Sony has always been a leading company in everything that has to do with audio. Not only in the headphone sector that has been making so much progress in recent times and where Sony has recently introduced new models but also in other devices, such as Sony Bravia output audio soundbars. And it has just announced two news.
The Sony Bravia output audio soundbars are born to help customers to enjoy the most immersive sound when they are enjoying their leisure in front of the television. Whether they are watching series or movies or improving the experience with video games, the idea is that they have a sound comparable to what they would have in the cinema or a professional studio. As usual with Sony, the names of its products are a problematic code to memorize: HT-G700 and HT-S20R. Let’s see what exactly each of the soundbars offers.
HT-G700, ideal for achieving the configuration you want
HT-G700 is the bar that made up of three front speakers that come with Vertical Surround Engine technology to have the most surround sound possible. This system is capable of creating locations to process sound by areas and extend the user experience. The bar comes with Dolby Atmos, 3.1-channel DTS: X, and the Immersive AE button focused on enhancing any stereo sound to turn it into the 7.1.2-channel surround.
The existing configuration options are extensive to give preference to the place of the room where you located, the size of the TV if you prefer to listen more to the dialogues or the effects. It also comes with a wireless subwoofer to boost deep and bass sounds. Both the bar and the subwoofer can pair with the TV via cable or Bluetooth. HT-G700 can purchase from this month for an approximate price of 450 euros.
HT-S20R, the most affordable soundbar
Those looking for a more affordable and more straightforward soundbar will find the Sony HT-S20R an option that may be interesting.
HT-S20R is a 5.1 soundbar with 400W of power that has two rear speakers and also comes with a subwoofer. With a simple and elegant design in the purest Sony style, it can use with both TV and mobile via Bluetooth. This HT-S20R soundbar can also be purchased from this month and will have an approximate price of 250 euros.
Sony Bravia Acoustic Surface Audio +
Sony integrates Acoustic Surface Audio technology into its high-end models. This sound reproduction system uses actuators located behind the panel, which transmit vibrations to the screen, making it a speaker. Yes, the sound comes from the screen directly.
In the Sony AG9 that we are analyzing, this system improves its performance. Since we are dealing with an Acoustic Surface Audio +, which adds a pair of support subwoofers with 20W of power. These two additional louder speakers add body to the sound by reinforcing the lower tones. That successfully compensates for one of the most common deficiencies in sound systems that integrate televisions with skinny profiles.
Specifically, we are dealing with a 2.2 sound system that offers 10W per channel in the screen actuators. And 20W for each of the support subwoofers with Bass Reflex outputs facing the rear of the TV. The sound experience is appreciated richer in nuances. And, above all, much sharper than in previous models that we have tested even at high volumes. Giving a more extensive frequency range between bass and treble tones.
One of the surprising virtues of the Acoustic Surface Audio + sound system that Sony uses in its AG9 is that the dialogues come literally from the actors’ mouths. So there is a better synchronization between what seen on screen and what the ear receives. No less surprising is how this sound system manages to separate the dialogues when both protagonists share the same shot. And the viewer can appreciate how the sound comes from each end of the screen where the characters appear.
On the other hand, this is all the directionality of the sound that you are going to find. Since the frontal origin of the music of the Sony AG9 does not manage to emulate a virtual surround sound. Like the one that you would get with a dedicated sound system. From Sony, they promise that the Sony AG9 that we are analyzing will soon be able to process audio in Dolby Atmos utilizing an update. Still, it just plays on a soundbar or multi-channel equipment through HDMI eARC.