Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio React review

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Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio React comparison chart

Sony HT-X8500
Polk Audio React

Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio React review

Sony HT-X8500
Polk Audio React

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sony HT-X8500 vs Polk Audio React comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 4.8 for React. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth and power, source, 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 2.0 for the Polk Audio React. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-X8500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Polk Audio React 4 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the React.


Only the Polk Audio React can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-X8500 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 0/1 of the Polk Audio React. 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 5/10, respectively.


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

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 React 6 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Polk Audio React

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

Advantages Polk Audio React over Sony HT-X8500

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