Sony HT-X8500 Review: If Dolby Atmos is What You Need in Your Life, This is The Soundbar to Buy

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This is a 2.1-channel setup, where the “.1” means there is also a dual subwoofer integrated within the slim confines of the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar.

I am sure you have a television at home. And I can say with confidence that this television of yours, no matter how expensive it may be, will not exactly be very good as far as the sound experience goes. Believe me, it is not just a problem with your TV. This seems to be a standard rule across the board, very few exceptions aside. This immediately raises the requirement for a better sound system to be hooked-up to your TV, so that you can enjoy movies, music, sports and whatever else it is that you watch, to the fullest. This raises another issue. Not everyone wants a five-speaker setup at home, with wires snaking across the length of the room. Soundbars are, therefore, the best solution. And things really don’t get much better than the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar, which is priced at Rs 30,990.

Before anything else, what matters the most about this soundbar are the Dolby Atmos capabilities, and the support for its rivals DTS:X, which provide the perfect foundation to build the experience on. And there is a lot to build on with, to be honest. First up, the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar has what Sony calls the Vertical Surround Engine. A lot of behind-the-scenes geekery is involved in this, but the end result is that you not only get the wide surround sound experience, but there are times when you’ll feel as if the sound is coming from above you. For a single unit system such as a soundbar to be able to replicate that from time to time, is a perfect achievement. This is a 2.1-channel setup, where the “.1” means there is also a dual subwoofer integrated within the slim confines of the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar.

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