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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, Immersive Soundbar Experience

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    ryanmcv
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    I've been excited to get my hands on the HT-ST5000 soundbar ever since it was announced at CES this year, and I'm glad to say that it was well worth the wait. If you're a cinephile looking for the easiest way to bring theater-quality sound into your home, this may be the answer. SETUP AND CONFIGURATION (5 Stars): The soundbar ships in a heavy, awkwardly-shaped box with no handles anywhere, so I would recommend having someone help you out. Once unpacked, the system is incredibly easy to set up. A 4K-capable HDMI cable is included. Plug the HDMI cable into the ports labeled HDMI ARC on the soundbar and your TV (if supported), and then connect your other devices to the HDMI IN ports on the soundbar. The subwoofer is wireless and automatically connects to the soundbar once its plugged into a power outlet. You can optionally connect a magnetic mesh cover to hide the front-facing drivers. Follow the on-screen setup procedures, and you'll be up and running in mere minutes. DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY (4.5 Stars): At first glance, there is no doubt that this is a premium product. The soundbar and subwoofer are heavy and substantial, but should easily blend in with any home theater setup. The top-mounted, upfiring speakers are placed behind sturdy metal grilles. There is a crisp display on the front which shows the volume level and current input selected. There are even keyholes on the back if you want to wall-mount the soundbar. Connectivity is very generous, with three HDCP 2.2-capable HDMI inputs on the rear and a USB port on the right side of the soundbar. You can connect to your home network wirelessly or via the ethernet port on the back. My only gripe is the design of the remote. It looks way too similar to my Sony Blu-ray player remote and feels very cheap in comparison to the rest of the system. FEATURES AND OPTIONS (4 Stars): Sony has made it very easy to customize and adjust the settings of this soundbar. By pressing the Home button on the remote, you can access the Setup screen and adjust the settings for ceiling height, seating distance from the soundbar, advanced HDMI settings, and much more. Spotify and Chromecast are built-in as easy ways to stream content to the soundbar. There are several preset options for sports, music, etc., but I find that "ClearAudio+" suits most content. Unfortunately, there is one glaring omission in supported formats: this soundbar does not support any type of DTS signal. Luckily, my Sony UBP-X800 Blu-ray player seems to detect that the soundbar does not support DTS and sends an LPCM signal instead. But I have read reports of DTS tracks simply not playing on this soundbar with other Blu-ray players. Rumor is that Sony may be preparing a firmware update to enable DTS later this year. But regardless, this is a huge oversight by Sony that will hopefully be corrected. SOUND QUALITY (5 Stars): Simply put, I've never heard anything sound so amazing in my home. Granted, I've always owned soundbars and not dedicated surround systems. But this soundbar delivers rich, enveloping sound. I watched the UHD Blu-ray of Magnificent Seven and actually turned my head several times due to the sensation of bullets flying around the room. The UHD Blu-ray of Mad Max: Fury Road also impressed, with the soundbar clearly separating dialogue, music, and explosions and placing sounds all around my living room. I can't say that I really noticed any sounds coming from directly overhead, but this might require some more fine-tuning of the distance settings. Dialogue is clear, loud, and crisp. There is no distortion at higher volumes. The subwoofer is absolutely thunderous -- anything above volume level 5 is overkill to me. I am absolutely amazed at how Sony put such capabilities into a sleek, compact soundbar. OVERALL: I'm not an audiophile, but the overall package of the HT-ST5000 is amazing to me. Hats off to Sony for delivering such an immersive experience in a product that can be used and installed by practically anyone. I sincerely hope that Sony adds support for DTS formats, as I know that this will anger many potential buyers. That issue aside, you'd be hard-pressed to find another soundbar with such capabilities. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sounding, Feature Rich, Easy Setup

