Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Beam got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-ST5000.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. Only the HT-ST5000 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 9/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.
Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 2, and Sony HT-ST5000 7 out of 10.
The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price