The Sony HT-A3000, a new soundbar from Sony, is an all-in-one unit that is intended to give positional Dolby Atmos sound and excellent bass from a single box.
Price and Specification
The Sony HT-A3000 will go on sale in October for £599/$699; a launch in Australia has not yet been confirmed.
It has three forward-firing speakers (left, right, and centre), two subwoofer units, and 3.1 channels of speakers in total. While it does support Dolby Atmos, there are no upfiring drivers for the audio format. However, it does feature Sony’s excellent sound processing, which gives the impression of extra height and width.
We’ve heard this technology before in products like the Sony HT-G700, and it’s seriously impressive, earning that product a spot on our list of the best soundbars.
Although there is no HDMI passthrough, which seems strange at this mid-range price considering Sony has previously included it in cheaper alternatives, you do have HDMI eARC and optical input to bring your sound into the bar.
It supports DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, and Sony’s Acoustic Center Sync, so when used with compatible Sony Bravia XR TVs (such the Sony X90J or Sony A80K), the TV’s speakers will sync with the soundbar for a more powerful audio experience.
And it doesn’t have to be a one-box soundbar if you don’t want it to.