An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sony HT-ST5000 vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-ST5000 has a total rating of 8.6 out of 10 versus 7.4 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service and microphone, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-ST5000 has 7.1.2 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sony HT-ST5000 got our rating of 9 out of 10, and the Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-ST5000 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Bose Soundbar 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-ST5000 received a rating of 9/10 versus 8/10, respectively.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. For multichannel surround Sony HT-ST5000 got a rating of 8, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.