Sony HT-A5000 450-Watt 5.1.2 Channel Dolby Atmos Sound Bar
- 450W is powerful enough to create a wide and high soundstage with incredible clarity and detail
- 5.1.2 Channel surround sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force Pro Front Surround deliver an immersive listening experience
- Built-in subwoofers can produce a thumping and rumbling bass to make your music sound better
- Built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast, and Apple AirPlay 2 for playing your music wirelessly from tablet or smartphone
- HDMI ports with 8K and 4K@120Hz video pass-through for routing your video feed and simplifying your cable connections
- Sound Field Optimization adapts the audio output to fit the room
- Omnidirectional block design ensures wide-spreading sound that fills the whole room
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free operation
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Of the 91 reviewers who responded, 83 would recommend this product.
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- Fantastic!!!- December 1, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great soundbar, even for smaller rooms, but beware, the soundbar is quite wide. For my current situation, with a Sony 65” X900H, which I use the TV stands for, on a home theatre piece of furniture, the soundbar is so wide, and my furniture does not have enough room for this soundbar to fit. I am actually about to actually mount my 65” TV on a wall soon, but for now, I put the soundbar directly on the floor in front of the furniture the TV sits on. The soundbar itself measures, 48” wide, 5.5” depth, 2.75” height. Just something to keep in mind. That being said, even with my temporary soundbar on the floor setup. The soundbar sounds fantastic. I am coming from nearly 20 years of traditional surround sound setups, including my couple year old Sony STR-DH790 surround receiver with Dolby Atmos, and while with the soundbar itself it can’t quite give you true “surround”, it does sound quite amazing. Even without an optional subwoofer, more on that later in this review, in a smaller room, like my 1 bedroom apartment, this thing sounds great. I get decent bass out of the built in subwoofer in the bar itself. I tested this soundbar with apps directly on the Sony X900H, and for everything that was delivering either Dolby Atmos, or other Dolby codecs, the soundbar did indeed detect, those formats directly from the built in android apps. I did however find that with the Android TV built in Sony apps, I could not get it to “bitstream” any kind of DTS formatted audio formats without it being seen as linear PCM tracks. It is supposed to passthrough, aka bitstream to the soundbar, via the eARC port. Further looking into it, and at leasts on the Sony X900H, this is a known issue. In my case, I don’t really use the the TVs built in Android TV apps, but an NVIDIA shield, which does properly pass thru all Dobly Atmos, and all flavors of DTS tracks, with the soundbar lighting up that it sees those tracks, and not converting to linear PCM for DTS. The NVIDIA shield setup I am using is running into the HDMI port into the soundbar directly. I also have tested this soundbar with both a PlayStation 5, and an Xbox Series X. Both sound great, but have had similar issues if trying to bitstream DTS tracks. However, in this situation, running directly to the single HDMI port also alleviates the issue with DTS tracks. Both PS5 and Xbox Series X, maintain 4K 60fps, and 120fps running thru the soundbar, and if they are hooked up to my TVs HDMI 4 port (only HDMI 3, and HDMI 4 on my TV support full HDMI 2.1 specs). I don’t use DTS on either of my next gen gaming consoles, but this might be something to consider, as this soundbar must be connected to your eARC port. In my situation, I am leaving my NVIDIA Shield directly connected to the soundbar, to get full support for dolby atmos, and the small amount of DTS X content I have. The consoles, I have on the HDMI 4 port, and have a switcher so that they both share that HDMI 2.1 capabilities like 4K 60 / 120 fps gaming. For those that may not want to go that router, I would imagine stepping up to the Sony HT A7000, for not just one HDMI input, but two, plus additional speakers in the bar. For my setup, I am fine with the less expensive HT A5000. My apartment is fairly small. I have neighbors below me. Even without the wireless subwoofer, you get pretty good bass from the soundbar alone. I was very impressed by the dolby atmos movie tracks I previewed from my Sony 65" X900H tv. I would however, absolutely get the wireless rear channels, even in a smaller living room space. While the soundbar alone is great, and there is definitely some ceiling bounce from the atmos movie I watched directly thru the built in Android TV app, Venom Carnage (great demo movie for Dolby Atmos by the way), you really do need those wireless rear channels for real immersion. I have been a traditional 7.1.2 receiver and wired speaker home theatre guy for many years, and this is the first soundbar I have heard that made me put my 2 year old Sony receiver away, once I added in those rear channels. Oh.. and no more wires!! Finally!! Ahhh… The future. Ok, so, I would say GREAT soundbar just on it’s own. You might be able to skip the add on SASW5 wireless subwoofer, especially if you have neighbors under you, but do yourselves a favor, get the rear wireless surround speakers, SARS3S, especially if you watch any kind of Dolby ATMOS shows. Most of the bigger streaming