Sony HT-Z9F vs Klipsch R-10B review

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Sony HT-Z9F
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Klipsch R-10B

Sony HT-Z9F vs Klipsch R-10B comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 5.2 for R-10B. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and input, mute, volume down, volume up, 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 5.1 for the Klipsch R-10B. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F versus 250 (overall) W for the R-10B. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Only the R-10B supports 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. 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. For multichannel surround Sony HT-Z9F got a rating of 7, and Klipsch R-10B 2 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Klipsch R-10B

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

Advantages Klipsch R-10B over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Klipsch R-10B

Model

HT-Z9F
R-10B

Brand

Sony
Klipsch

Reviews

175
392

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
input, mute, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
250 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
0/0

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
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
101.5 x 10.5 x 7.1/40 x 4.1 x 2.8

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
3.2/7.1
Sony HT-Z9F
Klipsch R-10B
Sony HT-Z9F
Klipsch R-10B

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5.2
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 5.2Klipsch R-10B

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