Bose Solo 5 vs Sony HT-Z9F review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Solo 5
vs
Sony HT-Z9F

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Bose Solo 5 vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Solo 5 has a total rating of 4 out of 10 versus 6.8 for HT-Z9F.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Bose Solo 5 has 2.0 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-Z9F. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Bose Solo 5 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Sony HT-Z9F 7 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-Z9F.

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 Solo 5 received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the Solo 5. 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.

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Common

Product

Bose Solo 5
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

Solo 5
HT-Z9F

Brand

Bose
Sony

Reviews

4758
169

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
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

21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6
100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.7
3.1/6.6
Bose Solo 5
Sony HT-Z9F
Bose Solo 5
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 6.8
  • 4Bose Solo 5
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F

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