services now are either Dolby ATMOS or Dolby Digital +, and if it is anything action related, you will not regret adding in the rear channels!!! If you do add in those rear channels, when you add them into the soundbar setup, the built in Sony setup will try to analyze your room, for how loud it thinks that those rear channels volume should be, based on your room acoustics. In my case, I changed it, so that the rears are at max level. My first movie with the addition of the wireless rear surround speakers, the Venom Carnage movie, I stopped it, changed the rears to max, and it was like being in a movie theatre. Now… with that in mind, I am doing this without having set up the wireless subwoofer, also sold separately, and it is fantastic in my smaller room. But, I then added in the wireless subwoofer I mentioned earlier. Sony makes two of them, the one I added in is the 300 watt version. I had a 150 watt wired subwoofer before this on my previous wired system, and that was on a fully wired Sony 7.1.2 receiver. This subwoofer, O M G . People let me tell you, this thing really drives this whole Sony soundbar out of the park. It sounds like I went to a movie theatre! I actually have to crank this thing down, as this really adds a tremendous bass hit. For those with people living below them, you may not need, or want this, but ohhhh.. It sounds so good! Luckily, the soundbar remote has separate levels, up and down, directly on the remote itself, for both the subwoofer and the rear wireless surrounds. Thank you for thinking of that Sony!! All in all, yeah this is a fantastic soundbar. But, add in the additional rear channels for sure. You could always just buy the bar on it’s own, and add in later as needed too, but get the rear channels, worth it out of the box day one, unless you just watch non-action oriented content maybe. Now, if you really want to, get that wireless sub, and quite possibly never leave your home for a movie theatre again!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Audio immersed- November 20, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I got this soundbar set up with the SA-SW5 Subwoofer and SA-RS3S Rear Speakers. The soundbar itself was very easy to set up, plugged the Soundbar into an eARC port on my TV and used the HDMI plugin on the soundbar to plug my gaming console in. Once powered on and I switched to the input, I followed the prompts to add the soundbar to my Wi-Fi, pair and update the subwoofer and rear speakers. During the setup process the soundbar ran a sound field optimization which played multiple tones from the various speakers to give the system the optimal sound setup for my space! With the soundbar setup using eARC on my TV I can easily modify the volume of the soundbar using TVs remote. Thge menus are pretty straight forward in the soundbars menu. Watch gives you TV or HDMI option, which is the HDMI that plays directly attached to the soundbar. Listen gives you multiple options for audio, I mostly stuck to spotify so far in this section, the built-in Chromecast is a nice convenience. While setup gives you the choice to run through the setup wizard or change individual settings in sections such as Audio, HDMI, Network or System update. I've become accustom to those boxed subwoofer experience that I wasn't thinking about it too much when loading up a movie as my first audio experience with this sound system. I started up Free Guy just to compare to my previous soundbar, as I watched it recently while that was setup. The Sony HT-A5000 paired with the subwoofer and rear speakers blew my old sound system away! And that was streaming UHD with Dolby Atmos, I ended up sitting and watching the whole movie (not just because it was a great movie) because the audio experience was much more immersive and sounded like a true home theater experience. A few days later I picked up a few UHD movies on Blu-ray with the holiday sales starting. I started to watch Scott Pilgrim and was loving, not only, the sound of the system in the fights but the music during the band segments also. The immersive audio experience was great also, in that movie there is a part during a fight where the evil ex vanishes and they are trying to tell where the next attack would come from, and you can hear the voice echoing around you elevating the experience. Music is great also, this has become my go to speaker to blast music from while completing chores around the house. I can easily cast from Spotify and control the song from my phone. I have yet to use the soundbar alone, I have used it paired with the additional speakers and sub the whole time. The soundbar remote does have individual volume controls for the Subwoofer and Rear speakers also. The whole system is great, but the soundbar is the star that brings it all together! I am looking forward to picking up more UHD movies during the holiday sales to enjoy the most out of this Soundbar!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Phenomenal sound-The Little Brother of HT-A7000- April 25, 2022
