Sony HT-Z9F 3.1-Channel Dolby Atmos Sound Bar with Subwoofer

Model: HT-Z9F UPC: 027242908161 Item: 170629

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Z9F 3.1ch Dolby Atmos Soundbar (HT-Z9F)

Feel the thrill of your favorite shows and movies. The Z9F 3.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Soundbar’s new Vertical Surround Engine places you in the middle of the action. Five different sound modes optimize audio to what you’re hearing. Wireless and network-capable, the Z9F can also connect to select rear speakers for a full-room solution that provides a cinematic experience.

Features

  • 3.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and Vertical Sound Engine
  • Five sound modes for enhanced movies, music, gaming, news and sport
  • 4K HDR compatible
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and easy BLUETOOTH streaming
  • High-Resolution Audio capable

Hear Sound From All Directions with Max 7.1.2 Surround Sound

Vertical Surround Engine, our latest surround technology, lets you enjoy the thrill of the latest cinema audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in a single slim unit. No matter what type of room you’re in, its three front speakers reproduce “vertical” sound, creating virtual surround sound that seems to come from all around you. 

Everything Upscaled Close to 7.1.2ch

Now you can enjoy everything you watch in maximum 7.1.2ch sound. The advanced digital signal processing converts any audio to immersive surround with just the click of a button on the remote.

The Perfect Setting for Every Sound

Select a sound mode best suited to the entertainment with a direct key on your remote control. Go deeper into the movies with Cinema mode, and experience more action from your game play, thanks to Game mode created by PlayStation developers. Sport mode fine tunes ambient crowd noise so you can feel the field-level action, while Music mode lets you hear the detail in every song. News/Voice mode is designed for clear dialogue. 

Bring Your Equipment Together

Connect via HDMI, LAN Connection, USB, and more to enjoy music and movies from different sources.

Enjoy All Your Movies in 4K HDR Quality

With the latest 4K HDR 18Gbps pass through and HDCP 2.2, the HT-Z9F is made for the latest home cinema formats including HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid-Log Gamma. 

The Way The Artists Truly Intended

Enjoy the subtlest nuances of studio-quality sound in higher than CD quality with High-Resolution Audio. Passion for music unites every component from signal to speaker so it feels like the artist is performing right in front of you 

Built-In Wi-Fi

Wirelessly connect to online music streaming with built-in Wi-Fi. 

Bluetooth Streaming

Stream music wirelessly with Bluetooth technology. 

Enhance the Detail with DSEE HX

DSEE HX upscales your existing music to near high-resolution sound quality. 

Chromecast Built-In for Smartphone Streaming

Stream music, online radio, and podcasts from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your audio device. Just tap the Cast button.

Stream Music Throughout the House 

Use the Sony | Music Center App (previously called SongPal) to group selected Sony soundbars and speakers together, then stream music in multiple rooms.

Connect to Rear Speakers 

Extend your surround sound setup with wireless rear speakers. 

