Sony has released the HT-A3000your new Dolby Atmos / DTS-X soundbar in Series A, which currently includes the $1,000 HT-A5000, $1,400 HT-A7000, and the HT-A9 gauge $1,800. At just $700, that makes the 3.1ch HT-A3000 the most affordable option in the range. This available for pre-sale at from August 30.
The HT-A3000 shares many features with its more expensive siblings, including AirPlay, chrome cast and compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart speakers, plus the ability to connect to Sony’s Bravia XR series smart TVs, which can be used as an extended center channel for more immersive sound and more realistic dialogue.
It also has a good variety of upgrade options. You can choose between two wireless subwoofers ($300 SA-SW3, $600 SA-SW5) and two wireless surround models ($350 SA-RS3S, $600 SA-RS5). If you use the HT-A3000 with any of these surround speakers, it gives you the ability to tune the speakers with Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology, which uses microphones in the sound bar to automatically coordinate the sound of the speakers with the design. of your room for a more convincing 3D effect.
Under the hood, the HT-A3000 employs three full-range drivers and two built-in subwoofers for a total of 250 watts of power. Unfortunately, the soundbar’s lower price has meant some compromises compared to the rest of the A-Series range. Chief among them is the lack of drivers that fire the A3000.
This means that if you’re using the soundbar on its own, the height and surround effects of a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X soundtrack will be virtualized, which is rarely as convincing as when you have discrete speakers doing the work. And while it includes Sony’s DSEE Extreme technology to enhance the sound of compressed digital audio files, it lacks the Hi-Res Audio rating of the other A-series models.
The good news is that if you opt for the SA-RS5 wireless surrounds, they have built-in ignition drivers, bringing the combined system up to a 5.1.2-channel configuration. On the other hand, that also means you’ve now invested $1,300 and still don’t have a dedicated subwoofer.
In terms of ports, the HT-A3000 has an HDMI ARC/eARC input/output (the output is used for its on-screen menus), an optical input, a USB port for playing audio from a storage device, and a 3.5-inch output. mm which is dedicated to Sony’s center channel expansion feature. A Bluetooth connection is also available with support for Sony’s LDAC codec, and can be used to stream music from a phone to the soundbar, or to stream audio from the soundbar to a set of compatible wireless headphones. The soundbar also comes with its own dedicated remote.