Sony HT-X9000F vs Sony HT-Z9F

Sony HT-X9000F vs Sony HT-Z9F

Sony HT-X9000F review

I compared Sony HT-X9000F vs Sony HT-Z9F. HT-X9000F is 2.1-channel soundbar with Dolby Atmos / DTS: X support and Vertical Surround Engine. There are five modes for enhanced sound when playing games, listening to music, and watching movies, news, and sports. It features easy connection using HDMI / HDMI ARC. Sony’s latest Vertical Surround Engine surround technology lets you enjoy Dolby Atmos sound with just one compact device. Regardless of the features of the room, the two front speakers reproduce vertical sound, creating a virtual surround sound that seems to be heard from everywhere. Sony HT-X9000F

Sony Z9F review

First to mention in the Sony HT-Z9F vs HT-X9000F rivalry is that apart from the support for standard audio formats, the Sony Z9F includes various Dolby formats, up to Dolby Atmos, DTS to DTS: X formats. Its power is 400W and it features 3.1 built-in channels. There are various connection options, including Bluetooth and HDMI ARC. But even if you don’t have Atmos or DTS: X content, the soundbar will also have the ability to “add up” mixing normal surround sound into 7.1.2. Again, the effect was not as good as if it were with Atmos native content, but processing with improved mixing did a reasonable job of improving the sound, making the track we were listening feel more open in the process. Sony HT-Z9F

Sony HT-X9000F pros & cons

Pros

  • The subwoofer automatically connects to the soundbar
  • The sound bar is super easy to use with the TV
  • If you haven’t had the chance to experience the customizable sound setting features then you’re missing out

Cons

  • No real indication that the Vertical S is on

Sony Z9F pros & cons

Pros

  • Setup is fairly straightforward but did require a few visits to the manual
  • Listening to live recordings feels like you are at the show
  • The level of immersion in these speakers is completely magical

Cons

  • If you have a smart TV and use its smart features, you still need to maintain two remotes

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Product

Sony HT-X9000F
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

HT-X9000F
HT-Z9F

Brand

Sony
Sony

Rating

0
3.9 of 5

Reviews

0
60

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1

Supported channel quantity

2.1
3.1

Separate speaker (in package)

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

1
1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1
1

Coaxial digital input/output

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer
Chromecast

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

5.8 x 93 x 8.5/2.3 x 36.6 x 3.3
6.4 x 100 x 10/2.5 x 39.4 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5
3.1/6.6
Sony HT-X9000F
Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-X9000F
Sony HT-Z9F

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  • 2.5
  • 11.9
  • 2.5Sony HT-X9000F
  • 11.9Sony HT-Z9F

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