Sony HTX8500 Review

The Sony htx8500 is a middleweight AV receiver that features a wide viewing angle and an immersive audio experience. Similar to its predecessor, the HT-ZF9, the HT-X8500 has a vertical sound engine which helps create the illusion of audio immersion. It is compatible with most 49 to 55-inch televisions and measures just 89cm wide, making it easy to set up in front of a large TV. In addition, this TV receiver can be wall-mounted if desired.

Sony HTX8500 Review


The Sony htx8500 is a good mid-range soundbar that supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. The sound field is claimed to be similar to Atmos 7.1.2. Its power output is 320 watts. It features multiple sound profiles and includes a night function that reduces the volume during the night.

The Sony htx8500 has a decent stereo frequency response and integrated subwoofers. However, it struggles to reproduce low bass rumble. It also lacks a separate wireless subwoofer. Overall, the sound profile is somewhat boxy and dark, but it does deliver clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. This model is also wall-mountable for added convenience.

Sound quality

The Sony htx8500 sound bar is a sound bar that’s compatible with Dolby Atmos. It delivers decent sound for a speaker that costs less than its competitors. However, there are some drawbacks to the sound quality. For one thing, the HT-X8500 lacks a subwoofer, which is necessary for a subwoofer to deliver good audio quality.

The X8500’s sound is somewhat lacking in midrange clarity. The bass is too forward and overpowers the midrange. The result is that dialogue is difficult to distinguish. Effects are easy to distinguish, but vocals are thick and weighed down. The midrange is also lacking in definition.

Although this speaker is primarily intended for home theatre use, it also performs well when used for music. For example, when spinning a song like Imagine Dragon’s “Shots from Smoke + Mirrors Live” (Blu-ray DTS:X), the HT-X8500 manages to isolate the vocals and separate them from the bass and guitars. As such, it’s an excellent choice for home theatre listening.


The Sony HTX8500 is a midrange soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and DTS-X. It is a safe bet for this segment. Although it is considered a home theatre system, the HTX8500 also excels in music listening. It spins music from Imagine Dragon’s Smoke + Mirrors Live (Blu-ray DTS-X) with excellent clarity and separation between vocals and bass. And you don’t need to bother with subwoofers or up-firing speakers.

The Sony HTX8500 comes with a 2.1-channel DTS sound system, a built-in dual subwoofer, and a vertical sound system. It also has a 4K HDR passthrough feature. Its sleek, curved design makes it a desirable option for those who want a high-quality soundbar at an affordable price.


The Sony htx8500 is a single-unit soundbar that measures 89cm across. Despite its heft, it’s not particularly deep or tall, so it should fit in a variety of rooms without blocking the remote control. It comes with integrated wall-mounting brackets and a template for easy installation. Despite its compact size, the HT-X8500 is equipped with four drivers that deliver 2.1 surround sound.

The HT-X8500 is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X and offers an immersive audio experience. Its vertical surround engine uses height information to give an immersive audio experience. Despite being a couple of years old, the Sony htx8500 still offers great value for money.

Built-in subwoofer

The Sony htx8500 is an excellent Dolby Atmos compatible soundbar. It has two drivers for treble-midrange and bass sound, as well as preset modes to optimize your viewing experience. It also has a built-in subwoofer, which can deliver surprisingly deep bass.

The HT-X8500’s built-in dual subwoofer in the centre provides immersive surround sound, obviating the need for separate rear speakers. The soundbar also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technology, which means it can deliver multi-directional sound.