There’s no denying the immersion that correct in-ceiling audio system can present, however that doesn’t change the truth that they could be a trouble to put in, not to mention costly.
Enter the brand new Sony HT-A5000 — a 5.1.2 channel soundbar that goals to carry the fun of the cinema into your abode by simulating “vertical” audio. This spatial trickery is achieved utilizing a mix of assist for audio codecs reminiscent of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, together with specifically designed entrance and up-firing audio system, with a sprinkle of Sony’s particular sign processing thrown in for good measure.
Sony reckons this magical cocktail will replicate the reasonable, multi-dimensional sound provided by devoted in-ceiling audio system, additional bolstered by the corporate’s S-Power PRO Entrance Encompass. The latter makes use of the entrance X-Balanced Speaker Unit and devoted sound subject processing tech to just about recreate a big and immersive horizontal sound subject, with the goal of enveloping viewers in balanced, spacious sound, from all angles.
Setup shouldn’t be too tough if Sony’s Sound Area Optimisation works as promised. Utilizing built-in microphones to measure the peak and width of a room (in addition to decide the place of the non-compulsory sub and rear audio system), the system robotically adjusts itself to its environment, hopefully making the calibration course of a breeze.
Part sensible, the soundbar has a built-in twin sub, two up-firing audio system, and X-Balanced front-facing audio system. Throw in DSEE Excessive (a characteristic that makes use of Edge-AI to upscale compressed digital recordsdata in actual time), assist for 360 Actuality Audio from providers reminiscent of Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and Tidal, and you’ve got what seems to be a one cease store for individuals who need the expertise of a whole-room setup, minus the faff and prices.
The Sony HT-A5000 might be obtainable early subsequent 12 months for round £800 ($900). In fact, that worth places it proper up towards the Sonos Arc, which additionally helps Dolby Atmos. We’ll be ringside for the punch-up when these two bars meet.
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