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- SUPERIOR SOUND: Vertical Surround Engine with max 7.1.2ch sound creates a truly immersive experience
- 5 SOUND MODES: Customize your television viewing with movie, music, gaming, news and sport settings
- 4K COMPATIBLE: A 4K HDR 18 Gbps pass-through preserves the clear, crisp sounds of 4K entertainment
- WIRELESS STREAMING: Stream hi-res audio with the systems Chromecast or use the Sony Music Center app
- EASY CONNECTIVITY: Connect via HDMI / ARC, optical or analog / stereo mini input cables or via USB
- SLIM & COMPACT: Speakers are 39.37 x 2.62 x 4″ in size while subwoofers measure 7.5 x 15.12 x 15.25″
- IN THE BOX: Z9F soundbars come with an external subwoofer, remote, HDMI cable and mount accessories
Customer’s honest reviews and opinion about the product.
(Definitely click on the UPDATED review’s at the bottom of the page)
June 8, 2018
EDIT2 (30 Jun 2018): REAR level turned down to 6. Switched my preferred sound mode to STANDARD, it seems to be the mode that least tampers with outgoing sound. Trying the other modes I found that CINEMA created more of an echo and some lost vocal clarity. MUSIC pushed the center-stage further away and vocals drop significantly. I originally elected to stay in GAME mode, but realized over time it was also slightly muddying vocals and quietting some of the rear channels for music/movies. I’d love to hear other buyers’ opinions on these modes and confirm they are hearing similiar things. I’ll stay in STANDARD for now and report back later to see how it’s holding up with various media.
EDIT: Upon further listening, I did some blind tests by listening to music and discovered turning off “DSEE HX” found at HOME > ADVANCED SETTINGS > AUDIO SETTINGS resulted in greatly preferred sound quality (my preference being mostly flat with slightly warmer low-end and a drop off at the extreme high end for less harsh treble, for an overall warm/fun sound). For the blind test, I listened to a few 320 kbps songs I’ve used to tune several of my audio devices/systems and noticed that turning off “DSEE HX” results in less harsh/spikey treble, allowing a little more of the mids to expose as a result. I also noticed slightly less of an echo effect after turning that setting off. What exactly is going on there, I’m not sure. But seeing as most cases I’m not listening to garbage quality audio from 128 kbps napster mp3s or VHS tapes, I see no need to keep it on and arbitrarily “upscale” things, as clearly it’s doing something wonky to make things sound too artificial.
Also, I was playing Shadow of the Colossus on PS4PRO in HDR and the horse came up behind me randomly and his footsteps scared the living crap out of me because they sounded so real and the direction of sound/timing was unexpected. I thought something was actually coming from behind me! Awesome!
-LGOLED65B6P + PS4PRO + Z9F + Z9R
-My Z9F settings (small sized room): Front 9Ft, Sub 9Ft, Rear Left 6.75Ft, Rear Right 4.25Ft (asymmetrical for my weird room setup). (0/0/0/-0.5 dB), Rear Level 6, Sub Level 7, Vertical Surround ON, Mode = STANDARD
-Sub and Rear speakers (not included) are all wirelessly connected and extremely seamlessly. It’s a very clean setup!
-The vertical surround is killer, it really makes for a very unique surround listening experience. You can turn it off, but the difference is super noticeable.
-No issues connecting with my PS4PRO and being able to still use all my smart TV functions (Amazon Video, Netflix, Youtube, etc) to play videos.
-Distance/dB settings allowing you to refine your seating position
WHY NOT 5 STARS?
-Sound adjustments are super abstract. This is essentially (with the rear speakers) a $1200 sound system with very unspecific sound settings. Sony needs to implement an “Expert” mode where you can refine your own sound curve. Unfortunately, you are just left with “CINEMA/MUSIC/GAME/AUTO/STANDARD/NEWS/SPORTS” and “REAR and SW” controls to try to iron out the sound you prefer – which are very undescriptive and very difficult to delineate. I want the option to individually adjust frequencies or AT LEAST treble/mid/bass!
