Sony HT-X8500 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Sony HT-X8500 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X8500
6
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC
5.8
4
4

Sony HT-X8500 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Sony HT-X8500 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Sony HT-X8500 was rated 6, while the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC has a rating 5.8.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HT-X8500 has 2.1 and Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC has 7.1.4. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Sony HT-X8500. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Sony HT-X8500 for audio features and specs, but the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the HT-X8500, so in the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HT-X8500 at 8 out of 10, while the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC was rated 7/10.

Features

None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. Units from this comparison can process surround sound due to DTS:X support. The same score of 10/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

Model

HT-X8500
Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

Brand

Sony
Nakamichi

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
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

850 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

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
1/0

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
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Digital Surround

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8
114.3 x 7.6 x 7.8/45.5 x 3 x 3.6

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
2.7/6

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Sony HT-X8500
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC
Sony HT-X8500
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.8
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 5.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 eARC

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