Sony HT-G700 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 09, 2020 at 08:42 am
Sony HT-G700 Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.8
Dialogue/TV Shows
6.4
Music
7.0
Movies
Channels
3.1

The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1 channel soundbar from 2020. It can support all common audio formats via its HDMI ARC and Full HDMI In ports, and if you like to watch movies, it can also play Dolby Atmos content, but it has to downmix it into stereo. Although it has a fairly boomy sound profile, there are seven EQ presets available that can enhance your audio experience, depending on what kind of content you like to listen to. It can also get pretty loud, but there's a lot of thumping and compression at max volume, which is disappointing.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Sony HT-G700 is alright for mixed use. Its boomy sound profile lacks a thumpy low-bass, which some listeners may find a tad bit disappointing, especially if you're a fan of EDM or action movies. However, if you prefer a different sound, it has a few EQ presets available, which is nice. This soundbar is also able to reproduce voices accurately and clearly, so you can catch every line of your favorite soap operas or podcasts. It can get loud enough to fill a large or crowded room, too. However, there's a lot of thumping and compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Seven EQ presets available.
  • Can play Atmos and DTS content.
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • No room correction feature.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Lots of thumping and compression artifacts at max volume.
7.8 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Sony HT-G700 is good for dialogue and TV shows. Even though it has a boomy sound profile, it's still able to produce voices clearly and accurately. It can get loud enough to fill a large room or crowded environment, and there's also a 'News' EQ preset that can help the bar further enhance your dialogue experience. You can also use Bluetooth to stream your favorite podcasts or audiobooks to the bar.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature available through EQ presets.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • No room correction feature.
6.4 Music

The Sony HT-G700 is unremarkable for music. It has a boomy sound profile with a touch of brightness. While it also lacks low-bass, there's a dedicated 'Music' EQ preset that can help enhance your audio experience. There's also an 'Auto Sound' EQ preset that allows the soundbar to automatically adjust its sound profile to better suit your audio. This soundbar can also get loud, but unfortunately, there's a lot of thumping and compression artifacts at max volume.

Pros
  • Seven EQ presets available.
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • No room correction feature.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Lots of thumping and compression artifacts at max volume.
7.0 Movies

The Sony HT-G700 is decent for movies. While it has a subwoofer, it lacks low-bass, which can impact the immersiveness of your favorite action flicks. Luckily, there's a 'Cinema' EQ preset which can help enhance your experience. There's also an 'Auto Sound' EQ preset that automatically adjusts the sound profile to better suit your audio. As it has a Full HDMI In port, it supports Dolby Atmos but it has to downmix surround content into stereo. It also supports DTS content, which is nice if you watch a lot of Blu-rays or stream movies.

Pros
  • Seven EQ presets available.
  • Can play Atmos and DTS content.
  • Can get very loud.
Cons
  • No room correction feature.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Lots of thumping and compression artifacts at max volume.
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 6.4 Music
  • 7.0 Movies
  1. Update 9/22/2020: The Dynamics tests have been reconducted due to a value input bug.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sony HT-G700 is a soundbar from Sony's 2020 lineup. It's a 3.1 setup with a wireless subwoofer, and just like the Sony HT-X9000F, it can support Dolby Atmos content by downmixing it into stereo. However, it doesn't produce as immersive an experience as a 5.1.4 setup like the Vizio SB46514-F6, which uses satellites. Its main competitors are the Sony HT-Z9F, the Sonos Arc, and the Yamaha YAS-209.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Sony HT-G700 is a sleek soundbar that's very similar in look to other Sony soundbars such as the Sony HT-Z9F. It's made from good quality plastic and it has a big metal grille to protect its speakers, which gives it an overall premium look and feel.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The subwoofer is made of mostly melamine and plastic. The port has a glossy black finish while the woofer itself is covered by a nice metal grille. The subwoofer's back has a plastic plate.

Design
Style - Satellites

This soundbar setup doesn't have any satellites.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 38.5" (97.8 cm)
Bar Height 2.4" (6.2 cm)
Bar Depth 4.3" (11.0 cm)

The Sony HT-G700 is a fairly wide soundbar and most likely won't fit between the legs of most 55" or smaller TVs. It's not too tall, though, so it shouldn't block part of your screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width 7.5" (19.0 cm)
Sub Height 15.2" (38.5 cm)
Sub Depth 15.8" (40.2 cm)

The Sony HT-G700's subwoofer is about the size of an average desktop PC. It isn't too large and it should fit beside your TV or couch.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Sat Width N/A
Sat Height N/A
Sat Depth N/A

There are no satellites in this setup.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting Type
Universal (holes on back)

The back of this soundbar has two openings: one for its power cable and the other for its inputs. There are also mounting holes on either side of the bar, but this soundbar doesn't come with wall mounting brackets or screws, so you have to purchase them separately.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The back of the subwoofer is pretty plain. There's a power cable on the bottom and that's about it.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
N/A