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Phenomenal sound-The Little Brother to the HT-A7000 Overall The Ht-A5000 offers an amazing level of audio. The soundbar itself comes with a total of 9 speakers across. 3 front facing, 2 up firing, 2 side firing tweeters, and 2 front facing subs. It makes for a good sound quality combined even without the extra satellite speakers (Sub & Rears). It handles a wide range of audio tones quite well from bass, mid, and high in any type of media such as games, movies, TV or music. All the typical bells and whistles you expect on a soundbar come with this including an optical input, an analog input, a USB port, a special S-Center for Bravia TVs, eARC HDMI output, and a HDMI 2.1 inputs. But unlike the A7000 however, the A5000 comes in a poly coated fiber similar to vehicle door paneling. The front facing speakers and up firing drivers with a metal mesh, your typical metal meshing that almost every other soundbar comes with. By comparison, the A7000 comes in a black glass finish and combination of black cloth/black metal grille, different than your usual soundbar. Its a massive fingerprint and dust magnet that requires frequent maintenance as any little amount shows easily. To add to the maintenance, the top houses touch controls on both models such as volume, power, source, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect. Every press is another fingerprint. Setting up the sound bar is a breeze, and practically automatic. Upon boot and with a connected HDMI, it asks if you’d like to calibrate your audio through the sound field optimization. According to Sony, it’s an intelligent calibration that measures the position of the speakers in your room. But I’ll leave it at that with the specs as I’m sure you don’t want to read me describe the features from the product page. At the end of the day, it is an amazing audio device! There’s only 1 small annoyance. After connecting to Wi-Fi and updating firmware, even without setting up, the Amazon Alexa information pop up comes up every time. Power on, there it is. Go to TV then back home, there it is again. Go to settings and back home, there it is once again. There is no “don’t show me this again” check box option or an option to disable the reminder. For someone without any intention of using Alexa, this has become a nuisance. Pros Amazing sound levels, even without additional speakers available to pair with it. Although less elegant, for my personal lifestyle the anesthetics/materials of this unit suits me better than the black glass a cloth A7000. Cons Lack of method to disable Alexa as mentioned before. No apparent auto shut-off. Leave it on TV, HDMI, or on the home screen. It won’t enter standby on its own. Additionally the inherent design that all soundbars should have their inputs recessed in a usually difficult place to reach once mounted, this goes for majority if not all, soundbars on the market. I understand optical cables since you typically don’t change them out very often, but HDMI and USB? It’s no problem at all if you're accessing them before you mount the bar but once there it becomes a hassle. SA-SW5 Subwoofer The Sony SA-SW5 is an Amazing add-on subwoofer for the Sony HT-A5000. It comes ready to pair out of the box upon powering, but if you miss the pairing window a single click of a button pairs the speakers. Pairing takes less than 10 seconds. If it weren't for Sony’s descriptive image cutouts, I would have been left speculating the next section. It comes equipped with 2 subs sporting what Sony calls Σ Magnetic Circuit and Separated Notch Edge, 2 technologies enrich bass and low frequency sounds. The outer construction seems very sturdy consisting of what would appear to be a wooden structure (based on a knock test) with a polymer overly, an added texture, and a fabric covering over the exposed sub. All of this sits a top a reflective pvc like base housing the second, downward facing subwoofer. All-in-all this results in a very nice luxurious sub that doesn’t feel cheap. SA-RS5 Rear Speakers The Sony SA-RS5 adds a simple but amazing surround to the Sony HT-A5000 soundbar. It comes ready to pair automatically upon powering up for the first time. However, if you miss the pairing window a single click of a button pairs the speakers. Pairing takes less than 10 seconds. No mounting hardware is included but it does include a hanging cutout and standard 1/4” mounting screw hole on each speaker. The construction is very interesting as its cylindrical shaped and sleeved with a cloth all around including the top. Hiding beneath its cloth exterior are a combination of top firing driver, tweeter, and ba subwoofer. Conclusion All things considered, the HT-A5000 is a powerful system, whether paired with the external sub and satellite speakers or used on its own. It’ll offer enough power to fill most rooms. In my case they were used in an odd designed living room with an open ceiling. Roughly measuring 20’ x 18’ x 14, except that there isn’t any walls dividing so it’s more realistically about 20’ x 28’ x 14’. It was suited well enough for the space with media from TV, movies, music, and video games.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic for TV & Movies, Not so much for Music- November 28, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] My review is primarily for the soundbar by itself but, I also review it with the Sony SASW5 300 watt subwoofer and Sony SARS3S rear speakers which are also reviewed separately. A quick assessment: I’m not delving too deep into the specs and features as that is covered in the product’s overview. I’m reviewing how it sounds and ease of operation. When used by itself, the soundbar sounds very clean and is excellent for watching TV and movies. The dialog comes through very clearly but not much bass because of the small bass drivers. Even at the max setting. Adding a subwoofer is a must in my opinion. The HTA5000 sound bar acts as a hub for the optional wireless subwoofer and rear speakers. Sadly, I