Sony HT-Z9F vs Denon HEOS BAR review

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Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Denon HEOS BAR

The Sony HT-Z9F vs Denon HEOS BAR comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 7 for HEOS BAR. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and volume down, volume up, sound off, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-Z9F has 3.1 versus 3.0 for the Denon HEOS BAR. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sony HT-Z9F got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Denon HEOS BAR 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-Z9F can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-Z9F has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 of the Denon HEOS BAR. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-Z9F received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the HEOS BAR. A built-in microphone is present only on the HEOS BAR. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

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 Sony HT-Z9F got a rating of 7, and Denon HEOS BAR 4 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Denon HEOS BAR

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Denon HEOS BAR over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • App control
  • Microphone

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Denon HEOS BAR

Model

HT-Z9F
HEOS BAR

Brand

Sony
Denon

Reviews

237
20

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
volume down, volume up, sound off

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
3.0

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)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
4/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
4.8/10.5
Sony HT-Z9F
Denon HEOS BAR
Sony HT-Z9F
Denon HEOS BAR

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 7
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR

The Denon HEOS BAR is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Denon HEOS BAR price