This setup doesn't have any satellite speakers.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony HT-G700 has a good build quality. Its body is made from dense plastic and its speakers are protected by a large metal grille. In contrast, the subwoofer is made from mostly melamine and plastic, which is a little disappointing. The port has a glossy black finish that's prone to fingerprints, but the woofer is protected by a metal grille too, which is nice.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
5.0 ft (1.5 m)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • HDMI cable
  • Power cables
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries for the remote
  • Manuals

Sound
7.0
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
-0.75
ST Std. Err.
2.76 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
50.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
16.3 kHz

The Sony HT-G700's frequency response is decent. On 'Standard' mode, its subwoofer struggles to produce a thumpy low-bass. However, the rest of the bass range is punchy and boomy, which some listeners may enjoy. Its treble is a bit underemphasized, but it may sound bright on some especially high-pitched tracks. If you're looking for a 3.1 soundbar with a better-balanced sound out-of-the-box, check out the Samsung HW-T650.

Sound
Stereo Raw Frequency Response
6.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.72 dB

The Sony HT-G700's stereo soundstage is just satisfactory. It feels about as wide as the bar but the bar itself doesn't do anything to make it sound any wider. Objects also sound like they're coming from general moving areas rather than accurate pinpoint locations.

6.7
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
95.1 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
4.24 dB

Update 09/22/2020: We've discovered a value input bug that would cause the Dynamics box results to be slightly off. All soundbars reviewed since January 30th 2020 have been updated.

The Sony HT-G700 has okay stereo dynamics. It can get very loud, which is well-suited for large rooms or crowded environments. However, at max volume, there's a lot of thumping and compression artifacts that are very audible across its range.

7.2
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.50
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.86

This soundbar has an okay THD performance. At a normal listening volume, the amount of THD falls within good limits, so you get pure and clean audio reproduction. However, the THD jumps at max volume, which is disappointing. That being said, it can be difficult to hear with real-life content, and not everyone will hear it.

8.9
Sound
Center
C Localization
Discrete
C Slope
-0.06
C Std. Err.
2.63 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
92.2 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
0.40
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.52

The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1 channel setup with a superb center channel performance. Since it has a dedicated center speaker, it can produce clear and accurate audio reproduction of dialogue from your favorite movies.

4.5
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Rears
No
Sr Slope
-0.76
Sr Std. Err.
2.82 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
94.4 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
0.45
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.83

This soundbar has a poor surround performance. As it's a 3.1 setup, it uses its left and right speakers to downmix everything into stereo to play surround content. Unfortunately, this results in a less than accurate and clear representation of surround objects, which won't be very immersive as these objects are also perceived as coming from in front, rather than from the sides or behind you.

6.0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
H Localization
Surround (Downmix)
H Slope
-0.80
H Std. Err.
2.91 dB
H SPL @ Max Volume
82.6 dB SPL
H Weighted THD @ 80
3.18
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.42

The Sony HT-G700 has a just unremarkable height performance. It uses Sony's Vertical Surround Engine to simulate an Atmos experience by using its left and right speakers to downmix this content into stereo. While its performance isn't bad, it won't be as immersive as a soundbar with up-firing or dedicated tower speakers.

5.9
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
No
Treble Adjustment
No
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
N/A
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Sony HT-G700 has sub-par sound enhancement features. It lacks a room correction feature, so it may sound differently depending on your room. While you can adjust the subwoofer's level, there aren't bass or treble adjustments, which is a little disappointing. There are seven EQ presets to help you get a sound better suited for your audio. There's also a virtual surround sound feature called S-Force PRO that's always on, as well as its Vertical Surround Engine, and DTS Virtual:X.

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

The Sony HT-G700 has several inputs. Although its USB input is used for updates only, the Full HDMI In and HDMI ARC ports support all common audio formats, which is nice.

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-G700 supports all common formats over its HDMI ARC connection. As it also supports eARC, it can play object-based surround signals and lossless formats as well.

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

Thanks to its Full HDMI In port, you can use this soundbar as a hub between an external device such as a gaming console and your TV. It also supports all common audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS content.

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

This soundbar supports Dolby Digital and DTS content which are usually found on Blu-ray discs or streaming platforms via its Optical port.

6.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No

The Sony HT-G700 can only play audio wirelessly using a Bluetooth connection, which is a little disappointing. If you're looking for a soundbar with a few more wireless playback options, check out the Vizio SB36312-G6.

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-G700 can be used as a hub between your TV and another source like a gaming console to play 4k content at 60Hz. Text sent using this signal looks crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

This sub connects wirelessly to your soundbar and it only needs its power cable.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
N/A

This soundbar doesn't have any satellites.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The Sony HT-G700 has a small screen behind its grille that displays the inputs as well as settings you change. It can also tell you what kind of audio format you're playing.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

This bar has five simple buttons on its top. From here, you can turn it on/off, change inputs, switch to a Bluetooth connection, and raise/lower the volume.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The Sony HT-G700 has a somewhat slim remote with a lot of controls so that you can easily change settings. However, you won't be able to use it as a universal remote to control your TV.

Additional Features
App
App Name N/A
iOS No
Android No
Acts as the Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No

The Sony HT-G700 doesn't come with a companion app.

