Sony HT-A3000 vs Denon Home Sound Bar 550

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HT-A3000 vs Home Sound Bar 550 comparison chart

Sony HT-A3000
Denon Home Sound Bar 550
Multichannel surround

Sony HT-A3000 vs Denon Home Sound Bar 550 review

Sony HT-A3000
Denon Home Sound Bar 550

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Sony HT-A3000 and Denon Home Sound Bar 550. It shows us that the HT-A3000 is a better choice as a home soundbar than the Home Sound Bar 550. According to the results of our comparison, HT-A3000 received 7.6 points out of 10 possible, and Home Sound Bar 550 was rated 7.4 points.

Advantages Sony HT-A3000 over Denon Home Sound Bar 550

  • Has an integrated subwoofer

Advantages Denon Home Sound Bar 550 over Sony HT-A3000

  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The HT-A3000 is rated 7 of 10 against 4 for the Home Sound Bar 550 according to the audio features rating.

Home Sound Bar 550

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-A3000 and the Home Sound Bar 550.

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-A3000 has 3.1 channels, while the Home Sound Bar 550 has 2.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Sony HT-A3000 has 250 (overall) W, and 53 (overall) W has the competitor.

HT-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Built-in channels3.12.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W250 (overall)53 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionshas nothas not


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-A3000. Both are not equipped with an external subwoofer.

HT-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswired

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-A3000 received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Home Sound Bar 550, in the same category, earned 6 out of 10 points.

Home Sound Bar 550

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. If we consider the models in terms of support for Dolby Atmos, then both soundbars can work with this technology.

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. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is included in each of these soundbars.

HT-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual mono, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby TrueHD
DTS (other)DTS HD High Resolution Audio, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS ES

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. The streaming services category rating is the same - 10 out of 10 points.

Home Sound Bar 550

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars. The streaming audio from Pandora, SoundCloud, it is possible to listen to each of soundbars.

HT-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudPandora, SoundCloud


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-A3000 was rated 7 out of 10, and Denon Home Sound Bar 550 was rated 8 out of 10.

Home Sound Bar 550

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. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on both devices.

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-A3000 has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Home Sound Bar 550 got 1/1 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-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Ethernet (RJ45)11
HDMI input/output0/11/1
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)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output01


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. The Home Sound Bar 550 has its own remote control application. Only Denon Home Sound Bar 550 has 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-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Voice control
App control
Remote control


HT-A3000 Home Sound Bar 550
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in95x6.4x1.2/37.4x2.5x0.465.7x7.3x11.9/25.9x2.9x4.7
Weight, kg/pounds4.6/10.33.5/7.8
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