Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-S350 review

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Rating 5 5
Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Sony HT-S350

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-S350 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the Sony HT-S350 has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-Z9F and power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV for the HT-S350.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HT-Z9F has 3.1 and HT-S350 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 85 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HT-Z9F can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-Z9F. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-Z9F versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Sony HT-S350. As in the HT-Z9F, so in the HT-S350 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the HT-Z9F at 8 out of 10, while the HT-S350 was rated 5/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-Z9F may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-Z9F. The HT-Z9F can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HT-Z9F was rated 7/10, while the HT-S350 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Sony HT-S350

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-S350

Model

HT-Z9F
HT-S350

Brand

Sony
Sony

Reviews

237
1299

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
power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
85

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

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
0/1

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)

1/0
0/0

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
90 x 6.4 x 8.8/35.5 x 2.6 x 3.5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
2.4/5.4
Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-S350
Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-S350

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 5Sony HT-S350

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