Sony HT-X8500 vs Vizio V21-H8 review

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Sony HT-X8500 vs Vizio V21-H8 review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
Vizio V21-H8

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sony HT-X8500 vs Vizio V21-H8 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sony HT-X8500 was rated 6, while the Vizio V21-H8 has a rating 5.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth for the HT-X8500 and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Sony HT-X8500. 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 Vizio V21-H8. As in the HT-X8500, so in the V21-H8 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 V21-H8 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the V21-H8 provides a device control application. The Vizio V21-H8 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 V21-H8 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Vizio V21-H8

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

Advantages Vizio V21-H8 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • App control
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
Vizio V21-H8

Model

HT-X8500
V21-H8

Brand

Sony
Vizio

Reviews

171
21

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
power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, 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
0/1

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
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
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
100 x 27.4 x 37.6/39 x 11 x 15

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
2/5

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Sony HT-X8500
Vizio V21-H8
Sony HT-X8500
Vizio V21-H8

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.5
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 5.5Vizio V21-H8

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