(Pocket-lint) – Got your eyes (and ears) on a new soundbar setup? Sony has just announced its HT-A5000, a Dolby Atmos-sporting ‘bar which, at £800/€900, sits below that critical four-figure price point. However, it won’t be released until 2022.
But if you can wait it out, what can you expect? The A5000 features a 5.1.2 channel setup, meaning five speakers up front – centre, left/right, upfiring left/right – with a central subwoofer and two rear separates for full immersion.
There’ll be extra appeal if you have a modern Sony TV, too, as the company’s S-Force Pro Front Surround system synergises to use a full mixture of soundbar and TV speakers all in one – giving a more convincing ‘from-the-panel’ quality that’s particularly good for voice placement and the like.
There’s also some psycho-acoustic wizardry from the Sound Field Optimization and 360 Reality Audio systems, which use on-board microphones and processing technology to create additional virtual channels for an even more convincing immersion.
The A5000 is certainly future-proofed, with support for all the latest formats – including 8K HDR, 4K 120fps, and Dolby Vision passthrough – so whether you’ve got the latest gaming setup or want a ‘bar for that 8K future, it’ll have you covered.
All sounds very nice indeed, although that 2022 release date is perhaps perplexing – we would usually anticipate this soundbar to be announced at CES, taking place in January 2022, but perhaps it’s the Japanese company’s reaction to expectations of in-person shows going ahead in such a short time-frame.
Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published on .