Sony HT-Z9F vs Denon HEOS BAR review

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Sony HT-Z9F vs Denon HEOS BAR comparison chart

Sony HT-Z9F vs Denon HEOS BAR review

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 7.2 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. 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. For multichannel surround Sony HT-Z9F got a rating of 8, and Denon HEOS BAR 5 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Denon HEOS BAR

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • 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

349
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

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

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

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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 (other)

Dolby Digital
has not

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS HD

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

Other

Release year

2018
2017
Sony HT-Z9F
Denon HEOS BAR
Sony HT-Z9F
Denon HEOS BAR

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.2Sony HT-Z9F
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR