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Sony HT-A5000 5.1.2-Channel All-in-One Soundbar (2021)

MSRP 900 EURNEX score 82%

Product Overview

Sony HT-A5000 is a premium 5.1.2-channel all-in-one soundbar with a rich set of digital sound processing features. It follows up on the HT-A7000 unveiled earlier in 2021, differing primarily in the omission of the two virtual "surround back" channels.
The HT-A5000 is compatible with not only Dolby Atmos and DTS:X but also Sony's Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro. The latter two enable the all-in-one soundbar to simulate the front up-firing ("front presence") and surround channels to convincing effect.
As has been the case with recent Sony soundbars, beam-forming tweeters are used for simulating the surround channels. They allow the soundbar to adapt to the setup of the listening room without the intervention of the user. The soundbar also has two X-Balanced internal woofers. These are racetrack drivers that maximizes the diaphragm area and can be found in many recent Sony products.
Like the HT-A7000, the HT-A5000 can be supplemented with wireless subwoofers SA-SW5 or SA-SW3 as well as rear speakers SA-RS3S.

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NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Powerful built-in subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X support
Cons
  • No way to tweak EQ
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Specifications

Connectivity

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

Construction

Form Factor
All-in-One Soundbar
Speakers
9 drivers, including dual build-in subwoofers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
140 mm
Size | Height
67 mm
Size | Width
1210 mm
Weight
6.1 kg

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
5.1.2-channels
HDR
Dolby Vision, HLG
Software
Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, Music Service Button, Works with Google Assistant,AirPlay2

Performance

Power Consumption
86 W
Power Output
450 W

Production

Accessory
Subwoofer: Optional SA-SW3 or SA-SW5 | Wireless Rear Speakers: Optional SA-RS3S
Availability
2022-01
Debut
2021-09-09

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The A5000’s built-in subwoofer is surprisingly powerful. Dolby Atmos Music can feel lackluster at times, but the A5000 lets you appreciate the emerging format to its full potential. When you consider its 8K compatibility, it could be 10 years before you need to think about upgrading.
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Pros
  • Powerful built-in subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X support
Cons
  • No way to tweak EQ

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony HT-A5000 review: The Dolby Atmos soundbar for hi-res audio fans. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/sound-bar-reviews/sony-ht-a5000-review/. 2021-11-08. Retrieved 2021-11-19.

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