Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL Bar 9.1 review

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Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL Bar 9.1 review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
JBL Bar 9.1

The Sony HT-X8500 vs JBL Bar 9.1 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 9 for Bar 9.1.

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 9.1 for the JBL Bar 9.1. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-X8500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 9.1 9 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the Bar 9.1.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 9.1 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 9.1. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 9.1. Multi-room is only available for the JBL Bar 9.1.

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 9.1 7 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over JBL Bar 9.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages JBL Bar 9.1 over Sony HT-X8500

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

Product

Sony HT-X8500
JBL Bar 9.1

Model

HT-X8500
Bar 9.1

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
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
9.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

820 (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
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
88.4x6.2x1.2/34.8x2.4x4.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
3.7/8.1

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Sony HT-X8500
JBL Bar 9.1
Sony HT-X8500
JBL Bar 9.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 9
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 9JBL Bar 9.1