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Sony HT-Z9F Black Friday DealsThe Sony HT-Z9F Black Friday Deals 2022 soundbar system is a solid setup. It does a great job of delivering dialogue through its dedicated center speaker. The wireless subwoofer gives it extra power during action movies and bass-heavy music.

This soundbar supports Atmos, but it does not have satellite speakers or upward-firing. Instead, it uses Sony’s S Force technology and Vertical Sound technology to create an Atmos surround sound effect. It has two Full HDMI inputs to support all audio formats. The soundbar also includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast to wirelessly listen to music.

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The Z9F’s design is simple and clean. The bar measures approximately a meter in width and has a removable grille that conceals three drivers.

Two HDMI inputs with ARC are available for rear connectivity. They can be used to connect to 4K HDCP or Dolby Vision compatible devices. You can also connect via USB.

Bluetooth is compatible with Sony LDAC extensions. Bluetooth headphones can also be paired to allow for private listening. Chromecast is built-in, and there’s interaction with Google Assistant.

Remember that the ZF9 has a 3.1 setup, and the partnering wireless subwoofer also has a forward-facing 16 cm paper driver.

The HT-Z9F has a full-function remote but also features touch controls for power, input selection, volume, and power. If you require one, there is an IR repeater.

You can upgrade the HT-Z9F with wireless rear speakers (Sony’s optional SA-Z9R), to make a physical 5.1 system. We were not provided with any, so we are concentrating on the basic proposition of the HT-Z9F.

It is easy to set up. Auto calibration is not available, but you can and should manually adjust the listening distance for both the subwoofer and soundbar. Onscreen orientation is provided by a clean Watch/Listen/Setup interface.

Performance

The good news is the HT-Z9F does indeed deliver an expanded sound field via post-processing virtualization. This is just a ploy for the ears.

The sheer number of processing options available can make it confusing. The HT-Z9F’s heart is Sony’s Vertical sound engine, which is supplemented with the Vertical S-mixer. Dolby’s Atmos virtual processing is also included. This virtual processing does a similar job as Sony’s Vertical Sound Engine but with a more precise sweet spot.

The remote control features Vertical S prominently. This does not turn the Vertical Sound Engine on and off. It toggles the upmixer and should be used only for non-object-based and two-channel sound mixes.

The Vertical Sound Engine automatically switches on when the HT-Z9F is connected to a DTS:X or Dolby Atmos bitstream. The Vertical Sound Engine cannot be used if Dolby Atmos virtual processing is desired.

The Vertical Sound Engine, as we said, is really quite impressive. It increases the soundstage’s size, allowing for movie soundtracks to be heard in greater detail. However, you won’t feel any overhead travel.

The effect is dramatic, however.

The soundstage appears to sink when Lois is submerged by the shockwave from Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice. The soundstage sinks backward but it muffles and sinks forwards as the fight between Bats & Supes continues.

The compact subwoofer is very deep, which is reassuring. The subwoofer does the bulk of the heavy lifting since the soundbar doesn’t provide much more than 200Hz. The integration between the two is almost seamless, which is quite impressive.

Okja (Netflix)’s Dolby Atmos audio has layered depth. The super pig is being liberated by the animal liberation team in an underground tunnel. There’s an omnipresent sense of echo and reverberation beyond the soundstage.

A strange mariachi track stands far from the action. Sub gives the heavy footsteps of the escaping porc as it thunders through the shopping center a convincing weight.

Dolby Virtualisation can be selected with the Vertical Height engine turned off to give the system a more convincing sense of surround sound. Dolby Atmos Amaze’s familiar trailer with its circling bird and subsequent thunder offers a captivating sense of surround. It is not possible to get the Vertical Height Engine to achieve this sensation.

It is up to you to decide which one you prefer. The Vertical Height Engine is more appealing to a wider audience and, unlike Dolby processing which translates DTSX.

The HT-Z9F doesn’t just focus on movies. The HT-Z9F is compatible with High-Res FLAC192kHz 24bit, and DSD. This makes it more interesting than you might think. Sony also offers DSEEHX plumping for low-res audio sources.

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Sony HT-Z9F Black Friday Deals 2022 sounds great. The soundbar did a great job placing the different elements of Justice League’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

can see where each of the alien wings is coming from as the parademons fly through the home of a family in distress. It doesn’t quite manage to place the sound directly overhead as well as some soundbars, such as Sony’s own HT-ST5000 – but, of course, that bar is equipped with dedicated upfiring drivers and is around PS1000 more expensive.

There is a great sense of height and width, but zooming heroes flying above seem to be coming from the top rather than directly above.

 

 

 

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