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Sony HT-Z9F

Powered sound bar with wireless subwoofer, Dolby Atmos®, and Wi-Fi®

Item # 158HTZ9F

Sony unveiled the world's first 3.1-channel Atmos sound bar — the HT-Z9F — to quite a bit of fanfare at...

Sony unveiled the world's first 3.1-channel Atmos sound bar — the HT-Z9F — to quite a bit of fanfare at...

Item # 158HTZ9F

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C$999.99 -C$300.00 Price break


About the Sony HT-Z9F

Atmos effects in a slim package

Sony unveiled the world's first 3.1-channel Atmos sound bar — the HT-Z9F — to quite a bit of fanfare at the CES show in 2018. Folks who experienced the demo reported being surprised that a single slim bar and wireless sub could reproduce Atmos and DTS:X content with such an expansive soundfield.
Sony HT-Z9F Vertical Surround Engine for Atmos effects

Sony's Vertical Surround Engine uses digital processing to simulate overhead effects.

Atmos effects in a slim package

Sony unveiled the world's first 3.1-channel Atmos sound bar — the HT-Z9F — to quite a bit of fanfare at the CES show in 2018. Folks who experienced the demo reported being surprised that a single slim bar and wireless sub could reproduce Atmos and DTS:X content with such an expansive soundfield.

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 this sound bar utilizes Sony's brand new Vertical Surround Engine.

This proprietary digital processing simulates height effects using only the sound bar's three 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.

Surround yourself

Ready for an even more immersive home theater experience? Pick up Sony's matching SA-Z9R wireless speaker kit for full surround sound.

A multitude of musical options

Do you have a pesky earworm that you simply must share with the rest of the living room? Don't worry — the HT-Z9F makes that easy with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And Sony's LDAC technology even allows the transmission of some high-res files over Bluetooth from compatible sources. There's also a USB port in the back for your thumb drive full of high-res songs.

A future firmware update will add Chromecast and Spotify Connect to your streaming options. That update will also give you the ability to group and control compatible speakers all over the house using the Sony Music Center app.


Product highlights:

    • 3-channel sound bar and wireless subwoofer
    • creates virtual 7.1.2-channel sound with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
      • Atmos and DTS:X decoding for heightened, three-dimensional soundstage
      • click "Vertical S." button on remote control to convert any audio signal into immersive surround
    • allows pass-through of 4K and HDR content
      • supports Dolby Vision™, HLG, and HDR10 formats
    • Add optional Sony SA-Z9R wireless speaker kit for full surround sound
    • Google Home compatibility with future firmware update
      • gives you voice control over music features and volume
    Sound Bar:
    • 3 built-in speakers
    • S-Master HX amplifier
    • built-in Dolby® decoding, including Dolby TrueHD and Atmos
    • supports DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS:X
    • Sony's S-Force® PRO/Vertical Surround Engine offers an immersive listening experience
    • wall-mounting bracket included
    • 39-3/8"W x 2-9/16"H x 4-1/8"D
    • weight: 6.8 lbs.
    Music Options:
    • built-in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
      • LDAC™ Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming from compatible sources
    • USB port for playing MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, and DSD files
    • DSEE HX™ improves the sound of compressed music files
    • available with future firmware update:
      • Chromecast built-in for streaming music from the cloud with compatible mobile apps
      • group and control compatible speakers as part of a multi-room music system with free downloadable Sony Music Center app (previously called SongPal)
      • Spotify Connect lets you stream Spotify through the sound bar, controlled by your phone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
      • DLNA for streaming music from Android smartphones, tablets, and compatible PCs
    • connects wirelessly to sound bar for flexible placement options
    • AC power required, cord included
    • independent subwoofer volume control (via remote)
    • 7-1/2"W x 15"H x 15-1/4"D
    • weight: 17.9 lbs.
    Connections and General Info:
    • 2 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output (one cable included)
      • HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to 4K video sources
      • HDMI connections support 4K/HDR video, Audio Return Channel, and HDMI-CEC
      • support for eARC with firmware update
    • optical digital audio input
    • USB port for connecting a thumb drive or external hard drive for music
    • 3.5mm analog minijack aux input
    • Ethernet jack for connection to a wired home network
    • wireless TV connection available with future firmware update
    • total system power: 400 watts
    • remote control
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # HTZ9F

    No A/V receiver required.

