While we love component surround sound systems, in all their complexity and flexibility, at Ecostics we also see the appeal of soundbars. They immeasurably improve the sound of today’s high-performance TVs and projectors: improved dialogue intelligibility, punchier bass response, and a fuller, richer soundstage for music and movies. Soundbars are also generally much easier to install than component systems and take up much less space. The best soundbars can even approach component audio systems in their presentation of immersive surround sound like Dolby Atmos. And Sony’s HT-A7000 is one of the best soundbars available right now.
The HT-A7000 made our newest “Best soundbars of 2022for its broad support for immersive sound formats, dynamic and all-encompassing surround sound stage, and flexible connection options. Our only main complaint was the price. At $1399, the HT-A7000 is a tough sell. But now that Amazon has slashed $300 off the price, we’re a little more excited to recommend it. Check it out:
If you pay with Amazon’s store card, you’ll get an additional $55 (5%) refund as a statement credit, bringing your net price down to $1,043 plus applicable taxes.
A winning combination of features and performance
Sony HT-A7000 is Sony’s flagship soundbar, and it shows in its performance and features. The HT-A7000 supports immersive surround sound in several flavors: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Sony’s “Reality 360 Audio”. The latter is a rare find in soundbars or receivers and is an important consideration as Sony’s immersive surround sound format begins to take hold. Music lovers will be pleased to know that the HT-A7000 supports Hi-Res Audio and features Sony’s DSEE Extreme (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) processing which improves the quality of compressed audio files and real-time audio streaming.
The HT-A7000 soundbar uses electronic/psychoacoustic processing and directed speakers to create a dome of sound from all directions. This helps if you have a roughly square or rectangular shaped room as the bar bounces off the side walls and ceiling in order to envelop the listeners. And it achieves that immersive effect very well for a standalone soundbar. If you want even more realistic immersive surround sound and powerful, extended bass response, we recommend adding the SW5 powered subwoofer and optional RS5 rear speakers. This will give you a truly three-dimensional surround experience, with deep, solid bass and consistent placement of objects in space all around the listening room, for movies and music.
The HT-A7000 has a built-in microphone which can be used to control all home automation tasks or play music through a virtual assistant. The soundbar supports all three major home automation platforms and digital assistants from Amazon, Apple and Google. The built-in mic also comes in handy for the soundbar’s automatic calibration routine that optimizes sound for your particular room. The soundbar supports Bluetooth as well as direct connections to Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast.
The HT-A7000 includes two HDMI 2.1 inputs as well as an eARC-compatible HDMI output. This allows you to plug devices like a cable box or Blu-ray player directly into the device while still being able to get Dolby Atmos sound from apps built into your TV and any additional devices plugged directly into it. the television.
If budget is an issue (and really, when isn’t it?), you can start with the HT-7000A soundbar alone – grab it now while it’s on sale – then add the highs rear speakers and the subwoofer powered later if you feel the need. deeper bass or a more spacious and immersive surround sound experience.
Not sure when the deal will expire, but pricing was accurate and availability was “in stock” as of November 18, 2022.