Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
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Sony HT-ST5000

Sony HT-Z9F vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, 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 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F versus 140 W for the HT-ST5000. 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 Sony HT-ST5000 9 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

These models have the ability to 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 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. 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 9/10, respectively. App control is available for the HT-ST5000. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 7 points out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • App control

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

HT-Z9F
HT-ST5000

Brand

Sony
Sony

Reviews

237
139

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, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
140

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
3/1

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

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
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
8.1/18
Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-ST5000
Sony HT-Z9F
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 7.8
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price