    What's in the box:

    • Active soundbar speaker (SA-Z9F)
    • Wireless powered subwoofer (SA-WZ9F)
    • Soundbar grille
    • Remote control (RMT-AH400U)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 5' HDMI cable
    • 2 Wall-brackets
    • 2 Screws
    • Operating Instructions
    • Startup Guide
    • Wall Mount Template
    • "Immersive Surround" instructions
    • Warranty Sheet
    • Online Product Registration Sheet

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    Features & specs

    Design Bar
    Amplification Self-powered
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Wireless Surrounds Optional
    Number Of Channels 3.1
    Surround Formats
    Dolby Digital Yes
    DTS Yes
    Dolby Atmos Yes
    DTS:X Yes
    Audio Enhancements
    Dialogue Enhancement Yes
    Auto Volume Yes
    Night Mode Yes
    Virtual Surround S-Force PRO Vertical
    Auto Calibration No
    Audio Connections
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs None
    HDMI ARC Input Yes
    HDMI eARC Input Yes
    3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
    USB Type-A Input Yes
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Audio Specs
    Tweeter None
    Midrange 1.8125" Cone (3)
    Woofer None
    Subwoofer Driver 6.375" Cone
    Enclosure Sealed(Bar),Ported(Sub)
    System Frequency Response Not Given
    Sound Bar RMS Power 125
    Subwoofer RMS Power 100
    Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs 2
    HDMI Outputs 1
    Video Specs
    HDMI Version 2.0a
    HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution 4K
    HDR Video Compatible Yes
    Includes Remote Yes
    Voice Control Google Assistant optional
    Control by App Apple iOS, Android
    HDMI CEC Yes
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Learns TV Remote Yes
    Audio Streaming
    Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in 4.2
    Bluetooth Audio Playback Yes
    Bluetooth Transmitter Mode Yes
    Online Music Sources via Chromecast
    Apple AirPlay No
    Chromecast built-in Yes
    Amazon Music No
    Apple Music Yes
    Pandora Yes
    SiriusXM Yes
    Spotify Yes
    TIDAL Yes
    TuneIn Yes
    YouTube Music Yes
    Files on Your Network Yes
    Wi-Fi Networking
    Built-in Wi-Fi Version 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Bands 2.4, 5.0 GHz
    Other Info
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-9/16H x 39-3/8W x 4-1/8D
    Sound Bar Weight 6.8 lbs
    Subwoofer Size (inches) 15H x 7-1/2W x 15-1/4D
    Subwoofer Weight 17.9 lbs
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

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    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Network & Multiroom Audio
    Bluetooth & USB Connectivity
    Remote & Convenience Features

    Audio Section

    Active Soundbar: The Sony HT-Z9F is a 3.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar that acts as your home theater system's front and center speakers, while utilizing 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 speaker houses three full-range 1.8125" cone drivers in an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure powered by a 35 watt x 3-channel S-Master HX digital amplifier for clear and dynamic sound. The soundbar can simply be placed on a shelf or wall-mounted using the included wall-mount brackets.

    • S-Force Pro Front Surround: Enjoy immersive, cinematic audio and virtual surround sound in your room with S-Force Pro Front Surround, a technology that reproduces a virtual surround acoustic field from only two front speakers. S-Force Pro Front Surround provides realistic surround sound from this two-piece home theater system. Unlike other "virtual surround" technologies, rear sound is generated from the soundbar speaker using sophisticated digital sound processing and does not need to be bounced off of side walls. No matter what the size or shape of the room or what is on the wall, it is possible to hear sounds from behind you without needing to place speakers behind you.
    • Vertical Surround Engine: Vertical Surround Engine, Sony's latest surround technology, lets you enjoy the thrill of  Dolby Atmos and DTS:X without ceiling-facing or overhead speakers. No matter what type of room you're in, the soundbar's two front speakers reproduce "vertical" audio, creating virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around you. The HT-Z9F's advanced digital signal processing can even upconvert non Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content to an immersive surround sound effect.
    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.

    Optional Wireless Rear Speakers: Add Sony's SA-ZR wireless powered rear speakers (158SAZ9R, sold separately) to the HT-Z9F soundbar system for true wireless surround sound. There are no wires or cables to run from the soundbar to the rear speakers. However, you will need to plug each wireless speaker into an AC power outlet. You can adjust the volume level of the wireless rear speakers independently from the soundbar's overall volume level and the subwoofer volume level.

