Sony HT-Z9F vs Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-Z9F

Sonos Beam review

Having had an opportunity to compare Sonos Beam vs Sony Z9F I noticed Sonos Beam supports playback from Apple devices according to the new Airplay 2 standard. In addition, it can be controlled, like all Sonos models, directly from the Spotify application. If you want to squeeze even more out of your home theater, expand the hardware of the Sonos soundbar with additional devices. For example, using the Sonos Sub Subwoofer, you add bass to your living room. For surround sound you will have to purchase two Sonos Play: 1 or Play: 3 and use them as “rear” speakers. There are 3.0 built-in channels. Sonos Beam

Sony HT-Z9F review

Usually Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars have integrated high-pitched speakers (pointing up), but the Sony Z9F deviates from this concept. Its design is 3.1-channel, based on sound processing by a digital processor (DSP), a soundbar with an extension of the sound field to a volume of 7.1.2 channels. However, this is what Sony claims. The purpose of the Vertical Surround Engine used in this soundbar is to create a realistic ambient sound, thereby immersing the viewer in what is happening on the screen like what we have in a movie theater. Only in our case, and vertically directed sound is also emitted by the front drivers. To compare Sony Z9F vs Sonos Beam it is also worth knowing that its power is 400W and it features 3.1 built-in channels. Sony Z9F

Sonos Beam pros & cons

Pros

  • Sonos ecosystem for music and multi-room audio
  • Alexa integration so this can replace an existing Amazon Echo or similar device

Cons

  • Sound field is not very wide if you don't have a small room with sidewalls to reflect the sound

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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Rating 4.8 4.8

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Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Sonos Beam

Model

HT-Z9F
Beam

Brand

Sony
Sonos

Reviews

220
2155

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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
65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
2.8/6.2
Sony HT-Z9F
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-Z9F
Sonos Beam

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  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 5.6Sonos Beam

The Sony HT-Z9F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-Z9F price