Sony HT-Z9F Review and Specs

Sony HT-Z9F The latest Vertical Surround Engine surround sound technology allows you to enjoy realistic audio in the latest formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, which are used in movie theaters. And all this with just one compact device from our Sony Z9F review. Regardless of the features of the room, the three front speakers reproduce a vertical audio signal, creating a virtual surround sound that seems to be heard from everywhere. See other Sony Z9F specs.

Sony HT-Z9F review

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Features

It can drop to 31.5 Hz and slightly sticks out at a frequency of 50 Hz. The most melodic bass is heard in the region of 100 Hz. The soundbar cuts off the sound at a frequency of 200 Hz. When it comes to placement, it is best not to place both devices too far apart. The ZF9 soundbar is High Res Audio certified, as evidenced by the logo on the front panel. Tracks can be played from USB or via the network. You can play DSD and FLAC 192 kHz 24-bit, and if you have low-resolution audio sources, Sony offers DSEE HX scaling.

Design and build

The Sony HT-Z9F soundbar has a length of 1 meter, which is slightly shorter than the typical length of a 49-inch TV. It has a built-in front left, central and front right channels. The subwoofer is a large unit that is ideally located on the side of the TV and connects to the speaker, without wires. The panel and subwoofer look pretty simple, but in the restrained design, there is a sense of elegance that I appreciated.

Sony HT-Z9F

Connectivity

On the back of the speaker are the ports: two HDMI In ports, one HDMI Out port (which supports HDMI ARC / eARC), one USB port, one analog input (3.5 mm), Toslink optical input, for digital audio and an Ethernet port, to connect to the internet. The soundbar also supports HDMI CEC, which allows you to use one remote control to control all settings.

Setup

The soundbar setup is excellent and ideal for its purposes, with a strong emphasis on low and mid frequencies. This was done for spectacular and exciting sequences of actions, as well as keen dialogue and involving background results. Separate channels are designed for superior sound reproduction, where different parts of the sound can be effectively heard without suppressing each other.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It targets a specific buyer - those who really appreciate sound but don't want to spend ridiculous money
  • No issues connecting with my PS4PRO and being able to still use all my smart TV functions

Cons

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

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Common features

Product

Sony HT-Z9F

Model

HT-Z9F

Brand

Sony

Reviews

139

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0

Separate speaker connections

has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-Z9F

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