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