was disappointed in it for listening to music because it lacks high end when playing music that is otherwise there when watching a movie with music in it. Details about that later The sound bar is well made and well packaged. It survived shipping fine. Following the quick setup guide makes setup quick and easy. Especially if you are setting up any of the wireless speaker options. The soundbar has several input options for TV and music. However, an analog audio input is not one of them. Connecting it to a TV via ARC (Audio Return Channel) or EARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) are the preferred methods as they will not only give you the best sound quality and support multi-channel audio and be able to integrate into the operation of your TV and certain other devices like a Sony Blu-ray player. EARC is the absolute best and preferred way to connect the soundbar if your TV supports it. Most TVs made from 2019 on should have EARC. Sync problems are pretty much eliminated and all audio is uncompressed. Google EARC for more info. You can also connect to a TV with it with a fiberoptic cable if it lacks ARC / EARC. The HTA5000’s audio performance is excellent for dialog in TV and movies. It also has a voice function that makes dialog even clearer. Note: Dialog volume can be adjusted when using DTSX. Sound Field makes sound effects and such seem even more expanded to the right and left while dialog stays in center. Night mode keeps the audio clear but cuts the bass back for listening at low volumes. You can adjust the soundbar’s subwoofers in the soundbar from the remote in three steps. You can select most functions from the remote as well as navigate the on-screen display for all else. Plus, other remotes like TV or Blu-Ray players, can also operate volume and certain functions like play, pause, ect. I tested the soundbar with several devices which included a Sony 4K Blu-Ray player, Smartphone, iPad, Dish Network, USB thumb drive and a Sony ES Series CD player via optical link (I had to set it to HDMI to TV to do that). I think the best audio was from the Blu-Ray player. Obviously newer movie titles will have more in the area of multi-channel sound formats than older ones. You can still play your older DVDs of 50s to 80s movies through it and they will sound great but can vary depending on the transfer to DVD and as to what studio did it, audio format used and when. Any older movie that’s been remastered and enhance should really shine on it. I run my Sony 4K Blu-Ray directly into the HDMI input on the soundbar. Now let’s add a wireless Sony subwoofer for some real Bass! A subwoofer is a must in my opinion of you really want to enjoy action movies. You now have 12 steps for bass volume on the remote. Music now sounds much better on the low end. Add wireless Sony rear speakers for the final touch. Now you have a rockin’ home theater system your friends and family will envy. Setup is super easy. Just plug them up and the soundbar will see them. If not hit Home on the remote, Setup and Easy Setup 123 and click the first option and go from there. You will need to connect the soundbar to your internet router to use the included online music services. See photos. The display on the front is easy to see and read but the buttons on top have lettering that is hard to see in dim light. See photos. Connections on the back are easy to access and labelling is easy to read. For the price a lighted remote would have been nice as for the buttons on the soundbar. Pros: Easy setup, Solid build quality, Excellent voice clarity from center channel, Plenty of input options, easy to use remote, easy to navigate on screen menu, and it will get Loud when need it to. Cons: Weak high end and bass when listening to certain styles of music when compared to a typical stereo when using a subwoofer and no way to adjust EQ. Bass is weak but drivers are small so this is expected. Expensive. Conclusion: If you want a killer home theater sound system that will be including a subwoofer and rear speakers this system will not disappoint you. Especially for action movies. You can start with the soundbar and add the subwoofer and rear speakers later. If you plan on using the soundbar only, it will sound better than most stock TV speakers and has excellent voice clarity. It does have some bass but nothing like having a true subwoofer. Unless Sony can update the firmware and add some EQ options, I’m reluctant to recommend the soundbar for listening to music in any configuration. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could but I’m giving 4 and not 3 because it's part of an expandable system and I think Sony can fix the EQ issue with a firmware update and I hope they do.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing Soundbar! It's like I have my own theater!- December 30, 2021
After doing a lot of research, I decided on the Sony HTA5000 sound bar. I was originally not going to spend this much, but I am glad I did. I also purchased the optional rear speakers and sub-woofer. This is paired with a LG CX. I have my own theater now! Other than wanting Sony level quality, I went with the HTA5000 for three major reasons. I wanted Dolby Atmos. I like the ability to expand the sound bar with the optional speakers and sub-woofer. Finally, I wanted the multiple HDMI 2.1 ports. I ran out of HDMI ports on my TV, but this sound bar allows me to hook up my PS5 to the bar and still get the benefits of HDMI 2.1 for my PS5.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.