Sony HT-Z9F rear speaker alternatives

JF1980

Active Member
I know this has probably been done to death but I haven’t found any accounts of people trying alternatives to the officially supported SAZ9R rear speakers.

I’m looking to upgrade my old soundbar after recently upgrading to an OLED Bravia. There’s no way I’m shelling out £1000’s on the HT-A7000 + sub + rears, therefore despite being a 2018 model the HT-Z9F still looks like one of the better options. That said the SAZ9R rear speakers have been discontinued and used examples are going for £500-600. They do still seem to be available from BestBuy in the US but looking at photos the rear states 110v not 110-240v, so I can’t just buy from there and change the plug.

The question is, has anyone actually tried using the SA-RS3S rear speakers with the HT-Z9F? Specifications suggest the Z9F and A7000 both use the same 5ghz OFDM ‘Wireless Sound Specification version 4.0’ which you would think means they are compatible with the same additional speakers. Questions on Amazon get an on the fence answer from Sony that they ‘are not guaranteed to work’.

If I already had the soundbar I’d take a chance on the rears and just return to Amazon if they didn’t work. The A5000 seems to have gone MIA.

Alternatively is there a new mid-range soundbar with rear option due to be released by Sony anytime soon?
 
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Bav16

Novice Member
Hi JF1980. I have both the soundbar and rear speakers. The rears are incredible. Add a full soundstage and take the atmos as well as the virtual surround to another level and well worth it in my opinion. I got lucky locally at clearance a year and a half ago for the rears.

I am actually thinking of selling them and the bar as we have upgraded to a Q acoustics system now as we extended our lounge.

If you can get a pair second hand it will be as good as (almost) the HT A700 - for a fraction of the cost. The sounder alone now sounds pretty flat. They pair automatically and no fuss - easy tp trunk as only one cable to the power.

Hope that helps.
 
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JF1980

Active Member
The official rear speakers for the Z9F are hard to get hold of, even used. That’s the point of asking whether anyone has actually tried the SA-RS3S with the Z9F. On paper, by the specs it looks like they should be compatible but Sony may have blocked them intentionally to force people to upgrade to the A7000 if they want rear speakers as an option.
 

Bav16

Novice Member
The official rear speakers for the Z9F are hard to get hold of, even used. That’s the point of asking whether anyone has actually tried the SA-RS3S with the Z9F. On paper, by the specs it looks like they should be compatible but Sony may have blocked them intentionally to force people to upgrade to the A7000 if they want rear speakers as an option.
I have listed my setup which includes the official supported rear speakers for sale (in classifieds)
I did ask at a local Sony store as ordered a refurbished TV but it was suggested the SA-RS3S would not work with the soundbar due to linking issues.
 

outoftheknow

Moderator
Just to note any interest in the sale needs to be posted in the classifieds thread for it - not here.

Thanks
 

TexasWilly

Standard Member
Yeah this sucks, my ZF9 is having issues and I just want a working replacement but its still £499 in the UK and I'm not paying that 4 years after release, not when pre-2018 Sony soundbars are being sold for 70% less than the RRP.

Its way out of warranty now, but maybe I should try my luck with Sony support? It has HDR passthrough issues that require a full factory reset/reboot to fix.
 

outoftheknow

Moderator
Calm down moderator, it was a statement, nothing that you needed to remove or get involved with in any way. Bit eager to moderate there!
That was a calm statement of the rules for everybody (and you) to read and be reminded - that’s all.

Members advising they have something for sale in the classifieds here is fine. Any responses in these threads is not.

There is also a rule about questioning a moderator’s decisions. First and only warning before you are formally warned and points issued.
 

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