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Sony’s new soundbars have one-button virtual Dolby Atmos

Virtual surround sound will have you bouncing off the walls

When regular ol’ 5.1 just won’t cut it any more, it’s time to step up to Dolby Atmos. Finding room for those extra height channels ain’t easy, though, so if you’re tight on space, Sony’s found a way to do it virtually. The 3.1 channel HT-Z9F squeezes Atmos into a single soundbar, with three drivers digitally recreating a full surround sound setup (and a separate subwoofer handling the bass). A “Vertical S” button then delivers virtual 3D sound – whether you’re actually watching Atmos content or not. And if you suddenly find a bit more space behind the sofa, you can add a set of dedicated rear speakers to turn the system into a true 5.1 setup. The HT-Z9F will set you back £600 when it launches later this year, but there’s no word on how much the optional extra speakers will set you back. 

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A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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