KEF HTF7003 vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Rating 5 5
KEF HTF7003
vs
Sony HT-ST5000

KEF HTF7003 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HTF7003 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000.

Audio features

The KEF HTF7003 has the passive amplification type, the Sony HT-ST5000 - active. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the KEF HTF7003 has 3.0 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HTF7003 versus 140 W for the HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The KEF HTF7003 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-ST5000.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-ST5000 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the HT-ST5000 has Bluetooth support. Only the HT-ST5000 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the HTF7003 received a rating of 4/10 versus 9/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the HT-ST5000. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over KEF HTF7003

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
KEF HTF7003
5
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
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7
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7
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7
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Common

Product

KEF HTF7003
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

HTF7003
HT-ST5000

Brand

KEF
Sony

Reviews

15
139

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
7.1.2

Amplification type

passive
active

Output power, W

100
140

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
3/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

3/0
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 Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.1/4.6
8.1/18
KEF HTF7003
Sony HT-ST5000
KEF HTF7003
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.8
  • 5KEF HTF7003
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price