Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

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Rating 3 3

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison chart

Overall
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
Sony HT-X8500
6
10
4

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Bose Smart Soundbar 300
vs
Sony HT-X8500

The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, Smart Soundbar 300 has a total rating of 7.6 out of 10 versus 6 for HT-X8500. The competitors' control buttons are different: microphone, action and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the Sony HT-X8500. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Sony HT-X8500 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Smart Soundbar 300.

Connectivity

Only the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 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, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. App control is available for the Smart Soundbar 300. A built-in microphone is present only on the Smart Soundbar 300. Multi-room is only available for the Bose Smart Soundbar 300.

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 Bose Smart Soundbar 300 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Bose Smart Soundbar 300

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

Product

Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Sony HT-X8500

Model

Smart Soundbar 300
HT-X8500

Brand

Bose
Sony

Reviews

144
171

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone, action
power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
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

wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
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)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

66 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4
89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8

Weight, kg/pounds

3.6/8
3.1/6.1

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Sony HT-X8500
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Sony HT-X8500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 6
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300
  • 6Sony HT-X8500

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 competitors

Sony HT-X8500 competitors