Sony’s newest flagship soundbar will run you a whopping $1,299 / AU$1,699 (about £950), nevertheless it’s a 7.1.2 system with built-in upfiring audio system for Dolby Atmos, full HDMI 2.1 passthrough for 4K/120Hz assist and Dolby Vision HDR.
It’s a incredible record – and one, you may argue – that makes it the proper soundbar for Xbox Series X. That’s as a result of Microsoft’s console is the one one on the market proper now that helps Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos.
Missing from the record of supported options? The PS5’s personal proprietary spatial audio format, Tempest Audio, that has but to seem in any audio gear exterior of the Sony Pulse PS5 headset. You can most likely see the place that is going…
Where is Tempest Audio assist?
In an interview with TechRadar, Sony mentioned that it designed the soundbar with the PS5 in thoughts – the 4K/120Hz passthrough can also be nice for its console and it might even tune itself based mostly in your room’s acoustics.
On high of that, the soundbar helps 360 Reality Audio, Sony’s different spatial audio format, and works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2.
But the query of the place Tempest Audio assist got here up within the interview. Sony’s response? No remark, no less than for proper now.
It’s essential to recollect right here that Sony is a large model with a number of divisions, one being Sony Electronics, the corporate that places out headphones and TVs, and one other being Sony Interactive Entertainment that works on the PS5 and publishes video video games.
When Sony first talked about Tempest Audio, it mentioned that it will work on all audio programs, out of your TV’s built-in audio system to headphones, from soundbars to stereo programs – however mentioned that performance would not come till after launch final 12 months.
So far, we’ve solely seen one product with correct Tempest Audio assist – and that’s the PS5 Pulse 3D that has been “optimized” for 3D audio. No different product has been provided that certification but, however one would hope that it’ll come to Sony soundbars – a number of the best soundbars in the marketplace – earlier than it goes elsewhere.
Mixing and matching your property leisure setup
If there is a vibrant aspect to Sony’s inadvertent Xbox-friendly accent, it is that Sony Electronics would not even care that you just’re utilizing its soundbars with Xbox.
This occurs on a regular basis within the dwelling leisure world the place you purchase a TV from Samsung or LG, pair it with a soundbar from Sony or Sonos, and join it to a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One or a PS4. Basically, all of us have mix-matched programs and that works out properly for everybody concerned.
As lengthy as the entire system works, everybody’s pleased and there is not any have to have model loyalty to 1 producer. Now, that does not give Sony a move on making a Tempest Audio-compatible soundbar – as a result of that for certain must be on its roadmap – however till then, we’re pleased we are able to pair the A7000 with our Xbox Series X for its most potential.