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Sony HT-X8500 Soundbar Review 2021

If you find the very idea of a simplified 3D soundbar preposterous, you’re not alone. We all know that Dolby Atmos relies on height information to create a truly immersive soundstage, but like its more expensive HT-ZF9 predecessor, the new Sony HT-X8500 uses advanced DSP audio processing to compensate for the lack of dedicated up firing drivers.

Sure, it comes with some caveats, but the $299 (£350, AU$599) HT-X8500 was among the best soundbars on the planet in 2019 – and it still deserves a place there in 2021.