Balanced design, which uses a rectangular shape to maximize the diaphragm area.
The all-in-one design of the HT-A7000 allows it to perform without the added hassle that conventional surround sound setups entail.
Alongside the HT-A7000 and its accessory speakers, Sony also introduced a new surround sound wireless speaker system, the HT-9.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Dolby Vision
  • Supports Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and more
  • Works with Sony 360 Reality Audio
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 63% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Great surround sound
  • Impressive Atmos performance
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Good surrounds performance
Cons
  • Poor surround and Atmos performance
  • No graphic EQ
  • Lacks more premium customization features
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No HDMI 2.1 support
  • No subwoofer level adjustment
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x HDMI (ARC) | [Output] 2x HDMI + 1x Optical + 1x mini-jack + 1x USB-A
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Form Factor
All-in-One Soundbar
Speakers
11 drivers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
142 mm (5 5/8")
Size | Height
80 mm (3 1/4")
Size | Width
1300 mm (51 1/4")
Weight
8.7 kg (19lb 2oz)

Function

Amplifier
Digital Amplifier, S-Master HX
Audio
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Dual mono, DTS, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS:X, LPCM
Bluetooth Codecs
AAC, SBC, LDAC
Channels
7.1.2-channels
Software
Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, Music Service Button, Works with Google Assistant,AirPlay2

Performance

Power Consumption
65 W
Power Output
500 W

Production

Accessory
Subwoofer: Optional SA-SW3 or SA-SW5 | Wireless Rear Speakers: Optional SA-RS3S
Availability
2021-09
Debut
2021-07-20

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The HT-A7000 is a feature-loaded Dolby Atmos soundbar that sounds great on its own. It's even better when accompanied by Sony's optional wireless subwoofers and surround speakers. With an easy-to-use on-screen interface, taking advantage of the speaker's full potential is more intuitive than with some of the competition.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Built-in wireless subwoofer
  • Easy-to-use on-screen interface
Cons
  • Doesn’t support Chromecast or AirPlay
  • No HDMI input

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 29%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Its neutral sound profile helps reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately. However, it lacks low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-packed scenes. It supports surround and Atmos content, though its performances are disappointing overall.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Dedicated sub and satellites
  • Balanced, neutral sound profile
  • Dialogue enhancement feature
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass
  • Poor surround and Atmos performance
  • Doesn't get very loud

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 47%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is good for mixed usage. This setup has a Sound Field Optimization room correction feature to optimize audio reproduction based on your room's acoustics. Its sound profile is pretty neutral, though vocals can be a bit muddy or muffled.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good surrounds performance
  • Supports Dolby Atmos content
  • Great surround sound
  • Good surround sound quality
Cons
  • No subwoofer level adjustment
  • No graphic EQ
  • Lacks more premium customization features

theverge[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The HT-A7000 is a wonderful, powerful soundbar, but it comes at a hefty premium. It's a great match for PS5 at the moment, but losing VRR on Xbox is hard to swallow for this kind of money. Sony's 300W subwoofer can push out some truly growling, reverberating bass.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Vibrant, immersive sound
  • Built-in subwoofer
Cons
  • No VRR or ALLM passthrough
  • No HDMI 2.1 support

whathifi[5]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Cinema' and ‘Standard' sound modes are selected. So effective and transparent is the performance of these wide tweeters that while watching the opening scene of Gravity in Dolby Atmos we repeatedly check that there isn't a speaker immediately to our side. In terms of height and precision, the performance is similar to that of the Sonos Arc but the width of the soundstage is more convincing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Vibrant, immersive sound
  • Impressive Atmos performance
  • Integrated subwoofer
Cons
  • No S-Force Pro Front surround

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony HT-A7000 review: A fully loaded soundbar experience. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/sound-bar-reviews/sony-ht-a7000-review/. 2021-08-16. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
2. ^ Sony HT-A7000 Soundbar Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/sony/ht-a7000. 2021-10-15. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
3. ^ Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module Soundbar Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/soundbar/reviews/sony/ht-a7000-with-speakers-bass-module. 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ Sony HT-A7000 review: a next-gen Atmos soundbar that’s (almost) perfect for gaming. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22623242/sony-ht-a7000-soundbar-review-dolby-atmos-xbox-series-x-ps5. 2021-08-13. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
5. ^ Sony HT-A7000 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-ht-a7000. 2021-09-26. Retrieved 2021-09-30.

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