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Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 29, 2021 at 10:41 am
Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
8.0
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.3
Music
7.6
Movies
Channels
7.1.2

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is a premium 7.1.2 setup released in 2021. According to the manufacturer, the bar has Sony's Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front Surround technologies for a more immersive listening experience. The SA-SW5 subwoofer helps reproduce more thumpy low-bass than the standalone bar. Its frequency response is pretty neutral, though vocals and lead instruments can be slightly muddy. However, compared to other premium models, it doesn't offer a lot of sound customization features such as a graphic EQ or bass and treble adjustments.

Note: The standalone Sony HT-A7000 is compatible with both the SA-SW5 and the SA-SW3 subwoofers. Our results are only valid for the SA-SW5 subwoofer. Since the dedicated subwoofer and the integrated subwoofer work in tandem rather than individually through separate channels, we can confirm this is a 7.1.2 setup.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is good for mixed usage. This setup has a Sound Field Optimization room correction feature to optimize audio reproduction based on your room's acoustics. It has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for most audio content, though vocals and lead instruments can be muddy and muffled. It has a good surrounds performance, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. However, aside from a subwoofer level adjustment, there aren't many options for sound customization.

Pros
  • Subwoofer level adjustment.
  • Room correction feature.
  • Very good surrounds performance.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • No graphic EQ or bass and treble adjustments.
8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is great for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its discrete center, dialogue is accurately localized within the soundstage. Its sound profile is pretty neutral, though vocals can be a bit muddy or muffled. There's a dialogue enhancement feature available to make voices more clear and crisp, though.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Auto-volume mode.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
7.3 Music

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is satisfactory for music. This setup has a Sound Field Optimization room correction feature to optimize audio reproduction based on your room's acoustics. On its 'Standard Surround' mode, it has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for most music genres. However, vocals and lead instruments can sound a bit muddy and pushed to the back of the mix. We found that its 'Music' preset is better-suited for listening to music. While there's a subwoofer volume adjustment feature, it lacks more premium customization features like a graphic EQ.

Pros
  • Subwoofer level adjustment.
  • Room correction feature.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • No graphic EQ or bass and treble adjustments.
7.6 Movies

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is good for movies. On 'Standard Surround', it can reproduce the deep rumbling in action-packed movies clearly, and its 'Cinema' preset can create a more immersive sound. Its discrete satellites help to more clearly and accurately represent surround objects in the soundstage. It supports Dolby Atmos content, too, though its performance isn't as impressive as some of the other premium models we've tested.

Pros
  • Room correction feature.
  • Very good surrounds performance.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.3 Music
  • 7.6 Movies
  1. Updated Nov 25, 2021: Added subjective opinion of Acoustic Center Sync.
  2. Updated Oct 29, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 27, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sony HT-A7000 with SA-RS3S Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is a premium 7.1.2 setup released in 2021. You can also use the bar with Sony's SA-SW3 subwoofer, although this model only offers 200 W with a 160 mm driver compared to the 300 W SA-SW5 with a 180 mm driver with a passive radiator. The SA-SW5 sub is a bit larger and more powerful, allowing you to feel more bass in your audio. Also, the manufacturer says that this setup comes with Sony's Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front Surround technologies, which help create a more immersive listening experience. The manufacturer says that Acoustic Center Sync allows you to pair the setup with a BRAVIA TV, which syncs the TV speakers with the bar so sound precisely matches the visuals on your screen. Its main competitors include the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module, and the Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a sleek design. The bar is mostly made of high-quality plastic, and there's a metal grille in front to protect the drivers inside. The touch-capacitive glass top gives it a very high-end feel, though the fabric covering the up-firing drivers on top is pinchable. Unlike the Sony HT-ST5000, you can't remove the front grille to expose the drivers, but the grille is transparent enough that you can see the drivers behind it.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The SA-SW5 subwoofer is mostly made of hard plastic with a leather-like texture and has fabric covering the sides. There's a front-firing driver behind the front fabric and a down-firing driver at the bottom of the sub. There are also two additional subwoofers integrated into the bar.

