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Many great features, one "killer" flaw,
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This review is from: Sony HT-CT660 46-Inch Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (Electronics)
Bought this because the HT-CT260 got rave reviews (see CNET and PC Mag) and I liked that one in the stores. This model is an upgrade/newer version of it and larger so it fits a 46" TV. Be warned that it may block your tv's remote sensor and, while it offers IR pass through, it will only do that if your TV's sensor is towards the middle of your set. I just moved my bar a few inches over. Can mount on the wall if you want but you would need 90 degree cable adapters if using HDMI. Very easy to set up, sound is very solid with multiple fields to choose from 8). Strangely, the remote only has buttons for six of them but you can also switch up/down the field menu with the remote to access the rest (remote is probably designed for the 260 - why, Sony?) Sounds best at loud volume, variable results at lower volumes, stereo and sound separation is also variable but generally pretty good considering this is not true surround. Has onboard EQ which helped because, at default, the bar lacks treble responsiveness. I like how you can adjust vocals to be louder or softer and this bar responds very well to that. I do wish that you could create separate EQ settings for each sound field as each one has its peculiarities that could use some minor tweaking. My favorite feature is the bluetooth and how easy it is to play anything off your smartphone - and it seems to have a good distance range. This bar has both HDMI (3) inputs and an optical input. I tried comparing the two and did not notice any tangible difference, though consumer forums tend to suggest using the HDMI for better sound (not sure why, the sound bar has its own processing). You can form your own opinions about this but at least this bar offers options to have it your way. Price is good for what it does. I wouldn't say the sound fills the room but it does add significant depth to the experience.
Now the negatives. While it sounds very good, don't expect it to equate to a 5.1 surround system, which you can get for the same price at entry-level quality. This is of good quality but not an audiophile's dream. This unit was working great for 3 weeks and then suddenly started to not turn on unless unplugged for a considerable amount of time - was not overheating or suffering from humidity. Sony tech support not only could not figure it out but misquoted the warranty saying I might have to pay for labor to repair it (warranty is for parts and labor for 1 year, replacement with new or refurbished parts/model at their discretion). Turned out, I believe, to be a fault with the auto system standby/power down feature so I disabled it and it seems to work ok for now. This left a bad taste in my mouth and, after some reading, found my bar is not the only one to suffer problems so soon.
While this isn't my favorite purchase, I will at least say it is probably the better sound bar out there for the price. I hope yours doesn't die like mine did - and I hope it won't need repairs. I tend to find Sony to make very good products technically but mixed in reliability and higher-priced than other brands in general. For the same price, I could have obtained a surround system with a receiver but that wasn't what I wanted due to the clutter and wires involved. Keeping it unless it dies again.
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2013 3:05:04 AM PDT
Posted on Oct 26, 2013 1:28:23 PM PDT
Thank you for your review. Never dawned on me my TV IR remote reception might be compromised. It is compromised if ANYTHING is its direct path.
I measured the bar's height versus my Panasonic 50" Plasma IR receiver height and it definitely would be compromised.
Posted on Dec 29, 2013 5:44:53 AM PST
D. Servetah says:
Have you had any issues with it dying since this original post?
Posted on Feb 6, 2014 8:01:29 AM PST
D Chandler says:
Very informative and wish I would have read it BEFORE purchasing it yesterday at Best Buy. Thanks to you at least I will have a clue to the cause of the problem should I experience it. Other than that, I am happy with its performance so far.Sony HT-CT660 46-Inch Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Posted on Feb 8, 2014 7:09:07 AM PST
The 90 degree adaptors don't work. They don't come out far enough to plug in the HDMI cable from the top. 270 degree adaptors don't work either because then you have to have the cable come in from the bottom which you can then see the cable below the sound bar. A 90 degree cable might work, but then I would have run all new cabling through my wall/attic. Oh well. I got it mounted anyway.
Posted on Feb 16, 2014 4:27:30 PM PST
No problem with my 55" Samsung 6003. Remote sensor is at the lower right of the television - past where the sound bar ends.
Posted on Feb 21, 2014 1:54:21 PM PST
courtney WADE says:
I have this soundbar too. Good review ... The know issue I have is with the blue tooth and my ipad... The connection is awful and I mean even when I'm in the same room and have the ipad connected via Bluetooth the signal is in and out ...but it works perfect w the iPhone and laptop devices ...anyone else having this problem with the iPad ??
Posted on Mar 5, 2014 12:22:11 PM PST
Sultan A. says:
Hi. Do you think the sound is powerful enough to resonate across vast areas of space? It's because my family has a large sized living room that is directly connect to hallway, door entrance and dining room, so I'm a little worried about the surround sound. Thanks for any input.
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