Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL Bar Studio

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

HT-X8500 vs Bar Studio comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X8500
6
JBL Bar Studio
5
4
4
Multichannel surround
10
5

Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL Bar Studio review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
JBL Bar Studio

Against the background of the increasing popularity of soundbars, the comparison of Sony HT-X8500 and JBL Bar Studio takes place. And based on the available data, we can conclude that HT-X8500 has better sound and performance than Bar Studio. According to the results of our comparison, HT-X8500 received 6 points out of 10 possible, and Bar Studio was rated 5 points.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over JBL Bar Studio

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Advantages JBL Bar Studio over Sony HT-X8500

  • We do not know advantages

Audio features

The HT-X8500 is rated 6 of 10 against 5 for the Bar Studio according to the audio features rating.

HT-X8500
6
Bar Studio
5

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the HT-X8500 and the Bar Studio.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the HT-X8500 has 2.1 channels, while the Bar Studio has 2.0 channels.

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
Built-in channels2.12.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A30
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionsN/Ahas not

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the HT-X8500. Both are not equipped with an external subwoofer.

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The HT-X8500 received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Bar Studio, in the same category, earned 5 out of 10 points.

HT-X8500
10
Bar Studio
5

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Sony HT-X8500.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HT-X8500.

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HDDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24has not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

HT-X8500
0
Bar Studio
0

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service cannot be used on both soundbars.

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas nothas not

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Sony HT-X8500 was rated 8 out of 10, and JBL Bar Studio was rated 6 out of 10.

HT-X8500
8
Bar Studio
6

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The HT-X8500 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Bar Studio got 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/11/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In our case, the ability to control the soundbar using the app is not implemented in any of the competitors. None of these soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HT-X8500 Bar Studio
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.861.4 x 5.8 x 8.6/24.2 x 2.3 x 3.4
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/6.11.4/3.1
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