Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar Review

Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar



Sony HT-X8500

Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar Overview

The new Sony HT-X8500 is a more affordable way to enjoy Dolby Atmos without having an expensive home theater system. It uses advanced DSP audio processing and height information from the soundbar itself, as opposed to relying on dedicated up-firing drivers as its predecessor did.

The HT-X8500 has been one of the best soundbars on earth in 2019, and it still deserves a place there. It will be discounted now that it’s older so you should consider getting this amazing product!


The Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar is a self-contained audio system. There’s no separate wireless subwoofer, nor extraneous surround speakers. It’s designed to fit just about anywhere with its 89cm slim design and touch-sensitive buttons for power on top of volume control at the front-facing array!

The HT-X8500 has an attractive design that can be quickly set up. The speakers are forward-facing, making it easy to mount anywhere in your home without taking up too much space or bothering anyone else around you (especially if they’re sleeping). For media consumption at its fullest potential, there’s also Dolby Vision HDR10 and HLG compatibility which means you’ll get all of their incredible features like captions on-demand with closed captioning for the hearing impaired; plus object based surround sound thanks to height channels!

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Sony has chosen to keep the price low and features simply for this soundbar. There’s no smart Wi-Fi connectivity or a screen menu; it only communicates with audio SIGNPOSTS through LED lights that indicate Dolby Atmos/DTS X sources as chosen inputs are played. These slim-width remote controls have all of your favorite presets conveniently laid out in front of you – alongside processing modes if desired!

The virtual surround sound system is a great way to improve your TV watching experience. It offers true, immersive audio without any hassle or calibration!

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The Sony HT-X8500 is a great piece of equipment. It has an impressive cinematic sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS: X content, as well as the ability to create surround mixing for two-channel sources if you’re not satisfied by virtual immersion alone!

The Sony HT-X8500 is a great home theater system with excellent sound. It has two 10″ woofers that you can place anywhere in your house, as well as an internal subwoofer for those who want even more bass. The only flaw I found was when playing Atmos movies on Netflix – there’s no way this thing will ever replicate atmospheric effects like Dolby Headroom or Height channels because it doesn’t have enough speakers!

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The HT-X8500 doesn’t produce compelling overhead audio in the same vein as a 7.1.4 system but does create an immersive soundstage with precise localization and imaging capabilities that can be compared to larger formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS: X10+. Everest (Blu-ray) proves suitably chilling when listening to this receiver at its best; it’s enough just watching those hail storms lash out from left-right center stage!

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In truth, there’s not a great deal of difference between an average 3D movie mix and advanced channel coding such as Dolby True HD when they’ve been through Sony’s Vertical Sound processor – which says something about the company-wide DSP technology it has developed.

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Sony’s HT-X8500 is a great-sounding sound bar that will fit into any home theater or music system. The best part? You can find it for under $300 which makes this one of the better options out there in terms of quality and price!


Sony HT-X8500