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Sony HT-Z9F Soundbar With Built-in Chromecast, Dolby Atmos Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 59,990

The new Sony soundbar has a dedicated subwoofer and optional rear speakers

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Sony HT-Z9F Soundbar With Built-in Chromecast, Dolby Atmos Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 59,990

The 3.1-channel soundbar also works with Google Assistant

Highlights
  • The Sony HT-Z9F is a 3.1-channel soundbar
  • It can be upgraded to 5.1-channel with optional wireless rear speakers
  • The soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and features Sony’s Vertical Surround

Sony's exit from the smartphone business in India means that it has turned its attention entirely towards its popular TV and home entertainment ranges, including its soundbars. The latest product to be launched by the company is the Sony HT-Z9F premium 3.1-channel soundbar, which has a dedicated subwoofer and optional rear surround speakers to upgrade the setup to a 5.1-channel one. The Sony HT-Z9F is priced at Rs. 59,990 in India, and is now available for pre-order at Sony stores, major multi-brand electronics retailers, and e-commerce portals.

The Sony HT-Z9F soundbar has a three-channel bar speaker, along with a dedicated wireless subwoofer which is included in the package. Apart from this, buyers have the option to add the Rs. 9,990 Sony SA-Z9R wireless rear-channel speakers, which are made for use with the HT-Z9F soundbar. As an introductory offer, buyers who pre-book the Sony HT-Z9F will receive the SA-Z9R speakers at no additional cost.

The Sony HT-Z9F is Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible, and also features Sony's own Vertical Surround Engine, which is said to improve the surround sound experience by virtually simulating overhead and surround channels, for what Sony states is a virtual 7.1.2-channel surround sound experience.

The Sony HT-Z9F further supports 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision passthrough, with HDMI ARC for connectivity. Additionally, the HT-Z9F features Bluetooth, LAN, USB, and Optical-In connectivity, and can also be used to invoke Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Interestingly, the soundbar also features Wi-Fi connectivity and a built-in Chromecast, enabling its use with compatible devices for smart connectivity on any TV.

The Sony HT-Z9F soundbar comes with a remote control for easy control, and goes on sale on July 8. The soundbar is a step-up in capabilities and features from the recently launched Sony HT-X8500 soundbar, which is priced at Rs. 30,990. The HT-X8500 soundbar also features Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Vertical Surround Engine compatibility, but does not offer the Chromecast or Dolby Vision support that is seen on the HT-Z9F.

  • Design
  • Audio Quality
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, 4K, Dolby Vision passthrough, HDMI CEC
  • Excellent subwoofer
  • Chromecast audio and Spotify Connect
  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Loud, wide, and detailed sound
  • Bad
  • Expensive
  • Vertical surround mode is gimmicky
Speaker Type Soundbar
Configuration 3.1
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Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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