Either way it is pointless if the TV doesn't sit high enough to avoid being blocked by the soundbar.Odd. I'd have expected it to be the other way around, since having the legs further apart means you'd be able to fit a wider soundbar between them.
The left-over Z9f is still the only premium surround soundbar system in the lineup, but its separately sold dedicated rear speakers become bricks by themselves. The previous model HT-NT5 at least had the ZR5 speakers which could be repurposed as bluetooth stereo speakers, plugged directly into the ARC port of the TV, or even connected to other devices. Yet another step back for Sony.