Sony is at it again with producing decent quality products and slapping an affordable price tag on them for that competitive edge. The Sony HT-X8500 soundbar comes without a separate subwoofer, but it still manages to put out room-filling sound due to its Digital Sound Processing technology. The soundbar also comes with 7 different sound modes to match your content, and is only about 35 inches wide, meaning it can sit very well just below your TV. To help you determine whether or not this is the best soundbar for you, we\u2019ve put together this Sony HT-X8500 soundbar review, and we hope it\u2019ll help you make an informed decision. If you want a speaker that also doubles as a personal assistant, you'll also be interested in our review of the WooHoo smart AI speaker and home assistant.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Sony HT-X8500\r\nThe Sony HT-X8500 is a mid priced, high quality sound bar that comes with its own built in subwoofer to produce virtual 7.1.2 channel sound, and support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS X surround sound.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nYou won\u2019t normally find features such as Dolby Atmos DTS X in good quality soundbars that cost less than $300, so the fact that the HT-X8500 supports these virtual surround sound technologies lends great value to it. Its vertical sound engine allows it to give sound a height and width characteristic, and despite being a 2.1 channel soundbar (unlike the Yamaha YAS-108), it still manages to create a wraparound effect. The HT-X8500 also supports a wide range of cinema formats with HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma and Dolby Vision all in the mix.\r\nDesign\r\nIf you don\u2019t have that much space available, then this Sony sound system could be your best bet. It\u2019s not that wide at 35 inches, and it\u2019s not that ugly either. In fact, the soundbar sits pretty with a grey metal grille, which would look even better when wall mounted. Its top-side is fitted with controls for power, input selection, volume and bluetooth pairing. Speaking of which, the speaker is only limited to bluetooth connectivity just like the VIzio SB3820-C6, but the Chromecast dongle can be used as a workaround for WiFi. From the box, the Sony HT-X8500 comes with a remote control, a HDMI cable, an AC adapter, an AC cord, a quick setup guide and a manual.\r\nValue\r\nGood sound quality doesn\u2019t have to be expensive. This is the biggest take-away from the Sony HT-X8500. Its support for Dolby Atmos and DTS X makes it possible for it to deliver vertical surround sound just as the Sony HT-ST5000 would, all within a price range that\u2019s far below what most people would expect to pay. The soundbar also features voice enhancement technology for better clarity during dialogues, and bluetooth pairing technology for wireless playback.\r\nSony HT-X8500 Wrap Up\r\nWe tend to review Sony products with a lot more joy than we would others because they occasionally come up with releases that are far better priced than most of the competitors in the same category, without necessarily toning down the high end features. The Sony HT-X8500 is one of the best examples of such.