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Sony HT-A7000 Soundbar and SA-SW3 Wireless Subwoofer Review: Big and Powerful Sound at Home

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If you are purchasing for a high-end house entertainment audio system and you may have a beneficiant price range, there’s no scarcity of choices. Many folks would go for a multi-speaker system powered by a correct house theatre amplifier, however this additionally entails a sophisticated setup and set up course of, together with mounting the audio system and working energy and audio cables round your room. You may due to this fact need a soundbar for its ease of setup and use, even if you happen to’re prepared to splurge a bit.

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The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar is supposed for precisely that sort of buyer. Priced at Rs. 1,49,990, it is a premium 7.1.2-channel single-bar speaker system that guarantees premium performance, with help for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity, Dolby Vision and 8K HDR pass-through, and more.

Along with the optionally available Sony SA-SW3 wi-fi subwoofer (priced at Rs. 29,990) which I’ve additionally reviewed right here, this setup may make for a promising house theatre system with a handy bodily footprint. Is this the perfect premium soundbar system you should purchase proper now? Find out on this review.

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The Sony HT-A7000 soundbar has two top-firing overhead channel audio system together with a built-in subwoofer.

 

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Sony HT-A7000 soundbar and SA-SW3 subwoofer design and specs

The Sony HT-A7000 7.1.2-channel soundbar could be bought as a standalone gadget and is priced at Rs. 1,49,990 in India. However, Sony additionally sells it as a bundle with further audio system. You can purchase this soundbar with the SA-SW3 subwoofer (Rs. 29,990) or SA-SW5 subwoofer (Rs. 61,990), and SA-RS3S wi-fi rear audio system (Rs. 35,990) to broaden your setup.

For this review, I used the Sony HT-A7000 with the Sony SA-SW3 wi-fi subwoofer. This mixture is accessible immediately from Sony as a bundle at a promotional worth of Rs. 1,50,980 at the time of this review, which is only a bit increased than the price of the HT-A7000 by itself. You can add the wi-fi audio system if you happen to like as a separate buy, however this may make setup and set up a bit more difficult, since they should be positioned alongside or behind your seating space. The soundbar and subwoofer alone had been pretty straightforward for me to arrange myself, with each positioned close to my tv and drawing energy from the identical socket board.

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The Sony HT-A7000 bar speaker is sort of giant and heavy at 8.7kg. It’s roughly the identical size as a typical 55-inch tv, and additionally huge sufficient that it must be positioned on a big desk or house entertainment unit. The measurement (and worth) of the HT-A7000 signifies that it’s best paired with a premium tv, and its built-in connectivity and amplification imply that you do not want an AV receiver or house theatre amplifier.

The bar speaker itself appears to be like premium and very engaging, with a steel grille, shiny floor at the highest, and cloth overlaying the 2 top-firing overhead channels. The contact controls for energy, Bluetooth connectivity, sign supply, and quantity are on the highest of the soundbar. The entrance of the HT-A7000 has a small monochrome show that signifies its energy standing, the supply that is in use, and quantity ranges. The show was a bit onerous to learn from a distance, however it’s greater than enough for the aim it serves.

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The Sony SA-SW3 subwoofer has a rated output of 200W

 

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A distant is bundled with the Sony HT-A7000, and has detailed controls for navigation, show, subwoofer quantity adjustment, and sound mode choice, amongst different issues. Also included within the gross sales bundle are the ability wire for the soundbar, a 3.5mm audio cable for wired connectivity, and an HDMI cable.

The Sony HT-A7000 is a 7.1.2-channel speaker system with 5 entrance audio system, two beam tweeters, two top-firing overhead-channel audio system, and a built-in subwoofer. This soundbar has a complete rated energy output of 500W. The SA-SW3 subwoofer has a rated output of 200W, and wi-fi connectivity with appropriate Sony merchandise, together with the HT-A7000, is straightforward to arrange.

