Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
Sony HT-Z9F
7.2
4
7

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
Sony HT-Z9F

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a total rating of 7.8 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HT-Z9F. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, 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 Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-Z9F. The output power is different and equal to 600 (overall) W for the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 versus 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sony HT-Z9F 7 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 Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Sony HT-Z9F. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. 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

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. For multichannel surround Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got a rating of 10, and Sony HT-Z9F 8 out of 10.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Amazon Music compatible

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
HT-Z9F

Brand

Nakamichi
Sony

Reviews

1993
311

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)
400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
2/0

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

1/0
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 (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
3.1/6.6

Other

Release year

2017
2018
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sony HT-Z9F
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
  • 7.2Sony HT-Z9F

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 price

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 competitors

Sony HT-Z9F competitors