Earlier this week, Sony announced that it will replace the long-standing HT-ST5000 Soundbar with a new model – the Sony HT-A7000.
Sony’s latest flagship soundbar will give you a whopping $ 1,299 / AU $ 1,699 (about £ 950), but it’s a 7.1.2 system with built-in upfiring speakers for Dolby Atmos, full HDMI 2.1 review for 4K / 120Hz support and Dolby Vision HDR.
There’s a fantastic list – and one, you might argue – that makes it the perfect soundbar for the Xbox Series X. That’s because Microsoft’s console is the only one out there right now that supports Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos.
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Where is Tempest Audio Support?
In an interview with TechRadar, Sony said that it designed the soundbar for the PS5 review 4K / 120Hz is also great for the console, and it can even set itself based on the room’s acoustics.
In addition, the soundbar supports 360 Reality Audio, Sony’s other spatial audio format, and works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2.
But the question of where Tempest Audio support came up in the interview. Sony’s answer? No comment, at least right now.
It is important to remember here that Sony is a large brand with several divisions, one is Sony Electronics, the company that releases headphones and TVs, and another is Sony Interactive Entertainment which works on PS5 and publishes video games.
When Sony first talked about Tempest Audio, it said it would work on all audio systems, from the TV’s built-in speakers to headphones, from sound fields to stereos – but said that the functionality would not come until after its launch last year.
So far we have only seen one product with the right Tempest Audio support – and it is PS5 Pulse 3D that has been “optimized” for 3D audio. No other product has received that certification yet, but it is hoped that it will come to Sony soundbars – some of the best soundbars on the market – before it goes elsewhere.
Mixing and matching your home
If there’s one bright side to Sony’s unintentional Xbox-friendly accessories, it’s that Sony Electronics does not even care that you use sound bars with Xbox.
This happens all the time in the world of home entertainment where you buy a TV from Samsung or LG, pair it with a soundbar from Sony or Sonos, and connect it to a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One or a PS4. Basically, we have all the systems that fit together, and it works well for everyone involved.
As long as the whole system works, everyone is happy, and it is not necessary to have brand loyalty to a manufacturer. Now it does not allow Sony to make a Tempest Audio compatible soundbar – because it must definitely be on the roadmap – but until then we are happy that we can connect the A7000 with Xbox Series X for its maximum potential.