Sony HT-ST5000 vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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Sony HT-ST5000
vs
Sony HT-CT800

In this article, we will talk about Sony HT-ST5000 vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison. The Sony HT-ST5000 was rated 7.8, while the Sony HT-CT800 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service for the HT-ST5000 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 HT-ST5000 has 7.1.2 and HT-CT800 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 140 versus 110 according to devices. 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. Rate 9 out of 10 received the Sony HT-ST5000 for audio features and specs, but the Sony HT-CT800 received 6 out of 10.

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

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-ST5000 versus 3/0 HDMIs in the Sony HT-CT800. As in the HT-ST5000, 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 HT-ST5000 at 9 out of 10, while the HT-CT800 was rated 8/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the HT-ST5000 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-ST5000. The HT-ST5000 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HT-ST5000 was rated 7/10, while the HT-CT800 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Sony HT-CT800

  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Sony HT-CT800 over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Google Play Music compatible

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
Sony HT-CT800
5.6
7
5
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Common

Product

Sony HT-ST5000
Sony HT-CT800

Model

HT-ST5000
HT-CT800

Brand

Sony
Sony

Reviews

139
315

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

140
110

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
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

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

117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7
103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18
2.8/6.1
Sony HT-ST5000
Sony HT-CT800
Sony HT-ST5000
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 5.6
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price