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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
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This sound bar system is perfect for me, but might not be for everybody. It's currently in a small/medium size room.

The components I have it connected to:
-Samsung LNT4042H 40-Inch LCD HDTV
-Mac Mini (2009 pre-unibody w/o HDMI)
-TECHNICS SL-1200MK2 Automatic Stereo Turntable
-DirecTV DVR HR21-700

Before this sound bar, I was using an old Technics receiver from the '90s with Infinity floor speakers that were 1'x1'x4' tall and a bulky center channel speaker. Everything was was giant, heavy with no support for digital input. Listening to music was amazing, but TV and movies sounded horrible. The center channel never worked properly with the audio being totally washed out, or the sound effects coming in twice as loud as everything else. There was no surround sound.

Now, not only do I have tons of extra space in my media center but the difference in sound is astonishing. I realize that this is not a top of the line sound bar, but for the price it's unbeatable. The DirecTV setup really shows the power of this unit. Full HD video and audio with virtual surround which is incredibly impressive. I constantly feel like there are speakers behind the couch. I'm not using the HDMI pass-through for the computer because my model of Mac Mini does not play nice (using the mini display port to HDMI adapter). I've plugged the Mac Mini into the receiver using an optical audio cable. The sound quality for movies and music is unreal. When I first tried setting up the turntable, sound only came out of the sound bar, not the sub woofer. Something was not right. Realizing that this unit is not setup for phono inputs, I had to go out and purchase the Bozak Madisson Phono Preamp Preamplifier, Turntable Amplifier Pre-Amp. It completely fixed the problem and now I can switch between Music and Movie modes with ease and the old records sound amazing.

I'd recommend this for anybody who wants a small but effective sound system with HDMI capabilities on a budget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2012
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First off, I'm a newbie when it comes to speakers and receivers so take this however you wish. But I've been hearing sounds from the day I was born and have come to develop quite an ear, mostly from playing piano and violin for years.

All I can say is that this system was exactly what I wanted - simple yet deep and with that surround sound quality. I didn't really know what to expect from buying a bar speaker but once I plugged it in and got it ready with my Samsung UN55D6000 55" inch LED-LCD TV, the sound coming off of it was absolutely amazing. You can hear the reverbs from everything from people to music, that nice rich quality that tells you that surround sound is here.

All in all, a great system that is not complex to setup for a newbie and a sound people will appreciate no matter what you are watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
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Pros:
- Easy set up
- Tons of inputs
- Fairly Priced
- Emulates surround sound very well
- Sound quality is sufficient for small-medium sized rooms

Cons:
- Glossy surface on sub-woofer scratches and blemishes easily
- Provided wiring feels cheap
- IR receiver is on front of sub-woofer

Summary:
I was looking for a good sound system to compliment the entertainment system in my room consisting of a:
- LG LK450 42"
- Cable box
- PS3
- XBOX 360
- PC

The speakers on the LG worked just fine, but the audiophile inside of me desired something more. Though 5.1 channel systems are a great, I currently own an old Bose 5.1 channel system in the main entertainment hall, setting them up can be tedious and honestly it would be overkill for my 12x12' sized room. A sound bar seemed like the perfect choice. Through much research via CNET reviews, amazon customer reviews, and product comparisons, I opted to choose the Sony HT-CT150. The main reason I bought this system compared to others was because of its array of inputs. My cable box, PS3, and XBOX 360 would be able to use the 3 HDMI inputs while my PC and PS3(movies) would use the optical inputs.

Set-up was a breeze. I bought some velcro at a nearby Lowes store and applied it to the underside of the speaker and the top of the tv. The speaker isn't very heavy so it was easy to lift up into position. The sub-woofer is decently sized but you MUST place it somewhere so that your remote can see the IR receiver. Those that want to hide their sub-woofer systems may shy away from this system unless they can come up with a clever way to do so. Connecting the wires is easy as well because they are properly labeled and colored; however, both the speaker wires and the optical cable that came in the box seem very cheap. There isn't much shielding if at all so for those of you that might be moving this system around a lot might want to consider getting better quality wires. Thankfully, there does not seem to be any interference once I tested the system out.

The speakers worked and I tested the system playing video games, watching some movies via netflix/youtube, and listening to music. After calibrating them to the specifications I liked, they all sounded great; however, to truly enjoy the power these speakers have to offer, you must test it with a device that supports DTS or Dolby Digital encoding. Once I popped in a blu-ray movie with DTS, I was blown away by the power of this system. The emulation of surround sound is done exceptionally well, it provided a good balance of highs mids and lows, and most of all, it shook up my room! I'm an avid fan of bringing down the house with powerful sound systems and this thing delivers! Keep in mind though that this set up was in a 12x12 sized room. This leads to a few don'ts:

- Don't expect anything more than spectacular in bigger sized rooms
- Don't expect the full experience of a 5.1 system
- Don't expect great sound out of the box, CALIBRATE IT TO YOUR ROOM!!! EVERY ROOM IS DIFFERENT!!!

