This is a classic Sony product, in that the product itself is high quality, but the user experience, documentation, and compatibility is pretty bad.
Basically, this will work great for:
- most TVs with an optical port or HDMI ARC
- for MUSIC (not video) over Bluetooth
- a gaming PC setup if your PC has an optical port
It will not work for:
- anything requiring AUX
- connecting to a gaming PC over USB (unresponsive) or HDMI (ARC only) or obviously AUX (no AUX connector)
- Bluetooth audio for watching videos or taking video calls (due to audio lag)
I've connected this to a tv with HDMI ARC and a PC using Optical, and the sound quality is great.
The Bluetooth works and produces great music quality, but the Bluetooth is completely non-usable for video output (Netflix, Zoom calls, etc) because Sony included an older standard of Bluetooth on this soundbar (4.4). Again, it's fine for music, but for watching video, your audio will lag about a half-second behind for anything that transmits Bluetooth 5.0, such as most Apple products, most laptops, tablets, etc. So the audio on Bluetooth won't match peoples' lip movements in movies and tv or video calls. That said, Bluetooth connection from smartphones, laptops, etc is quick and easy and connecting from one devices takes over connection from an existing device (it accepts bluetooth from any device without any kind of code or manual pairing step), which is as it should be and feels seamless and makes it great for putting on music in your living room with friends over. Don't buy this soundbar if you're planning to *wirelessly* output a video's sound from a streaming box like Apple TV or any brand of smart TV.
There's no 3.5mm/AUX port. This is a bad design choice, but it is as advertised. 3.5mm/AUX is a ubiquitous standard and lets this device be immediately compatible with many more devices than just a TV, which is especially important since they also use an older standard of Bluetooth. There are good technical arguments for why 3.5mm/AUX is "worse" (lower signal quality) than, say, optical or HDMI, but leaving off a 3.5mm port sacrifices a lot of compatibility. That said, they don't claim that this has an AUX port, so if you're reading this review, you probably already know there's no AUX connection.
There is a USB port, but the instructions that come with this soundbar don't even acknowledge that there's a USB port and doesn't provide instructions on how to use it. Certainly, 99% of devices will not actually connect to this soundbar and play sound using USB. I hear a rumor that these USB ports are for flash drives that contain MP3 files, but who on earth stores and listens to music that way? I am honestly asking.
The HDMI is *only* ARC. It's worth taking 5 minutes to Google HDMI ARC if you aren't already familiar with what it is. Basically you can only connect to this soundbar via HDMI through a port explicitly labeled "HDMI ARC." Connecting to your device via a regular HDMI port most likely won't do anything. This is a standard only made for TVs, so again no compatibility with anything that's not precisely a TV.
Finally, there is "optical" output. It's the small, square-ish thing, often with a little plastic covering. If you have any desire to use this with a gaming PC, this is what you'll use, since most gaming motherboards have an "optical" sound output natively (essentially the same thing as the S/PDIF). This is also a good option for connecting to a TV, since a lot of TVs that lack HDMI ARC do have an optical output.
|商品尺寸||96.01 x 37.34 x 23.37 cm; 2.72 公斤|