Bose Solo 5 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

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Bose Solo 5 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison chart

Bose Solo 5 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Bose Solo 5
vs
Sony HT-X8500

The Bose Solo 5 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, Solo 5 has a total rating of 4 out of 10 versus 6 for HT-X8500.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Bose Solo 5 has 2.0 versus 2.1 for the Sony HT-X8500. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Bose Solo 5 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Sony HT-X8500 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the HT-X8500 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Solo 5 received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Solo 5. 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 Bose Solo 5 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.

Advantages Bose Solo 5 over Sony HT-X8500

  • App control

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Bose Solo 5

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Bose Solo 5
Sony HT-X8500

Model

Solo 5
HT-X8500

Brand

Bose
Sony

Reviews

11723
138

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
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

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
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

21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6
89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.7
3.1/6.1

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Bose Solo 5
Sony HT-X8500
Bose Solo 5
Sony HT-X8500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 6
  • 4Bose Solo 5
  • 6Sony HT-X8500

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

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