Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 300 review

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Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 300 comparison chart

Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 300 review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
JBL BAR 300

Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL BAR 300 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 8.4 for BAR 300. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth and power, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-X8500 has 2.1 versus 5.0 for the JBL BAR 300. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the BAR 300.

Connectivity

Only the JBL BAR 300 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-X8500 received a rating of 8/10 versus 10/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the BAR 300. A built-in microphone is present only on the BAR 300. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X8500. For multichannel surround Sony HT-X8500 got a rating of 10, and JBL BAR 300 7 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over JBL BAR 300

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages JBL BAR 300 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
JBL BAR 300

Model

HT-X8500
BAR 300

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
5.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

260 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

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
1/1

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
82x5.6x10.3/32.3x2.2x4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
4.1/9

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Sony HT-X8500
JBL BAR 300
Sony HT-X8500
JBL BAR 300

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 8.4
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 8.4JBL BAR 300

Sony HT-X8500 competitors

JBL BAR 300 competitors