Sony HT-ST5000 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Sony HT-ST5000
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sony HT-ST5000 vs Samsung HW-K850. The Sony HT-ST5000 was rated 7.8, while the Samsung HW-K850 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, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

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 HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 140 versus 350 (overall) 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 Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. 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 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the HT-ST5000, so in the HW-K850 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 HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

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

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. 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 HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Samsung HW-K850

  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Amazon Music compatible

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
7
4
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Common

Product

Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-K850

Model

HT-ST5000
HW-K850

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

139
81

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, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

140
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

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
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
2/1

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
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18
6.6/14.7
Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-K850
Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 5.6
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

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