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Sony introduces HT-A3000 Soundbar with optional rear speakers that offers an exceptionally immersive 360 Spatial Sound experience

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Sony introduces HT-A3000 Soundbar that combines perfectly with optional rear speakers to deliver an immersive 360 Spatial Sound experience

  • Immerse yourself in your favourite entertainment with Sony’s revolutionary 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology for an ultra-wide listening area1 
  • Upgrade and adapt sound to suit your setting, with optional subwoofers and rear speakers 
  • Experience an integrated audio-visual experience when connected to BRAVIA TVs with Acoustic Centre Sync 

Sony today announced the HT-A3000 soundbar, delivering an acclaimed 360 Spatial Sound experience ideal for a wide range of customers, that puts you at the heart of your favourite movies and music. Sony Europe also confirms the availability of its highly anticipated HT-A5000 soundbar. 

Surround sound at your fingertips  

The HT-A3000 features 3.1 channels, three front speakers including a dedicated centre speaker for clear dialogue, and a built-in dual subwoofer for deep bass. Coupled with Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround, the A3000 creates virtual surround sound that comes from multiple dimensions so you can fully enjoy the thrill of Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X®. 

360 Spatial Sound Mapping 

The A3000 gives you access to Sony’s revolutionary 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology when connected to Sony’s wireless rear speakers SA-RS5 and SA-RS3S2. 

With 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology, you can feel sound from every direction and distance. Sound Field Optimisation uses built-in microphones to ingeniously measure the relative height and position of the soundbar and rear speakers. Based on positional information, it then creates multiple phantom speakers by synthesising sound waves3. Thanks to this technology, Sony’s wide spatial sound field fills every part of the room, immersing everyone present. 

Optional speakers, your way4 

Adding an optional wireless subwoofer that handles low frequencies allows the system to reproduce sound with greater impact and power than before. Two models are available, designed to bring out deeper bass, more vocal clarity, and extra fidelity in all types of audio content. 

You can add the SA-SW5 subwoofer with 300W of deep, rich bass from a 180mm driver with passive radiator or, opt for the SA-SW3 subwoofer with 200W of sound from a compact bass reflex subwoofer with a 160mm driver.  

To take your home cinema experience to new heights, add the SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers with a total 180W of wider surround sound. Featuring up-firing speakers, the SA-RS5 creates richer and more immersive 360 Spatial Sound as well as built-in battery power or, opt for the SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers with a total 100W. 

Best with Sony TVs 

The A3000 allows you to enhance your home cinema experience further by pairing with compatible BRAVIA XR TVs. Using the Acoustic Center Sync5 feature, both the soundbar and BRAVIA XR TV become the centre speaker in the home cinema system. Action and sound become precisely aligned, creating complete immersion. You’ll even hear dialogue from exactly where the character is standing in the scene.  

Additionally, Acoustic Center Sync works together with the 360 Spatial Sound Mapping setup to deliver a clearer dialogue and more immersive viewing experience than ever before. 

Stream your favourite tracks 

With the A3000, your music truly comes to life. You can discover a new way of listening with 360 Reality Audio6 that offers an incredibly immersive live concert or studio session experience. You can also enjoy 360 Reality Audio on Amazon Music HD, nugs.net and TIDAL7 

On the A3000 you can easily access popular music services like Spotify and stream all your favourite albums and playlists using Chromecast, Spotify Connect™ or Apple AirPlay 2. You can also stream wirelessly from your smartphone with Bluetooth🄬 technology or use the built-in Wi-Fi to stream music from your own devices. 

The A3000 features DSEE Extreme, which uses Edge-AI to allow for real-time restoration of all your compressed digital music files. This ensures you can restore the high-range sound that is lost in compression for a richer, more complete listening experience.

Voice control 

The soundbar works with Google-assistant with Chromecast built-in or Amazon Alexa enabled devices8 9. Just add the A3000 to your speaker group using the Google Home app to start playing music, change the volume or many other functions using just your voice. 

Sleek design  

The A3000 and optional speakers have been designed under a common Omnidirectional Block concept. Its sophisticated rounded edges represent a single solid block providing wide-spreading sound, while the combination of rich material textures emphasise an affinity with any living room environment. 

Easy connection 

The A3000 is almost ready to go straight out of the box. Simply connect to your TV using the HDMI eARC connection and power on. With USB, optical in, as well as HDMI out (eARC) and S-CENTER OUT for compatible BRAVIA TVs, you have all the connections you need to enjoy a breath-taking surround sound experience. 

Pricing and availability  

The A3000 will be priced at approximately 699/599 and is available in Europe from October 2022. 

Sony confirms European availability of the HT-A5000 soundbar  

Following the unveiling of the A3000, Sony can also confirm the availability of its highly anticipated A5000 soundbar in Europe. The 5.1.2 channel A5000 brings the thrill of the cinema to your own home thanks to Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Sony’s renowned audio technologies, including Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround. The A5000 additionally comes equipped with Sony’s revolutionary 360 Spatial Sound Mapping technology, bringing a new frontier of surround sound to your living space. 360 Spatial Sound setup can be accessed when connecting the soundbar to SA-RS3S rear speakers or the new SA-RS5 wireless rear speaker.   

The A5000 model will be priced at approximately €999/£899 and will be available for purchase in Europe from October 2022. 

SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers are now available for purchase from authorised retailers, priced at approximately €799 / £699. 

SA-RS3S wireless rear speakers are now available for purchase from authorised retailers, priced at approximately €499 / £449. 

[1] Compatible rear speakers (SARS3S, SA-RS5) are required

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[2] Rear speakers sold separately and  may not be available in all countries/regions.

[3] The number of phantom speakers differs depending on rear speaker combination

[4] The products may not be available in all countries/regions.

[5] BRAVIA Acoustic Center Sync mode works with the following models: Z9K series, A95Ok series, A90Ok series, A80Ok series, A75Ok series, X95Ok series, X90Ok series, Z9J series, A90J series, A80J series and X95J series. Product availability varies by countries / regions.

[6] Requires download of Sony | Music Center app. Subscription to compatible online music service and third party terms, conditions, account and fees may apply. Compatible services may not be available in certain countries/regions. Please visit www.sony.net/360RA/ to check compatibility of the application and the service.

[7] Availability varies by countries/regions.

[8] Google, Google Home and Chromecast built-in are trademark of Google LLC. Google Assistant is not available in certain languages and countries.

[9] Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliated. Amazon, Alexa, Echo, and all related marks are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

About Sony Group Corporation

Sony Group Corporation is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. Across its six business segments – Game & Network Services; Music; Pictures; Entertainment, Technology & Services; Imaging & Sensing Solutions; and Financial Services – Sony’s purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology.

For more information, visit: www.sony.com

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