Sony HT-X8500 review
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- Dolby Atmos
- Built-in subwoofer included
Sony has launched a Dolby Atmos sound bar at an affordable price. The HT-X8500 also offers DTS:X so it should deliver cinematic, three-dimensional surround sound. It's fairly cheap compared to other sound bars with these popular surround-sound technologies, but is it too good to be true? Find out whether the HT-X8500 can do Dolby Atmos just as well as bigger brands in our full review.What's included:
- Pros and cons
- What type of sound bar is it?
- How does it sound?
- What's it like to use?
- Should I buy it?
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- Surround sound decodingHDMI INPUTDolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby YesHD, Dolby Dual mono,DTS,DTS HD High Resolution Audio,DTS HD Master Audio,DTS ES,DTS 96 / 24,DTS: X,MPEG2-AACHDMI EARCDolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby YesHD,Dolby Atmos,Dolby Dual mono,DTS,DTS HD High Resolution Audio,DTS HD Master Audio,DTS ES,DTS 96 / 24,DTS: X,MPEG2-AACOPTICAL INPUTDolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby Digital plus / Atmos,Dolby Dual mono,DTS,LPCM 2ch,MPEG2-AAC
- Controls on sound bar
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