(Pocket-lint) - Got your eyes (and ears) connected a caller soundbar setup? Sony has conscionable announced its HT-A5000, a Dolby Atmos-sporting 'bar which, astatine £800/€900, sits beneath that captious four-figure terms point. However, it won't beryllium released until 2022.
But if you tin hold it out, what tin you expect? The A5000 features a 5.1.2 transmission setup, meaning 5 speakers up beforehand - centre, left/right, upfiring left/right - with a cardinal subwoofer and 2 rear separates for afloat immersion.
There'll beryllium other entreaty if you person a modern Sony TV, too, arsenic the company's S-Force Pro Front Surround strategy synergises to usage a afloat substance of soundbar and TV speakers each successful 1 - giving a much convincing 'from-the-panel' prime that's peculiarly bully for dependable placement and the like.
There's besides immoderate psycho-acoustic wizardry from the Sound Field Optimization and 360 Reality Audio systems, which usage on-board microphones and processing exertion to make further virtual channels for an adjacent much convincing immersion.
The A5000 is surely future-proofed, with enactment for each the latest formats - including 8K HDR, 4K 120fps, and Dolby Vision passthrough - truthful whether you've got the latest gaming setup oregon privation a 'bar for that 8K future, it'll person you covered.
All sounds precise bully indeed, though that 2022 merchandise day is possibly perplexing - we would usually expect this soundbar to beryllium announced astatine CES, taking spot successful January 2022, but possibly it's the Japanese company's absorption to expectations of in-person shows going up successful specified a abbreviated time-frame.
Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published connected 10 September 2021.