Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-Z9F review

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Sonos Beam
vs
Sony HT-Z9F

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 6.8 for HT-Z9F. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-Z9F. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Beam got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-Z9F 7 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-Z9F.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Sony HT-Z9F. Only the HT-Z9F supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-Z9F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-Z9F. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 2, and Sony HT-Z9F 7 out of 10.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

Beam
HT-Z9F

Brand

Sonos
Sony

Reviews

1066
91

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
3.1/6.6
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-Z9F
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 6.8
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F

The Sony HT-Z9F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-Z9F price