Connectivity choices on the Sony HT-A7000 embody two HDMI inputs, one HDMI output with ARC/eARC help, an analogue stereo jack, optical audio enter, and a USB Type-A port. You can due to this fact concurrently join two supply gadgets akin to streaming gadgets, gaming consoles, or Blu-ray gamers on to the HT-A7000, which might then connect with your TV or projector utilizing HDMI ARC or eARC. The HT-A7000 helps video sign pass-through as much as the Dolby Vision, 4K-120Hz, and 8K HDR codecs, so this speaker is future-ready and able to dealing with most present supply gadgets.

Alternatively you possibly can merely use the optical audio enter or the HDMI ARC connection to your TV to obtain audio. I used the Sony HT-A7000 with totally different sensible televisions throughout my review, counting on HDMI ARC for the sound sign, and it labored as anticipated. Various sound codecs as much as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are supported by the HT-A7000, together with Sony’s personal DSEE Extreme, Vertical Surround Engine, and 360 Reality Audio enhancement options.

The Sony HT-A7000 has Bluetooth 5 connectivity, with help for the SBC, AAC, and LDAC Bluetooth codecs. There can be Wi-Fi, which permits Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and built-in Chromecast audio help. HDMI CEC is supported, letting you utilize your linked gadgets to manage the soundbar.

The Sony SA-SW3 wi-fi subwoofer has a uninteresting, patterned texture on the highest and sides, and cloth overlaying its entrance. The again has buttons for energy and wi-fi linking, and a socket for the included energy cable. The entrance of the subwoofer has a small indicator gentle, which reveals the ability and connectivity standing of the gadget.

This subwoofer solely connects wirelessly to appropriate Sony audio programs such because the HT-A7000 soundbar. The course of was easy and the connection was steady all through my time with these two items. It is not potential to regulate the subwoofer quantity immediately from the SW3 itself, and I wanted to make use of the distant of the HT-A7000. This was typically obligatory given the sheer energy of the subwoofer.

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Connectivity choices on the Sony HT-A7000 embody HDMI with ARC/eARC help, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more

 

When linked to a show, you possibly can open up the visible interface of the Sony HT-A7000 to pick out supply gadgets, alter settings, and discover and activate the varied connectivity choices. This was additionally essential to calibrate the audio based on my room surroundings, link the SA-SW3 subwoofer to the bar speaker, and change the audio format and primary sound settings for correct listening. It’s , clear interface that works effectively for its goal.

Sony HT-A7000 soundbar and SA-SW3 subwoofer performance

Looking past its design, connectivity choices, and uncooked specs, the Sony HT-A7000 is sort of a beast in terms of performance. It was very straightforward for me to arrange and function, and though there was a small studying curve and sure tweaks wanted to be carried out, I shortly managed to get the HT-A7000 and SA-SW3 performing at the sort of degree that I anticipated of a soundbar system that prices over Rs. 1,50,000.

I used the Sony HT-A7000 and SA-SW3 primarily as a sound system for my tv whereas watching varied motion pictures and TV reveals throughout audio codecs together with Dolby Audio, 5.1 encompass, and Dolby Atmos, counting on HDMI ARC for connectivity. I additionally often used Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth to stream music.

Of all the films and TV reveals I watched whereas utilizing the Sony HT-A7000 soundbar and SA-SW3 subwoofer, Dune on Amazon Prime Video was maybe probably the most memorable, despite the fact that it did not use any superior audio format. Initially, the deep, rumbling soundtrack put the subwoofer to good use, however with completely no changes, voices sounded too smooth and acquired misplaced within the atmospheric background sounds and intense motion sequences of the film.

This was shortly and simply mounted by turning off the DSEE Extreme mode, enabling the Auto Volume adjustment setting, and setting the Voice Dynamic Range function to ‘Auto’. This allowed the soundbar to tweak sound ranges to swimsuit no matter was being performed, on the fly. Indeed, it adjusted itself shortly and dynamically to swimsuit softer voices in scenes as wanted. This did are inclined to have an effect on soundtracks a bit adversely, significantly the opening credit, which sounded a bit unusual. However, vocals and motion sequences sounded excellent.