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Sony SONY HT-ST5000 7.1.2 DOLBY ATMOS SOUNDBAR WITH WI-FI/BLUETOOTH Summary: You’re going to be surprised. I was. You should know that I’m a bit skeptical of anything that isn’t a full blown, multi-box, dedicated theater system. We’ll get into my reference systems and why I’m changing my mind about Soundbars in a minute. Before we get into details, you should know that this SONY HT-ST5000 Soundbar is the real deal and sets a high . . . well . . . bar . . . for competing Soundbars. It has a wonderful, natural and honest sound, is capable of thunderous bass when called for, and creates a dense layered sound field. And, it accomplished this with minimal footprint in your room. Wives and their decorators will love it (well, they’ll be more willing to make this compromise). This is an easy Soundbar to recommend. It’s a permanent upgrade to my master suite TV/sound setup. Let’s get right to the sound quality. For my reference system, I have a theater room (projector/screen), with an array of big, wired speakers all around with oodles of power, all from various credible, well known companies. The front towers cost more than this SONY. I even have another music oriented sound system in my living room with even higher cred speakers. In my home, the SONY’s got some serious competition. For this setup, I’m using this SONY HT-ST5000 Soundbar to replace an older Sony sound system in my bedroom. Talk about overkill. This Sony HT-ST5000 could easily sit in either of my two other rooms and fool many listeners. It’s really good. Soundbars can . . . I said can . . . represent a compromise. Sometimes voices become shrill or maybe muffled, bass notes thumping out one note, and the sound quickly tiring at higher levels. The SONY has NONE of those issues; SONY makes no dumb choices in this Soundbar. Everything sounds natural. Higher volumes aren’t tiring. The bass is realistic. Voices are clear. (And a VOICE CONTROL moves dialog out in front of sound effects —two level settings — if hearing problems are an issue for you). (Main speaker volume and subwoofer volume are separate for maximum control.) I’m not sure how SONY did it. The complex array of speakers and heavy, sophisticated bass driver certainly help. There is a palpable dynamic range to the speaker and a broad window of sound, extending beyond and above the speakers. This Soundbar puts a smile on your face. I started out with my current audition movie, “Edge of Tomorrow”, the Tom Cruise Sci-Fi flick, with some of the lowest bass notes to ever begin a movie, along with dense dialog fighting against background noises of war, and a rich surround sound field. The Sony nails it almost perfectly. The only complaint is the accurate localization of surround information. The sound is biased towards the front. This is really a design that improves as you sit close to the middle of a room, or even nearer the Soundbar. (Arrangements of TV/sound on the front wall, as expected, but with seating against a back wall is a bad idea for surround, anyway.) The sound mix and feeling of immersion is there, but accurately finding front to back or top to bottom detailed sound effects varies in difficulty somewhat. There should be more rear detail, which is apparent with speakers behind me in my other setups. I can easily forgive this; everything else is so well done, you are drawn into the mix and enjoy the movie. And you don’t have to have all those extra speakers . . . wired. The SONY speakers aimed at the ceiling accomplish an effect I always try for, providing more height, depth and size to the sound. Works nicely, even if localization is hit and miss. Another movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road” has an Dolby Atmos: TrueHD 7.1 surround soundtrack, and the sound energy aimed at the ceiling contributes a nice amount of added fill. I also tried music from the Bluetooth connection from my phone. Lot’s of high quality sound, and I could quickly choose and compare a variety of SONY’s sound effects, or turn them off. You can send Bluetooth to the SONY and/or it can send Bluetooth to WIRELESS headphones. FEATURES: This HT-ST5000 sound bar has got it all, using the most advanced technology whenever practical. Bluetooth, for example, sounds great. My USB memory stick of music was readily accepted and sounded great. There is an LED screen visible under the grill keeping you advised of status and connections. An onscreen display is inserted into the TV signal for several seconds with volume, input, and channel info. There is a synch adjustment to ensure voices match the video. You can send Bluetooth to the SONY and/or it can send Bluetooth to BT headphones. There is a lot going on here, and my overview is not comprehensive. SETUP: Wicked easy. But, this is a heavy Soundbar and an even heavier subwoofer. The main unit fits under almost the entire width of my 58” TV, but wall mounting will require some planning. I was concerned about access to connections, but they’re thoughtfully placed. (A mirror helps.) The USB port is at the end plate, making a connection really convenient. A few HDMI wires and my Blu-Ray, Satellite, and TV were all quickly connected and playing. There were a total of three HDCP 2.2-compatible inputs that support 4K and HDR passthrough. My Sony BDP6500 has built-in streaming so I’d still have room for a game box. My Harmony Universal remote already had the codes and mimicked the important SONY remote controls. There are a few calibration settings (distance and tone for levels) but it’s not elaborate. There are built-in music apps for some services. FINAL COMMENTS: It’s a bit pricey, but so isn’t my typical recommendation, the full blown multi-channel, multi-box sound system. And this sounds better than many systems, with NO wires stretched around the room. The Subwoofer is wireless (power cord only) and the single wire to the TV (plus power cord) is not going freak out the decorator in the family. (The speaker cover grill is missing in many advertising pictures, but it’s in the box!) There are no significant sacrifices to the sound. No, in fact . . it’s shockingly good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Soundbar Available

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    Wilkens
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    The Sony HTST5000 is the best soundbar available on the market right now. I purchased the Sony HTST5000 after having owned several other high end soundbars from other reputable audio companies. I was looking for the best home theater I could achieve in a small space without the use of a traditional receiver with full surround hardwired. This led me to several companies that currently offer soundbars that connect to surround speakers through the use of various wireless systems. The most ubiquitous of these is Sonos. After extensive testing, I have concluded that Sonos is the only wireless home audio system that works, however, the sound quality of Sonos speakers is far inferior to the Sony HTST5000. Sonos is an app company, and they are great at making apps, having made the only wireless home audio app that actually works. However, they put their app to use in speakers that are ok, but not great. From a raw wattage standpoint, and audio quality for both music and movies, Sonos cannot make a set of speakers with the quality that Sony can. The other options available from more audio-focused companies such as Polk, Definitive Technology, and Denon, all include speaker sets of high quality, but which rely on Playfi or other similar wireless apps to connect surround speakers. These systems may test well in the confines of a CNET testing lab, but place them in a downtown condo or apartment complex with multiple wireless networks in a congested area and things deteriorate quickly. I went through 3 of other wireless systems all of which routinely failed to keep the surrounds connected to the bar reliably. This poses a big problem for the target market for soundbars, those living in smaller spaces without room for a full hard wired system. Because the only decent sounding wireless soundbar with surround options are only suitable for use in isolated areas without competing interference, this renders them worthless because those areas are likely to have space for a full hard wired system, which will always sound better anyway. Don't be fooled by reviews that claim soundbars with wireless surrounds are better. First, there are very few companies that can even make speakers to compete with those in the HTST5000, and those that can don't have access to a wireless system to accurately and reliably connect them. This leaves soundbars that use simulated surround sound from a single bar to create dynamic effects. In this category you have Sony and Yamaha, primarily. I will leave out Samsung's competing soundbar because it relies on wireless for its surrounds, which also routinely drop off, and even with the surrounds, still sounds worse than the Sony HTST5000 because Samsung cannot seem to make quality speakers, even with the help of Harman Kardon. The Yamaha sound projectors are great but have one common element holding them back-- wattage. Yamaha makes precise sounding bars that use Atmos to great effect, but they have far fewer watts than the Sony HTST5000, and this is immediately noticeable in the audio quality. Because of the way speakers are made, size and wattage matter a lot. A good set of large speakers from 1990 can sound better than even the best small speakers from today. Technolgy can definitely improve audio accuracy, but the sound must be transmitted from a cone and electrical source at the end of the day, and here the beefy Sony HTST5000 with its substantial subwoofer and base radiator combined with higher wattage has the raw horsepower to best the Yamama offerings. Finally, the Sony HTST5000 does an excellent job of using Dolby Atmos to simulate surround sound. The technology really does work to envelope you in sound. It works even better in smaller spaces of the type soundbars are typically used. This and the ease of use of the Sony makes it the best Soundbar money can buy right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Immersion

