Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Sony HT-X8500
6
4
4

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Sony HT-X8500

The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, SIGNA S2 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 6 for HT-X8500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Sony HT-X8500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the SIGNA S2 received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

Compared soundbars have no app control. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

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 Polk Audio SIGNA S2 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.

Advantages Polk Audio SIGNA S2 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Sony HT-X8500

Model

SIGNA S2
HT-X8500

Brand

Polk Audio
Sony

Reviews

5209
138

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth
power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Sony HT-X8500
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Sony HT-X8500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 5
  • 6
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2
  • 6Sony HT-X8500

The Sony HT-X8500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-X8500 price

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 competitors

Sony HT-X8500 competitors