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
-PS4PRO will not play in 4K or HDR unless you go into the settings of your Z9F – HOME > Advanced Settings > HDMI and enable “Enhanced” on the HDMI port you are using. This is so the 4K 60FPS data can pass through your soundbar’s port to your TV. It’s defaulted to not do that.
-It’s a soundbar. You get what you buy, which is essentially 3 tiny speakers with a subwoofer on the side and optional rear speakers. Don’t expect the most brilliant mid-range ever being produced out of such small speakers. Does it sound good? Yes, but it’s physical limitations will keep it from sounding as good as other systems driving larger speakers.
For a soundbar system, these things are awesome. Yes, I’m going to keep them. In the end, I wish there was a little more user-end customization with the sound signature, but the clean setup, unique surround sound, and seamless wireless connections make this a solid system worth having. Recommend if you pick these up, also purchase the Z9Rs for a total experience. If you’re looking for a clean, compact, wireless surround soundbar setup, this is a very solid pickup and will give you a sound that defies its dimensions. If you’re doing some hardcore surround sound theater home setup, look elsewhere for real sized wired systems.
April 20, 2018
TL;DR Version — Yes, it’s worth every penny. Buy the rear speakers, too. This is my favorite thing. You don’t even know what you’re missing.
BEST FOR — People who appreciate audio but aren’t building dedicated theaters, people with reasonably-sized rooms and apartments, those that love “that movie sound”. Great for the everyday person who appreciates fantastic sound but just wants an easy living room setup.
NOT BEST FOR — Large spaces, those who want huge amounts of volume, those expecting tower-level performance out of a soundbar
The Long Story
First, about me. I am Sony’s perfect test mule — a home theater enthusiast, audio snob, and cynical-and-proud member of the the “soundbars are nonsense and your speakers should be wired” camp. When this popped up replete with all the buzzwords — Atmos, ‘virtual 7.1.2′ (but runs 3.1??), Google Assistant, Chromecast-casting, wireless, Bluetooth, and pasta maker — you can bet your sweet little behind I was going to jump on it. I’m a bit of a crazy person insofar as I actively seek out things to prove me wrong and learn. This could be my opus, and boy was it ever.
Overall, you will be hard-pressed to find this much bang for this little buck. “Little” is relative, you’re still staring down a sound system that clocks in at nearly $1200 (at time of writing) with the rear channels. However, unless you’re willing to go down the dark rabbit hole of dedicated theaters with the right speakers in the right places (and let’s be honest, you aren’t looking at soundbars), I can’t imagine you’ll find a better experience.
Setup is fairly straightforward but did require a few visits to the manual. I have a 4K TV which requires a few changes in advanced settings, but it’s nothing the manual doesn’t walk you through. Beyond that, it’s pretty plug-and-play. Speakers pair themselves when you plug them in and the “easy setup” wizards require no additional thought. Stupid-simple. Love it.
As soon as it was setup, I wanted to check its ability to actually cast audio. I fired up Spotify on my phone and — sure enough — there it was. I chose a live recording to see what this could do in terms of soundstage…and quit doing anything for the next hour. I know it’s the most generic description ever…but you’re there. This is genuinely an immersive experience. Listening to live recordings feels like you are at the show. It’s beautiful, magical, and intoxicating. Which leads us to the next question…what does that mean for movies and the like?
VIDEO AND ATMOS
The soundbar features a demo mode so I figured I should test that and HOLY BANANAS IS THIS INCREDIBLE! Remember that line about the dog? In this demo, there are fireworks. I look over at the dog, who is looking at the ceiling, and I can think of no better example. If a dog is confused, they’re doing something right. The level of immersion in these speakers is magical. They’re so good at it, actually, that it makes me mad at all of the things that print “immersive sound” these days because they’re doing an injustice to these.
Sound from TV to movies is balances and dead-simple to setup. Watching a few other TV shows and movies had the dog over at the speakers enjoying a saxophone and made everything come to life. One of the big gaps in higher-end audio is that it can be hard to balance unless you’re really into that kind of thing. This balances voices and sounds easily and didn’t require any additional tuning on my part.
