Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 1300X review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 1300X comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X8500
6
JBL BAR 1300X
9.4
4
9

Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 1300X review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
JBL BAR 1300X

The Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 1300X comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Sony HT-X8500 was rated 6, while the JBL BAR 1300X has a rating 9.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth for the HT-X8500 and power, volume down, volume up for the BAR 1300X.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HT-X8500 has 2.1 and BAR 1300X has 11.1.4. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Sony HT-X8500. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Sony HT-X8500 for audio features and specs, but the JBL BAR 1300X received 10 out of 10.

Streaming services

The BAR 1300X can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the BAR 1300X. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-X8500 versus 3/1 HDMIs in the JBL BAR 1300X. As in the HT-X8500, so in the BAR 1300X there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HT-X8500 at 8 out of 10, while the BAR 1300X was rated 10/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the BAR 1300X provides a device control application. The JBL BAR 1300X equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. Units from this comparison can process surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HT-X8500 was rated 10/10, while the BAR 1300X received a mark of 8/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over JBL BAR 1300X

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages JBL BAR 1300X over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
JBL BAR 1300X

Model

HT-X8500
BAR 1300X

Brand

Sony
JBL

Reviews

171
0

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
power, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
11.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

1170 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
3/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8
100x6x13.9/39.4x2.4x5.5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
4.3/9.5

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Sony HT-X8500
JBL BAR 1300X
Sony HT-X8500
JBL BAR 1300X

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 9.4
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 9.4JBL BAR 1300X