There are plenty of audio players in the market when it comes to surround sound but very few can actually deliver good resonance. Sony is one of them and recently they handed us the Sony HT-A9 with SW5 surround sound system for review. We tested them out and this is what we could make of the new-age surround sound system.
Sony HT-A9 with SW5 surround sound system: Design
Okay, so we need to make it clear, the Sony HT-A9 is a four-speaker surround sound system that you can buy without the sub-woofer. So, in our case we got the SW5 sub-woofer to test with the wireless speakers, which will cost you extra. Out of the box, the Sony HT-A9 are regular cylindrical speakers which look modern dressed in greyish white.
These come with a small control box that connects to the TV using HDMI and then all the speakers connect to it wirelessly. Each speaker has mesh in front that hides an up-firing speaker, a tweeter, an X-balanced woofer and dual microphones. Mics are there in case you want to control the television with your voice.
Each speaker needs to connect to a power outlet with a wire, so you need to have a power point around the speakers. The speakers can be wall-mounted as well as kept on a table. The power input, power and connect buttons can be found at the bottom of each speaker.
Sony HT-A9 with SW5 surround sound system: Performance
Setting the Sony HT-A9 is very easy and in 5-10 minutes you are up and running. We placed them in a large hall and the sound is bombastic. We loved every bit of it and you get the perfect surround sound in a wide area. The surround only suffers if you are too close to the front speakers. Otherwise, as said the area of the surround sound is quite large.
To be honest, the thump and bass these four surround speakers make on their own is very good. You really do not need the extra sub-woofer in the form of SW5. However, add that to the mix and you get even punchier bass and great movie effects value. We saw a lot of TV shows, movies on Netflix and YouTube Videos. The experience was superb, as these also are tuned by Dolby Atmos.
To access Google assistant using the Sony speakers, you would need to download and add the speakers to Google Home App with a compatible smart speaker. So in a way, these speakers become an extension to the smart speaker you already own. All in all, we quite liked what these speakers had to put out. You get excellent highs and mid, and voice audio is crystal clear.
If you are looking for a theatre-like surround sound in your living room or small home theatre setup the combo can really work for you. If you can afford to shell out Rs 1,69,990 plus extra for the sub-woofer, Sony has got the best for you ready to be shipped giving you perfect surround sound. We are dreading going back to the regular TV speaker after hearing them for more than 10 days.
Sony HT-A9 Pros
Good to look at
Easy to setup
Sony HT-A9 Cons
You need to connect each to a power source
The cost might pinch some
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