Next up — God of War in Video Game mode. This should be the pinnacle of all things Sony — a Sony TV running a Sony game on a Sony PS4 through a Sony soundbar tuned by Sony Playstation engineers. This isn’t the first time I have played video games in a theater setting but it is the first time I was able to pinpoint sounds. Some sounds fall flat but I don’t think it’s the speakers’ fault — I think they aren’t rendered with authentic sound and speakers can only replicate what they “hear”. Smaller sounds like voices sound incredible. Sound effects are a bit flatter.
As for 3.1 equating to 7.1.2, I think that’s a bit harder of a stretch. However, I would argue that it’s not the speakers fault. These seem to already bend the laws of physics to create an immersive sound and you need to at least meet physics halfway by picking up the rear channels. There’s a very noticeable difference with or without the rears (as you’d probably expect). However, this sound system doesn’t truly shine without those rear channels. It’s “very good” still — don’t get me wrong — but for the full-on blown-away experience, just throw down the extra dough.
NO ONE IS PERFECT
I only have a few (very minor) gripes about this thing and none of them would deter me from purchasing it .
First, if you have a smart TV and use its smart features, you still need to maintain two remotes. You can’t use the soundbar in a traditional “receiver format” if you use the smart apps on your TV. However, not a big deal. I have probably have 2+ remotes since I was old enough to use them. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony change this in the future.
Second, it could use a little more wattage. Your mileage will vary with this one and it’s perfect for my space. The room it’s in has 16′ ceilings and is about 20′ x 30′. It provides plenty of punch and I feel this is really it’s sweet spot. If you’re looking to fill something bigger, this may not be the system for you. However, that’s a pretty big room, so be honest with yourself. Personally, I think a lot of people get caught up in the wattage game without asking themselves “how often do I have this thing cranked up to 11?”.
Third, and this kind of goes with the remote thing, auto-switching can be kludgy at times when using a smart TV, switching from streaming Spotify to Netflix, etc. These are all software issues, however, and Sony could fix them in time. Even so, it’s a bit of an edge case and doesn’t take away from the overall experience.
In the end, I set out expecting this system to be half marketing hype and it blew me away in every way possible. It has changed my mind about just how much ‘sound engines’ can change the dynamic and made me a believer. It targets a specific buyer — those who really appreciate sound but don’t want to spend ridiculous money, ridiculous time, and ridiculous effort recreating it — and knocks it wildly out of the park. I am humbled.
August 9, 2018
I was the guy with the huge Sony amplifier and miles of speaker wire running to 5 speakers not anymore.
Surround sound speakers (a must) arrived 2 days ago plugged them in and that was that.
The Z9R arrived today opened the box plugged in the woofer plugged the soundbar in hooked up the HDMI cable to the soundbar and turned it on and watched John Wicks 2 cause it’s the only DVD i have that has Dolby Atmos the sound is fantastic.
Barely glanced at the instructions.Movie was great the sound was amazing.
To be quite honest i spent more time unpacking it than getting it operational..
I Really like the remote control you can volume up or volume down the rear speakers and the woofer.
May 12, 2018
The sound quality is tremendous. Things like rain or flowing water are reproduced very well and the bass is clear without being overbearing. Not sold on the overhead reproduction but everything else is so crisp (especially stuff that goes side to side, pretty impressive) that I think is still worth the price.
The room I have it in is 12 x 20 and I’m about 7 feet away. Fills that up no problem and gets loud. Doesn’t really start to distort until you push it over 40 on a scale of 50. Don’t have rear speakers but that’s a cool option down the line.
The set up it truely idiot proof. Xbox one into sound bar into TV and it does everything pretty much on it’s own. Not a lot to tweak. Similar to the Sony 930e TV I just bought, just about everything is good to go out of the box.
For the ease of use and sound quality i think it’s worth the cost. Inhad a truely plug and play experience. The best bar I’ve heard so far.