NEWS: Sony's 2018 AV line-up boasts Dolby Atmos and Vision

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    1. Steve Withers

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      The article refers to the X700 being DV capable with Sony’s own DV capable TVs. What about DV compatibility with other manufacturers TVs?
       
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      Really intrigued by the HT-ZF9. When do you think we’ll hear about the pricing/release date?
       
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      Really looking for HT-ZF9 to buy. Can't wait... prices and availability
       
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      Yes this is a really interesting product because it actually decodes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and then, using psychoacoustics, actually delivers an immersive 5.1.2 experience. I like the option to add wireless rear speakers as well. I got the impression from talking to Sony that the release of the ZF9 was still a few months away.
       
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      Sorry I probably didn't make that clear, the player will support all versions of Dolby Vision, including the low latency profile created for Sony TVs.
       
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      Will they be DV out of the box though? Im still in the dark waiting for Sony UK to update my ZD9 for DV, but, hey, I’ve only waited for ovr a year and know that US customers have recieved it.

      Be interesting to know if these 2018 come with DV or if it will a future firmware update (that seems to be forever forthcoming).
       
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      No it won't be DV out of the box, Sony will update the software later, presumably after they've sorted out the updates for the TVs.
       
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      Am I right in thinking that these 2018 models are the first ones to support eARC, so apps on the TV can pass Atmos etc. to the soundbars over HDMI?
       
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      Apologies, I'm still a newbie on this. I was reading about this "low latency" Dolby Vision profile.

      Is it possible that the DV pass through on the HT-ZF9 may be "low latency" as well (I guess Sony to confirm)? Or is the "low latency" terminology not applicable here?

      Thanks.
       
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      The ZF9 and any other Sony product that supports Dolby Vision will support existing Dolby Vision but, as I understand it, will need an update to support the 'low latency' version of Dolby Vision being used by Sony's TVs.
       
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      There are some TVs and AV receivers being released this year with eARC support but I don't believe any of the Sony TVs or soundbars do. They certainly haven't mentioned this as a feature, nor is it in the specs.
       
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      Ah; I see - the specs list the advanced formats under 'HDMI input', but that's for the main inputs, not the ARC input. So if you only had a TV and soundbar you'd have no way to get Atmos from streaming apps (even if and when the apps supported it).

      To have any hope of that working you'd need something like the ubp-x700 player connected to the soundbar, the soundbar connected to the TV, and then stream with an app on the player, not the one on the TV? Which sounds a bit sub-optimal.

      Or just accept that Atmos is effectively just for UHD Blu-rays.
       
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      Actually you might be able to because eARC allows lossless audio (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) to be passed back via HDMI but Atmos can be delivered via Dolby Digital Plus, so you could theoretically get Dolby Atmos from an app on a TV just using normal ARC.
       
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      Still no update on HT-ZF9?
       
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      It seems to be somewhat available, Amazon had it briefly then it went out of stock, and Richer Sounds seem to have it but only in bundles with TVs(?).

      I guess that means it's (just) been released, but there aren't many actually around yet.
       

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