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Should You Buy a Sony Soundbar?

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Updated 19 January 2020
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should you buy a Sony Soundbar?

Sony is well known for its digital cameras, camcorders, TVs and headphones.

If you are thinking about buying a Sony soundbar then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of soundbar brands is compiled by analysing over 3,200 user and expert reviews and 250+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 460+ soundbars.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning soundbars. Their soundbars start at $80 for the HT-S200F which is a 2.1 soundbar and go up to $1,088 for the HT-ST5000 which is a 7.1.2 soundbar. The average price of a new Sony soundbar is $260.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning soundbars.

Is Sony the Best Soundbar Brand?

So are Sony soundbars any good? We give every soundbar a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all soundbars we are able to impartially rank all the soundbar brands.

Sony is ranked the No. 16 best soundbar brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 16th best soundbar brand out there.

#1
LG
South Korea
95%
95%
261 reviews
#2
Bose
89%
89%
77 reviews
#3
86%
86%
21 reviews
#4
Sonos
85%
85%
413 reviews
#5
Polk Audio
83%
83%
23 reviews
#6
Razer
77%
77%
313 reviews
#7
JBL
76%
76%
53 reviews
#8
Denon
76%
76%
89 reviews
#9
Klipsch
75%
75%
7 reviews
#10
Bluesound
74%
74%
59 reviews
#11
Harman Kardon
74%
74%
8 reviews
#12
Audioengine
74%
74%
10 reviews
#13
Canton
73%
73%
50 reviews
#14
AVerMedia
72%
72%
14 reviews
#15
South Korea
70%
70%
0 reviews
#16
Japan
69%
69%
380 reviews
#17
Wharfedale
68%
68%
1 review
#18
Monitor Audio
67%
67%
2 reviews
#19
VIZIO
United States
66%
66%
0 reviews
#20
Supersonic
United States
66%
66%
0 reviews
#21
Anker
65%
65%
6 reviews
#22
QFX
63%
63%
0 reviews
#23
Trust
62%
62%
2 reviews
#24
Lenovo
China
60%
60%
0 reviews
#25
Avtex
United Kingdom
60%
60%
1 review
#26
Logik
United Kingdom
59%
59%
0 reviews
#27
DELL
United States
58%
58%
1 review
#28
Promethean
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Goodmans
53%
53%
0 reviews
#30
Magnat
52%
52%
0 reviews
#31
Naim
52%
52%
0 reviews
#32
Dali
52%
52%
1 review
#33
Creative
52%
52%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Sony soundbars compare to the other soundbar brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All soundbar Brands
Sony Soundbars

Sony have better reviews than the typical soundbar brand, with the average rating of a Sony soundbar being 68%.

There's a smaller selection of Sony soundbars available compared to other soundbar brands, with only 7 Sony soundbars currently on the market in the US. Sony soundbars also tend to be more expensive than most other soundbar brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

Whilst Sony have a number of interesting features including Multiroom, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$232
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $2,499
Price Distribution of All Soundbars
No. Of Soundbars
Average Price
$260
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,399
Price Distribution of Sony Soundbars

What Do the Sony Soundbar Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Sony soundbar to work out the average distribution of reviews for Sony and then compared this to the other soundbar brands.

Sony logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
59
4 stars
109
3 stars
30
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
40
4 stars
10
3 stars
4
2 stars
4
1 star
2
Sony has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its soundbars than most other brands.

Over 84% of expert reviews and 83% of user reviews for Sony soundbars are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 88% and 85% respectively across all Soundbar brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Sony soundbars by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other soundbar brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sonos LG Sony Razer Denon
CNET.com logo
75%
12 reviews
70%
10 reviews
73%
5 reviews
83%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
9 reviews
76%
14 reviews
50%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
87%
3 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
homecinemamagazine.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
avforums.com logo
80%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
82%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
whathifi.com logo
90%
2 reviews
65%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hifitest.de logo
100%
1 review
90%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
100%
1 review
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
68%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
71%
1 review
80%
1 review
tomsguide.com logo
83%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
homecinemachoice.com logo
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
goodhousekeeping.co.uk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
90%
3 reviews
90%
1 review
74%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
90%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
85%
3 reviews
50%
1 review
70%
1 review
computertotaal.nl logo
82%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
79%
133 reviews
80%
25 reviews
72%
49 reviews
60%
55 reviews
68%
17 reviews
Average
83%
197 reviews
77%
98 reviews
71%
74 reviews
74%
62 reviews
75%
39 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Soundbars Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 23 industry awards for Sony soundbars. The table below compares the number of awards received by Sony to other popular soundbar brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has won 23 awards for its soundbars.

Compare all award winning soundbars

Number of Awards Sonos LG Sony Razer Denon
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
2
3
3
avforums.com logo
2
5
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
1
2
Trusted Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
3
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
1
EISA.eu logo
1
1
1
tomsguide.com logo
1
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
1
1
Which? logo
2
gamerspotion.de logo
1
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
areadvd.de logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
1
hardware.info logo
1
1
99mac.se logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
15
2
5
37
3
Total
45
18
23
43
13

How Reliable Are Sony Soundbars?

We checked over 3,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony soundbars. over 50 of these reviews mention reliability of which 93% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony soundbar owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

93% of reviewers think Sony soundbars are reliable.

So, most people think that Sony soundbars are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Sony soundbars that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

they appreciate good build quality
thetechy.com
Excellent Build Quality
johnlewis.com

NOT RELIABLE

The big problem with them though is durability
reliancedigital.in
Mediocre Build Quality
johnlewis.com

Features to Look Out For On Sony Soundbars

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Sony soundbars that set them apart from the competition. These include Multiroom.

Sony Multiroom

Sony soundbars that support Multiroom include the Sony HTST5000 ($1,125).

What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Soundbar?

Sony HT

$90.00
eBay
Sony HT
Buy Now
Sony HT
320W
2.4g
WEIGHT

At only $90 and with a Kagoo Score of 83 the Sony HT makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Big power (320W)
Subwoofer included
Supports Bluetooth
Handheld remote control
Wall mountable

A multi award winning and fully featured 2.1 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a reasonable price. It has a subwoofer included and a handheld remote control, is wall mountable and features Audio Return Channel (ARC). Our review analysis indicates that this soundbar has a superb sound quality and it's very quiet, and well-built.

93
Reviews
382 Reviews + 23 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Sony HT has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%, based on 382 reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended
Expert Reviews Best Buy
Techradar Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint Recommended
PC Mag Editor's Choice
avforums.com Recommended
altomdata.dk Recommended
areadvd.de Outstanding
ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended
agdlab.pl Recommended
benchmark.pl Great Product
gadgetgear.nl Gold
hardware.info Excellent
technogog.com Recommended
lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star
01net.com 5 Star
Howstuffworks.com Best Buy
tomsguide.com Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product
soundandvision.com Top Pick
homecinemachoice.com Best Buy
EISA.eu EISA Best Product
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Should You Buy a Sony Soundbar?
Is Sony the Best Soundbar Brand?
What Do the Sony Soundbar Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Soundbars Received?
How Reliable Are Sony Soundbars?
Features to Look Out For On Sony Soundbars
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