Samsung HW-M360 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-M360 has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-M360 has 2.1 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 200 (overall) W for the HW-M360 versus 800 (overall) W for the HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-M360 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support is available on the HT-ST5000.
Only the Sony HT-ST5000 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-M360 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. Only the HT-ST5000 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-M360 received a rating of 5/10 versus 9/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HT-ST5000. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-M360 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-ST5000 8 out of 10.