sony htx8500 soundbar review

As a movie lover, I’m always searching for ways to elevate my home cinema experience. So, when I got my hands on the Sony HTX8500 Soundbar, I couldn’t wait to dive into its immersive audio capabilities.

With its sleek design and powerful features like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technology, this black beauty truly immerses you in the film. Join me as I explore the Sony HTX8500 Soundbar and discover just how it enhances your movie nights.

Key Takeaways

  • Sony HTX8500 is a 2.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with built-in subwoofers, providing a slim and low-profile design.
  • The soundbar offers impressive sound quality and immersive experience for movies, with a wide soundstage and decent dialog enhancement.
  • While the soundbar works well for movies, it may not be the best option for music reproduction and voices can sometimes sound muddy.
  • Some customers recommend spending more money on a higher-end version, but overall the Sony HTX8500 offers good value for the price.

Product Highlights

What are the key features of the Sony HTX8500 soundbar?

Well, let me tell you.

The Sony HTX8500 is a 2.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundbar with a built-in subwoofer. It boasts a slim and low-profile design that perfectly complements your TV. The soundbar features dual built-in subwoofers, delivering deep bass that enhances your audio experience.

With its 7.1.2ch Dolby Atmos/DTS X and Vertical Sound Engine, the sound is upscaled to a close 7.1.2ch audio, providing an immersive surround sound experience. Additionally, there are seven different sound modes available to enhance your entertainment.

The soundbar also comes with voice enhancement technology, ensuring greater clarity in dialogue. With its 4K HDR passthrough, you can enjoy high-quality entertainment.

Deailed featured and specification

The Sony HTX8500 soundbar offers a range of detailed features and specifications that enhance the audio experience. With its 2.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X technology and built-in subwoofers, it delivers immersive sound with deep bass. The sound is upscaled close to 7.1.2ch audio, creating a realistic and captivating sonic experience. The soundbar also offers seven different sound modes to further enhance your entertainment, as well as voice enhancement for greater clarity. Its slim and low-profile design complements your TV, and it supports 4K HDR passthrough, ensuring a high-quality visual and audio experience. The table below provides a summary of the key specifications of the Sony HTX8500 soundbar:

Dimensions6.75 x 37.25 x 6.25 inches
Weight1 pound
Country of OriginMalaysia
Item model numberHTX8500
Batteries2 AAA batteries required
Maximum Output Power25 Watts
Number Of Items1

Comparision with other soundbars

But, I found that the Sony HTX8500 soundbar outperforms other soundbars in terms of dialog enhancement and overall sound quality. While the Yamaha 1080 performs similarly or better in terms of soundstage with Dolby Atmos and DTS features, it lacks the dialog enhancement that the HTX8500 offers. Other soundbars may attempt to keep dialog intelligible, but the HTX8500 does a better job in this aspect.

Additionally, the HTX8500 has limited bass adjustment options and may not be great for music reproduction. However, when it comes to movies, the sound quality of the HTX8500 is excellent and immersive. It’s easy to set up and use, making it a good value for the price.

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Pros and Cons

One of the pros of the Sony HTX8500 soundbar is its immersive sound quality. The soundbar delivers an impressive sonic experience that draws you into the film without drawing attention to the soundbar itself. With its Dolby Atmos and DTS features, the soundstage is expansive, creating a truly immersive audio experience. However, there are some drawbacks to consider. The lack of a center speaker can sometimes put voices behind music and sound effects, and the bass can be muddy with limited customization options. Additionally, the remote control and integration with Sony TV may not be ideal, with a confusing interface and complex options. Despite these drawbacks, the sound quality is excellent for movies, making it a good value for the price.

Immersive sound qualityLack of center speaker
Impressive soundstageMuddy bass with limited customization
Dolby Atmos and DTS featuresComplex remote control and interface
Easy to set up and useIntegration with Sony TV may not be ideal
Good value for the price 

Concluding Thoughts

Overall, I frequently find myself impressed with the Sony HTX8500 soundbar’s immersive audio experience and its ability to enhance my movie-watching sessions. The soundstage created by the Dolby Atmos and DTS features draws me into the film without drawing attention to the soundbar itself.

The dialog enhancement feature also does a better job than other soundbars in keeping the voices intelligible. The sound quality is excellent and truly immersive, making me feel like I’m right in the middle of the action.

Setting up and using the soundbar is a breeze, and it offers good value for the price. While there are some drawbacks, such as the lack of customization options for the bass and the confusing remote control interface.


Overall, the Sony HTX8500 Soundbar delivers an immersive audio experience that enhances any movie viewing session. With its Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technology, built-in subwoofer, and surround sound capabilities, this sleek black soundbar truly brings films to life.

While it may not excel in music reproduction, its performance with movies is truly impressive. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and let the Sony HTX8500 Soundbar transport you into the world of cinema.

Lights, camera, action!

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