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    John
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    I normally don't write reviews, but felt that I should for this product because I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have owned the Sony HTST 5000 for 3 weeks and love it so far. I switched from the LG SJ9 (owned for one year) and am very satisfied with this bar. The SJ9 was good, but this is great. For reference, I am using it with an LG C7 OLED TV, Sony X700 blu ray player, xbox one, and cable box. Pros: 3 HDMI inputs, effective Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, and 4K HDR pass-thru, powerful room shaking bass, 7.1 channels, sound level adjustability (including seating position and the ceiling). You can turn off the led light in settings. Cons: Price. Audio/Video sync is good for everything except I had to tinker with it for Blu-Ray movies. I delayed the audio on the Blu-Ray player itself to sync everything and now it’s good to go. Atmos effect is mostly noticeable in my specific room at volume level 35 and higher (max is 50). Not a huge con unless you are worried about waking the neighbors. Full review: First off, the Dolby Atmos effect is incredible. I played the Dolby Vision and Atmos demos on the Dolby app on my LG TV, and the rain scene is perfect for simulating rain above your head, true immersion. I don’t have a flat ceiling, but Atmos still worked phenomenally for me. I am definitely experiencing sound over my head, to my sides, and sometimes even behind me! I am enjoying movies on the 37 or 38 volume level, 40+ really shows off the Dolby Atmos for those special scenes. You can increase the voice level from the remote, but I haven’t found it necessary. There is also subwoofer volume control on the remote which is a cool feature. I turned Audio DRC off, and prefer the 3D Surround setting for all sources, including XBOX. I also noticed during Atmos blu-ray movies that if I left it on 3d surround, then pressed the sound bar remote Display button, the sound bar confirmed I was playing Dolby Atmos. I’m not sure if it did for the other sound fields FWIW. You can also adjust the decibel level for the front facing, vertical facing, and subwoofer speakers. Setup recommendation: I recommend connecting your devices to the HDMI inputs on the sound bar, and then connecting the sound bar to the TV with HDMI. This helps you to avoid using your TV’s ARC function for your devices, which is known to have quirks. I chose to connect the sound bar HDMI output to the HDMI ARC input on my TV, which has turned out to be a great setup but with one quirk. Everything plays phenomenally, and I use HDMI ARC to watch the Netlix app directly on my TV from the sound bar, but if I pause a Blu-Ray movie, then restart it, the ARC connection triggers the sound bar to switch to the “TV” input, instead of my HDMI 3 input for my Blu-Ray player audio. This can be easily avoided by not connecting the sound bar to the ARC HDMI input on the TV, but I prefer to watch the LG TV Netflix app because it offers Dolby ATMOS and VISION. If you don’t watch the Amazon or Netflix app built in your TV, and use another device instead, then I would suggest not connecting the sound bar to the HDMI ARC input on your TV. It is a quirk I am willing to live with because I love the VISION and ATMOS on my Netflix TV app. I simply change the input using the sound bar remote when I restart the movie. Believe me, it’s not a big deal because of the excellent sound, and only takes like two seconds, but worth noting as con if you like using your TV apps. Overall, I highly recommend this sound bar, it is awesome. The intro to Blade Runner 2049 is just insane. It was a level of sound I have not experienced before. The motorcycle chase scene in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was also a blast to watch. This is how movies are meant to be experienced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HUGE soundbar, with Huge sound

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    GrizzlyD
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    This soundbar is HUGE! Clocking in at 61 pounds for the whole package, it’ll be a chore getting it delivered. The biggest con so far is it’s size. It sits about 3 inches tall, 47 inches wide, and nearly 6 inches deep. It was quite difficult finding a way to fit this under my LG OLED without blocking some of the screen. I had to fashion a makeshift stand out of lumber to lift the TV to avoid this problem. The extra 6 inches of depth meant I had to push the TV back as well, which was a real bummer for those sitting on the angles as my TV stand’s tower shelves kinda block the view now too. The sound quality is pretty good for a soundbar. It manages to blow away the 3 other bars I have in the house. At 800 watts, and with all those speakers, it should (and does) produce a BIG sound. My ceilings are far too tall to really allow the ATMOS part to work efficiently. The manual recommends less than 14 feet of ceiling height…. I’m sitting at around 20 foot. It’s a terrible room for TV watching. Nevertheless, this bar does a pretty good job of raising the voices and filling the general area with sound. It’s a nice change from the older LG soundbar I had. The bar supports Dolby Digital out of the box, but completely lacks DTS support. The bar also has a tendency to insert it’s overlay video into places you wish it wouldn’t (like on startup). It seems to lack a pass-through option where you can just let the HDMI go through unmolested. This could create a problem for some videophiles who are looking for a pure 4k signal. Chromecast is built-in and works about as well as can be expected. It dropped out a couple times in tests, but overall sounded good. It’s fills a large living room with really nice audio for music. The placement of HDMI ports on the back is rather questionable. Some of the ports stick straight out, and mean having to push certain objects behind the bar, namely your TV, back which could be problematic for those with a small area with which to hold both set and bar. The remote control is pretty cheesy and not one you really want out laying around. Perhaps a nice Harmony or other universal is the answer. The subwoofer is wireless and offers a secure link option which can help reduce interference. The setup is quite simple and goes very quickly, providing you don’t have any space constraints. I would highly recommend this system for those in a small to medium sized room. This would really knock your socks off in an apartment where you simply can’t do any rewiring, and having large speakers out is a limiting factor. There’s some cons with not having DTS and the like, but there’s some rumors that is coming in a firmware update. Hopefully this is true. I’d rate this as a buy for those who want big sound and have limited budget and space with which to build-out their theater sound system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More sound bar than I know what to do with.