Specifications

Specifications

  • S-master digital amplifier: Yes
  • DSEE HX: Yes Upscale Up to: 88.2kH,96kHz/24bit Upscale from: 44.1kHz,48kHz/16bit,24bit
  • Night mode: Yes
  • Number of amp. channels: 3.1ch (Wireless Subwoofer)
  • S-Force PRO Front Surround: S-Force PRO: Yes
  • Type: S-Master HX
  • Center (Reference): 100W
  • Front (Reference): 100W/100W
  • Power Output (Total): 400W
  • Subwoofer (Reference): 100W
  • DSD: Yes DSD fs: 2.8MHz Multi-channel: 2ch/5.1ch
  • Dolby ATMOS: Yes (Dolby Digital plus/Atmos)
  • Dolby Dual Mono: Yes
  • DTS 96/24: Yes
  • Dolby Digital/DTS: Yes
  • LPCM (2CH/5.1CH/7.1CH) thru HDMI: HDMI ARC: Yes (2ch only) LPCM fs: 48KHz/24bit HDMI input: Yes Yes (2ch only) LPCM fs: 192Hz/24bit Optical Input: LPCM 2ch, LPCM fs: 48kHz/24bit
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 Version RX(reciever) / TX(transmitter)
  • 3D signal pass thru: Yes
  • BRAVIA SYNC (CEC Control): Yes (HDMI CEC)
  • HDCP2.2: Yes
  • Home theatre control: Yes
  • Scene Select Sync: Yes
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • USB: USB type A File System: exFAT,FAT12/16/32,vFAT External HDD: Yes (less than 2TB / Read only)
  • Auto: Auto Sound: Yes
  • GAME: Yes
  • Music: Yes
  • SPORTS: Yes
  • Standard: Yes
  • AV Sync: Yes (0-300msec)
  • Auto Power Off (Auto Stand-by): Yes
  • Easy Setup (Quick Setup): Yes
  • Power consumption (in operation): Bar: 52W SW: 20W
  • Power consumption (in standby): Bar: 0.5W SW: 1W Bluetooth standby mode: Bar: 2.4W SW:1W
  • Power requirements: 120V AC
  • Dimensions (Approx.)
    • Bar speaker: 39.37" × 2.52" × 3.90"
    • Subwoofer: 7.48" x 15.04 x 15.2"
  • Weight (Approx.)
    • Bar speaker: 6.83 lbs.
    • Subwoofer: 17.86 lbs.
  • 4K/60p: 4K/60p/YUV4:4:4: Yes
  • Built in Demo: Yes
  • Control via Analog Input (4-Pin): Yes
  • DEMO mode: Yes (1/2/3/4)
  • USB playback demo: Yes
  • Woofer unit: Number of speaker: 2 Enclosure Type: Acoustic suspention Unit size: 46 mm Diaphragm material: Mica

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • HT-Z9F 3.1-Channel Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Subwoofer
  • Remote commander
  • Batteries for remote commander
  • HDMI cable
  • Wall hanging bracket with screws
  • Wall mount template
  • Customer registration card
  • Warranty card
  • Quick setup guide
  • Instruction manual

Documents

Reviews

Customer Reviews for Sony HT-Z9F 3.1-Channel Dolby Atmos Sound Bar with Subwoofer

3.8 / 5.0
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Rated 1 out of 5
A nightmare on every level.
Let me start the review by saying that I have very low expectations for a soundbar. I don't expect to be impressive and playing music, or need a home theater experience to wow me. I was just looking for good compatibility with my new Sony television and improved dialogue sound which is allegedly one of the selling points of this sound bar. Frankly, if this $900 sound bar was compatible with the new Sony TV, boosted dialogue somewhat, and sounded as good as a $100 soundbar, I would have been fine.
Instead, I got a soundbar that sounds weaker and thinner than a $20 Bluetooth speaker, or a ten year old $250 television. I know this because I compared both side by side. Also music streamed from any source sounds dramatically worse than the $20 Bluetooth speaker.
As mentioned in other reviews, the subwoofer (which is 5 ft from the soundbar) constantly becomes disconnected. The soundbar also frequently becomes disconnected, no matter which method you use to hook it up. Resets don't help either. How can It be so completely incompatible with my new Sony TV?

Unfortunately, I had gotten Covid shortly after buying it, so I didn't get to hook it up and check it out before the return period ran out at Best Buy. Now it now sits unplugged on my mantle, just so that we can watch TV with sound. It is literally a $900 piece of junk that will end up in a landfill, which is an environmental nightmare. I wish I could at least recycle it.

I don't now what has happened to Sony. They used to make quality products that worked.