Design
Style - Satellites

The SA-RS3S speakers are designed to fit in seamlessly with the soundbar with what Sony calls their 'Omnidirectional Block Design' concept. The speakers are also made of hard plastic with a metal grille in the front, and they have a premium feel overall.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 51.2" (130.0 cm)
Height 3.1" (8.0 cm)
Depth 5.6" (14.3 cm)

This soundbar is very wide. It likely won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV stand. It's also a bit taller than some of the other bars we've tested, but it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 10.6" (27.0 cm)
Height 15.9" (40.5 cm)
Depth 16.5" (42.0 cm)

The SA-SW5 subwoofer is on the bulky side. It's a bit larger than a typical desktop PC.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Height 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Depth 3.9" (10.0 cm)

The SA-RS3S speakers aren't very big. They connect to the bar wirelessly, so you have some flexibility when placing them in your room.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

On the back of the bar, there are some openings for the inputs and the power cable. The holes on the underside of the bar seem to be universal. The brackets in the box seem to be designed specifically to accommodate the weight and size of this bar, so the mounting is proprietary.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Passive Radiator + Integrated (Bar)

The back of the SW5 sub is fairly plain, with a single input for the power cable. There's also a pairing button and a power button. At the bottom, there are openings for the passive radiator. There are also two additional subwoofers integrated into the bar.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Universal (holes on back)

The back of the SA-RS3S satellites has some universal holes, meaning you can wall-mount them. There's also an input for the power cable.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has an excellent build quality. Overall, it has a very premium feel. The bar and the satellites have a similar build, with solid plastic and metal grilles to protect the drivers inside. The bar also has a glass top and some nice-quality fabric covering the up-firing drivers. The subwoofer feels very high-end, too, and it's mostly plastic with a fabric covering the sides.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.6 m (5.2 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Operating Instructions (Bar, Sats and Sub)
  • TV center speaker mode cable
  • 4x AC power cord
  • HDMI cable
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • 2x screws for soundbar
  • 2x Wall mounting brackets

Sound
8.0
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard Surround
Slope
-0.43
Std. Err.
3.31 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
34.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a great stereo frequency response. Its frequency response is pretty neutral, though vocals and lead instruments may be slightly muddy and muffled at times. There's a dip between the mid-bass and the high-bass that represents the weak hand-off between the sub and the bar itself. With real-life content, you may notice this as a hole in the soundstage.

This setup comes with a Sound Field Optimization room correction feature that you can activate when the bar is connected to your TV. This feature works automatically, but you can also manually enter your room's dimensions to calibrate the bar. We tested using the automatic Sound Field Optimization feature. However, we also tried the manual configuration and found it was a bit less loud than the automatic calibration, but the frequency response curves were identical. While these results may be unique to our testing room, we feel that the automatic calibration will be sufficient for most users.

Note: We performed all of our sound tests with the bar set to 'Standard Surround' mode. During our subjective listening tests, we found that the 'Music' preset was better suited to listening to music, as sound seemed less diffused.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard Surround
Suggested Bass Setting
6
Suggested Treble Setting
N/A
Slope
-0.43
Std. Err.
3.31 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
34.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a subwoofer volume adjustment to help you customize its sound. We tested the bar's stereo frequency response at several different settings. However, if you prefer a more neutral sound, we recommend using its default subwoofer level of '6'.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.36 dB

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a good stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived to be about as wide as the bar itself. However, at times, it seems like sound is coming from behind the bar. Also, its focus isn't very accurate, especially compared to other premium models like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. Sound objects seem to come from a general area rather than an accurate, pinpoint location.

6.3
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
89.5 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.75 dB

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a mediocre stereo dynamics performance. The bar doesn't get very loud, so it's not really ideal to use in large rooms or at crowded parties. There's also some compression when you push it to max volume.

7.5
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.40
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.69

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a good stereo THD performance. At a normal listening volume, the amount of distortion is within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction. However, if you push the bar to max volume, there's a jump in THD. You may not notice this with real-life content, though.

7.6
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.57
Std. Err.
4.61 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.50
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.15

Update 11/25/2021: We conducted a subjective listening test with the Acoustic Center Sync feature and added it to the text.

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a good center performance. This 7.1.2 setup has a discrete center channel that helps to more accurately localize voices to a pinpoint location within the sound image.

You can also connect this soundbar with your compatible BRAVIA TV to activate Acoustic Center Sync, which uses the TV speakers as a discrete center channel. We found that this feature seems to anchor dialogue more vertically, so it seems closer to the characters on the screen. However, it also seems to decrease the overall sound quality, resulting in a less immersive sound. There also appeared to be a difference in volume between the TV and the soundbar with Acoustic Center Sync activated. As a result, some users may prefer not to use this feature.

7.8
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.24
Std. Err.
4.46 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
90.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.31
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.17
7.1 Rears
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a very good surrounds performance. The SA-RS3S satellites have a discrete localization, which helps to more accurately and clearly represent surround objects in the soundstage. Sound seems like it's coming from all around you, rather than just from speakers placed in front of you.

