Vertical Surround Engine supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and uses the front and up-firing speakers to position sound in a vertical space. This enables realistic, multi-dimensional sound without in-ceiling speakers, according to the company.
At the same time, S-Force Pro Front Surround uses a combination of digital audio processing and the front speakers to horizontally widen the sound field.
In addition to the front and up-firing speakers, the HT-A5000 includes a dual subwoofer and two side beam tweeters.
The dual subwoofer and front speakers embody Sony’s X-Balanced speaker unit, said to increase the sound pressure for punchier bass and greater vocal clarity.
The HT-A5000 uses its built-in microphones to measure the height and width of the room, and the positions of the optional subwoofer and rear speakers, and then adjusts the sound to suit the room layout.
Those optional speakers are the SA-SW5 300W subwoofer, the SA-SW3 200W subwoofer, and the SA-RS3S 100W rear speakers.
For listening to music, the HT-A5000 supports high-resolution audio and 360 reality audio for compatibility with Deezer, nugs.net and Tidal. Connectivity options include Spotify Connect, Chromecast, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The HT-A5000 supports HDMI eARC, and preserves the quality of pass-through video even with 8K HDR, 4K 120fps and Dolby Vision content. There are also one optical-in and one USB ports, and the soundbar works with voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
When used with a compatible Bravia TV, the HT-A5000 uses the TV as a centre speaker to more accurately align action and sound. And with the latest Bravia TVs, the HT-A500 can be controlled from the Bravia Quick Setting menu.
The HT-A5000 will be available in Australia from March 2022, with a suggested price of $1299.