Instead
April 8, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome Settings
Complements the investment in a great Sony TV. Full theatre performance.
March 1, 2021
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Rated 1 out of 5
very very poor performance
sound bar always disconnect from the TV and force me to restart the TV
February 27, 2021
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Rated 2 out of 5
Awesome when it works...
Purchased this to go along with my Sony TV since I'm OCD and felt it would be wrong to mix with another brand. This unit gives great immersive sound that fills in our open concept living room so good I wanted to get another one for our bedroom. I was so happy until it started acting up... so this unit will run like a charm and then just cut out for lapses of 1-4 minutes while it reconnects to both the wireless subwoofer and the television. So imagine watching a movie or a series and then loosing sound as if someone hit the mute button. The best thing I have found to work around this is disconnecting the home theater system threw the tv settings and then switching back from tv to home theater, but having to do this 2-4 times threw a 2 hr movie is unacceptable for a unit of this price point. No fixes for this have been found on Reddit or other forums as of yet.
February 19, 2021
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Rated 1 out of 5
Didn’t Last A Month
This sound bar lasted three weeks and Sony will not replace with a new sound bar. I am completely underwhelmed.
February 17, 2021
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Rated 3 out of 5
Excellent Sound Quality - Tricky to Use
We purchase this unit approximately two months ago, and are more than happy with the sound quality and features it provides. We have it connected to a Sony XBR55X950G smart television, and a Tivo Bolt. Installation / connection instructions were vague and confusing for this set up and not what we were expecting for a Sony-to-Sony connection. We eventually stumbled upon a set-up that works, kind of.

Switching inputs to the Tivo requires multiple menu selections as well as setting changes EVERY TIME! There is a momentary delay between each menu selection, while (I suppose) the devices recognize each other, so if you press buttons too fast the changes don't work. Nothing's more fun than looking like a tech moron in front of family and friends. Once you make the connection, everything is great. Switching back to TV mode requires but one press of a button, and is instantaneous.

I expect that the elaborate ritual involved in switching to Tivo will eventually become second nature. Until then, this unit must be rated as extremely frustrating to use, while producing excellent audio. We are very happy with the quality of the video and audio from all of Sony devices, but they have all suffered from vague,confusing and quirky set-up and use issues. They remind me of the bad old days with computer peripherals, before Plug-n-Play.
February 15, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
TRULY NEXT LEVEL TECHNOLOGY!
I was persuaded by a Best Buy sales rep to take this soundbar with the purchase of my XBR65X950H television. He said to try it out, you have 15 days and if you don't like it return it. I own a Bose cinemate system that was installed with the previous TV that I was very happy with and I would use that on the next TV that I purchase. I hung my new 950H TV on the wall and installed my Cinemate system and was Very satisfied with an awesome picture and great sound, No need to really try out HTZ9F. The next day I decided to take it for a test drive, I installed the Soundbar and subwoofer got everything working and I have to say I was not impressed, I tried all the speaker modes, and to me, it was your average soundbar. It was when I pushed the button on the remote that read Vertical S, this is what separates it from being just your average soundbar, "Game Changing Technology". How you are able to get surround sound out of the front-firing speakers is very impressive! I will continue to move forward with the HTZ9F and also add the Z9R wireless speakers for that room-filling experience. Thank You Sony for your continued efforts to be the "One & Only!
February 6, 2021
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Rated 1 out of 5
Garbage - aweful sound
As soon as I hooked this up, which was very easy, I thought I needed to adjust the EQ. Tried all the remote 'settings' (cinema, voice, etc.) but there is ZERO midrange response from this system and at full volume, the sub is woefully inadequate for a 10x10' basement. Better for a coat closet. My 20-year-old Yamaha/Polk Audio 3.1 runs circles around the Z9F, save for the sound reflecting tech. Even our first gen Bose Soundock sounds better. Only registered the product so I could write this out of sheer frustration. Back to Amazon... Very disappointed.
January 30, 2021
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Rated 2 out of 5
Sound Cuts out for 1 second a few times per Hour
Have connected with an optic cable and eArc hdmi to a 950G 65" Sony TV, wired internet connection at 300 mbps, and still cuts out sometimes. The sounds great, but it cutting out randomly is very frustrating and would not recommend unless this is fixed.
January 28, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love the sound when watching sports or movies.
I received the sound system as a gift and love it.
January 18, 2021
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World Wide Stereo Store
Very nice reviews and nice sound
Morris H on Nov 14, 2020
Very nice reviews and nice sound
Morris H on Nov 14, 2020
Can you wire the subwoofer and the rear speakers to the sound bar? I've had wireless subwoofers lose connection with no option to just plug it in.
A shopper on Dec 4, 2020
  Thanks for your questions. The HT-Z9F has no provisions to connect a wired subwoofer or wired surround speakers.
Does this come with a remote control?
A shopper on Nov 23, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The Sony HT-Z9F includes a Sony Remote Commander.
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