ZVOX SB380 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SB380 has a total rating of 4 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 ZVOX SB380 has 3.1 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 45 W for the SB380 versus 800 (overall) W for the HT-ST5000. Only the ZVOX SB380 has a built-in subwoofer. The ZVOX SB380 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. Only the HT-ST5000 has Bluetooth support. Only the HT-ST5000 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the SB380 received a rating of 4/10 versus 9/10, respectively. App control is available for the HT-ST5000. A built-in microphone is present only on the HT-ST5000. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.
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 ZVOX SB380 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-ST5000 8 out of 10.