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Sony HTCT100 Sound Bar with Subwoofer - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 250 Watts (RMS) (50W x 3 + subwoofer 100W)
  • 1080p HDMI Active Intelligence - (3 in/1 out)
  • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
  • S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound
  • HDMI repeater
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Color NameBlack
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers50 watts

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 35.1 x 22.4 x 10.6 inches ; 33.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 33.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0015HS1HQ
  • Item model number: HTCT100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,003 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Product Description

This amazing system brings simplicity and performance together by pairing a center speaker and subwoofer to create a surround sound experience in a compact package. Bring your movies to life with the HT-CT100. With three HDMI inputs on tap, this system is tailor made for movie buffs, music lovers, and gamers looking for an easy, quick and great sounding solution for their next gen gaming system. It can playback LPCM from the HDMI connection, plus you can listen to your favorite music from the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT that works with various accessories (sold separately). The HT-CT100 can also control a select number of BRAVIA televisions with BRAVIA Sync via the HDMI interface. With "One Touch Play," operations that took several steps have been reduced to one.

From the Manufacturer

This amazing system brings simplicity and performance together by pairing a center speaker and subwoofer to create a surround sound experience in a compact package. Bring your movies to life with the HT-CT100.

With three HDMI inputs on tap, this system is tailor made for movie buffs, music lovers, and gamers looking for an easy, quick and great sounding solution for their next gen gaming system. It can playback LPCM from the HDMI connection, plus you can listen to your favorite music from the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT that works with various accessories (sold separately). The HT-CT100 can also control a select number of BRAVIA televisions with BRAVIA Sync via the HDMI interface. With "One Touch Play," operations that took several steps have been reduced to one.

The Sony HT-CT100 Center Speaker and Subwoofer
The Sony HT-CT100 center speaker and subwoofer bring your movies to life
HDMI Active Intelligence (3in/1out)

The HT-CT100 can detect and receive the best possible video and audio signals from all connected devices–making connection and performance as simple as plugging in a single wire. Sony's HDMI Active Intelligence, transmits both audio and video signals through one HDMI cable.

S-Force Surround for Immersive Audio

By using a powerful 100% digital Sony S-Master amplifier and DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology, realistic surround sound can be generated from just two front speakers. Unlike other "virtual surround" technologies, rear sound is generated from the front two speakers using sophisticated digital sound processing and does not need to be bounced off of side walls. No matter what the size or shape of the room or what's on the wall, it's possible to hear sounds from behind you without needing to place speakers behind you.

LPCM Playback

LPCM is a method of encoding audio information digitally which can have up to 8 channels of uncompressed audio. This wider bandwidth allows for high resolution audio which is closer to the original.

BRAVIA Sync

As a leader in products with HDMI connectivity, Sony has created BRAVIA Sync to go beyond simple audio and video transmission. When combined with a select number of BRAVIA televisions and other Sony audio and video products, control functions will be transmitted via the HDMI cable. With "One Touch Play," operations that took several steps have been reduced to one. Press the PLAY button on the remote, then watch the audio and/or the video component(s) turn on along with the BRAVIA television and automatically switch to the correct video input.

Portable Audio Enhancer

A powerful Digital Signal Processor expands the quality of sound from any connected device, so your digital music library will sound crisper and closer to the original recording.

DIGITAL MEDIA PORT

Sony's DIGITAL MEDIA PORT (DMP) interface is a proprietary interface that adds networking and connectivity options to your home theater system. Just connect optional accessories (sold separately) which provide the ability to control and power devices while making set up easy and operation simple to use. The DMP will be compatible with various accessories which will include a PC Client ready device, Bluetooth adapter and Audio Docking stations compatible with select Network Walkman and iPod products. Regardless of where you store your music.

Technical Specifications

  • LCD Screen: 5x7 dot Seg. FL
  • 24p True Cinema Technology: Yes, 1080/24p capable
  • x.v.Color: yes
  • Audio Power Output: 50Wx3 +100 = 250W
  • S-Master Amplifier: Yes
  • Sound Fields: 3 Movie Modes
  • Speaker Dimensions (WxHxD): Main Speaker: 31.5" x 2.7" x 2.6"; Subwoofer:6.3" x 19.7" x 14.2"
  • Speaker Unit: CENTER: Bass Reflex, Magetically Shielded
  • Subwoofer: Bass Reflex, Magnectically Shielded
  • Analog Audio Input(s): 1
  • Coaxial Audio Digital Input(s): 1
  • Digital Media Port (Input): 1
  • HDMI Connection Input(s): 3
  • HDMI Connection Output(s): 1
  • Optical Audio Input(s): 3

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The treble and bass (Highs and lows) are well rounded and can sound very good if you set it up right.
B. Adams
I didn't want wires everywhere for surround speakers, and this system does a great job emulating a surround sound system.
Wendy Rush
I've started watching movies I haven't viewed for a while just to enjoy the great sound of this unit!
E. O. Bowser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

