Sony HTST5000 – Best Sound I have ever experienced in my home

A lot of money for a system which fails to impress when listening to atmos encoded sound.

This is an amazing piece of equipment, i’ve just put this up today and it’s absolutely amazing the sound quality is excellent everything about this is superb.

After purchasing the new sony soundbar the first thing i noticed was a) the weight of the thing and the sub and b) the build quality. I wont lie, i am a huge sony fan and this unit does not disappoint. After unpacking and setting up which basically involves 3 hdmi into unit, 1 hdmi into hdmi4(arc) in tv and plug in the soundbar and sub to power supply. Then went into set up guide. Here it asks you to tell it where you will be sitting in the room, so measurement away from unit and then the distance between sound bar and ceiling so it can calibrate sound effect for the atmos. Unit was tested on volume 30/50(as loud as my room would allow without shaking) watching underworld blood wars 4k uhd. I was playing the disc via the sony ubx-h800 and a sony kd65xd8599. The sound is so big, so big infact my first thoughts were the 65′ tv did not do it justice anymore. The sub is also the best thing i have ever heard, because there are2 speakers in the sub 1 forward facing the other floor facing you retain detail in the bass but also feel it.

This is magnificent soundbar – i thought i had died and gone to audio heaven. I have never heard audio quality like this – seriously impressive sonics. First of all, this is a beast of a soundbar (and subwoofer) that comes in a curiously shaped box – l shaped. When the delivery driver dropped this off and passed it to me he told me to be careful – it is seriously heavy. The soundbar is quite ugly (it looks much better with the magnetic grille in place), the wireless subwoofer is more aesthetically pleasing but boy, does this combo have some serious output whilst maintaining the acutest clarity in voice, instrument, and sound effects. It is easy to set up – i hooked it up to my sony tv and sony bluray with pass-through hdmi arc cables and then i watched some bluray – first off the bbc’s recent adaptation of war and peace – astonishing. And then some amazon video, outlander season 3 and peaky blinders season 3 – the actors may as well have been performing in my living room. I then fiddled with the settings and downloaded the latest update via wifi and paired it with my ipad and played some of my favourite itunes tracks and wow – the musicality out of this is wondrously sumptuous; come together by the beatles, another one bites the dust by queen, and free fallin’ by tom petty and the heartbreakers – ringo, john deacon and tom petty may as well have been playing right in front of me. My wife thinks it is brilliant too – studio quality sound she stated and she is not into tech; and i suffer a lot from waf (wife acceptance factor)) – she has instructed me to go and find a suitable new av stand to accommodate this behemoth. 5 stars and then some – if i had to quibble, well it costs a tonne of money and the remote control is not dissimilar to the one that came with my sony bluray player (ubp-x800) but wow, and wow again.

Crystal clear, immersive sound. Clearly the 1-star review here is trolling or a disgruntled customer who has not heard this system or even bothered to use it.

The dolby atmos and dts x reproduction is truely ammazing, it has to be heard to believe.

  • Software is full of bugs
  • Good quality but can’t justify the cost
  • Unbelievable sound, unbelievable bass.

 ============= reason for buying =============i had the yamaha ysp-5100 for a long time and wanted a new soundbar with a dedicated sub for my replacement, after shopping around i settled on the sony st5000the yamaha was quite a tall soundbar having a heaight of around 6+ inches and that was also something i wanted to change, i wanted something smaller that delivered a punch============= contents and packaging =============i have never seen such a uniqely shaped box, it’s an l-shaped box that houses the woofer and the bar perfectlythe soundbarthe suboptical cableall power cablesa (pathetic) remote (and batteries)============= in a nutshell – good and bad =============good – excellent bass, good intergration with spotify, chromecase, bt etc. Dolby atmosbad – really pathetic remote considering some of you will pay upwards of 1000 for this. ============= setup =============setup is really a doddle. I managed to connet most devices via the wide array of connectivity options without reading the manual (woohoo)you can calibrate the height of your ceilings and wall distances in seconds, and then you can literally start enjoying. The sound on this bar is legendary, i used to watch my old yamaha on volume 30-40 and then lower to 20 after midnight, however this one is very loud at 15. It’s really punchy and watching a bluray really shows off the bars ability, especially something with a lot of bass============= outputs =============hdmi output3 hdcp comp. Inputs that support 4k and hd passthoroughoptical3. 5mm jackusb (not tried this yet)ethernet============= streaming =============spotify connectgoogle chromecastbluetooth============= conclusion =============it’s not cheap, but the build and sound quality make this an amazing option in my opinion, and i would recommend spending more than your budget if possible and pushing your pursestrings to accomodate this beast.

