Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sony HT-ST5000 Comprehensive Review
- Supports Hi-res audio
- Wireless multiroom
- 360° sound
- Multiple HDMI port
- Punchier bass
- Noticeable distortion at max volumes
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Bose Smart 3.0 Soundbar
Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 Soundbar
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Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sony Smart Soundbar HT- ST 5000
Best Features of SonyHT-ST 5000:
Google Home and multiroom system are some of the top features of ST5000. It has more connection options and comes with a subwoofer. It uses S-Master HX digital amp to minimize any distortion in performance. It has Clear Audio+ that adjust sound as per content mode like games, movies, or music.
Best Features of Bose 700:
It has Adaptiq software for room calibration. Built-in voice assistants are easier to use. The bar is futureproof although it doesn’t come with rear speaker or subwoofer. It can get loud without noticeable distortion. Bose SimpleSync technology opens door to connect Noice cancelling headphones to the bar.
- Supports Dolby Atmos
- More number of HDMI
- Higher number of channels
- Versatile connectivity
- Voice support
- Built-in Chromecast
- Surround sound is average
Bose Soundbar 700:
- Dedicated center channel
- Sub out port
- Supports Airplay and Amazon Music
- Reliable performance
- Average bass
This section provides detailed comparison between Bose 700 bar and Sony HT-ST5000 model.
Design and Build Quality:
Sony HT-ST5000 is larger than Bose 700 so you can pair it with large TVs. It will also take up more space due to the included subwoofer. In terms of build, they are both strong and well built. While both speakers are covered with metal grille, Bose has a glass-made top surface that is prone to fingerprints or dust.
Rest of the bar is made of plastic and is well built. Sony is made of plastic and metal as well. The build is high quality and sturdy.
If you compare Bose soundbar 700 vs Sony ST5000, you will hear a difference in their sound performance. The ST 5000 Sony soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and allows user to become engaged in multi-dimensional sound space. In most cases, Sony sounds better than the Bose 700 bar. The variation exists due to the dedicated subwoofer in Sony ST5000 system as well. Low ends are clearer, powerful, and impactful which makes movie watching pleasant.
Sony HT-ST5000 has coaxial drivers where tweeter and woofer work together. Bose 700 small and custom-made transducers work with PhaseGuide technology to produce multidimensional sound. Although Bose 700 can be used for clear dialogues and can handle music and movies well, Sony ST5000 is a step ahead.
The overall number of connection and options are more in Sony ST 5000 than Bose 700 bar. RCA port, Ethernet and USB are present in ST 5000 but not in Bose 700. Number of HDMI ports are more in the ST 5000 as well.
Although there is no built-in or independent sub in Bose 700, it is versatile and futureproof. You can connect rear speakers and subwoofer to the Bose soundbar 700. You can include Surround speaker 700 and Bass module 700.
Although Sony ST5000 will work with both Alexa and Google Assistant, Bose 700 make their use easier. Both these voice assistants are built-in into the 700 Bose soundbar model. Other control options are similar. Both come with remote control and have mobile apps. If you are used to using the bar controls, then Sony has more options in the bar than Bose.
Bose 700 soundbar has 8 microphone arrays through which it can easily pick up your voice. It has Amazon Music and Apple Airplay built-in. Basic wireless features are same in both bars like the support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. On the other hand, with Sony HT-ST5000 you can enjoy music in multiple rooms easily.
Sony HT-ST5000 produces deep and punchier bass. It can handle action movies or EDM content. Sound quality is rich, loud, and room-filling. Bose always has a fan base and, it is a popular and reliable brand as well. With small space and ‘no-need’ for a sub, you can always go for Bose 700 soundbar. In case you seek more powerful home theater soundbar, you can have a look at the Samsung HW-Q950T.
This model has a 9.1.4 setup with versatile settings to tweak the sound. It is louder so if loudness is your preference along with independent satellite speakers, then you will be pleased. Bose 700 produces crisp and clear sound. Highs and mids are precise but the bass is average. For that, you have the option to include a subwoofer. However, the cost will increase in that case.
Is Dolby Atmos good in Sony ST5000?
Sony ST5000 has Atmos along with up-firing speakers. Atmos effects in movies are pretty good but localization of objects is average. There are other Atmos soundbars with better performance like the Vizio Elevate , but Sony ST5000 definitely sounds better than non-Atmos bars.
Should I choose Bose 700 over Sony ST5000?
Choose Bose 700 if the lack of subwoofer or Atmos feature doesn’t bother you. It will also take up less space and will produce powerful and room-filling sound for average sized rooms. It is also less costly than Sony ST5000 model.
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