Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X8500
6
Polk Audio Command Bar
6.6
4
10

Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
Polk Audio Command Bar

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. 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

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support is available on the Command Bar.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. 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 7/10, respectively. Compared soundbars have no app control. A built-in microphone is present only on the Command Bar. Multi-room is only available for the Polk Audio Command Bar.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-X8500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X8500. For multichannel surround Sony HT-X8500 got a rating of 10, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Polk Audio Command Bar

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Polk Audio Command Bar over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Spotify support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
Polk Audio Command Bar

Model

HT-X8500
Command Bar

Brand

Sony
Polk Audio

Reviews

171
1506

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
volume down, volume up, microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

160 (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
has not

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

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
DTS Digital Surround

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
110 x 5 x 10.1/43.3 x 2.1 x 4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
1.8/4.9

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Sony HT-X8500
Polk Audio Command Bar
Sony HT-X8500
Polk Audio Command Bar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6.6
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 6.6Polk Audio Command Bar

Sony HT-X8500 competitors

Polk Audio Command Bar competitors