Bose Soundbar 500 vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Sony HT-CT800

In this article, we will talk about Bose Soundbar 500 vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7, while the Sony HT-CT800 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 500 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 Soundbar 500 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. 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 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Bose Soundbar 500 versus 3/0 HDMIs in the Sony HT-CT800. As in the Soundbar 500, so in the HT-CT800 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10. The manufacturer of the Soundbar 500 provides a device control application. The Bose Soundbar 500 equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-CT800 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Soundbar 500. 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 Soundbar 500 was rated 4/10, while the HT-CT800 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Sony HT-CT800

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Advantages Sony HT-CT800 over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7
Sony HT-CT800
5.6
8
5
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Sony HT-CT800

Model

Soundbar 500
HT-CT800

Brand

Bose
Sony

Reviews

287
315

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
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)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
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)

0/0
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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
2.8/6.1
Bose Soundbar 500
Sony HT-CT800
Bose Soundbar 500
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price