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The soundbar meets all the sound I expected
I've experienced truly immersive Atmos sound in a theater setting, and it's pretty darn cool. The sound of a plane flying overhead almost had me looking up! But achieving that kind of three-dimensional sound at home takes time, money, and usually a bit of living-room real estate. Sony's new HT-X9000F sound bar is an easy, budget-friendly way to experience Atmos at home.
Sony's Vertical Surround Engine uses digital processing to simulate overhead effects.
Traditionally the overhead effects of Atmos and DTS:X have been achieved with upward-firing speakers (or in-ceiling speakers if you have that capability). But Sony unveils some new surround sound technology with the HT-X9000 — Vertical Surround Engine.
This proprietary digital processing simulates height effects using only the sound bar's two front-firing speakers. Since it doesn't need to reflect sound off the ceiling or the walls, you can experience enveloping sound in rooms of almost any size, shape, or ceiling height.
The HT-X9000F was designed to perfectly complement Sony's X900F TVs, with slightly tapered ends to nestle right inside the TV's base. But its streamlined style will look great underneath any TV, and it even includes keyhole slots for wall-mounting.
The included subwoofer is wireless for flexible placement (though it still needs AC power, of course!). And if you want to keep it really clean, you can even use built-in Bluetooth® to wirelessly connect the sound bar to compatible TVs or stream music from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Average Customer Review(s):
The soundbar meets all the sound I expected
Easy set up ,excellent sound, fair price, exactly what I was looking for.
Pros: Very Easy set up, excellent sound, plenty of rumble, cotrollable sub hdmi atomos etc. light weight
Cons: None so far
Good audio system but lacks the midrange sound to give it the full range of more expensive system. Wish I had spent a little more money.
I purchased this for my husband for Christmas to go with our new Sony x900F tv. It worked perfectly right out of the box and he is able to customize it to his liking. Highly recommend this soundbar and Crutchfield.
Not sure about this one yet. I am on my second unit. The first one have several problems. The sound fades in and out and the remote would not let me perform any of the advanced settings.Crutchfield was excellent about replacing it. The second sound bar has not been set up yet. I will let you know. There is no margin of error. If the second sound bar fails it is going back. I intentionally bought a Sony TV with a Sony sound bar NOT to have installation issues. We will let you know.
Voice does not synch. Even using Ac3 output. Base sound on cable box is horrible.i got better sound straight from my speakers. Very disappointed. Maybe this issues are because a foot an open box. The positive is that it is seamless with my sony tv remote.
Pros: Ease of use and set up
Cons: Poor sound. Bad voice syncCrutchfield response on 12/4/2018 John, we're sorry you're disappointed with your sound bar. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
So angry!!! I just got this sound bar in today. Hving all type of problems getrinf all the tv built in apps (Hulu)(Netflix.etc) to pick up a sound. Its total silence. I spent hours in the settings menu changing the same setrings over and over again and still no sound. I only get a sound when I use my other tv xbox one or cable box through the 2nd HDMI port. The (ARC),HDMI doesnt produce a sound. I'm using a 2018 Sharp TV. I'm so disappointed in the ARC port. I will be returning this asap.
Pros: Once hooked up to my Xbox the sound quality was great. If u dont have a xbox and u simply wanna use the tv built in apps u will not get a sound out of the ARC hdmi port. Only the 2nd HDMI port which wont allow u to do cable and Xbox thru the system
Cons: Not enough HDMI ports. Only 1 input. Ticked.....
Better than tv speakers, but not better at this price!
I'm still on the fence about this soundbar, but I don't hate it. I had a VERY old, wired, first gen Sony bar & I kind of think it sounded better than this new one...to hear the new one at the same level, the vol has to be on 42, whereas my old one was on 20. I don't like having the vol almost halfway up, but maybe that is norm now (I should also mention that my old one was mounted above the TV & this new one is sitting in front of & at the base of the TV, so that might be the culprit, but I was told in front is better). I have fiddled with every setting with very little changes. My old one also had numerous outputs in the back & I guess I should be grateful for the two HDMI ports this one has. The bluetooth is spotty at best, so if I use it, I have to make sure that device stays stable. The vertical surround is useless too, at least with the content I watch, but I am completely wireless (Netflix, Hulu, Prime & an off-air antenna), so maybe that's the issue. I do like that it comes on by itself when I turn on the TV (although I think the delay is too long). I wish the buttons were actual "buttons" because if I accidentally hover too close, I end up turning it off. If anyone knows the "secret perfect settings", please let me know! It might make me change my rating if I could lower the vol and get better sound!
