While we haven’t spent enough time with the Sony HT-A9 Home Theater System to give a definitive verdict, what we’ve seen (and heard) so far is very impressive indeed. Using clever sound optimization and psychoacoustic techniques, the system consists of wireless speakers (real and imaginary) that are designed to put you in the heart of action when you watch your favorite films – and the result is mindblowing.
Sony has made some very successful soundbars over the years, but its latest home cinema solution moves away from the all-in-one Atmos speaker in favour of a multi-speaker setup.
Take a look at the Sony HT-A9 Home Theater System, and you’ll see four wireless speakers and a control box that hooks up to your TV’s HDMI port. What you can’t see, however, are 12 ‘phantom’ speakers, that the system builds using a mixture of upfiring tweeters, psychoacoustic techniques, and sound optimization.