The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Playbar vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 6.8 for HT-Z9F. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Playbar has 3.0 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-Z9F. 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. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the HT-Z9F has Bluetooth support. Only the HT-Z9F supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the Playbar. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.
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.
The Sony HT-Z9F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-Z9F price