After the affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar HT-A3000 last year, Sony has now introduced a new model. The Sony HT-S2000 relies on a 3.1-channel sound including Dolby Atmos and also wants to provide stereo content with a three-dimensional surround sound thanks to the upmixer.
The Sony HT-S2000 in detail
The Sony HT-S2000 soundbar from Sony measures 800 mm x 64 mm x 124 mm and weighs in at 3.7 kg. There’s some exciting technology under the hood, as Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround are supposed to provide cinematic surround sound in Dolby Atmos/DTS:X 3.1.
The Vertical Surround Engine lets the sound come from above and S-Force PRO from the sides, so a virtual surround sound close to that of a movie theater is achieved. Sony’s newly developed Upmixer can be used to convert stereo content into three-dimensional surround sound, for example, to bring music or videos streamed from an Internet or Bluetooth-enabled device to life with surround sound.
A digital amplifier with 5 channels and 250 watts of output power are on tap for the Sony HT-S2000 and are supposed to provide a rich sound. A subwoofer is already integrated, although a wireless subwoofer like Sony’s SA-SW5 or SA-SW3 models can also be used.
In addition to an optical audio input, the soundbar has HDMI including eARC and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.2, as well as Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac.
Accessories and other features
Wireless rear speakers, such as Sony’s SA-RS3S, can also be connected for even more immersive and intense sound. When the HT-S2000 is connected to a compatible BRAVIA TV, the soundbar’s sound settings are automatically displayed in BRAVIA Quick Settings for faster customization.
The HT-S2000 features a dedicated center speaker for easy-to-understand dialogue. Sony’s X-Balanced Speaker Unit increases sound pressure, which minimizes distortion, improves voice reproduction.
In addition, the new Sony | Home Entertainment Connect app is used, which not only allows the soundbar to be set up, but also extensively adjusted and customized. Firmware updates should also add new features here in the future.
Sony also has sustainability in mind and relies to a large extent on specially developed recycled plastic, while around 95 percent of the packaging is made of recycled paper.
Price and Availability
The Sony HT-S2000 3.1-channel soundbar is scheduled to be available in stores in June 2023 at a suggested retail price of €499. Additional details are provided by the official product website of the manufacturer.