I ended up returning this soundbar after a month of trying to get support from sony. There are multiple bugs with the software. Main issue is the lack of info it provides on external devices connected to it, sometimes the audio displays on the front of the soundbar, sometimes it does not. If you set the soundbar to hdmi ‘extended’ which you should do if you have a 4k tv, things get worse, you can’t see audio info from external devices, you cant change audio delay if there is any. Sony refused to admit these were bugs. Firmware hasn’t been updated for a year and its looking unlikely it will be, even though its their flagship most expensive soundbar. There are also plenty of arc issues dealing with lg oled b7 tv, had to use some crazy workarounds to get the sound from the tv to the soundbar and then be able to switch to different inputs. Sound quality is generally good but you never know if you are getting dolby atmos or not. Sony’s suggestion was to listen to the top speakers to tell.With the refund i got marantz nr-1609 and kef ls50 speakers, much better option.

I really didnt know what to make of this product when it arrived from vine. I had no idea how big it was going to be or what it was actually meant to do. It took two people to carry it through to our lounge – the box is really big and heavy. Once i opened the box everything became clear.This is a sound bar that sits underneath your tv and a sub woofer that sits on the floor nearby (the sub woofer only needs a power connection and is not connected by wires to the sound bar). There is also a remote control, instruction booklet, bar grid (which clips onto the front of the bar for protection), a wall-mount guide (which we did not use as our tv is not wall mounted) and an optical cable (which you will need if your tv’s hdmi connection is not arc compatible (i didn’t know what arc compatible meant so googled it – we didnt need it for our tv and ours is a 10 year old aquos)the instructions are really clear and easy to follow – we used the quick start up guide rather than the detailed booklet. You need a hdmi cable to connect the sound bar to your tv – this is not supplied. You might also need to use the optical cable at this point (see previous comment on arc) – we didnt. We plugged the sound bar and the sub woofer into the power and then plugged in our devices (sky q box, wiiu and playstation 3) into the sound bar. It has 3 hdmi ports for devices and a usb port – it can also connect to devices by bluetooth (e.

Sony soundbar this is a brilliant soundbar. From the moment of opening the box and unpackaging the device (which i would suggest takes two people as the device is extremely heavy) you can see this device is quality. All metal construction with weight that suggests this is a very well built piece of equipment – made to be sturdy and no shortcuts have been taken in producing this device. The quality is there that you would expect from sonythis is a large device, just about fits below a 49” tv, heavy so if you intend to place on a stand ensure it is stable enough, please be advised when at reasonable volume this device generates movement so i would suggest it is on a large stand or mounted to a wall(fixing instructions included with a guide in box). Main soundbar can be used with or without front grill looks aesthetically pleasing with either option. Screen on soundbar to display mode and output. Subwoofer is large, also heavy with a power light to indicate it being powered on or status. Both soundbar and subwoofer are separate from each other and no need for unsightly cables connecting one to the other, also allows you to place each device apart from each other. Set up is relatively easy, full instructions included, personally for the cost of this device i think it is neglectful that sony have not included hdmi cables to connect to your tv or external devices, what’s a £20 cable to sony when your spending upwards of £1500, i know allot of people prefer to use their own but i think its unneeded cost saving on sony’s part. I would question the positioning of the hdmi ports on this device mainly the main output to your tv, this is behind an input hdmi port and extremely fiddly to connect – yes i understand that this is to ensure that cables are connected cleanly if situated on the wall however i think sony could have better designed this side of things.

The subwoofer is large with two massive speakers (one facing down), and the bass it can kick out is hugely impressive. It’s connected wirelessly to the main sound bar, and i’ve never had any issues with it disconnecting. It’s always just worked every time i’ve switched the soundbar on. The subwoofer has it’s own plug, as does the soundbar, so you’ll need two free power sockets. You can turn the subwoofer volume up to 12, although for normal tv level 2 or 3 is fine. The main ‘bar’ is quite large, and longer than a 49inch tv. The front metal grill can be removed, and is attached with magnets. The system gets hotter than i would have expected, but not excessively so. Once you’ve got your tv and soundbar connected using an hdmi cable, using the arc sockets (on both the soundbar and tv) then everything simply works.

