Sony HT-Z9F vs Dayton Audio BS36 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Dayton Audio BS36

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-Z9F vs Dayton Audio BS36 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 4.5 for BS36.

Audio features

The Sony HT-Z9F has the active amplification type, the Dayton Audio BS36 - passive. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-Z9F has 3.1 versus 3.0 for the Dayton Audio BS36. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-Z9F got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Dayton Audio BS36 5 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-Z9F.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-Z9F can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the HT-Z9F has Bluetooth support. Only the HT-Z9F supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the HT-Z9F received a rating of 8/10 versus 4/10, respectively. Compared soundbars have no app control. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. 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.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Dayton Audio BS36

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-Z9F
6.8
Dayton Audio BS36
4.5
5
inapplicable
7
inapplicable
7
inapplicable
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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Dayton Audio BS36

Model

HT-Z9F
BS36

Brand

Sony
Dayton Audio

Reviews

175
49

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
93.1 x 10.1 x 10.1/37 x 4.2 x 4.8

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
5.9/13.4
Sony HT-Z9F
Dayton Audio BS36
Sony HT-Z9F
Dayton Audio BS36

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 4.5Dayton Audio BS36

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