Bose Soundbar 500 vs Sony HT-X8500

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Soundbar 500 vs HT-X8500 comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7.4
Sony HT-X8500
6
8
4
Multichannel surround
4
10

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Sony HT-X8500

Being able to compare Bose Soundbar 500 and Sony HT-X8500 gave us an insight into what features and technologies these devices offer. Soundbar 500 turned out to be a more technological and better-sounding device than the HT-X8500. According to the results of our comparison, Soundbar 500 received 7.4 points out of 10 possible, and HT-X8500 was rated 6 points.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 6 points for the audio features.

Soundbar 500
6
HT-X8500
6

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 Soundbar 500 and the HT-X8500.

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 Soundbar 500 has 3.0 channels, while the HT-X8500 has 2.1 channels.

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
Built-in channels3.02.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/AN/A
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelessN/A

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.

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
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 Soundbar 500 received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HT-X8500, in the same category, earned 10 out of 10 points.

Soundbar 500
4
HT-X8500
10

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. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HT-X8500.

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
DTS:X
DTS (other)has notDTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

Streaming services

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

Soundbar 500
10
HT-X8500
0

The popular Spotify service is available on the Soundbar 500.

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXMhas 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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 8 out of 10.

Soundbar 500
8
HT-X8500
8

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 Soundbar 500.

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 Soundbar 500 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HT-X8500 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.

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)10
NFC
HDMI input/output1/01/1
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)0/00/0
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. The Soundbar 500 has its own remote control application. Only Bose Soundbar 500 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.

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Soundbar 500 HT-X8500
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 489 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/73.1/6.1
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