Sony HT-X8500 vs Sony HT-A5000 review

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Sony HT-X8500 vs Sony HT-A5000 review

Sony HT-X8500
Sony HT-A5000

It makes sense comparing Sony HT-X8500 vs Sony HT-A5000 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-A5000.

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 5.1.2 for the Sony HT-A5000. Competitors have a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-X8500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-A5000 8 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the HT-A5000.


Only the Sony HT-A5000 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 7/10, respectively.


Compared soundbars have no app control. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 10 points out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-A5000 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
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