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