These days we can expect some novelties in the field of soundbars. In addition to four new models from JBL and news from Nubert, Sony is also introducing a new Dolby Atmos soundbar, the Sony HT-A3000, which complements the more expensive HAT-A5000 and 7000 models.
The Sony HT-A3000 in detail
The Sony HT-A3000 positions itself in the mid-range of soundbars and relies on a 3.1-speaker configuration that is said to provide a wide and immersive sound field thanks to revolutionary 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology. The sound field optimization uses integrated microphones to determine the relative height and position of the soundbar and rear speakers.
It can also be expanded with optional subwoofers and rear speakers to create true surround sound. The A3000 features 3.1 channels, three front speakers – including a dedicated center speaker for clear dialogue – and an integrated dual subwoofer that provides deep bass.
With the Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround, the A3000 creates virtual surround sound and that includes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It also supports 360 Reality Audio, which we already know from the Sony Linkbuds S headphones (our review), for example. This allows music in a 360-degree environment via Amazon Music HD, nugs.net and TIDAL.
Wirelessly, the HT-A3000 allows playback using Chromecast, Spotify Connect, or Apple AirPlay 2. Streaming via Bluetooth from a smartphone or with the help of Wi-Fi from other devices is also easily possible. DSEE Extreme uses Edge AI to optimize compressed digital music files in real time. This restores the high tones that were lost during compression to ensure a listening experience with all the details.
Voice control and sleek design
The Sony HT-A3000 can also be operated via voice control and is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices with Chromecast built-in, as well as Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. To do so, simply add the soundbar to your speaker group using the Google Home app.
In addition, the 950 mm x 64 mm x 128 mm large and 4.6 kg heavy soundbar relies on a compact and noble design including many connections such as USB, optical input, HDMI output (eARC) as well as S-CENTER OUT.
Price and availability
The Sony HT-A3000 is expected to make its way to retail stores in October 2022 at an MSRP of 699 euros. The Sony HT-A5000 soundbar will also launch at the same time, with an MSRP of 999 euros. You can already secure the wireless rear speakers SA-RS3S and SA-RS5 right now. They cost 499 euros and 799 euros, respectively. More details can be found on the product website of Sony.