If you have a Sony HT-A5000 or HT-A7000 soundbar, you might want to manually trigger an update. When you do, you should have access to Sony’s spatial audio format, 360 Reality Audio.
Like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, 360 Reality Audio goes beyond traditional surround sound by delivering a full sound bubble with front-to-height and front-to-back audio cues.
That said, in order for any of the soundbars to play 360 Reality Audio content, you will need to connect your soundbar to a pair of rear speakers – in this case either the SA Wireless Rear Speakers – RS3S, the new SA-RS5. You may have purchased these with your soundbar when purchasing, otherwise they are currently sold separately.
In terms of app support, Sony’s spatial audio format is supported through Amazon Music Unlimited, Deezer, and Tidal, all of which should be available via Wi-Fi streaming.
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One of the main problems with Sony’s AV products over the past few years is that they promise a ton of features at launch – only to delay the release of those features for months.
That’s exactly what happened with VRR support on Sony TVs which was promised last year and only arrived in December and now the Sony HT-A7000 which Sony says will support 360 Reality Audio when it launched last year, but didn’t get that support until mid-April this year.
These are free over-the-air updates so it’s not like they’re hard to get once they’re released, but it would definitely be nice to have them available when the product launches rather than several months later late.