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    TechEnthusiast
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    I’m not worthy. This Sony Sound Bar is absolute overkill for my TV setup. I have a 43” 4K, Smart TV, and it doesn’t even feel close to being able to take full advantage of this device. The sound bar arrived in an enormously heavy and awkwardly shaped box. Dragging it to the elevator to get it up to my top floor apartment was not a pleasant experience. The sound bar extends a good five inches past the edge of my pedestal style TV stand. I opted for a pedestal style stand since I’m not comfortable hanging expensive electronics from my cheap plaster walls, but that proved to be a detriment with this sound bar (side note: the sound bar comes with a mounting guide and instructions to mount it if you’re more daring than myself). Placing the sound bar directly beneath my TV on the top of the pedestal ended up blocking the IR port for the remote on my TV. I ended up moving it to the shelf directly beneath that where it awkwardly extends beyond the edges of the pedestal and blasts sound into the support rails (producing a faint but noticeable buzz as the metal vibrates on heavy bass). I plan on eventually buying a new TV stand with an integrated riser to get around this problem. The accompanying wireless subwoofer is huge. It’s actually larger than my home theater PC tower that I have sitting next to my TV stand. I’ll confess that I’m not even sure if the subwoofer is working. The light turned green indicating that it’s on and connected, and turning the subwoofer volume up and down using the included remote does indeed affect the total output volume. That being said, I am literally drowning in sound and can’t gauge the direction that all the sound is coming from. Suffice it to say, this sound bar makes for an immersive experience. TIP: Make a note of where the HDMI input and output are BEFORE installing the sound bar somewhere awkward and hard to reach. The ports are positioned at an odd angle, and trying to wire the bar up with it wedged on a shelf and shoved up against a wall proved difficult. Also, make sure that you’re using the appropriate HDMI cable for your devices. HDMI standards have changed, and you now need a new 4K compliant cable if you’re switching from something like a 720p TV to 4K. Your devices should still work without the new cable, but you won’t be getting the best quality that your device is capable of. Fortunately, this sound bar came with a single 4K compliant HDMI cable. Another side note: Your TV has to support HDMI ARK to take full advantage of this sound bar. If you don’t have HDMI ARK, then you can use an optical audio cable to get improved sound quality as well. The user interface requires a display to setup and use. The sound bar has a small digital readout, but it really only tells you what menu you’re in. It doesn’t list the options themselves. The interface is quite intuitive and easy to operate. The sound bar comes with both Chromecast Audio and Bluetooth. I do utilize both systems, but it seems a little redundant to have them both in the same device like this. As far as web services go, this sound bar is compatible with Spotify Premium . . . the end. There is no support for Pandora, Google Music, or any other service at this time. I have a media server for my movies, but the sound bar didn’t appear to even see it. This is probably because it only contains movies and not any compatible audio files. That being said, I didn’t test this extensively, and it’s entirely possible that additional setup was needed to access media from network storage. That being said, it did automatically identify my Blu-ray player as a network attached device. This is a great sound bar, but I would recommend making sure that your setup is configured to work with it before taking the plunge. Highlights: - 43” TV too small for this. - Pedestal style TV stand could prove problematic. - Make sure to use 4K compliant HDMI cables, and make sure to note port positions before installing. - HDMI ARK or optical audio are needed to get full quality with this sound bar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sounding & Easy Setup Soundbar Solution!

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    MFamily
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    The soundbar and subwoofer comes in a large “L” shaped box that is quite heavy (60+ lbs.) and difficult to carry by yourself so an extra pair of hands is recommended in moving it before taking it out of the box. It is packaged very well and the components are protected nicely. Once unboxed, the basic setup and installation instructions are detailed and easy to follow. It includes a 4K-capable HDMI cable which is nice. You simply plug one HDMI cable from the OUT port on the soundbar and into the HDMI1 port on your TV. Next, connect any other devices (i.e. cable/satellite box, game system, etc…) you are going to use with the soundbar into the HDMI IN 1/2/3 ports. Plug in the power cables for the soundbar and subwoofer and power on your TV (make sure it is set to the correct input). Power on the soundbar system and follow the simple setup wizard displayed on your TV. I was unboxed, installed, and completely setup in about 15 minutes. The one thing we are not too sure about is wall mounting the soundbar. The mount points on the back of the soundbar do not line up with any wall studs below our TV. Due to its weight we are still trying to figure out the best way to mount it on the wall. There are a quite a number of advanced options and extra features that really allow you customize the soundbar to your particular tastes. These allow you to take advantage of any number of devices that you would like to utilize the soundbar with. Connectivity – HDMI / Analog IN / Optical TV IN / USB / LAN / WLAN / Bluetooth (supports device and BT headphones) / Chromecast / Music Services. As you can see from the list you can connect and use just about anything with this soundbar. I recommend customizing the sound settings for your room environment (speakers distance and ceiling height). I also recommend playing around with the different sound fields to find the one(s) you like best based on the sound source (i.e. various movie and TV show types, music, video games, etc…). The ClearAudio+ sound field does a pretty decent job of automatically selecting the sound field for you based on the source and we leave it set to that most of the time. You also have the options of amplifying voice dialogues, subwoofer level, and a low level night volume. This is where we were really impressed. After customizing the settings and finding the sound fields we liked best, we were amazed by the rich and enveloping sound quality. We have listened to just about every possible type of TV show, movie, sports, and music type and the sound is awesome! Every once in a while we have to adjust the sound field or voice dialogue setting but mostly we only have to sit back and enjoy things. You can clearly hear dynamic sound all around you. There is no distortion when listening at high volume levels. My only complaint is there is no DTS support. This is definitely the perfect solution for our master bedroom entertainment setup. Although it is a little pricey, the HT0ST5000 is definitely and excellent option if you are looking for an easy to install and excellent sounding soundbar solution for your home entertainment system. You are not having to run wires all around to connect multiple speakers and the subwoofer is wireless so it can be placed anywhere to meet your room requirements. This is our third soundbar with subwoofer solution and it is hands down the best. Highly recommended product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced and Unbalanced Sounds

