(Analysis) Sony HT-G700: In the past, it was almost mandatory to have a room full of speakers to make the most of the impact of the series, movies, football games or simple video games. Well, with the appearance of soundbars, this is no longer a complete obligation, especially when models as interesting as this HT-G700 from Sony, which even comes with a wireless subwoofer, start to appear.
In other words, today we are going to talk about a soundbar that comes to us through the hands of one of the sound manufacturers that has impressed me the most in recent years, but we are going to go to parts to understand what this ‘add-on’ really offers us.
(Analysis) Sony HT-G700: It starts to be easy to fill a room with sound
Therefore, the Sony HT-G700 is a 3.1 soundbar with support for decoding Dolby Atmos and DTS: X standards which on paper seems to lag behind in some features and specifications, but which in real life is able to impress us with sound quality undeniable. After all, it is capable of simulating various sound effects in a super effective way, especially when we talk about the much desired surround effect.
In short, if you don’t want to have a room with more columns than sofas, the Sony HT-G700 is an excellent solution.
Design and Features
First of all, the HT-G700 is a soundbar combo with wireless subwoofer that promises 7.1.2 surround audio. However, the vast majority of these ‘channels’ do not exist in reality, they are just emulated from various tricks that Sony has up its sleeve and which it reveals on this device. In the end, we are talking about a column with ‘only’ 3.1 channels.
Still, it is capable of putting many more expensive models in tiptoes, like the Bose Sounbard 700 or Sonos Arc! Which is largely due to the addition of the wireless subwoofer, being bigger and more capable than the previous model.
As for the design itself, we are talking about an authentic gray bar of great dimensions, almost one meter long, 6.4 cm high and 10.8 cm wide. Equipped with controls on top, as well as an LED screen on the front to inform the user of the volume, sound mode, etc …
As for connectivity, we have HDMI input, optical input, USB input and HDMI ARC / eARC output, as well as Bluetooth wireless connection.
Sound processing is one of the great strengths of this product, since in addition to the decoding of Dolby Atmos and DTS: X streams, Sony also offers several predefined profiles such as ‘Cinema’, ‘Music’, ‘Game’, etc. … That take advantage of the Sony Vertical Surround Engine. What is this? Well, very briefly, it is an audio system that takes advantage of much of Sony’s proprietary technology to simulate a ‘true’ Dolby Atmos sound system. That is, the same exact technology that we can already find on the HT-S5000.
So, whether you’re watching a football game, or watching a movie with support for all sound features, you’re sure to feel a little more of what you’re seeing on the screen. And in fact, isn’t that what we want in a column? (Besides being cheap… Of course…)
Conclusion… Is it worth it?
It all depends on what you want in your audiovisual system. That is, if you want a minimalist system capable of making an excellent impact and filling your living room or cinema room with quality sound. Here you have an excellent option. However, if you really want a system without ’emulations’, then it is a good idea to see some alternatives.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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