Sony HT-Z9F Soundbar Review

Performance
Build Quality
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $900 ($1,200 as tested)

AT A GLANCE

Plus

Atmos and DTS:X sound from a compact package
Easy setup

Minus

Limited overhead effects capability
Performance with music less impressive than movies

THE VERDICT

Sony’s soundbar offers an easy way to get Atmos, but you’ll need the optional wireless surround speakers for best performance.

Soundbars designed to deliver Dolby Atmos sound in an all-in-one package offer a convenient alternative to complicated—and pricey—setups that require in-ceiling speakers or “elevation” modules. We’ve checked out a few such specimens in Sound & Vision, including Sony’s HT-ST5000 ($1,500). Now, the company’s new HT-Z9F ($900), aims to deliver the same object- based Atmos—and DTS:X—experience from a more compact and notably less costly soundbar.

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