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    smb87
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    I was really excited for this bar and replacing my mid-range surround sound system to clean up the cables behind my TV. I have a five year old Sony 7.1 receiver and Polk RM-6750 speakers. I've had my eye on this since it was debuted at CES and picked one up yesterday. Immediately upon connecting it and testing content, I noticed that the sound, particularly dialogue, was not very good. Specifically, 30% of dialogue was too "bright" lacking proper mid-low frequencies. I'd say that most content was a bit too high but the worst part that I couldn't ignore was in speech. This created two problems pertaining to dialogue. 1st - Most dialogue sounded a bit unnatural and too high. 2nd - Whenever people spoke on the softer side or in a lower tone voice, it was hard to hear. I found myself raising and lowering volume and subwoofer volume every five minutes on 2/3 of the content that I tried just to hear what people were saying. I tried using the Voice amplification feature but that just made it even more unnatural sounding and was hard on the ears. In general, the sound also swayed a lot from too low to too loud between calm and action scenes. Again, I tried the Night feature and that did not help much. With my surround setup, I do find myself having to change volume a couple times during a movie but with this bar, it was frequently. Switching between sound fields (Movie > 3D Surround > Clear and Standard) changed little. Notes: Early on, I realized that the subwoofer has the passive radiator to help with the sound bar's lack of mid/lows so I moved it from 7 ft. away in the corner to directly adjacent the TV which improved conditions but still left me with all that I wrote above. Because of this, I toyed with the subwoofer volume a lot too in order to find a balance that sounded consistently good, but again, I had to constantly change main volume and subwoofer levels based on the content playing and this did little to help voices sound clear and natural. They were too high and past a certain level on the subwoofer it added too much bass. The sound from the bar and passive radiator couldn't really fuse together - they sounded separate in times when they needed to be one. I also adjusted the sound output on my devices between LPCM and Dolby Bitstream as well as testing sound playing from PS4 apps, TV apps (Sony x900e) and a Verizon FIOS cable box. I think that the size of the speakers contribute to a lot of the problems. The drivers are quite small so they can't properly push out mids/lows. Also, a lot of dialogue played only through the very center speaker. Primary dialogue content playing just through one tiny driver... It should push center driver content through the center three speakers on this bar to make it more full. The five up front are all a foot apart anyways so it's not like it's going to hurt any sort of "surround effect." My center speaker houses two drivers that are probably a tad over 1.5x the diameter of the bars so it pushes out much clearer dialogue. It'd be great if they had a better mix of sound fields for movies that actually sounded different or better sound options. Before returning it - I connected my old ~$600 surround system back up and for three hours played the same scenes from various movies and TV shows on it and this sound bar. The bar never sounded noticeably better, usually fell slightly behind but could match up with the surround when playing TV show intro themes and some TV shows. Surround effects aside as I was prepared to lose those for convenience, the consistently poor dialogue was the killer and could not be ignored There were some positives. The subwoofer is pretty beastly. It could add some fantastic, vibrant bass to action and really get the room rocking. The fact that it's wireless is pointless though. You need to have it adjacent to the TV to work along with the bar. It could sort of fill my room with sound and some content did sound a bit immersive but yeah, you aren't going to hear the rain drizzling or crickets chirping behind you in movies. A decent amount of content sounded good but it of course lacked the dynamics of a surround system. I didn't listen to music but the songs that played in movies/shows including the opening themes to shows like Orange is the New Black and Game of Thrones sounded really good. I haven't had another sound bar but yeah, this isn't worth $1,500. You'd be much better off buying a receiver and separate speakers and putting them all on your TV stand with the "back" speakers angled to the sides of your room. Then if something ever blows, you're just stuck replacing a $300-500 receiver or a $100 speaker. I think my entry-level $300 Sony surround system that I passed onto my sister many years back may sound better. O_o TL:DR The sound bar lacks proper mids/lows to consistently produce natural dialogue and makes all content a tad high and 30% of dialogue very hard to hear. The passive radiator on subwoofer does not bridge the gap. Sound is unbalanced requiring constant adjusting of main and subwoofer volumes. Sound options were lacking. Sound fields all sounded the same and enhancement modes (Night, Voice and Clear) helped little or made things sound more unnatural. The sound bar and subwoofer look really slick - subwoofer puts out great bass, sound bar plays music really well. Not worth $1,500!! Buy an AV receiver for <$500 and a set of surround speakers for <$300 and it will not only sound much better but be cheaper to purchase And replace components of if something ever blows in 5 years. If you do not have the space for surround rears, place all speakers on your TV stand and it will still sound vastly better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sony Soundbar

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    Hambone
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    As I write, I am jamming to the Boss playing from my phone and projecting through my Sony - 7.1.2-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar by way of bluetooth connection. I had read lots of reviews about this soundbar and most were not that positive. So I was a little reluctant to purchase this Sony soundbar, especially given how expensive the price. However, I had a surround sound system in my previous home and had mixed Sony components with non-Sony components. The configuration of the components and multiple remotes was torturous and never really worked well together. My one year old Sony HD Smart TV has the Bravia synchronization feature and I was hoping that by using a Sony soundbar that I could avoid such component interoperability issues. Then Bestbuy had a short sale on the Sony Soundbar in August so I jumped on the opportunity. I had the soundbar professionally installed and connected to my Sony TV and sure enough the Sony Bravia interoperability feature actually worked as advertised. All the Sony components, TV, Soundbar, Blue Ray Player actually synchronized and the one TV remote controls almost all features of the soundbar. The installer did not have to make any configuration settings. Just plugged in the HDMI cable from the soundbar into the HDMI 2 (ARC) input and the soundbar worked perfectly. Having had a true surround sound system previously, one gets spoiled with decompressed audio. And, the sound in the Sony - 7.1.2-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar is about as close to a surround system that you are going to get without incurring all the additional expense of purchasing, installing, and maintaining a surround AV system. I cannot tell any real difference. And, the sound is booming from this soundbar. I highly recommend taking the plunge and going all in with all Sony components. Sony seems to have finally heard the frustration of consumers with the interoperability issues of home AV components and made the install and usability of a home AV system easy. Thank you Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Purchase, set up, tested and exchanged

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    I purchased the Sony HT-ST5000 with hopes for a very clear clean sound system and a nice base response. Once I installed it, updated the firmware, connected audioquest cinnamon cables properly and configured the sound setup for our living room, I was not overwhelmed. I found the subwoofer to rumble instead of having more of a punch to the base. The voice was a bit metallic / tinny. Everybody's room is different. I have a great room with 15 foot ceilings with carpet. I connected it to my LG c7p OLED as well as the DirecTV c61k 4K box. Sony makes an excellent product however, bar was a bit short and bulky to accommodate the cosmetics in front of the LG TV - not looking to make the Soundbar the focal point of the home theater. After 2 days of tweaking, my wife and I could not bring ourselves to keep the Soundbar. I previously had a ysp-4000 and a Definitive Technology SuperCube - I was used to a bit more punch in the base and more clear voice with a bit of base to the voice. We did not want to move to the ysp 5600 as we decided to replace the Yamaha YSP with a more minimalistic approach to our home theater. While attending the 2018 CES again this year and saw the LG sk10y and talk to the LG reps quite extensively. I listened to it and was actually waiting on that soundbar. Come to my surprise when I returned the Sony the LG was there and I immediately purchased it. In comparison the bass response is more of a punch and deeper Voice through the soundbar. Running the Dolby Atmos videos through my LG tv the Soundbar was noticeably better. Nothing wrong with the Sony Sound Bar, this is my subjective point of view. Side note: a week later, we now own the LG Spk8 rear speakers and the system sounds even better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, but an expensive 3.1.2 and NO DTS

