Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
Sony HT-CT800

In this article, we will talk about Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison. Both soundbars received a score of 5.6 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-CT800.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and HT-CT800 has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. Google Play Music service is only in the HT-CT800. The HT-CT800 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sonos Beam versus 3/0 HDMIs in the Sony HT-CT800. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-CT800. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the HT-CT800 was rated 8/10. The manufacturer of the Beam provides a device control application. The Sonos Beam equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-CT800 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or HT-CT800. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The same score of 2/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Sony HT-CT800

Model

Beam
HT-CT800

Brand

Sonos
Sony

Reviews

1066
229

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

110

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
3/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.8/6.1
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-CT800
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 5.6
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800

The Sonos Beam is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Beam price