Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-X9000F

Sony HT-X9000F vs Sony HT-Z9F – Dolby Atmos Soundbars

Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-X9000F

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Features

The idea of testing Sony HT-X9000F vs Sony HT-Z9F appeared in order to compare two models of the famous brand and decide whether to consider Sony HT-Z9F’s Wi-Fi capability or to choose HT-X9000F’s support of plenty of streaming services.

Both models come with an eternal wireless sub and have no wired connections for other subs. They also have Bluetooth and USB ports for firmware updates. None of the models features voice control or dedicated apps and can be managed via remote control only. However, they support such advanced formats as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X that makes them great components for home theater system and helps create an expanded soundstage.

In addition, they have been enhanced with Vertical Surround Engine to get more power to fill any rooms but still, the HT-Z9F is a bit more powerful – it has 400W versus HT-X9000F’s 300W. Besides, it has 2 HDMI inputs since the HT-X9000F comes with a single HDMI input that makes it impossible to connect other sources – Blu-ray players or cable/satellite receiver, for example.

The Sony HT-X9000F features headphone output that carries enough amplification to drive a set of headphones. It lacks a dedicated center channel for accurate dialogues, but there’s a "Voice" button on the remote to boost dialogue levels and keep the balance between vocals and such background as explosions, and other loud sounds.

Design

When comparing Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-X9000F with regard to their design, one can see HT-X9000F’s smaller dimensions and weight. It comes with the angled sides and five control buttons on the back panel. The unit has a large white outline around the HDMI sockets to make it clear which way round the HDMI plugs go in. Its sub looks a bit different with its bigger grille’s holes and a darker tone.

The Sony HT-Z9F is designed as a black bar with a triple-dot of silver drivers, a removable is a magnetically attached grille, and typical rear connectivity.

Sony HT-Z9F Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Perfect connection with the PS4PRO and the opportunity to use all the smart TV functions at the same time.
  • Bass is clear and not overbearing.

Cons

  • This model doesn't support Smart TV remote.

Sony HT-X9000F Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It can be upgraded with the wireless rear speakers.
  • The power cables are included in the kit.

Cons

  • The soundbar’s HDMI sockets are recessed and placed at an angle, that’s why it’s not very convenient to connect the cables.
  • The buttons have LED light to display status, but they are on the top and not visible.

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-X9000F

Model

HT-Z9F
HT-X9000F

Brand

Sony
Sony

Rating

3.9 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

57
67

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Supported channel quantity

3.1
2.1

Separate speaker (in package)

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

1
1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1
1

Coaxial digital input/output

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

6.4 x 100 x 10/2.5 x 39.4 x 3.4
5.8 x 93 x 8.5/2.3 x 36.6 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
2.5/5

Soundbars HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • 14.1
  • 8.9Sony HT-Z9F
  • 14.1Sony HT-X9000F

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