Sony HT-A9/SA-SW5 - Review

Sony HT-A9/SA-SW5 with Bass Module Soundbar Review
8.04 Mixed Usages
7.5 SOUND QUALITY
7.5 BASS ACCURACY :
7.8 AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY:
8.9 AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES:
8.5 BUILD QUALITY :
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Specification

GENERAL

Number of Channel 4.0.4 Channel
Placement Type Wall-mountable
Connectivity Type Both (Wired & Wireless)
Subwoofer Feature Wireless Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Yes
Central Channel Speaker N/A
Audio Enhancement Features Yes
HDMI input/output Yes
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux) N/A
Loudness Moderate ( ± 80db)
Warranty 12 months Months

Connectivity:

Digital Optical Audio Input ( Toslink ) None
HDMI ARC 1 (shared)
HDMI Output 1 (shared)
Full HDMI Input 1 HDMI Input
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux) None
RCA Ports No
USB Port None
Ethernet Jack Yes

Audio Quality ( Tested )

Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Bass Accuracy ( for music, film scores, movies, and games) Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
3- Dimensional Sound Accuracy ( Sound Stage) audio seems to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location
Total Harmonic Distortion ( Center Channel ) No Dedicated Center Channel Speaker. So, it can not produce sound quite as clear as 3.0, 3.2 , 5.1 or 7.2 channels Soundbar. But It has decent center performance to produce accurate audio and dialogue.
Surround Sound Imaging ( Rear Channel ) No dedicated rear channel (7.1 channel) but surround content produced by side-firing speakers on the bar is quite impressive and sounds seem to be coming from above you, behind you and on the sides.
Streo Dynamics ( Loudness ): Dynamic Range Compression @ Standard Volume (80 dB) is more than standard deviation (<2 dB).
Audio & Video Latency Here no visible latency via ARC (74 ms) and Optical (N/A) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (54 ms).

Audio Enhancement Features:

Digital Room Correction: Yes
Auto Volume Adjustment/ Night Mode: Yes
Equilizer Options: Presets
Bass Adjustment ( Thup & Punch of sound) Yes
Treble Adjustent ( Brightness and Clarity od Audio) N/A
Surround Level Adjustment: Yes
Virtual Surround Effect: Yes

Supported Audio Format ( HDMI ARC)

eARC Standard Yes
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
DTS Yes
DTS: X Yes
Dolby True HD ( eARC only ) Yes
DTS- HD MA (eARC only) Yes
5.1 PCM ( eARC only ) Yes

Supported Audio Format (Full HDMI In' port ):

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

Audio Format Support ( Optical Port ):

Dolby Digital : N/A
DTS : N/A

Drivers Specs

Tweeter Size and Type : 0.75
Midrange Size & Types: N/A
Woofer Size & Type : 2.875
Subwoofer Driver 7

Build Material

Enclosure Passive Radiator
Finish The speakers excellent build quality with a solid plastic and metal grilles to help protect the drivers. The sub also made of plastic build feels quite sturdy.
Color Light Gray - Black
Soundbar Width 6.3
Soundbar Height 12.2
Soundbar Depth 5.8
Subwoofer Width 10.6
Subwoofer Depth 16.5

Rating System

SOUND QUALITY 7.5
BASS ACCURACY : 7.5
AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES: 8.9
AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY: 7.8
BUILD QUALITY : 8.5
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