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The bodily controls for the Sony HT-A7000 are on the highest 

 

There had been occasions once I wanted to decrease the subwoofer quantity, which at excessive ranges, was often overpowering with its intense bass. Once all of those preliminary setup points had been tackled, I used to be actually in a position to benefit from the loud, intense, atmospheric, and immersive sound that the Sony HT-A7000 and SA-SW3 produced. I did nonetheless often must tweak the subwoofer quantity, however these changes had been fast and straightforward, and totally price it to permit the HT-A7000 to work effectively with the content material being performed.

Indeed, my expertise with Dune significantly more enjoyable than when counting on solely the Philips 55PUT8115/94 tv’s – or somewhat most televisions’ – primary speaker system. The audio high quality and sound expertise of the Sony soundbar additionally far outclassed the image ranges that this specific Philips TV managed, which is why I discussed at first that it is best to match this speaker setup with a TV of comparable stature for the perfect house cinema expertise.

At reasonable quantity ranges, the sound from the Sony soundbar and subwoofer felt robust and partaking, whereas even at decrease quantity ranges, informal content material akin to sitcoms or late night time viewing had been completely pleasurable.

Dune additionally let me strive the native sound post-processing modes, together with Dolby Speaker Virtualiser and DTS Neural:X. There’s a 3rd mode known as ‘Sound Mode On’ which presumably preserves the unique supply audio with out including any enhancements. DTS Neural:X was maybe the more spectacular of the 2 post-processing modes, including way more atmospheric aggression and temper to the sound. The Dolby Virtualiser mode saved issues a bit more uniform and smooth, whereas nonetheless enhancing vocals.

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Priced at over Rs. 1,50,000, the Sony HT-A7000 and SA-SW3 bundle is pricey, however performance is superb

 

Sound Mode On was finest used with Dolby Atmos content material to make sure no modifications had been made to the sound sign. With Our Great National Parks on Netflix, performance was glorious as there was respectable virtualised encompass sound regardless of the dearth of bodily rear audio system. The sounds of nature, significantly flowing water and the chirping of birds, had a definite sense of directionality and a large soundstage that was impressively audible at the edges and above the place I used to be sitting.

Even with out the Sony SA-SW3 subwoofer, the Sony HT-A7000 delivered glorious sound, albeit with expectedly much less low-end grunt. I wasn’t upset with the bass ranges, however I undoubtedly felt that the SW3 subwoofer added some helpful and useful assault and punch to the sound, significantly in intense motion pictures and TV reveals, and even music. The ‘Immersive AE’ mode improved the soundstage each vertically and horizontally, however appeared to make the general sound rather less cohesive and sharp, significantly voices.

Music sounded surprisingly good on the Sony HT-A7000 and SA-SW3, because of their sheer energy and assault. The tuning of the drivers naturally favours motion pictures and TV reveals, however that stated, it is a workable choice for infrequent music listening.

Audio high quality was expectedly higher with AirPlay and Chromecast than Bluetooth, however I did face some connectivity bugs with AirPlay which precipitated music to cease or the soundbar to not reply to playback controls on my iPhone now and again. Bluetooth was more steady when it comes to connectivity, and LDAC Bluetooth codec help made for respectable sound high quality when used with an Android smartphone.

Verdict

It could be argued {that a} soundbar won’t ever fairly match as much as a correct encompass sound system, however an excellent soundbar nonetheless has sufficient potential to make the distinction considerably irrelevant. The Sony HT-A7000 is sort of spectacular, enhancing the sound expertise throughout genres and content material, and including helpful post-processing and particular tuning the place obligatory. Combined with the Sony SA-SW3 subwoofer, it is a formidable house theatre system however continues to be straightforward to arrange and function.

That stated, it is undeniably very costly at round Rs. 1,50,000 for the combo; maybe greater than it must be given you can get soundbars which are additionally excellent, such because the Sony HT-Z9F, for significantly much less. However, if cash isn’t any bar and you are in search of an excellent (and handy) house audio system to enrich your premium tv and house decor, there is not a lot else that comes near what the Sony HT-A7000 has to supply.


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