Japanese technology company Sony’s exit from the smartphone business in India means that the company has completely started focussing on its popular TV and entertainment ranges as well as sound products. The latest among these that the company has launched in India is Sony HT-Z9F premium 3.1 channel soundbar, that has a dedicated sub-woofer and an optional rear surround speaker. The speakers can help in upgrading the setup to a 5.1 channel.
The newly launched Sony HT Z9F is priced at Rs 59,990 in the country and can now be bought at pre-orders at Sony stores, major multi-brand electronic retailers and even e-commerce portals. The sound bar comes with a three-channel bar speaker that has a dedicated wireless sub-woofer included in it. Besides this, buyers also get an option to add Sony’s SA-Z9R wireless rear-channel speakers that are worth Rs 9,990. These speakers have been specifically designed to use with HT-Z9F soundbar.
As a part of an introductory offer, buyers who pre-book the Sony HT-Z9F will be able to get the SA-ZPR speakers without any additional cost. The soundbar is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and comes with the company’s own Vertical Surround Engine, that is supposed to enhance the surround sound quality of the device. It does so by virtually simulating overhead and surround channels of the soundbar. We should mention that Sony has claimed that the soundbar has a virtual 7.1.2-channel surround sound experience.
In addition to this, the Sony HT-Z9F has support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision passthrough that comes with HDMI ARC for connectivity. The soundbar also comes with Bluetooth, LAN, USB, and Optical-In connectivity. The soundbar also has support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Other than this, the new soundbar from Sony also comes with Wi-Fi and has a built-in Chromecast. So, you can use it along with compatible devices to cast it on televisions.
The Sony HT-Z9F soundbar also has a remote control. While the device has already gone on pre-orders in the country, it will only go on sale on July 8. As compared to Sony HT-X8500 soundbar, the newly launched device is an upgrade in terms of capabilities and features. But then, while Sony HT Z95F soundbar is priced at Rs 59,990, the HT-X8500 cost Rs 30,990. If you opt for the Sony HT-X8500, you will get features like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Vertical Surround Engine compatibility, but not the support for Chromecast or Dolby Vision.