Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-Z9F

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Rating 5 5

Beam vs HT-Z9F comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Beam
6
Sony HT-Z9F
7.2
8
7
Multichannel surround
4
8

Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-Z9F review

Sonos Beam
vs
Sony HT-Z9F

Let's take a look at the comparison between Sonos Beam and Sony HT-Z9F. It will become clear that among these two devices, the HT-Z9F is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, Beam received 6 points out of 10 possible, and HT-Z9F was rated 7.2 points.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Sony HT-Z9F

  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • HDMI ARC supports

Audio features

The Beam is rated 6 of 10 against 7 for the HT-Z9F according to the audio features rating.

Beam
6
HT-Z9F
7

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the Beam and the HT-Z9F.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Beam has 3.0 channels, while the HT-Z9F has 3.1 channels.

Beam HT-Z9F
Built-in channels3.03.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A400 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelesshas not

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. The HT-Z9F comes with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

Beam HT-Z9F
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The Beam received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HT-Z9F, in the same category, earned 8 out of 10 points.

Beam
4
HT-Z9F
8

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Sony HT-Z9F.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HT-Z9F.

Beam HT-Z9F
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has nothas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. The streaming services category rating is the same - 6 out of 10 points.

Beam
6
HT-Z9F
6

The popular Spotify service is available on the HT-Z9F.

Beam HT-Z9F
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, ChromecastChromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Sonos Beam was rated 6 out of 10, and Sony HT-Z9F was rated 8 out of 10.

Beam
6
HT-Z9F
8

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on both devices.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HT-Z9F got 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is a feature unique to Sony HT-Z9F.

Beam HT-Z9F
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
NFC
HDMI input/output1/02/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room. The voice control feature is implemented in each of the compared soundbars.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Beam has its own remote control application. Only Sonos Beam has a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. The HT-Z9F has the ability to use a multiroom system.

Beam HT-Z9F
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Beam HT-Z9F
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
Weight, kg/pounds2.8/6.23.1/6.6
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