Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs Sony HT-Z9F

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs HT-Z9F comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8.2
Sony HT-Z9F
7.2
4
7
Multichannel surround
10
8

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 vs Sony HT-Z9F review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
vs
Sony HT-Z9F

Let's take a look at the comparison between Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 and Sony HT-Z9F. It will become clear that among these two devices, the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 received 8.2 points out of 10 possible, and HT-Z9F was rated 7.2 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Comes with 4 separate speakers
  • Available the Amazon Music service

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports

Audio features

The Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is rated 10 of 10 against 7 for the HT-Z9F according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
10
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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 9.2.4 channels, while the HT-Z9F has 3.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 1000 (overall) W, and 400 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HT-Z9F
Built-in channels9.2.43.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W1000 (overall)400 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)40
Separate speaker connectionswiredhas 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. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HT-Z9F, in the same category, earned 8 out of 10 points.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
10
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. 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. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is included in each of these soundbars.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HT-Z9F
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHDDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital Surround, DTS HDhas 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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 received 9 points, and the HT-Z9F - 6 on a 10-point scale.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
9
HT-Z9F
6

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HT-Z9F
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudChromecast

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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 8 out of 10.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8
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 the HT-Z9F.

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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 has 3/1 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 basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HT-Z9F
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)01
NFC
HDMI input/output3/12/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
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.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In our case, the ability to control the soundbar using the app is not implemented in any of the competitors. None of these soundbars have 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.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HT-Z9F
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 HT-Z9F
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.23.1/6.6
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