Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

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Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison chart

Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
Yamaha SR-C20A

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sony HT-X8500 vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 5 for SR-C20A. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth and volume down, volume up, power, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Competitors have 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 not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-X8500 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 0/1 of the Yamaha SR-C20A. 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.

Features

App control is available for the SR-C20A. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. 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 Yamaha SR-C20A 5 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over Sony HT-X8500

  • App control
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha SR-C20A

Model

HT-X8500
SR-C20A

Brand

Sony
Yamaha

Reviews

171
28

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

100 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

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
1/0

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 Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
has not

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
58.4 x 5 x 7.6/23.6 x 2.5 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
1.3/3.9

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha SR-C20A
Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha SR-C20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 5Yamaha SR-C20A

Sony HT-X8500 competitors

Yamaha SR-C20A competitors