|Pieces in System||2|
|Midrange||1.625" x 4" Cone (2)|
|Subwoofer Driver||6.375" Cone|
|Surround Sound Decoding||7.1.2|
|4K Video Compatible||Yes|
|HDR Video Compatible||HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG|
|Audio Return Channel||Y (eARC)|
|Remote IR Passthrough||Yes|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Control by App||N|
|Bluetooth Connectivity||Built-in (4.2)|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||---|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|System Frequency Response||Not Given|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||70|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||100|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||1|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||2-5/16H x 36-9/16W x 3-5/8D|
|Sound Bar Weight||5.5 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||15-1/16H x 7-7/16W x 15-1/4D|
|Subwoofer Weight||17.2 lbs|
Active Soundbar: The Sony HT-X9000F's soundbar speaker houses two full-range 1.625" x 4" cone drivers in an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure powered by a 35 watt x 2-channel S-Master digital amplifier for clear and dynamic sound. The soundbar speaker acts as your home theater system's front speakers, as well as utilizes two proprietary Sony technologies (S-Force Pro Front Surround & Vertical Surround Engine) to create virtual rear and height speakers for an immersive surround sound experience. The soundbar can simply be placed on a shelf or wall-mounted using its integrated rear-panel keyhole slots.
Note: The main listening position should be between 8' to 12' from the soundbar speaker for optimum virtual surround sound performance.
Wireless Powered Sub: The included wireless powered subwoofer features a front-firing 6.375" woofer inside a bass reflex enclosure with a front-firing port that is powered by a built-in 100W amplifier for deep, dynamic bass response. You can even increase or decrease the wireless powered sub's volume level independent from the system's overall volume level. The powered subwoofer receives its LFE audio signal wirelessly from the soundbar via RF (5GHz) and has a range of approximately 32.8'. The wireless powered subwoofer does require an AC outlet connection.
Digital Surround Sound Formats: The Sony HT-X9000F system supports the following multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI & optical digital inputs.
|Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby
TrueHD, Dolby Atmos |
DTS: DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS:X
|PCM||2ch / 5.1ch / 7.1ch|
|DSD||2ch / 5.1ch|
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS|
Note: To obtain optimum surround sound, you are able to set the soundbar speaker and subwoofer distance (0-33') from your listening position and adjust the output level (-6 to 6dB) of the soundbar speaker and subwoofer independently from one another.
Sound Modes: Seven different Sound Modes enhance your entertainment experience - choose from Auto Sound (ClearAudio+), Cinema, Music, Game Studio, News, Sports, or Standard. The Cinema mode provides a more immersive sound for movies, while Music mode lets you hear the detail in every song. Game Studio mode was created by PlayStation developers for serious games, and Sports mode gives you a stadium like atmosphere. News mode provides clearer dialog, while Standard mode is suitable for any content. The Auto Sound mode utilizes Sony's ClearAudio+ technology to automatically optimize the sound setting.
Sound Effects: The HT-X9000F incorporates two Sound Effect modes - Voice & Night. With Voice mode, you'll be sure to hear every whisper and character nuance of the dialog compared to other sounds in the scene for a dynamic experience. Using Night mode, you can enjoy sound effects and hear the dialog clearly even at a low volume levels.
DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine): The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) enhances the sound quality of compressed audio files or CDs (2ch 44.1/48kHz) by restoring high frequency sound removed in the compression process. You can enjoy listening to sound that is more natural, spatial, and closer to the original recording (up to 96kHz/24-bit equivalent).
Advanced Auto Volume + Audio DRC: The Advanced Auto Volume function keeps the volume level constant across all programs and advertisements. This function is effective when the volume of a TV commercial is louder than that of the TV program. The Audio DRC function allows you to compress the dynamic range of Dolby Digital sound tracks.
