CES 2018 News: Sony announce World’s first 3.1ch Dolby Atmos soundbar with Virtual 3D Surround Sound
Sony has launched the HT-ZF9 Soundbar at CES 2018.
Sony claims that the Vertical Surround Engine processing of the ZF9 soundbar allows you to enjoy three-dimensional surround sound that takes your breath away - without the need for ceiling or up-firing speakers. It’s worth noting the HT-ZF9 also supports DTS:X.
Additionally, Sony is launching the HT-XF9000 soundbar with front two channel speakers, whose design concept is to match your TV elegantly. This 2.1ch bar might have fewer speakers, but it too offers the cinematic surround sound features of Dolby Atmos and the Vertical Surround Engine.
The Vertical Surround Engine in the HT-ZF9 soundbar can really produce a sense of helicopters whizzing above, says the release. Combining that with S-Force Pro Front Surround technology which improves the front surround sound field, means you may find it hard to believe this sound comes out of a 3.1ch soundbar thinks the manufacturer. Additionally, even without Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content you can enjoy virtual three-dimensional sound due to ”Vertical S.” button on remote, that can up-mix even two channel stereo content up to 7.1.2 channels and thereby create the height effect.
Alternatively, there is the option to add on a pair of SA-Z9R rear speakers, which are exclusively designed to partner with the HT-ZF9, and can extend your surround sound experience with a true surround sound speaker configuration.
The HT-ZF9 supports 4K HDR and Dolby Vision pass-through, so the original picture quality is passed directly through the bar to your TV, without any loss of quality, colour, clarity or brightness. There are two HDMI inputs and one output. On the audio side, the HT-ZF9 supports High-Resolution Audio formats including playback from a USB source. Alternatively, you can enjoy any of your other music files in near High -Resolution Audio quality from your mobile device via Bluetooth connection thanks to DSEE HX™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX technology).
The HT-ZF9 and HT-XF9000 soundbars are both designed to complement fully a selection of the new Sony BRAVIA TVs - so you can have a stylish set-up that partners elegantly, in terms of both material finish and physical shape. With these two soundbars you can also go cable-free, connecting your soundbar to your TV via Bluetooth technology to cut out the clutter.
The HT-ZF9 is also Wi-Fi enabled, so you can benefit from the advantages of having Chromecast built-in, and working with the Google Assistant. By talking to a smart speaker, you can play music from streaming services through the HT–ZF9, or you can opt for multi-room playback, which feeds the same music simultaneously throughout your whole house. Spotify Connect is also included.
The HT-ZF9 and HT-XF9000 will be available from spring 2018.
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