World’s First 3.1ch Dolby Atmos® Sound bar HT-Z9F with Virtual Three-Dimensional Surround Sound Powered by Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine

World’s First 3.1ch Dolby Atmos® Sound bar[1] HT-Z9F with Virtual Three-Dimensional Surround Sound Powered by Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine

Experience a new level of impressive cinematic-audio environment with sound from every direction without ceiling reflection or extra speakers thanks to Sony’s unique Vertical Surround Engine

(SINGAPORE, 9 January 2018) – Sony Electronics announced today the world premiere of Dolby Atmos supported sound bars, the HT-Z9F and HT-X9000F, all designed to further an enhanced, connected, and compelling listening experience for consumers. The premium HT-
Z9F Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X™ developed through Sony’s unique virtual technology brings a new level of impressive cinematic-audio environment to any home entertainment set up. The new Vertical Surround Engine from Sony provides a breath-taking virtual three-dimensional surround sound experience, without the need for ceiling reflection or up-firing speakers.


Additionally, the HT-X9000F Sound Bar is offered in a different design concept that matches the distinctive design of Sony BRAVIA True 4K TVs. The 2.1ch bar brings cinematic surround sound features of Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and Vertical Surround Engine. The HT-X9000F embraces the sophistication of Sony BRAVIA TVs by enhancing entertainment and blending effortlessly with the comfort of your home with natural texture and slimmer bodies.

HT-Z9F – Proficient yet Compact Design 


With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, the 3.1ch sound bar HT-Z9F is capable of totally immersing its audience with three-dimensional sound in its compact, yet proficient size. Measuring a sleek 100 cm × 6.4 cm × 9.9 cm (3.1 kg) for the bar speaker and a discreet 19 cm x 38.2 cm x 38.6 cm (8.1 kg) for the subwoofer, the HT-Z9F will fit nicely into any chosen home décor.  
With the introduction of the Sony Vertical Surround Engine in the Z9F sound bar, audiences will get a sense of helicopters whizzing above and car chase action around you. Combined with the S-Force PRO Front Surround technology that improves the existing surround sound now recreates the feeling of being surrounded by speakers for a true home theatre environment. Even without Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, virtual three-dimensional sound is enjoyed thanks to “Vertical S.” button on remote that pushes the HT-Z9F to up mix 2ch stereo content up to 7.1.2ch. If users wish to add on a pair of rear speakers, the SA-Z9R[2] is specially designed to go with the HT-Z9F and can extend the surround sound experience for real surround sound set up.

The HT-Z9F and HT-X9000F supports 4K HDR and Dolby Vision™ so that the original picture quality is passed through the bar directly to the TV without any loss of quality, resulting in great colour clarity and brightness. It supports high-resolution audio formats.

Music files can be enjoyed to near high-resolution audio quality thanks to DSEE HX™ (digital sound enhancement engine feature).

A Match Made in Heaven 

Both sound bars are designed to match a selection of the new Sony BRAVIA® TVs’ aesthetic for an elegant set-up. The sound bars’ shape fits perfectly between the base of a Sony BRAVIA TV. Additionally, the HT-X9000F has the edges chamfered off at an angle to fit against the legs of a Sony TV stand, and specifically matches the design of the Sony X9000F TV.

Ideal for minimalist interiors, the slim design blends seamlessly into any living space. The two sound bars give the option to go cable-free via Bluetooth® connectivity[3] for added simplicity. The Z9F also has Wi-Fi connectivity for access to music service from the Chromecast built-in[4]. It also works with Google Assistant [5] so that you can enjoy a new voice-operated music experience. By talking to a smart speaker such as Google Home, you can play music from streaming services from the HT-Z9F, or use multi-room playback, which feeds the same music simultaneously from corresponding audio equipment in the home network. A refreshed and intuitive user interface makes it easier to set up and use with Sony TVs. With up to 2 HDMI input and 1 output connectivity, multiple devices can be connected to the sound bar. Both models also have USB connectivity in addition to Bluetooth® technology.  

Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine

Sony’s new unique surround technology Vertical Surround Engine makes it possible to reproduce “vertical” sound without needing ceiling speakers nor Dolby Atmos Enabled
Speakers. No longer dependent on a room’s environment, this unique surround sound technology allows HT-Z9F and HT-X9000F to give the Atmos/DTS:X experience with a thin profile without using Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers and rear speakers, letting you enjoy sound from all directions with 7.1.2 surround sound. 

The HT-Z9F and HT-X9000F will be available in Singapore in the second quarter of 2018.

[1] As of 8 January 2018. According to research by Sony Corporation. ZF9 model only
[2] Available in selected countries in Asia Pacific only
[3] BRAVIA® supporting Bluetooth® A2DP (A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)) is needed. Available via future update for Z9F.
[4] Google, Chromecast built-in and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. This feature will be made available via a future firmware update.
[5] Google, Chromecast built-in and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. This feature will be made available via a future firmware update

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