Sony HTCT100 Sound Bar with Subwoofer - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
|Speaker Type||Subwoofer, Soundbar|
|Item Weight||16 Pounds|
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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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|Connectivity Technology||HDMI||Bluetooth, HDMI||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI||Bluetooth, HDMI||HDMI|
|Item Dimensions||35.1 x 22.5 x 10.7 inches||41.02 x 20.35 x 9.8 inches||44.5 x 23.7 x 9.5 inches||38 x 19.1 x 9.5 inches||6.75 x 37.25 x 6.25 inches|
|Item Weight||16.00 lbs||22.50 lbs||23.81 lbs||7.45 lbs||1.00 lbs|
|Speaker Type||Subwoofer, Soundbar||Soundbar||Soundbar||Subwoofer, Soundbar||Subwoofer, Soundbar|
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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
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I am no audiophile so to me, it sounds great. My living room is 3 sided with one side being open to the rest of the house. Its not huge. I have it one of the end walls with the center bar under the tv about 3-4 feet high mounted to the wall. The larger speaker is on the left hand side on the floor. I control it with a universal remote.
As far as surround sound, obviously its not going to be the same as actual speakers but it does a decent job. Sometimes, on some movies, it does a great job and it feels like some sound is coming behind me. My dog sometimes runs to our door when someone on the tv knocks on a door because it actually sounds like its coming from somewhere else.
There are newer models out that cost a bit more and have different features but I still think this is great. If i ever upgrade, I am keeping it for another part of the house.
With that out of the way, I must be truthful about this item. It is an adequate tv speaker replacement, but not something I would recommend to someone wanting "surround sound". Amazon's own description states that it "recreates a surround sound experience all by itself". This is factually incorrect. Below I will break down the pro's and con's and give you my overall thoughts on the product.
Minimum wires (the main reason I wanted a soundbar over a surround sound with rear speakers was to avoid having to run speaker wire around the room, under carpet, or through the walls/attic).
Installation was a breeze - it takes longer to get this thing out of the box than it does to install it and have it working!
Is better than the tv speakers (I am running a 46" Sony XBR9).
Perfect bass for my taste (not overpowering, but just enough to let you know its there)
Definitely doesn't recreate a true surround experience. A friend of mine has a cheap generic brand 5 speaker surround setup that is mounted around his ceiling that provides a more pleasurable viewing/hearing experience.
Volume level does not go quite as high as I had hoped. While watching
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" on Blu-Ray (going through a PS3), I caught myself rewinding several times to try to hear what was being said when they were speaking low (this was with the volume at max/50 at times). With this said I haven't had a problem with the volume level while watching music concerts on DirecTV so I feel this is isolated to movies.
Not made for a big or open room (this is likely something you already know if you are reading up on soundbars). I have this in a 12'x20' room and I have to ensure that both doors that access this room are closed off while viewing a movie or the sound escapes/gets lost.
Despite playing around with the different sound field settings and trying to tune this thing to my taste I still am a little dissapointed and underwhelmed with its performance. I thought about sending it back and ordering the HTCT500 system that promises twice the power but the slot where I want my soundbar is not wide enough for the 500. I have decided to keep this----for now, but it will likely be moved to a bedroom before long and replaced with a true surround setup in my living room relatively soon.
The one limitation of this unit IMHO is that you can't feed video via hdmi and audio via optical at the same time; plugging in an hdmi source disables all of the other inputs for that same source. The only video inputs on this unit are hdmi, so you can't hook a Nintendo Wii to this system for example; of course you can always hook non-hdmi sources directly to your tv, but then you probably won't get surround sound to the soundbar. For those who have all hdmi 1.3 sources (video and audio together) this is a good solution; for others you might need to look at the CT500, which I think has a much more complete set of inputs.