494 of 503 people found the following review helpful By lindguini on May 8, 2008
I tried several 2.1 speaker systems to enhance the sound from our LCD HDTV. The 2.1 speaker systems used the RCA audio output from the TV but I was never satisfied with the quality of the sound, even from the Bose Companion system. I think part of the problem is with the low-level output of the TV's RCA audio connection and for this reason I decided to look for a speaker system that could take advantage of my HDTV's digital optical audio output connection. I also didn't want to have a five-speaker system all around the room and so I focused my search on soundbar-type systems. The Sony HT-CT100, just recently introduced, fit the bill perfectly and comes at a price much lower than the Yamaha and Philips soundbar systems with optical inputs.

The Sony HT-CT100 produces great sound. The speaker bar is very low profile and takes up very little space whether you sit it in front of the TV or hang it on the wall. The subwoofer is large (about the size of a desktop PC) and sits on the floor. The subwoofer has a nice display along the top edge of the box to tell you the various system settings. Best of all, the 200 watt amplifier (built-in to the subwoofer) has multiple HDMI and optical audio inputs and acts as the control center for a complete home theater/sound system. This was an unexpected bonus -no need for a separate home theater receiver. Just plug your satellite system, DVD player(s), game consoles, etc. right into the HT-CT100 and control everything from the remote. It's an elegant solution and I haven't seen anything else quite like it. Since the system takes in digital video/audio directly, you get to enjoy full Dolby Digital surround sound. The system can belt out remarkable volume levels and rich, deep bass.
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174 of 176 people found the following review helpful By M. Winterroth on July 2, 2008
For my needs, this pseudo surround sound solution is perfect. I did not want to run wires all over my house, or feed them through the walls or floor, etc. Nor did I want some flaky wireless rear speaker 5.1 solution.

I wanted something simple, elegant, with as few wires as possible. I have the Samsung LN52A550 television, and wanted something to complement it well. I looked at the Samsung HT-X810 2.1 soundbar with the integrated upscaling DVD player for compatibility sake, but it was too large and way to expensive ($600 and no blu-ray?!).

The Sony CT-100 works great so far. The small, unassuming speaker fits perfectly under my LCD panel and it complements it well. The subwoofer reminds me of a PC tower, but I love the fact that it includes three (3) HDMI inputs. I routed my HD cable box and an upscaling Sony DVD player into it.

At first, I found some of the vocal dialogue sound from 5.1 sources a bit muted, but I tweaked the system to my liking (+4 center speaker; -3 subwoofer; Movie soundfield), and this seems to fix the problem right up.

All in all, this won't replace a true 5.1 system, but the right and left simulated surround sound works surprisingly well. Then again, I have a family room on the average to small side, and this system might work better in these types of environments.

All in all, this is exactly the system I was looking for - it's simple, sounds good, and looks good.

***** UPDATE: July 29, 2008 *****

I still enjoy the system, and think it was worth the $299, but I have found that to really enjoy the system, you must be directly in front of the speaker. If you are off the the side, it sometimes gets a bit hard to hear dialogue. In fact, I still think the dialogue gets a bit muted through these speakers. If there is any ambient noise aruond you (e.g. a fan, a/c unit, etc.) it can really affect the sound output quality.

Just my 2 cents, but I would rank this 3.5 stars.
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238 of 252 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Degroot on November 20, 2008
Summary: Good value for the price and a big improvement over TV speakers, but surround effect is weak and there are some limitations in connectivity, subwoofer placement, remote control and audio settings.

I wanted something that would provide improved TV and DVD sound as well as streamed iTunes music without investing a lot of money. This system fills those requirements very well. The sound has a satisfying richness and depth, although the "surround" effect is weak. More like being surrounded on 3 sides, which is pretty much the norm for systems without real rear speakers. To their credit, Sony did not try to mask this limitation by adding reverb effects at ridiculous levels like some systems I've heard.

I'm happy with my choice, but if you are contemplating buying this system you should be aware of some of its limitations:

Connectivity-
There are 4 A/V inputs. Three can be connected via either HDMI (video & audio) or digital optical cable (audio). The SAT input also has a Coax jack. The TV audio can be connected via either RCA jacks or digital optical cable. The ports are labeled TV, BD, DVD and SAT, but any of them can be used for anything. Which is a good thing, because I need RCA jacks for the iTunes music input from my Airport Express so I use the TV input for this and the SAT input for the TV.

An additional limitation for audio is that the HDMI audio passed to the TV is inactive if the connected DVD or other device is set to output Dolby 5.1 or DTS audio. Unless you forego Dolby sound you don't have the option of just using the TV speakers for playing DVDs. You also have to turn on and set the Sony system to get DVD sound. This is not a problem for me, but is for less technophyllic members of the household.
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