5.0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.96
Std. Err.
6.33 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
77.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
2.39
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.36

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has up-firing drivers in the bar, which bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards you to simulate height. However, there aren't any up-firing drivers in the satellites, so sound only comes from the bar itself. Also, the phantom localization doesn't sound as clear and real as discrete localization provided by home theater setups.

In our subjective listening tests, we found that the 'Cinema' mode creates a more immersive experience when listening to Atmos content. However, the immersion wasn't as impressive as some of the other bars we've tested, such as the Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module and the Bose Smart Soundbar 900.

8.4
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
No
Treble Adjustment
No
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
Yes
Rear Level Adjustment
Yes
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has an impressive selection of sound enhancement features. There are some EQ presets to help you customize its sound, including 'Standard Surround', 'Music', 'Cinema', and 'Auto Sound'. You can also adjust the subwoofer volume. The 'Immersive AE' feature activates the up-firing channels to add height to your audio, and this feature is locked on when you watch Atmos content on 'Standard Surround' mode. However, it lacks some more premium customization features like a graphic EQ and bass and treble adjustments.

This setup also has a Sound Field Optimization room correction feature. To access this feature, you need to connect the bar to your TV. You can see a clip of the setup process here.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
2
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
1

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module comes with many physical inputs. There are two Full HDMI In ports that let you use the bar as a hub between different devices. The S-Center Out port lets you plug the bar into a compatible BRAVIA TV for Acoustic Center Sync. This feature syncs your TV speakers with the bar so sound matches what you see on the screen more accurately. There's also an Analog In port.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
Yes
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Yes
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has fantastic audio format support via ARC. It supports standard surround formats like Dolby Digital as well as object-based and lossless audio formats.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
Yes
5.1 PCM
Yes

Via Full HDMI In, the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module supports standard surround sound formats like Dolby Digital. You can also playback object-based and lossless formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

Via Optical, the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module supports Dolby Digital and DTS content. You can often find these surround sound formats on Blu-rays and streaming platforms.

8.2
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
48 ms
Optical
54 ms
Full HDMI In
60 ms

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a great latency performance. It has fairly low latency, so you shouldn't notice a delay between the audio you hear and the video you see. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos and movies over these connections. The manufacturer also says that the AV SYNC feature can help reduce latency regardless of whether or not your bar is paired to a BRAVIA TV. Some apps and TVs may compensate for latency differently, though, so your real-world experience can vary.

10
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module lets you wirelessly stream audio to the bar from your mobile devices over lots of different wireless playback formats. The manufacturer also says that it supports Spotify Connect.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module supports high-quality passthrough, including Dolby Vision Passthrough. We also confirmed that the bar supports HDMI 2.1 passthrough 4k @ 120Hz by connecting the Xbox Series X via HDMI and the bar to the TV via ARC. After enabling Game Mode on the TV, we were able to activate 4k @ 120Hz.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The SW5 subwoofer connects to the bar wirelessly. It still needs to be plugged into a power outlet, though.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Yes

The SA-RS3S satellites connect to the bar wirelessly. You just need to plug them into a power outlet to get them to work.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module has a small interface that shows the inputs and settings you're on.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are touch-capacitive buttons on top of the bar. You can power the bar on/off, change the input, activate Bluetooth, access music services like Spotify, and adjust the volume.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The remote is similar to others from the manufacturer. It's large, and there are lots of buttons. For example, you can use it to change the input, adjust the EQ preset, and play/pause your audio.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module doesn't have voice assistant support built into the bar. If you want to activate the bar with your voice, you need to pair it with a third-party voice assistant device like an Amazon Echo. The manufacturer says that it supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices.

Additional Features
App
App Name Sony Music Center
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
Some
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Sony Music Center app acts as a remote and lets you control almost all of the bar's features. You can use it to switch audio sources, play music from your device, and change the sound settings. However, if you want to activate Sound Field Optimization, you need to pair the bar to your TV to access this feature.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + SW5 Bass Module goes in standby mode after a period of inactivity. It also supports HDMI CEC, meaning you can control its basic features with your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony HT-A7000 with SA-RS3S Speakers + SW5 Bass Module is available in 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here. You can also find this setup with Sony's SA-SW3 subwoofer. However, we haven't tested the bar in this configuration, so we can't confirm its performance.

If you come across another version of this soundbar, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is a premium 7.1.2 setup. You can also purchase the standalone Sony HT-A7000 if you prefer. It offers a very immersive surrounds performance, and it supports Dolby Atmos content. Compared to other premium models like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 and the Sony HT-A9, it's not quite as immersive-sounding.

