Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Samsung HW-M360/ZA
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Sony HT-ST5000

Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-M360/ZA has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, input and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-M360/ZA has 2.1 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HW-M360/ZA versus 140 W for the HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-M360/ZA got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-M360/ZA supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-ST5000 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the HT-ST5000 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-M360/ZA received a rating of 5/10 versus 9/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. 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. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-M360/ZA got a rating of 2, and Sony HT-ST5000 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-M360/ZA over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Samsung HW-M360/ZA

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

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
5
7
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

HW-M360/ZA
HT-ST5000

Brand

Samsung
Sony

Reviews

870
139

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, input
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
140

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
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

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)

1/0
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

88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.4/3.3
8.1/18
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 7.8
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

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