While the HT-A3000 may not match other A-series soundbars in performance, Sony will never let you down when it comes to sound quality. Sony has outfitted the HT-A3000 with many of the same features and software capabilities, supporting Chromecast, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Bluetooth audio playback.
The HT-A3000 sound bar has 3.1 channels, left, center, and right, plus a built-in dual subwoofer. But Sony clearly wants most buyers to take this product as a starting point and add some rear surround sound and a dedicated subwoofer. With the rear speakers installed, you can take advantage of Sony’s 360-degree spatial sound mapping and sound field optimization technology, use the microphones to customize the sound for your specific living room, and create “phantom” speakers based on the acoustics of the environment.
Compared to the more expensive HT-A7000 and HT-A5000, you lose the extra channels and the convenience of HDMI pass-through. While these models let you run game consoles or other home theater video sources through them, the $699 HT-A3000 doesn’t.
It’s actually a step behind Sony’s older $599 HT-G700 3.1 soundbar in this department. But on the plus side, it shares an updated “x-balanced” speaker design with other A-Series soundbars for a clearer, more dynamic output. Like those, there’s a small display behind the front grille that shows volume and current input.