Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-X8500 review

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Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison chart

Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Sonos Beam
vs
Sony HT-X8500

The Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the Sony HT-X8500. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Sony HT-X8500. Only the HT-X8500 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-X8500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X8500. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Sony HT-X8500

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Sonos Beam

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Sony HT-X8500

Model

Beam
HT-X8500

Brand

Sonos
Sony

Reviews

3034
138

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, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0/0

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 (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
3.1/6.1

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-X8500
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-X8500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 6Sony HT-X8500

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

Sonos Beam competitors

Sony HT-X8500 competitors