    Digital Surround Sound Formats: The Sony HT-Z9F system supports the following multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI & optical digital inputs.

    Digital Connector
    Audio Signal Type Audio Signal Format
    HDMI Bitstream Dolby Digital: Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital,
     DTS:X, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS
    PCM 2ch / 5.1ch / 7.1ch
    DSD 2ch / 5.1ch
    Bitstream Dolby Digital, DTS
    PCM 2ch
    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.

    Surround Sound Speaker Setup: To obtain a optimal surround sound you can set the soundbar, subwoofer, and optional rear speaker distance from your main listening position and the output level of each speaker/sub.

    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.

    Voice & Night Modes: The HT-Z9F 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.

    Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) HX: DSEE HX upscaling technology uses an algorithm to analyze your music and replace lost harmonics, restoring audio signals to near high-resolution quality. It upscales compressed digital music files (2ch 44.1/48kHz) and makes them closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio (up to 96kHz/24-bit equivalent). By restoring the high-range sound lost in the compression process, DSEE HX produces your digital music files in rich, natural sound, closer to the quality of the original recording. This function does not work with DSD music files.

    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 allows 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-Z9F 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).

    Video Section

    HDMI 2.0a: The Sony HT-Z9F is equipped with two HDMI 2.0a inputs and one HDMI 2.0a output to connect your Ultra HD Blu-ray player, satellite/cable box, and TV. The HDMI inputs 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.

    • 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: 4K/60Hz pass-through allows the HT-Z9F to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor. It will also pass a 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signal.
    • HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by the soundbar system's HDMI input and output. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable providers.
    • 4:4:4 Color Sub sampling: The system's HDMI jacks support RGB, Cyber 4:4:4 color sub sampling for more vibrant and lifelike images, as well as Cyber 4:2:2 and Cyber 4:2:0 color sub sampling. With 4:4:4, luminance (brightness) and Chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate, resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more total colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail.
    • Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the total visual color spectrum.

    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.

    • HDR 10: HDR 10 is an open standard and currently the most popular HDR format on the market. It supports 10-bit color and 1,000 nits. It uses static metadata at the start of a movie to tell the soundbar system and your TV that the video content is encoded using HDR.
    • HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma): HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) is primarily designed for live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It uses no pre-encoded metadata and is backwards compatible with SIR. HLG's native compatibility allows much of today's existing SIR infrastructure to be re-used for HDR in the future.
    • Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static metadata and HLG which uses not metadata, Dolby Vision adjusts brightness, color, and contrast automatically for each scene. Dynamic metadata carries information that maps every image to your TV's display capabilities, so you see more of what the content creator intended.
    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-Z9F 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-Z9F's HDMI input and HDMI output through your TV without having to power on the system.

    Network & Multiroom Audio

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony HT-Z9F  features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi that allow you to connect the system to your home network via a hardwired or wireless connection. By connecting the soundbar speaker system to your home network you are able to stream select online music services from Chromecast built-in and audio files stored on your window-based PC to your home audio system. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this system.

    • Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services and to use the software update function of the speaker system.
    • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
    • Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz compatible wireless router for WiFi connection.
    • LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for hardwired connection.

    Chromecast Built-in: Chromecast Built-in lets you cast many of your favorite music apps from your from your Android (OS 2.3+) smartphone/tablet, Apple iOS (7.0+) device, Mac computer, Windows PC, or Chromebook to the Sony soundbar speaker system. Chromecast Built-in certified apps include TuneIn, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, YouTube Music, and more (click here for a complete list of compatible apps). Chromecast Built-in streams your music directly from the cloud instead of from your phone, so you won't lose any sound quality. Additional Chromecast Built-in features include:

    • Simple-to-Use: Chromecast Built-in allows you to search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on the speaker system or draining your battery. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast Built-in compatible phone or tablet to cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
    • Google Home: Multiple Chromecast Built-in speakers can be added to the same WiFi network to form a multiroom audio system using the Google Home app. Using the Google Home app (for Apple iOS 9.1+ and Android OS 4.1+), you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast Built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song throughout your house at the same time. Only Chromecast Built-in compatible music apps are supported.
    • Voice Control (Optional): Purchase a Google Assistant enabled wireless speaker (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) and gain voice control of compatible Chromecast Built-in music apps. You'll be able to access a specific music app and then select a specific station or song using only your voice. You'll also have voice control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume. The Sony HT-Z9F & the Google Assistant enabled speaker must be connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.