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    BeingHonest
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    This is a bit tough, this soundbar sounds great, but doesn’t live up to it’s claim and comes in at such a high price. Maybe if you have an ideal small space it can good. Bottomline, if you’re looking for immersive surround, then this isn’t it. While the sound quality is quite impressive, at best this is a 3.1.2 front surround speaker. It also lacks DTS support, which is unacceptable for such a premium product. Even with good performance, great build quality, and ease of use, the high price tag is a hard sell. Claiming 7.1.2 at such high price, I expected to have better sound bouncing technology or wireless satellite speakers. However, if you need Atmos for a small space and don’t mind the lack of immersion, and have cash to spare, then you might be happy with the sound this thing can put out. Good: -Great sounds -Build quality is solid and hefty -Subwoofer is good -Easy to setup and use -Support standard 4k features, sound upscaling, and pass through Bad: -Not immersive “7.1.2” -No DTS support -Remote too simple and feels cheap -Price -Voices can sound quiet during movies Set up: Setting up is easy. There’s 3 HDMI outs and ethernet port, which is pretty nice for a soundbar. Once connected, you can run easy setup to configure the network and go into the setup menu to set your levels and distances of your ceiling. It may be too simple. You can set the levels of the front as a whole, upfiring speakers, and the sub. Distance can only be set up with the ceiling speakers. There’s no calibration mic to use. Functions: Everything is quite easy to use. You mostly just have to select the input and sound field of your choice. The menus are easy to navigate and options are there as they should with each options explaining what it does. If anything, I would say the remote is too simple. You have to cycle through all the different sound fields with a single button and there’s two buttons to cycle through the inputs. I tried all the functions except for the streaming services and chomecast, and all worked well. Performance: I had low expectation that this soundbar would live up to it’s claim of full “immersive, cinematic audio,” and unfortunately I was right. It is capable of producing full and deep sounds rivaling bigger speakers, but it is not a full immersive 7.1.2 surround. It’s 3.1.2, with the Atmos speakers bouncing sound on the ceiling that will give you a sense of sound coming from high front speakers rather than on directly above you. There’s no sense that sound is coming from the sides or rear. It would take an ideal setup, which is a small enclosed space with low ceilings, in order for the sound to bounce properly. For movies, I started out with Mad Max Fury Road, and the explosions were loud and booming. The subwoofer packed quite a punch for one that small. The whizzing sounds were audible from side to side, but mostly from the front and not immersive. The vocals were low on the default setting, and turning on the “Voice” option helped but it muddled the other sounds a bit. Next I tried Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, and again was not impressed. The biggest issue here is that this soundbar doesn’t decode DTS. I tried Deadpool, and it was being outputted as Linear PCM. That’s a major issue as many movies are DTS and is not acceptable in a modern sound system. I’ve had 3 receivers in the last 10 years, including Sony latest Atmos receiver, that decodes DTS. Music actually sound fine to me. I’m not a big enough audiophile to be able to discern the differences between normal and the upscaled near hi-res music. Soundstage was good, vocals were clear, and mids and lows were fine to me. Streaming with bluetooth is simple and the quality is as expected from wireless. Playing from USB produced was consistent and quite nice. I just can’t fully recommend this. Yes the sound is really good, and had this been a typical front firing soundbar at a lower cost, or have included satellite speakers, then I would have given it 5 stars. There are other soundbars out there that can produced a better immersive experience. At this price, you could buy an entry level Atmos receiver and decent speakers that will give you real surround sound.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for music/movie lovers

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    007fireagain
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    First off let me say that I'm not someone that writes reviews very often, but I feel compelled after purchasing this soundbar. Like any good consumer I did my homework and found that trusted reviews gave this a 9, which is high from what I've seen them rate products in the past. When I went to the store to see the demo, I was not blown away, but believed the best buy kid that told me it sounded WAY better in a smaller room as this bounces sound off the ceiling so the sound literally comes down on you. I bundled this with the 65" Bravia 900e and saved 200 bucks on the soundbar BTW. (Also the TV is awesome, but I will not be writing a review on the TV as it's pretty much what I expect where as this soundbar system exceeded my expectations in every way). When setting up make sure to set your distance from the tv as well as the ceiling height (it really made a difference) I started out with John Wick... Um yeah - made an unbelievable movie even more immersive, in fact that's the best word I can use to describe my experience with this system -immersive. I then played music off of you tube and was blown away at how well that sounded - it has literally made me want to just sit in front of the TV and watch music videos, I will use the immersive word again. Sound fills the room. I've had 5.1 DTS systems in the past and this gave me that same filling - except things felt deeper at lower volumes. The max setting is 50 and 30 gives you great sound, pump that baby up to 40 and you are rocking. I've always liked things loud, sometimes annoyingly so and this more than meets my need from a volume standpoint all without distortion unless you crank the volume on the sub to 10-12 (max 12 - separate from volume max 50) and crank the volume up way high. The sub produces clean bass - all of the smaller speakers are individually controlled so they can all fire at different times. This thing is expensive, but the quality of the build, the ease of setting up, the lack of cords and speakers everywhere and the unbelievable sound makes this a no-brainer in my mind. Nice job Sony - let's get more ATMOS content out there now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome soundbar, better than Samsung's hw-k950

