Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Rating 5 5
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Sony HT-ST5000

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SIGNA S2 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 2.1 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-ST5000.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-ST5000 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the SIGNA S2 received a rating of 6/10 versus 9/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the HT-ST5000. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Polk Audio SIGNA S2 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-ST5000 7 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
4
7
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Common

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

SIGNA S2
HT-ST5000

Brand

Polk Audio
Sony

Reviews

3428
139

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

140

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)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
3/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Sony HT-ST5000
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.8
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

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