    Spotify Connect (requires available firmware update): The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly see, select, and stream audio to the Sony HT-Z9F soundbar & sub system from within the Spotify app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.0+). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

    DLNA Certified: The Sony HT-Z9F is DLNA certified. By connecting the HT-Z9F to your home network, you can listen to a variety of music files (including Hi Res) stored on your Windows  PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server. The system can recognize up to 999 folders and 999 files.

    • High Resolution Formats:  FLAC (44.1-192k; 16/24-bit), AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), & DSD (2.8MHz)
    • Uncompressed Formats: WAV (8-48kHz; 16/24-bit) & ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit)
    • Compressed Formats: MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps) & AAC (48-320kbps)

    Music Center Multiroom Audio (requires available firmware update): The Sony HT-Z9F supports Sony's Music Center  multiroom audio feature. Using the Music Center app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ & Android 4.4+), you can link multiple Sony Music Center compatible devices (sold separately) together to create zones, allowing you to stream the same music source or different music sources to all your Music Center compatible speakers or groups of speakers. Compatible sources include the soundbar speaker's HDMI, Optical, and Analog inputs, DLNA computers and servers, plus Chromecast built-in music services and Spotify Connect.

    • For the best multiroom experience, Sony recommends configuring your wireless band router to a 5Ghz wireless band.
    • Music Center Multiroom is not compatible with USB & Bluetooth audio.
    • Music Center was previously known as SongPal Link and will also work with SongPal Link compatible Sony products.

    Bluetooth & USB Connectivity

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony HT-Z9F soundbar speaker system features built-in Bluetooth (version 4.1) for wireless audio streaming and control. The system can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of Bluetooth-enabled headphones. You can even setup your compatible TV to stream its audio to the soundbar system wirelessly. 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'.

    • Receiver Mode (w/ LDAC Support): The Sony HT-Z9F incorporates Bluetooth A2DP 1.3 and AVRCP 1.5, so you can wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your source device to the Sony soundbar system.  In addition to support for Bluetooth standard SBC codec and Apple's AAC codec, the system also supports Sony's newest LDAC codec. LDAC is a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth. With 3x the data transmitted (compared to regular Bluetooth), LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music. 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).
    • Transmitter Mode: In Transmitter mode, you can enjoy listening to audio from the soundbar speaker system's DLNA content, online music services from Chromecast built-in, as well as digital and analog connected sources through a set of Bluetooth headphones. The soundbar speaker system is muted when transmitting audio wirelessly over Bluetooth to a set of headphones.
    • TV Mode: If your TV supports Bluetooth audio streaming, you can stream the audio from your television wirelessly to the Sony soundbar. Audio streamed from your TV will be limited to 2ch PCM without support for Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.
    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.

    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 range from compressed music files to high resolution music files (the system can recognize up to 500 folders and 500 files). 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 -

    • High Resolution Formats:  FLAC (44.1-192k; 16/24-bit), AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), & DSD (2.8MHz)
    • Uncompressed Formats: WAV (8-48kHz; 16/24-bit) & ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit)
    • Compressed Formats: MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps) & AAC (48-320kbps)

    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.

    Remote & Convenience Features

    IR Remote w/ Pass-Through: The HT-Z9F 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-Z9F'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 -

    • One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a Blu-ray Disc Player, the soundbar speaker system and the TV are turned on automatically and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
    • System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select to output the sound from the TV speaker or the soundbar speaker system.
    • System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the soundbar system and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.

    Music Center Remote App: By downloading Sony's free Music Center app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ & Android 4.4+), you can use your compatible mobile device to control the HT-Z9F system over a wireless WiFi connection. From the Music Center app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you can select input sources, switch to other entertainment apps, and customize sound settings of the soundbar speaker system.