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    Shl0791
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    Since there are other reviews on here telling you what this thing can do, I'll do a comparison on this Sony soundbar against the Samsung HW-K950 Atmos soundbar, which is similarly priced. This Sony soundbar has 3 hdmi capable of hdcp 2.2, and 1 ARC Hdmi. The Samsung only has 2 HDMI inputs and 1 ARC Hdmi. Bluetooth is for either receiving (from phones/tablets) or transmitting (headphones, in case you want to listen to the tv at night). This unit works just like a receiver (similar to my strdn1080 atmos receiver), and displays its menu system onto your tv, which makes setup ultra easy. The unit itself connects to your wifi for worry free updates, and will notify you of any updates available. The samsung k950 requires you to BUY a micro USB to USB A type cable and use a flashdrive to update its software (I could never get the update to run btw, so the updating procedure on the samsung is really really bad/frustrating.) What I've connected to my soundbars: pc to soundbar, tv to soundbar, and a sony 4k player through soundbar. On the sony, the PC recognizes the soundbar and allows me to select ATMOS under the speaker selection. On the Samsung, my only choice was STEREO (disapointing). The TV sounds great to the soundbar, whereas the samsung one felt too much like a stereo system simulating a surround sound. when I hooked up the 4k BD player, it was also much easier to setup/use. Sound automatically gets output to atmos, while the samsung failed at detecting the atmos signal, even when the sound output was selected as a non decoded bitstream. The only advantage the samsung soundbar has, is that it physically has rear speakers. But they're kinda useless, if it doesn't work with your sound system/setup. To me, I had to have Atmos coming out of my pc, and 4k player. Only the Sony was able to do that. The Samsung failed in all of those areas. At the time of this review, both soundbars were priced at $1500. Kudos to Sony for their work. They have something that works well. Pictures show pc speaker config, and what you'll see on your screen, when you go into the soundbar menu

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Speakers Distorted Buzzing/Popping Sound

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    jake
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    I bought this and set it up the same day. I watched one movie and it sounded good I was sooooo happy. I then thought I'd try out the bluetooth capability and connect my phone to play some music. That's when I started to notice a distinct buzzing/popping sound coming from the speakers or subwoofer not sure. It didn't sound right at all. But I figured, this is a Sony product, there is no way its defective. I mean it costs $1,400. There is no way something like this would be defective. So I put on another movie to test it out and see if I got the same distorted sound without my phone connected. Just playing a movie. Sure enough I did. So like everyone else I went to Google and did some research. Come to find out ALLOT of people have had the same experience and had to either jump through rings of fire to get theirs repaired or simply take a loss because theirs were out of warranty. To save myself the headache I just returned it and got my money back. I can't believe a Sony product, one that costs $1,400 has this known issue that many have complained about and Sony has stayed quiet not even considering a recall. I think its just shameful and a scam. I AM SO LUCKY I didn't have mine for a year like others and wasn't able to return it thus wasting $1,400. Oh and by the way, Sony customer service is a joke! All they did was refer me to this page on their dysfunctional website that troubleshooted a soundbar that first of all wasn't even the same model as the one I purchased and second didn't even help me one bit. That trouble shooting page was so generic too. Some of the helpful tips included "Make sure the unit is plugged in" **face palm** NEVER EVER will I buy a Sony product again. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. Oh and by the way, the people from Sony responding to these reviews saying things like "We're sorry you had a bad experience" you people are ridiculous. Is that what you say to people that have lost $1,400 because their soundbar was defective and you guys refused to repair it since it was out of warranty? These generic responses to reviews make me laugh so much. Its like they think people will say "Oh no worries" Hahahahahahaha.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup and impressive sound

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    FlyingC
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    This is quite an impressive soundbar and subwoofer combination, and it should be since it appears to be Sony's top-of-the-line soundbar. It's probably overkill for our TV setup in the bedroom, but it does sound fantastic. It's also very nice for streaming music via our Echo Dot, although Alexa sounds like the voice of God when projected through these high-power speakers. It was super easy to set up and get connected to my TV (once I cleared off enough desk space for it underneath). My TV is old enough that it doesn't support HDMI ARC, or passing audio back down to the soundbar via the HDMI cable. It does have the digital optical output, though, so I've ordered a $6 cable and should be able to listen to over-the-air TV with sound through the bar when that comes. The whole system weighs about 60 lbs and a good portion of that is the subwoofer. When I unboxed it, my first thought was it was a late 1980s PC--about the same size and weight. Since it's a wireless connection to the soundbar, though, it was extremely easy to tuck into an out-of-the-way space (but near a power outlet) and get it working. Literally, I only had to plug it in, power it on, and it was working with the soundbar. You can stream music via bluetooth to it easily by default, but I like the feature that you can change bluetooth modes and have the output sent to headphones if others don't want to listen to your program. It was a little bit of trouble to go into settings to change the mode, but once done it worked perfectly. You just have to remember to change it back when you're done so you can stream later. I'm not an audiophile, but to me the sound quality is superb. I did have to adjust the voice mode up to its highest (#2) setting before voice on TV and movies sounded the clearest. (I noticed in the Sony manual it says this setting "may be easy to hear for the elderly" which I didn't appreciate, Sony.) I also like the fact you can adjust the subwoofer volume separately. Some movies tend to go a little overboard on the bass sounds, so it's nice to be able to tone it down a little. The built-in Chromecast function is also a nice feature. Overall, I'm happy with the system and I can't wait to try it out during football season.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound

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    This is the most expensive sound system I have ever owned so I had high expectations going in. It did not disappoint. It was much larger and heavier than I expected. The design of both the soundbar and subwoofer are impressive. Craftsmanship is very high end. Here are some other thoughts: Likes: Set-up was simple with on screen instructions walking you through the basics. The face plate for the soundbar attaches magnetically. It felt fancy and looks great. Music sounds amazing! The wireless subwoofer connected automatically and worked seamlessly. Nice bass. The soundbar has a display that tells you the input/source you are using and volume levels. Dislikes: The included HDMI cable was short. It will not be long enough for some set-ups and was barely long enough for mine. Access to two of the HDMI ports is difficult with larger hands. Built in Chromecast had some hiccups getting started. Overall, this is a fantastic audio system that is worth the price if it is in your budget range. I look forward to testing out the Dolby Atmos tech as more content becomes available!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, Problems, Great Sound

