Denon HEOS BAR vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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Denon HEOS BAR
vs
Sony HT-CT800

In this article, we will talk about Denon HEOS BAR vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison. The Denon HEOS BAR was rated 7, while the Sony HT-CT800 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, sound off for the HEOS BAR 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 HEOS BAR 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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the HT-CT800. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-CT800. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Denon HEOS BAR versus 3/0 HDMIs in the Sony HT-CT800. As in the HEOS BAR, so in the HT-CT800 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HEOS BAR at 7 out of 10, while the HT-CT800 was rated 8/10. The manufacturer of the HEOS BAR provides a device control application. The Denon HEOS BAR equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the HEOS BAR 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 HEOS BAR was rated 4/10, while the HT-CT800 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Denon HEOS BAR over Sony HT-CT800

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • App control
  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-CT800 over Denon HEOS BAR

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • WI-FI enabled

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Common

Product

Denon HEOS BAR
Sony HT-CT800

Model

HEOS BAR
HT-CT800

Brand

Denon
Sony

Reviews

20
315

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, sound off
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)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, iHeart
Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

4/1
3/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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

109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8
103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5

Weight, kg/pounds

4.8/10.5
2.8/6.1
Denon HEOS BAR
Sony HT-CT800
Denon HEOS BAR
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800

The Denon HEOS BAR is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Denon HEOS BAR price