Remember this and you should be able to determine if this sound system is right for you. Buy the product for what it's designed for and don't expect it to perform any better than that. Good job Sony!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
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Pro:
If you have a Sony Bravia like me, you will like system.
It has ample HMDI outlet, solid construction and good audio volume and range for medium room
Cons:
Sync with Sony Bravia was not simple and not obvious, it took me almost 30 minutes to get this simple task done. Instruction for Sync needs improvement. For example, there was no onscreen hints when successful Sync with Bravia TV.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
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I haven't yet set this up with an HDMI cable, the one I was setting up broke, but hooked up with what came in the box the sound is amazing. It's not real surround sound, it won't blow you away, but it produces excellent sound, awesome bass. My TV watching experience has completely changed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2011
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i was looking for some speakers for my new house/tv and came across the sound bar concept. I like this because i have had surround sound in the past and couldn't deal with all the wires/clutter. i hooked this up yesterday and love it. agree with others that this is optimized for the sony product line but it still works just fine with non-sony setup. i ran everything through new (inexpensive) high speed HDMI cables. fios box, roku etc. pandora through the roku box sounds amazing. one thing i wanted to point out is that it was critical for me to be able to run music from my computer/ipod etc through this system and doing this through the digital media port seemed to be an additional expense that was not ideal. it turns out you can get a red/white to headphone jack adapter from radio shack for under $10 that works perfectly.

overall i am very happy with this purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
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Using this sound bar with a 42" Panasonic plasma. The sound is very good, a huge improvement over the TV's built-in sound (which wasn't that bad to begin with). I'm particularly impressed with the deep bass. And the ample HDMI connections on the subwoofer are nice, as just one HDMI cable comes out of the subwoofer and goes to the ARC HDMI connector on the TV.

Generally, I don't hear too much of a difference between the various sound modes available (e.g. "movie", "sports", "drama", etc.). I guess I like "movie" mode and keep it on that for pretty much everything.

There are some settings that you'll want to make, adjusting levels, etc. I got mine from a reviewer on this site, and there are others on other sites, so you can just google "sony htct150 sound bar settings" and you'll get plenty of hits.

One minor thing, and I don't know if it's something I've not set properly ... but when I turn on my TV and then the sound bar, there's a distinct pause before I hear any sound. Don't know if the components need to get revved up and talk to each other before things click in ... not a big deal, but like I said a minor annoyance that I can live with. If someone reading this knows how to resolve this, feel free to reply to this review and let me know.

Some posters have complained that the subwoofer is not wireless, and that the cable between the bar and the subwoofer is "only" 10 feet or whatever. For me it's a non-issue. The bar has to be by the TV, obviously, and so does the subwoofer. The cable is pretty much hidden behind my entertainment ctr. that the TV rests on, so it's a non-factor. Perhaps if you've got a mounted TV and bare walls below it, you'd see the cable unless you figure out a way to hide or run it behind the wall. Not the worst problem you can have.

So in summation, I like this product a lot and would recommend it. I considered buying the HTCT350, but "new" models appeared to be unavailable via Amazon or Sony or whomever when I was ready to purchase, so I don't know if Sony took it off the market, or if there's some other reason new units are not available. The 350 appears to be bigger, slightly different sound delivery, and has some extra features like an AM/FM receiver and an iPod dock. But I do like my 150 a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2011
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Good looking, sounds very good,loud enough for large livingroom. I had to sent back sadly to say because subwoofer is wired, not wireless and wife does not want wires around. I would buy wireless version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
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I got this because my TV speakers rattled when any type of bass came through them. It was driving me nuts! I use it for DirectTV, Panasonic DVD and Sony Playstation 3. That being said, the sound quality for this product is very good but try not to be disappointed when your ears aren't tricked into thinking this is surround sound. Look at it as a good interpreter of 5.1 or 7.1. You definitely hear sounds you'd miss with your TV speakers but nothing bouncing off the walls behind you. Make sure you have somewhere to put the sub near the TV. Manual is a horrible read due to all the Sony BRAVIA sync cult instructions. Sorry Sony, I won't be attending the meetings. That goes for the ridiculous remote, as well. You may use 7 buttons out of the 80 unless you have all Sony stuff. (only a slight exaggeration)Also, would have liked to have seen some kind of onscreen settings. Overall, I am satisfied with my toy.

The Good:
Installed under ten minutes +
Sound Quality Good +
Works well at any level of volume +
Good looking +
Quality that is more affordable which is not usual for Sony +

The Bad:
Sub is not wireless and has to remain 6' from the bar -
No onscreen settings -
Poorly written Manual -

The Ugly:
None, it's quite handsome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
I have tried them all, started with a $100 vizio sound bar and it was bad and sounded tinny, then went with a sharp sound bar because I have a 60 inch sharp led tv and that was even worse at $200 and sounded like a tube. finally I talked to a Audio visual Guy at my work and he said sony home theaters are the best bang for the buck outside of buying $600 bose system. this sound bar worked great and sounds awesome for the money! you wont be disappointed. Dont judge the bar by tv cable alone, hook it up to a blueray player and it comes alive 10 fold!
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