Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC vs Sony HT-A5000

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Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC vs HT-A5000 comparison chart

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC
Sony HT-A5000
Multichannel surround

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC vs Sony HT-A5000 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC
Sony HT-A5000

Comparison of Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC and Sony HT-A5000 will allow us to get comprehensive information about the features of these two devices. And as a result of the comparison, it becomes clear that Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC is inferior in all characteristics to HT-A5000. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC received 5.8 points out of 10 possible, and HT-A5000 was rated 7.8 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC over Sony HT-A5000

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided

Advantages Sony HT-A5000 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 8 points for the audio features.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

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 Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC and the HT-A5000.

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 Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC has 7.1.4 channels, while the HT-A5000 has 5.1.2 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC has 850 (overall) W, and 450 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
Built-in channels7.
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W850 (overall)450 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesshas 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-A5000. The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC comes with an external subwoofer.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
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 multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 10 out of 10.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

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.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital, Dolby Dual mono, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby TrueHD
DTS (other)DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Digital SurroundDTS 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.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

The popular Spotify service is available on the HT-A5000.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, 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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 7 out of 10.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

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 the HT-A5000.

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 competitors in this comparison has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.

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.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
Ethernet (RJ45)01
HDMI input/output1/11/1
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00


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.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
Voice control
App control
Remote control


Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC HT-A5000
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.8/45.5 x 3 x 3.6121x6.7x1.4/47.5x2.5x5.5
Weight, kg/pounds2.7/66.1/13.1
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