    On-Screen Display: The Sony HT-Z9F 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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    Customer Q&A

    12 questions already asked

    In settings, what are the best settings for optimum sound for the Sony 950 tv?
    [ Stevie y  Feb 22, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    I have sound mode set to auto. Have vertical surround sound enabled. Subwoofer volume set one below maximum.
    [ RICHARD  Feb 23, 2021 ]
    Candidly, the TV doesn't really come into play regarding sound quality. Sound is fed from whatever the input device , streaming, DVD, CD, Memory Stick and the quality of sound itself if from the source. The TV is merely passing through the signal to the sound bar. Everyone's ears are different. This bar is excellent and you can manipulate the sound to some degree. If you haven't purchased the small, wireless speakers for surround sound, I recommend them. However, you will need to have some space to put them behind you to spacealize the sound.
    [ Darin  Feb 22, 2021 ]
    this sound bar model number is not listed on directv remote set up. how do i program this SB with directv remote? thanks
    [ bob  Jan 21, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Feb 04, 2021 ]  Staff
    Does this work with tv that has arc input?
    [ Marcus  Jan 17, 2021 ]
    6 answers
    Yes, I believe it does.
    [ Mark  Jan 20, 2021 ]
    Marcus, yes it does work according to the 95 page manual that comes with it. Great sound even without rear speakers. Has six sound settings. I leave mine on auto. Remote is easy to use. I would purchase again.
    [ RICHARD  Jan 19, 2021 ]
    The soundbar does have an HDMI output labeled TV ARC so if you are using a high-quality cable and your TV supports it, you should be fine.
    [ Darin  Jan 18, 2021 ]
    Yes. I have mine using arc on an LG tv. Works flawlessly.
    [ Phillip  Jan 18, 2021 ]
    Yes, I have had mine for over a year and have not had any issues
    [ STEVEN  Jan 18, 2021 ]
    According to the manual, yes, it can be plugged into the ARC or eARC input on the TV. I think I have mine plugged in that way, but I can't easily access the back of my wall-mounted TV to say for sure.
    [ Michael  Jan 18, 2021 ]
    Does this sound bar turn on when the TV is turned on with the TV remote?
    [ Thomas  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    9 answers
    [ RICHARD  Jan 19, 2021 ]
    [ Rick  Mar 16, 2020 ]
    I own a Sony TV and it does not. I always use the soundbar remote for sound as I never use the TV speakers. I use an optical cable and never listen to the TV speakers. I use the TV remote for all other functions.
    [ Nathan D.  Mar 16, 2020 ]
    Mine comes on with the TV if it is connected via HDMI A RC on the TV
    [ BARBARA  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    Usually, but sometimes i have to cycle through the input one time to keep sound on
    [ David  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    Yes, it turns on and off with the TV.
    [ Jerry  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    [ bill  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    Yes it does. As an aside, I will mention that this is the best soundbar I've ever owned. Very good, clear sound. Good luck with your selection!
    [ John  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    [ GEORGE  Mar 14, 2020 ]
    Does the last input selection used remain when turning the soundbar back on? Ex. If I had it on HDMI1 when I power it off, will it go back to HDMI1 when I power it back on, or does it revert to a default setting that I have to manually change each time?
    [ Mike  Jan 15, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    Yes, it will remain at last input.
    [ RICHARD  Jan 19, 2021 ]
    It remembers what settings you left them at.
    [ Nathan D.  Jan 15, 2020 ]
    Mine usually defaults to HDMI 1. However, it does not always even though that is last used. Then I have to use the bar remote on some times toggle my satellite receiver off and on. Can't figure out why.
    [ BARBARA  Jan 15, 2020 ]
    Normally does but occasionally doesn't, usually when watching a Blue Ray
    [ David  Jan 15, 2020 ]
    Can I control the soundbar volume and HDMI input selection with my SONY TV remote when using the HDMI ARC connection between the TV and soundbar and my components connected directly to the soundbar via HDMI? I prefer not to mess around with the soundbar remote after initial setup.
    [ Jason M  Nov 04, 2019 ]
    6 answers
    Yes you do not need to use the sound bar remote to control volume but only the sound bar remote has the so called different sounds and that is the news , sports music and cinema buttons on it. I do not notice that much difference in sound when I enter any of the push buttons available on the remote.
    [ Rick  Nov 06, 2019 ]
    It should, but I don't have a Sony TV
    [ David  Nov 05, 2019 ]
