Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

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Rating 4.7 4.7

Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-B20A comparison chart

Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
Yamaha SR-B20A

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 Yamaha SR-B20A comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Sony HT-X8500 was rated 6, while the Yamaha SR-B20A has a rating 5.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth for the HT-X8500 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the SR-B20A.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. Competitors have a built-in subwoofer. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.

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. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-X8500 versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha SR-B20A. As in the HT-X8500, so in the SR-B20A 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 SR-B20A was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the SR-B20A provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-X8500. The HT-X8500 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HT-X8500 was rated 10/10, while the SR-B20A received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Yamaha SR-B20A

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over Sony HT-X8500

  • App control
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha SR-B20A

Model

HT-X8500
SR-B20A

Brand

Sony
Yamaha

Reviews

171
34

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, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired

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
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

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
1

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 Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X

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
94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
3.1/7.1

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha SR-B20A
Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha SR-B20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.4
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A

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