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    oldtimer
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    Got a very good price on an "Excellent" open box but it was still a lot of money. My unit was April production so wasn't up-to-date with current firmware; therefore, a DTS issue (later). Having updated firmware in other devices many times in the past, figured there wouldn't be a problem with this. WRONG! Trying to follow the instructions in the manual proved to be unbelievably frustrating. When I pushed the HOME button on the soundbar remote, instead of a soundbar menu, I got nothing on the TV screen; only the word HOME on the soundbar display. Thank you Geek Squad. This was a Geek Squad installation along with wall mount of LG OLEDC65P. The professional installer suggested connecting the TV and soundbar via optical cable because HDMI ARC causes lots of problems. It did appear to work and the sound was really amazing to this "tin ear". After the installer left, I was checking out the new system and then the fun began. We love "Hugo" (Blu-ray) and were thrilled at the video on the new LG OLED. But, where's the sound? The system detected the DTS audio track but obviously couldn't decode it because the firmware hadn't been updated. Now I really wanted that firmware update. I eventually decided to replace the optical cable with HDMI ARC. Lo and behold, the soundbar could talk to the TV and I was able to see the menu and complete the firmware update. Yes, the DTS track was decoded and I had great sound from my Hugo Blu-ray. The System now has current firmware. The other problem I continue to have stems from my particular system configuration. I'm trying to control the system with a Harmony One Universal remote which was done with the previous separate speaker system. A Sirius XM receiver uses 3.5mm jack to output audio to the 3.5mm analog input of the soundbar. Switching the soundbar to the analog input has been very hit or miss. Often I wind up having to turn on the TV so I can see the soundbar menu and select the analog input. I provide music to the pool area using a separate amp and speaker system controlled by the Harmony remote. The installation issue isn't a knock about the soundbar but the switching problem is--not insurmountable but I don't expect to need "workarounds" to use a $1100+ soundbar. If the switching problem can be resolved, I'll upgrade to 5 stars. GREAT SYSTEM, I'D BUY IT AGAIN! P.S. Review of the installation instructions and manuals can often be found on manufacturers' web sites. Google can also help prepare you to deal with whomever is doing your installation--even yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent - I've Rediscovered Music and Sound!

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    JBCTECH
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    The Sonly HT-ST5000 Soundbar is awesome. Admittedly, it's not inexpensive, but it's worth every bit of the price. My last soundbar was old and basic, but an improvement over TV speakers. The Sony system revived my appreciation of good music and quality sound. Basic installation was simple. It was up and working for TV sound quickly. I was a bit overwhelmed by the vast number of features and options when I previewed the manual. However, once I sat down and began to work with it I found it very accessible. The full set-up was new to me in that you plug your video accessories (devices) into the soundbar and it send a single HDMI out to the TV from which you control your sources, the soundbar and all of it's features. It actually works great. I plugged my Apple TV, Roku and Xbox into the bar and choose what I watch or listen to via the on-screen controls. Simple and elegant. The Sound is EXCELLENT and the choices of 'modes' for Clear, Movie, Music, Sports, Surround, etc. are very good. It includes 2 levels of 'Voice' settings for dialog and I found it far superior to other attempts at bringing dialog out while keeping it natural-sounding. Other features I've used so far include: 1) playing Pandora via my iPhone thru Bluetooth 2) Playing music via my Google Home thru the soundbar's built-in Chromcast, and 3) transferring the sound from my Echo Dot thru Bluetooth. Perhaps if it hadn't been so long since I'd heard sound through such a good system, I might not be as enthusiastic as I am. But since getting the Sonly HT-ST5000 Soundbar, I've actually sat down just to enjoy music. Something I haven't done in a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cool Idea

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    Balthazar2k4
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    I own a lot of Sony products. A lot. The one thing I have learned is that they always have their quirks. The HTS-5000 is right in-line with those expectations. The unboxing and setup of the soundbar and accompanying sub was crazy simple. The sub is wireless and the soundbar immediately found it when I powered on the unit. After connecting it to me ShieldTV and tweaking some of the input settings to allow for 4K HDR content I was off and running. I jumped into my Plex library and gave Batman v Superman a go as it is Atmos content. My immediate reaction was "Whoa!" as I was enveloped in sound. Full disclosure, I installed this unit in my bedroom as I have a full 7.2.4 system in my living room with all discrete speakers. So I know what Atmos should sound like. The soundbar gave a reasonable facsimile of Atmos through the reflection of sound. The front stage was clear and articulate, but the "simulated" surrounds had a tendency to sound a little muddy. The sub is quite strong if not a bit one note. Works well for movies, but for music it is a questionable choice. The overall presentation was fun, but the price of this system kept popping up in my head as I listened. Plus, the lack of DTS/DTS:X compatibility really jumps out. For the money being asked you could assemble a system with true discrete speakers and DTS compatibility. I suppose though if you are looking for something to stick in a bedroom that offers above average sound than the HTS-5000 will fit the bill. I imagine that you could probably get pretty close for quite a bit less money and that is the real problem here. I just don't think I could recommend this system at this price point. If you can find it for significantly less than I say go for it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! So much more than I expected

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    masterchicken
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    This soundbar sounds so much better than I ever could have expected. I knew that at this price point the sound quality had to be good, even excellent...but wow after setup was I amazed at how clear and immersive it would sound. After going through the somewhat annoying setup process - I would have preferred one of those microphone tuning processes instead of manually measuring ceiling height, etc - I havent changed the settings at all. And while this system cannot completely and accurately reproduce a full 7.1.2 system (no actual rear speakers), the soundstage it presents to the user is really really good. The Martian & Game of Thrones 4k UHD Blu-ray w/Atmos sounds amazing. I hear sounds that I did not know even existed during previous viewings. The bass is powerful and shakes the picture frames hanging from my wall. Also convenient is that the sound bar remote has control for master volume as well as the subwoofer which was a bonus I was not aware of prior to purchase. I recently played some music of questionable bitrate/quality (Apple Music iOS app) via bluetooth and cranked it up to be pleasantly surprised with the great sound. For reference, I have this paired with a Sony 65XBR850C & UBP-X700 PROS - crystal clear sound - strong, accurate bass - pretty convincing downward sound via the Atmos upward firing speakers - wireless sub CONS - setup feels like it is stuck in the 90s rather than the future - Some trouble producing convincing rear sound though mostly not noticeable - this is a reach, but i wish it would sync with my Sonos system i have throughout the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend