Sony announced Tuesday that it is adding a new soundbar supporting the company’s 360 Spatial Audio immersive 3D surround sound format in the model HT-A3000.

The Sony HT-A3000 ($699.99 suggested retail price) features 3.1 channels, three front speakers including a dedicated center speaker, and a built-in dual subwoofer. Coupled with Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround technology, the A3000 creates virtual surround sound that comes from multiple dimensions for full support of 3D audio formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, Sony said..

The HT-A3000 360 Spatial Audio soundbar was developed to deliver customers an enhanced home cinema experience with Spatial Audio Sound Mapping when connecting the soundbar to Sony’s wireless rear speakers, such as the newly launched, Sony SA-RS5 ($598 suggested retail) and Sony SA-RS35 ($349.98 suggested retail).

Sound Field Optimization uses built-in microphones to measure the relative height and position of the soundbar and rear speakers. 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology then creates multiple phantom speakers by synthesizing sound waves based on positional information, the company said.

According to the announcement, “the HT-A3000 allows for an enhanced home cinema experience by pairing with compatible BRAVIA XR TVs. Using the Acoustic Center Sync feature, both the soundbar and BRAVIA XR TV become the center speaker in the home cinema system.”

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Sony said the setup ensures the on-screen action and sound “become precisely aligned, creating complete immersion. Users will even hear dialog from exactly where the character is standing in the scene.”

The HT-A3000 and optional speakers were designed under a common Omnidirectional Block concept, Sony said.

The rounded edge design of the soundbar present “a single solid block providing wide-spreading sound, while the combination of rich material textures emphasizes an affinity with any living room environment,” Sony said.

Users can add the Sony SA-SW5 ($598 suggested retail) subwoofer with 300W of bass from a 180mm driver with passive radiator or, opt for the Sony SA-SW3 ($298 suggested retail) subwoofer with 200W of sound from a compact bass reflex subwoofer with a 160mm driver.

For high-fidelty music in surround sound, the HT-A3000 supports Sony’s 360
Reality Audio (360RA) system for immersive live concerts and studio recordings. Sony said “music fans can also enjoy 360 Reality Audio on Amazon Music HD, and TIDAL.”

In addition, the HT-A3000 offers easy access to popular music services like Spotify to stream albums and playlists using Chromecast, Spotify Connect or Apple AirPlay 2. Consumers can also stream wirelessly from their smartphone with Bluetooth technology or use the built-in Wi-Fi to stream music from their own devices.

The Sony HT-A3000 features DSEE Extreme, which uses Edge-AI to allow for real-time restoration of all compressed digital music files. This ensures users can restore the high-range sound that is lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience.

The soundbar offers voice control AI through “works with Google-assistant” enabled devices with Chromecast built-in or Amazon Alexa enabled devices. Users can add the A3000 to a speaker group using the Google Home app to start playing music, change the volume or many other functions just by using their voice, Sony said.

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By Greg Tarr

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