Sony HT-Z9F vs ZVOX SB380 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
vs
ZVOX SB380

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Sony HT-Z9F vs ZVOX SB380 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the ZVOX SB380 has a rating 4. 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, input for the SB380.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 45 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Sony HT-Z9F for audio features and specs, but the ZVOX SB380 received 6 out of 10.

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. Bluetooth support integrated in the HT-Z9F. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-Z9F. We rated the connectivity of the HT-Z9F at 8 out of 10, while the SB380 was rated 4/10. 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 SB380 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over ZVOX SB380

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

Advantages ZVOX SB380 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Built-in subwoofer

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
ZVOX SB380

Model

HT-Z9F
SB380

Brand

Sony
ZVOX

Reviews

175
325

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
45

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

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
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

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
88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
4/9.8
Sony HT-Z9F
ZVOX SB380
Sony HT-Z9F
ZVOX SB380

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 4ZVOX SB380

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