ARC & eARC Compatible: Along with standard ARC (Audio Return Channel), the soundbar system will support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) through an available firmware update. ARC and eARC allow audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the soundbar system through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television. eARC will support uncompressed audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, & DTS HD Master Audio - where standard ARC is limited to Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.
- Your TV will also need to support eARC or ARC for this feature to work. Some newer TVs will support eARC, but most TVs only support ARC.
- The ARC-enabled HDMI input on some TVs will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we recommend that you connect your Blu-ray/DVD player, Satellite/Cable box, or Gaming console to the soundbar system directly; and then connect the system's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input. This setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.
Digital + Analog Audio Inputs: The Sony HT-X9000F soundbar system features both analog (minijack) and digital (optical) audio inputs for connecting external audio sources, such as your DVD player and CD player, that do not offer HDMI connectivity. There is single minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input and one optical (toslink) digital audio input. The optical digital input supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch), DTS (up to 5.1ch), and PCM (up to 2ch) audio signals.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of some flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
USB Port: The soundbar speaker system is equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy music files stored on a USB mass storage class (MSC) device, such as a Sony WALKMAN or USB thumbdrive (formatted in FAT12/16/32). Compatible music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, and DSD. You can use the system's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files with song/artist info (no album art) on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the soundbar speaker system's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include -
Note: The USB port is not compatible with Apple iOS and Android OS devices. The USB port does not support the connection of USB hubs, card-readers, or computers.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Sony soundbar speaker system features built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless audio streaming (A2DP 1.2) and control (AVRCP 1.6). You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device to the Sony soundbar system (supports SBC and AAC codecs). You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the included remote control. Song/artist information (no album art) is displayed on the system's on-screen menu (via HDMI). You can pair up to nine devices, but only one device can be connected and used at a time. The system has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 98'.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony system.
HDMI 2.0a: The Sony HT-X9000F is equipped with one HDMI 2.0a input and one HDMI 2.0a output to connect your Ultra HD Blu-ray player or satellite/cable box and TV. The HDMI input and output support the latest HDMI 2.0a specifications - including 4K pass-through, HDCP 2.2, 4:4:4 color sub sampling, BT.2020 wide color space, & HDR (high dynamic range) video.
HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range) reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity and detail.
Note: Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.
Triluminos Color: The Sony soundbar speaker system utilizes Sony's Triluminos Color technology to create a heightened sense of depth and incredibly true, natural shades of colors. Hard-to-reproduce reds, aqua blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better too, with natural skin tones.
3D-Ready: The HT-X900F is compatible with 3D-ready Blu-ray disc movies, video games and other 3D content through its HDMI connection (720p/1080i/1080p only). 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D accessories may also be required.
AV Sync: The audio output can be delayed so that the time gap between the audio output and the visual display is minimized. This is especially helpful when you are using a large TV or a projection screen. When activated, the delay can be adjusted from 0-300 ms (in 24 ms increments) or set to Auto.
Standby Pass-Through: You can conveniently access the HT-X9000F's HDMI input and HDMI output through your TV without having to power on the system.
IR Remote w/ Pass-Through: The HT-X9000F comes supplied with a full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the system. With many other soundbar systems, placing the soundbar speaker on your TV stand can be problematic and block the TV's remote control sensor, forcing you to stand up and angle your remote to control your TV. The HT-X9000F's soundbar speaker features an IR repeater pass-through which allows your TV remote control commands to pass-through the front of the soundbar to the TV behind it, eliminating this problem.
HDMI Control: HDMI Control allows you to easily manage and operate an HDMI Control compatible television and other audio/video components with a single remote, when all components are connected via HDMI. By connecting HDMI-CEC components operation is simplified in the following ways -
On-Screen Display: The Sony HT-X9000F provides an on-screen display through its HDMI output for setup, operation, and song/artist info with album art. There is no front-panel display.
Auto Standby: The soundbar speaker system entering standby mode automatically when you do no operate the system for approximately 20 minutes and the system is not receiving an input signal.
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