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Sony HT-X8500

"The HT-X8500 Atmos soundbar delivers popcorn fun by the bucket-load, all without upfiring speakers or floor-stealing subwoofer"
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Pros

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible
  • Integrated subwoofer
  • Good with movies and music
  • Great size

Cons

  • No room correction feature
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No Wi-Fi support

Product Details

Date First Available:
February 22, 2020

Overall Rating

85.2%
The overall rating was calculated based on 10493 customer and expert reviews from 15 review sites and 5 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Soundbars:
  • 92.3%
    Design
  • 88.7%
    Sound Quality
  • 98.5%
    Build Quality
  • 89.1%
    Features
  • 97.0%
    Connectivity

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Expert Reviews

The Sony HT-X8500 may be the best value soundbar you can buy.

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Pros

  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible
  • Compact all-in-one form factor
  • Integrated subwoofer
  • Easy to set-up and use
  • Brilliant value

Cons

  • No upfiring drivers
  • Not High-Res Audio capable
  • Stripped back feature set

The Sony HT-X8500 is alright for mixed use. It has a boxy sound profile that lacks low-bass, which doesn't do many favors for your favorite albums or movies. That being said, there are a few EQ presets available to help you find a sound that better suits your audio needs. It also supports Atmos, and it's able to reproduce fairly clear and accurate voices, which is good for podcasts or audiobooks. It can get fairly loud, but while it should be okay for everyday use, it probably won't be loud enough for a house party.

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Pros

  • Can play Atmos and DTS content.
  • EQ presets plus bass adjustment feature available.

Cons

  • No room correction feature.
  • Lacks low-bass.

Strong home cinema specs and big scale sound are undermined by foggy audio quality

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • Neat design
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Weighty, open sound

Cons

  • Thick, muffled midrange
  • Lack of crispness and definition
  • Occasionally confusing operation

The HT-X8500 Atmos soundbar delivers popcorn fun by the bucket-load, all without upfiring speakers or floor-stealing subwoofer

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Pros

  • All-in-one 2.1 design
  • Good with movies and music
  • Plug ‘n’ Play installation

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi support
  • No up-firing Dolby Atmos drivers
  • Pronounced sweet spot

Sony is at it again with producing decent quality products and slapping an affordable price tag on them for that competitive edge. The Sony HT-X8500 soundbar comes without a separate subwoofer, but it still manages to put out room-filling sound due to its Digital Sound Processing technology. The soundbar also comes with 7 different sound modes to match your content, and is only about 35 inches wide, meaning it can sit very well just below your TV. To help you determine whether or not this is the best soundbar for you, we’ve put together this Sony HT-X8500 soundbar review, and we hope it’ll help you make an informed decision. If you want a speaker that also doubles as a personal assistant, you’ll also be interested in our review of the WooHoo smart AI speaker and home assistant. Sony HT-X8500 Check Price Why We Like It – Sony HT-X8500 The Sony HT-X8500 is a mid priced, high quality sound bar that comes with its own built in subwoofer to produce virtual 7.1.2 channel sound, and support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS X surround sound. Pros Dolby Atmos & DTS: X support Great size & design Plug and Play setup Cons No display No WiFi Performance You won’t normally find features such as Dolby Atmos DTS X in good quality soundbars that cost less than $300, so the fact that the HT-X8500 supports these virtual surround sound technologies lends great value to it. Its vertical sound engine allows it to give sound a height and width characteristic, and despite being a 2.1 channel soundbar (unlike the Yamaha YAS-108), it still manages to create a wraparound effect. The HT-X8500 also supports a wide range of cinema formats with HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma and Dolby Vision all in the mix. Design If you don’t have that much space available, then this Sony sound system could be your best bet. It’s not that wide at 35 inches, and it’s not that ugly either. In fact, the soundbar sits pretty with a grey metal grille, which would look even better when wall mounted. Its top-side is fitted with controls for power, input selection, volume and bluetooth pairing. Speaking of which, the speaker is only limited to bluetooth connectivity just like the VIzio SB3820-C6, but the Chromecast dongle can be used as a workaround for WiFi. From the box, the Sony HT-X8500 comes with a remote control, a HDMI cable, an AC adapter, an AC cord, a quick setup guide and a manual. Value Good sound quality doesn’t have to be expensive. This is the biggest take-away from the Sony HT-X8500. Its support for Dolby Atmos and DTS X makes it possible for it to deliver vertical surround sound just as the Sony HT-ST5000 would, all within a price range that’s far below what most people would expect to pay. The soundbar also features voice enhancement technology for better clarity during dialogues, and bluetooth pairing technology for wireless playback. Sony HT-X8500 Wrap Up We tend to review Sony products with a lot more joy than we would others because they occasionally come up with releases that are far better priced than most of the competitors in the same category, without necessarily toning down the high end features. The Sony HT-X8500 is one of the best examples of such. Performance9.1Design9Value9.3Reader Rating0 Votes0 9.1Expert RatingBottom Line

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Pros

  • Dolby Atmos & DTS: X support
  • Great size & design
  • Plug and Play setup

Cons

Strong home cinema specs and big scale sound are undermined by foggy audio quality

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • Neat design
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Weighty, open sound

Cons

  • Thick, muffled midrange
  • Lack of crispness and definition
  • Occasionally confusing operation

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