The Samsung HW-S40T vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, HW-S40T has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 6 for HT-X8500. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, source and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-S40T has 2.0 versus 2.1 for the Sony HT-X8500. Competitors have a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.
Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-S40T has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Sony HT-X8500. Only the HT-X8500 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-S40T received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively.
App control is available for the HW-S40T. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
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 Samsung HW-S40T got a rating of 5, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.