See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars with subwoofer, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that's better built. It has better center, surround, and Atmos performances, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. There are also some more sound enhancement features available, including bass and treble adjustments as well as a graphic EQ.

Sonos Arc

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module or the standalone Sonos Arc. The Sony is a 7.1.2 setup with discrete satellites and a subwoofer. It's better built, with a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it has two Full HDMI In ports for high-quality passthrough. That said, the Sonos has better soundstage and Atmos performances. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites for a better performance.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is better than the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. Both setups have premium builds and versatile performances, but the Sonos has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. It also gets louder with less compression at max volume. However, only the Sony has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. Both are very premium setups, but the Bose has better soundstage, center, and Atmos performances. It also gets louder than the Sony. That said, unlike the Bose, the Sony offers DTS support and a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is a better 7.1.2 setup than the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung has better center and Atmos performances. It can get louder, too, with less compression at max volume. Also, it offers more sound customization features, including a graphic EQ as well as bass and treble adjustments. That said, the Sony is still a premium setup that's better built and comes with satellites. It offers a better surrounds performance.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both premium soundbars, but the JBL is a bit better. The 5.1.4 JBL has better soundstage, center, and Atmos performances. It also gets louder than the Sony. That said, the Sony is better built.

Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both premium 7.1.2 setup. The HT-A7000 comes with discrete satellites, and it offers a better surrounds performance. Unlike the HT-ST5000, it has a room correction feature and Apple AirPlay 2 support. However, the HT-ST5000 has better center and Atmos performances. It also gets louder with less compression at max volume.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both premium setups. The Samsung is a 3.1.2 setup that has a better center performance and can get louder. However, the 7.1.2 Sony is better built. It comes with discrete satellites, and it offers a better surrounds performance.

Sony HT-A9

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the standalone Sony HT-A9. The HT-A7000 comes with a dedicated subwoofer that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It's better built, and it also has better center and surround performances. That said, the 4.0.4 HT-A9's unique design may be preferable for some users. It also offers better soundstage and Atmos performances. You can even upgrade the HT-A9 with a subwoofer if you prefer.

Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module

The Sony HT-A9 with Bass Module and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both premium setups. The HT-A9 has a unique design that may be more suitable for users with less space in their setup. It also has better soundstage and Atmos performances. That said, the HT-A7000 has a better center channel performance, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass with the same subwoofer.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module and the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 are both premium setups with versatile overall performances. The Sony's full setup comes with a subwoofer and satellites. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it has a better surrounds performance. Also, there's two Full HDMI In ports for high-quality passthrough. That said, the standalone Bose takes up less space. It has better Atmos and soundstage performances, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. You can even upgrade it with a sub and satellites down the line if you want.

LG SP11RA

The LG SP11RA and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both very premium setups, but the LG scores better overall. The LG is a 7.1.4 setup with better center and Atmos performances. It can get louder, and it has more sound enhancement features, including bass and treble adjustments. However, the 7.1.2 Sony is better built. It also offers a better surrounds performance, which some users may prefer.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Sony HT-A9F. The HT-A7000 is a 7.1.2 setup with discrete satellites that's better built. It has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. There are also more sound enhancement features available, including room correction, and there's Apple AirPlay support. That said, the 3.1 HT-A9F does get louder with less compression at max volume.

Sony HT-A7000

The Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the standalone Sony HT-A7000. Thanks to its dedicated subwoofer, the full setup can reproduce a more extended low-bass than the bar on its own. Also, its discrete satellites help to more clearly and accurately represent surround objects, so the full setup has a better surrounds performance.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T is better than the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Samsung is a 9.1.4 setup with better center and Atmos performances. It can also get louder with less compression at max volume. That said, the Sony is still a very premium setup. It's better built, and it offers more wireless playback options.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module or the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module. The Bose is a 5.1 setup with better soundstage and center channel performances. It can get louder than the Sony, and it also reproduces a more extended low-bass. Some users may also prefer its more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. However, only the Sony supports Dolby Atmos content. Unlike the Bose, it also has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

LG SN11RG

The LG SN11RG and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both very premium setups, but the LG scores better overall. The LG has a better Atmos performance, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. Also, it offers more sound enhancement features, including bass and treble adjustments. That said, the Sony is better built with a better surrounds performance.

LG SP9YA

The LG SP9YA and the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module are both very premium setups, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Sony is a 7.1.2 setup with discrete satellites that's better built. It offers a better surrounds performance. However, the 5.1.2 LG gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it has more sound enhancement features, including bass and treble adjustments.

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