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

The Sony HT-G700 goes into standby mode after being idle for some time. As it also supports HDMI CEC, you can use your TV remote to control some of the soundbar's features like volume and input control.

Compared to other soundbars

The Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1 channel soundbar from Sony's 2020 lineup. Unlike most other 3.1 setups, it can simulate an Atmos experience by using Sony's Vertical Surround Engine to downmix this content into stereo. Just like the Sony HT-Z9F, it also supports DTS content using its HDMI ARC port, as well as HDR10 passthrough. However, it's also not compatible with the Sony Music Center app. If you're looking for more soundbars, check out our recommendations for the best Sony soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars with subwoofer.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Sony HT-Z9F is a better performing soundbar overall than the Sony HT-G700. The HT-Z9F is slightly better built, its sound profile is a bit more balanced, and although it doesn't get as loud as the HT-G700, it can reach its max volume with a lot less thumping and compression artifacts. It has two Full HDMI In ports, and you can even stream music to it using Chromecast or Wi-Fi. Unlike the HT-G700, it also uses its front-firing speakers to produce a surround and height experience, but it doesn't perform as well as the HT-G700.

Sonos Arc

The Sony HT-G700 is a slightly better performing soundbar overall than the Sonos Arc. The Sony is a 3.1 channel can produce a more punchy, boomy bass thanks to its wireless subwoofer, it can get a tiny bit louder with less thumping and compression artifacts, and it has EQ presets available. It also has a Full HDMI In port that supports all common formats, and you can use Bluetooth to stream audio content directly to the bar. However, the Sonos is a 5.0.2 channel that feels slightly better built, and it has a room correction feature. It also uses side-firing speakers to reproduce surround content as well as up-firing speakers to reproduce Atmos objects, which is better than the Sony.

Yamaha YAS-209

Yamaha YAS-209 has a more well-rounded performance than the Sony HT-G700. The Yamaha is a 2.1 channel with a better-balanced sound profile overall, and you can stream your favorite audio to it using Wi-Fi, which is pretty handy. Although it can't get as loud as the Sony, it has less thumping and compression artifacts at max volume too. The Sony, on the other hand, is a 3.1 setup with slightly better build quality, it can play Dolby Atmos content by downmixing it into stereo, and its center channel offers up a superb performance. It also supports DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD content.

Samsung HW-Q70R

The Samsung HW-Q70R is better for music than the Sony HT-G700. The Samsung feels slightly better built, it has a more balanced and neutral sound profile right out-of-the-box, and even though it doesn't get as loud as the Sony, it can reach its max volume with less thumping and compression artifacts. It also has a graphic EQ plus bass and treble adjustments, and you can stream audio content to it using Wi-Fi or its companion app, which is nice. However, the Sony has better surround and height performances.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a slightly better soundbar than the Sony HT-G700. The Sony struggles to produce a thumpy low-bass, which may be disappointing to fans of bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop. While both soundbars can get loud, the Sony has much more compression at max volume, so it won't sound as clear. While the Sony comes with seven EQ presets to help you customize your sound, the Q70T has more customization options like a 7-band graphic EQ. However, unlike the Q70T, the Sony comes with a night mode feature that helps keep the volume at the same level between different programs.

Samsung HW-T650

The Sony HT-G700 is a slightly better overall soundbar than the Samsung HW-T650. Unlike the Samsung, it supports Dolby Atmos content, although it won't provide the most immersive listening experience because it has to downmix it to stereo. The Sony also supports 4k passthrough so you can use the bar as a hub between your TV and your game console or PC. The Samsung actually has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, but you can adjust the Sony's slightly boomy sound to your liking thanks to its seven EQ presets. However, like other Sony soundbars, the HT-G700's S-Force Pro surround sound feature is always on, which may not be preferred by all users.

LG GX Soundbar

The LG GX Soundbar is a better soundbar for dialogue and TV shows than the Sony HT-G700. The LG is better balanced and has more sound enhancement features. Even though it has to downmix surround content into stereo just like the Sony, its surround performance is better. It also has a USB port so you can listen to audio from a flash drive and it has a companion app. However, the Sony feels better built, and it has a better height performance.

Samsung HW-R650

The Samsung HW-R650 is a slightly better performing soundbar than the Sony HT-G700. Its treble range is a bit better balanced, it has a graphic EQ so you can tweak your audio experience, and there's a USB port so you can play your favorite music from a thumb drive. Although it doesn't get as loud as the Sony, the Samsung also has less thumping and compression artifacts at max volume. However, it can't support Atmos content. The Sony, on the other hand, supports all common Full HDMI In content and eARC.

Vizio SB36312-G6

The Sony HT-G700 is better for dialogue/TV shows than the Vizio SB36312-G6. The Sony has a slightly better build quality, its sound profile is more neutral, and it has a dialogue enhancement feature to further improve vocal quality. Its center, surround, and height performances are better, and it has eARC support. However, the Vizio has more physical inputs as well as more options for wireless playback. It also has an auto-off power-saving feature.

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