Features of Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

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  • Ultimate sound: immerse yourself into 3D sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless music listening: Access to over 100 music streaming apps with Chromecast Built-in and Spotify connect, and playback throughout your home with Wireless Multi-room
  • Picture perfect sound: Designed to fit latest 4K TV standards thanks to 4K HDR pass-through

From the manufacturer

HT-ST5000 HT-NT5 HT-CT800 HT-CT390 HT-CT290/1 HT-CT80
Channels 7.1 2ch Channels 2.1ch amplifier 2.1ch channels 2.1ch amplifier 2.1ch Channels 2.1ch amplifier
Power Output 800W 400W 350W 300W 300W 80W
Sub-Woofer Type Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wired Sub-Woofer
Speaker Type Magnetic Fluid Speaker 3-way speaker / Sigma SW Full-range speaker with sound deflector Full-range speaker Full-range speaker 2-way speaker system
S-Force Pro Surround Yes Yes Yes S-Force Front Surround Yes No
High Resolution Audio Yes Yes No No Yes No
Wireless Multi-room Yes Yes Yes No No No
Chromecast Built-in and Spotify Yes Yes Yes No No No
4K HDR Pass-through Yes Yes Yes No No No
SongPal / BT / NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes No/Yes/No No/Yes/Yes

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After spending few days with the speaker, i come to a sad realisation is that sound quality of this speaker is not much different from my current 5 year old soundbar. The sound is good, clear and can be very loud, however it cannot justify the price tag considering this speaker definitely needs rear speakers.

Ultimate sound: immerse yourself into 3D sound with Dolby Atmos

Wireless music listening: Access to over 100 music streaming apps with Chromecast Built-in and Spotify connect, and playback throughout your home with Wireless Multi-room

Picture perfect sound: Designed to fit latest 4K TV standards thanks to 4K HDR pass-through

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Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through - Black
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  1. This review is from : Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

    I ended up returning this soundbar after a month of trying to get support from sony. There are multiple bugs with the software. Main issue is the lack of info it provides on external devices connected to it, sometimes the audio displays on the front of the soundbar, sometimes it does not. If you set the soundbar to hdmi “extended” which you should do if you have a 4k tv, things get worse, you can’t see audio info from external devices, you cant change audio delay if there is any. Sony refused to admit these were bugs. Firmware hasn’t been updated for a year and its looking unlikely it will be, even though its their flagship most expensive soundbar. There are also plenty of arc issues dealing with lg oled b7 tv, had to use some crazy workarounds to get the sound from the tv to the soundbar and then be able to switch to different inputs. Sound quality is generally good but you never know if you are getting dolby atmos or not. Sony’s suggestion was to listen to the top speakers to tell.With the refund i got marantz nr-1609 and kef ls50 speakers, much better option.
    • I ended up returning this soundbar after a month of trying to get support from sony. There are multiple bugs with the software. Main issue is the lack of info it provides on external devices connected to it, sometimes the audio displays on the front of the soundbar, sometimes it does not. If you set the soundbar to hdmi “extended” which you should do if you have a 4k tv, things get worse, you can’t see audio info from external devices, you cant change audio delay if there is any. Sony refused to admit these were bugs. Firmware hasn’t been updated for a year and its looking unlikely it will be, even though its their flagship most expensive soundbar. There are also plenty of arc issues dealing with lg oled b7 tv, had to use some crazy workarounds to get the sound from the tv to the soundbar and then be able to switch to different inputs. Sound quality is generally good but you never know if you are getting dolby atmos or not. Sony’s suggestion was to listen to the top speakers to tell.With the refund i got marantz nr-1609 and kef ls50 speakers, much better option.
  2. 2.0 out of 5 stars Good when working ... failed after 7 months, Sony repair centre unable to fix after a having it for a month. on said:

    This review is from : Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

    I’ve own this soundbar for nearly 7 months to the day. It has now stopped working and displays “please wait” or “standby” for minutes at a time. The arc pass through fails to work and it no longer responds to remote control or manual on the bar key presses. The user interface fails to load on the tv screen. Very disappointing for such a premium and costly item to have failed in this manner. Power cycling the sound bar and the whole entertainment setup failed to resolve any of the above issues. Amazon and sony’s returns and warranty process look to be very defensive regarding this product, no simple “it’s broken, send me a new one, option is available, the repair option looks to being pushed. Update: 26/09/2018so the sound bar has been with the sony repair centre for over a month now. The initial suspected fault proved not to be the case and the repair centre’s troubleshooting with sony has not yielded any results. Obviously if the hardware fails, it appears to do so in a catastrophic and very problematic manner.
  3. This review is from : Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

    I’ve own this soundbar for nearly 7 months to the day. It has now stopped working and displays “please wait” or “standby” for minutes at a time. The arc pass through fails to work and it no longer responds to remote control or manual on the bar key presses. The user interface fails to load on the tv screen. Very disappointing for such a premium and costly item to have failed in this manner. Power cycling the sound bar and the whole entertainment setup failed to resolve any of the above issues. Amazon and sony’s returns and warranty process look to be very defensive regarding this product, no simple “it’s broken, send me a new one, option is available, the repair option looks to being pushed. Update: 26/09/2018so the sound bar has been with the sony repair centre for over a month now. The initial suspected fault proved not to be the case and the repair centre’s troubleshooting with sony has not yielded any results. Obviously if the hardware fails, it appears to do so in a catastrophic and very problematic manner.
  4. This review is from : Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

