Sony Electronics introduced Thursday the HT-A5000 5.1.2-ch. soundbar, which includes features designed to directly integrate with Sony’s BRAVIA TVs for a compelling surround experience.

To accomplish this, the company employs its Acoustic Center Sync feature that enables using the TV’s onboard sound system as center speaker in the multi-channel layout.

Sony said the HT-A5000 was designed with action and sound precisely aligned to make the viewing experience more immersive and realistic.

The HT-A5000 will ship to authorized Sony dealers in early Fall at an $899.99 suggested retail price. Optional matching wireless subwoofers and wireless rear channel speakers are also available to add on.

The 5.1.2-channel soundbar includes seven balanced speaker units including side beam tweeters and support for wireless subwoofers and rear speakers, Sony said.

The soundbar is also outfitted with new HDMI eARC functionality and support for various high quality audio file formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X along with virtual assistant functionality.

The A5000 is among the first soundbars to support Sony’s 360 Reality Audio music surround sound system with access to 360 Reality Audio music on streaming services incuding Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and TIDAL. It will also support many popular two-channel Hi-Res Audio music formats.

The soundbar also works with Spotify Connect, Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to allow easily streaming favorite music services and file libraries.

Other features in the HT-A5000 include: support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio formats and includes a
Vertical Surround Engine, which is Sony’s advanced surround sound technology for a bigger listening experience at home. The front speakers and up-firing speakers, combined with Sony’s signal processing, reproduce “vertical” audio, meaning the A5000 soundbar can position sound in a vertical space.

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The A5000 also supports S-Force PRO Front Surround, that produces an even wider horizontal soundscape. Sony said this feature uses the front X-Balanced Speaker Unit and Sony’s digital sound field processing technology to virtually reproduce a large and immersive horizontal sound field.

Illustration of how Sony’s S-Force PRO front surround experience envelops listeners.

Also offered is passthrough support for advanced video gaming and movie features like 8K HDR, 4K120 fps and Dolby Vision.

To properly and easily calibrate and balance the sound experience to the room, the Sony A5000 comes with Sound Field Optimization. Built-in microphones intelligently measure the height and width of the room, as well as the position of the optional subwoofer and rear speakers, and optimizes the sound perfectly to the room layout. Users can enjoy Sound Field Optimization with or without optional speakers. User only need to activate the calibration process during initial set up or later from the home menu.

Adding an optional subwoofer to the system adds addition depth to low frequencies for greater impact and power. Two compatible models are available, designed to bring out deeper bass, more vocal clarity, and extra fidelity in all types of audio content. The SA-SW5 sub features 300 Watts of bass from a 180mm driver with passive radiator. The SASW3 features 200 Watts of sound from a compact bass reflex subwoofer with a 160mm driver.

Additionally, A5000 owners can add on the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers with 100 Watts of wider surround sound and wall mount capability for even more convincing surround sound effects.

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By Greg Tarr

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