Sony HT-Z9F vs Sonos Arc

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

HT-Z9F vs Arc comparison chart

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

Sony HT-Z9F vs Sonos Arc review

Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Sonos Arc

Choosing a soundbar is not an easy task and the Sony HT-Z9F vs Sonos Arc comparison is meant to help you with that. As a result, it is clear that HT-Z9F is much better designed and has a better sound performance than Arc. According to the results of our comparison, HT-Z9F received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and Arc was rated 7 points.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Sonos Arc

  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Supports external media connection via USB

Advantages Sonos Arc over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The HT-Z9F is rated 7 of 10 against 5 for the Arc according to the audio features rating.

HT-Z9F
7
Arc
5

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 HT-Z9F and the Arc.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound.

HT-Z9F Arc
Built-in channels3.1N/A
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W400 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionshas notwireless

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.

HT-Z9F Arc
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 HT-Z9F received rating 8 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Arc, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

HT-Z9F
8
Arc
4

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. If we consider the models in terms of support for Dolby Atmos, then both soundbars can work with this technology.

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.

HT-Z9F Arc
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. For the ability to work with streaming services, the HT-Z9F received 6 points, and the Arc - 10 on a 10-point scale.

HT-Z9F
6
Arc
10

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

HT-Z9F Arc
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesChromecastPandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

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: Sony HT-Z9F was rated 8 out of 10, and Sonos Arc was rated 7 out of 10.

HT-Z9F
8
Arc
7

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 HT-Z9F has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Arc got 1/0 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 basic for both soundbars.

HT-Z9F Arc
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
NFC
HDMI input/output2/01/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/00/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/00/0
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 Arc has its own remote control application. Only Sonos Arc 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.

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

Dimensions

HT-Z9F Arc
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/6.66.2/13.7
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