    Yes you can control the Input and Volume using the Sony TV remote. BTW, the Z9F is the best soundbar I've ever had, and I've had several (eg. ZVOX, Denon, Polk, etc.). Really excellent, natural sound.
    [ John  Nov 05, 2019 ]
    Works OK with my Sony TV.
    [ BARBARA  Nov 05, 2019 ]
    Btw, i have all my components (Sony X700, AppleTV4K, Cable box, and Roku) connected to the TV via HDMI, and one connection from the TV to the soundbar.
    [ Francis  Nov 04, 2019 ]
    Yes. I have not used the included remote at all. I control everything with my Sony XBR900F remote. As long as all your components has HDMI ARC, volume and input changing is controlled by the TV (remote).
    [ Francis  Nov 04, 2019 ]
    will this sound bar mount directly to the bottom of a sony tv in the holes that were intended for the tv stands?
    [ Dwight  Aug 28, 2019 ]
    4 answers
    No. I have mine in front of the sony tv. The tv sits almost three inches above the cabinet.
    [ RICHARD  Jan 19, 2021 ]
    great question but i don't have a sony tv so i can't tell you what you want to know
    [ bill  Sep 10, 2019 ]
    No, I just looked at mine and I can't see a way to do that. The soundbar is flat on the top with no holes or connector pins. The only way to attach it to the TV is to screw something (like a mount) onto the back of the sound bar, which is where the screw holes are, and then connect that to the back of the TV.
    [ Jonathan  Sep 10, 2019 ]
    Thank you for your question, Dwight. I would not recommend mounting the Sony HT-Z9F to the bottom of your Sony TV. This sound bar can be mounted on the wall, or placed on a shelf, stand, cabinet, etc. Chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695, should you have any other questions.
    [ Jess  Sep 09, 2019 ]  Staff
    Can you group this speakers with other Google Home speakers, so they all play simultaneously?
    [ Pratip  Aug 01, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    Yes with a firmware update
    [ John  Feb 28, 2021 ]
    Hi Pratip, thank you for your question. They Sony HT-Z9F with a firmware update does allow multiple Chromecast Built-in speakers to be added to the same WiFi network to form a multiroom audio system using the Google Home app. Using the Google Home app (for Apple iOS 9.1+ and Android OS 4.1+), you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast Built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song throughout your house at the same time. Only Chromecast Built-in compatible music apps are supported. Chat with an Advisor online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. They will be able to help answer any other questions you may have!
    [ Jess  Aug 11, 2019 ]  Staff
    Is the Sony HT-Z9F soundbar compatible with Beats Studio3 Blue Tooth wireless headphones?
    [ Bob.Z  Jun 24, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    yes it should
    [ John  Feb 28, 2021 ]
    This Sony soundbar's bluetooth can be used to transmit audio to Bluetooth headphones. I do expect it to work with your Studio3s. My Bio:
    [ Paul  Jul 08, 2019 ]  Staff
    The soundbar has limited inputs. Thinking future here a little bit. SAT Box, AppleTV, Game Console(s). If you expand beyond the ports of the sound bar itself, can you just connect things directly to the TV's HDMI inputs and the ARC channel will still pass sound from the TV to the soundbar?
    [ Donald  Feb 21, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    [ John  Feb 28, 2021 ]
    That will work! This bar is able to get audio from a TV's HDMI ARC port allowing you to use the rest of the TV's HDMI ports to connect more gear and hear it through this bar My Bio:
    [ Paul  Mar 04, 2019 ]  Staff
    This soundbar only has 2 hdmi input, but I have more than 2 components, is this the wrong soundbar for me?
    [ John  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    From TV eARC to sound bar eARC hdmi ..once connected technically you could avail 2 extra hdmi's in sound bar also other hdmi in's in TV as well
    [ Sasi  Sep 17, 2020 ]
    Hey John, I think it depends on how many components you wanted connected directly to the soundbar. If it's an option for you to use the other ports on the TV as well, then that would solve one problem. Or if it's in your price range, you could get the HT-ST5000, which I believe has 3 inputs and 1 output.
    [ Andrew  Nov 26, 2018 ]
    Does this work with angled ceilings? Above my tv is somewhat of a vaulted ceiling maybe 15 ft. high, not too extreme but itâ??s there. Would this work for my type of room?
    [ Daniel  Oct 08, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    I have vaulted ceiling 12" high the sound is deceit , sound probably would be better in a 8' flat ceiling
    [ Rick  Nov 06, 2019 ]
    Angled ceilings are not recommended for Atmos Audio. The sound doesn't reflect like it needs to from such a ceiling My Bio:
    [ Paul  Oct 15, 2018 ]  Staff

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