The Sony HT-AX7 is something you have never seen in the consumer audio market. Yes, it’s a first of its kind, and Sony must feel quite proud to bring a product that sets a category of its own.
So, what exactly is the HT-AX7? At the core, it is a portable Bluetooth speaker with two movable upward-firing satellite speakers. These satellites rest on charging ports.
Sony has mainly developed it to act like a little soundbar and rear speakers. But here’s the catch. It is not a soundbar for your TV, instead, it’s for your tablet, mobile phone, or laptop.
Now, at first glance, you might say that a product like this is already available in the market. Yes, it does look a lot like the Concept Art TV and Soundbar from TCL.
Those two products were recently unveiled at Milan Design Week. But those concept products are meant for TVs.
For the Sony HT-AX7, you can use it with a TV if you like, but it is mainly for small devices. Also, unlike any other modern soundbars, there’s no port other than the USB-C for charging.
That means you can only use it on the wireless. Even so, there’s no WiFi, which means Bluetooth is your only option.
But, the good news is that the Sony HT-AX7 comes with the proprietary 360 Spatial Sound Mapping. This tech upconverts the stereo signals coming over through Bluetooth in real time.
Thanks to that, the two upward-firing channels that are designed to sit 1m to 1.2m behind you will act like rear speakers.
With the tech, the Sony HT-AX7 offers you something similar to Dolby Atmos soundbars. However, the interesting fact is that the unit does not support Dolby Atmos.
There’s no option for room calibration. But the audio is immersive and reasonably loud. For the upconverting, Sony utilized monopolsynthesis technology.
And this tech assumes that you have placed the rear speakers roughly around a meter behind you. You should also keep the main bar in front of you to get an optimized experience.
On the top, you have buttons to control the playback and a “Sound Field” button. This button is there to enable the mini-surround setup that Sony has to offer with its “portable theater system.”
When you keep the Sound Field off, the three speakers will be in mono mode. You can place them around your room to create a party-like vibe.
Overall, the Sony HT-AX7 is a very unique product that you should check out if you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker.
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