    Great sounding soundbar, although the atmos speakers seem to only work well in a smaller room. Once i got it setup, it worked very well as the hub of my system. Unfortunately, within 3 months i started getting startup issues, then eventually it wouldn’t start at all so i returned it for a refund. I thought i would check other websites for st5000 problems – and there are lots of them. All with the same issue i had. Seems there is a major fault with this and other high end sony soundbars, that is still not resolved. Just don’t lose the receipt.
  5. This review is from : Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

    Great sounding soundbar, although the atmos speakers seem to only work well in a smaller room. Once i got it setup, it worked very well as the hub of my system. Unfortunately, within 3 months i started getting startup issues, then eventually it wouldn’t start at all so i returned it for a refund. I thought i would check other websites for st5000 problems – and there are lots of them. All with the same issue i had. Seems there is a major fault with this and other high end sony soundbars, that is still not resolved. Just don’t lose the receipt.
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars For everything - such as gaming, TV, movies, etc, it's great. Quite brilliant in fact. on said:
      The subwoofer is large with two massive speakers (one facing down), and the bass it can kick out is hugely impressive. It’s connected wirelessly to the main sound bar, and i’ve never had any issues with it disconnecting. It’s always just worked every time i’ve switched the soundbar on. The subwoofer has it’s own plug, as does the soundbar, so you’ll need two free power sockets. You can turn the subwoofer volume up to 12, although for normal tv level 2 or 3 is fine. The main “bar” is quite large, and longer than a 49inch tv. The front metal grill can be removed, and is attached with magnets. The system gets hotter than i would have expected, but not excessively so. Once you’ve got your tv and soundbar connected using an hdmi cable, using the arc sockets (on both the soundbar and tv) then everything simply works.
      • The subwoofer is large with two massive speakers (one facing down), and the bass it can kick out is hugely impressive. It’s connected wirelessly to the main sound bar, and i’ve never had any issues with it disconnecting. It’s always just worked every time i’ve switched the soundbar on. The subwoofer has it’s own plug, as does the soundbar, so you’ll need two free power sockets. You can turn the subwoofer volume up to 12, although for normal tv level 2 or 3 is fine. The main “bar” is quite large, and longer than a 49inch tv. The front metal grill can be removed, and is attached with magnets. The system gets hotter than i would have expected, but not excessively so. Once you’ve got your tv and soundbar connected using an hdmi cable, using the arc sockets (on both the soundbar and tv) then everything simply works.
  6. I’ve had this sound bar for nine months. I’m impressed with the superb sound with crystal clear clarity of music playback from movies. 2 (star wars: the force awakens) the sound is superb and intense such that it really compliments a large oled display which gives you great picture and sound combination. I rarely visit the cinema with this setupvoices are generally clear but sometimes you need to boost this by +1 or +2 in the case of blade runner 2049 for example. Having this voice boost option is indeed a nice feature. I tended to use movie mode, which l felt gave best overall punch. The sub-woofer is good enough (if a little tubby) and will provide room shaking bass. The crossover is such that you need to keep the unit to the left of the soundbar; it shouldn’t be placed at the corner or the rear of your room. The atmos speakers are so so. Although they point up to the ceiling at an angle i’m not convinced of the effect and work is needed by sony to make this more reflective. Put it this way it’s not going to compete with a full separate setup but you’re buying this for ease of setup and clutter reduction. The sound bar overlays it’s own display informing of the audio settings but be warned this won’t work if you enable hdmi enhanced, which turns on 4k 60fps hdr support; a hardware flaw yet to be fixed via firmware updates that shouldn’t exist on such an expensive sound bar.
    • I’ve had this sound bar for nine months. I’m impressed with the superb sound with crystal clear clarity of music playback from movies. 2 (star wars: the force awakens) the sound is superb and intense such that it really compliments a large oled display which gives you great picture and sound combination. I rarely visit the cinema with this setupvoices are generally clear but sometimes you need to boost this by +1 or +2 in the case of blade runner 2049 for example. Having this voice boost option is indeed a nice feature. I tended to use movie mode, which l felt gave best overall punch. The sub-woofer is good enough (if a little tubby) and will provide room shaking bass. The crossover is such that you need to keep the unit to the left of the soundbar; it shouldn’t be placed at the corner or the rear of your room. The atmos speakers are so so. Although they point up to the ceiling at an angle i’m not convinced of the effect and work is needed by sony to make this more reflective. Put it this way it’s not going to compete with a full separate setup but you’re buying this for ease of setup and clutter reduction. The sound bar overlays it’s own display informing of the audio settings but be warned this won’t work if you enable hdmi enhanced, which turns on 4k 60fps hdr support; a hardware flaw yet to be fixed via firmware updates that shouldn’t exist on such an expensive sound bar.

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