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Sony HTCT260H Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
- Length & Power Output: 39.8-inches 300 W (2.1 Channels; 85W x 2 + 130W) - Ideal for 40-Inch and larger TVs
- Subwoofer: 130W - Wireless
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and NFC
- Wall Mountable: Yes; Remote Included: Yes
- Inputs: 1 HDMI input and 1 output (TV) plus analog audio & digital optical inputs
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Bring incredible sound and heart pounding bass to your living room. This sound bar's wireless subwoofer makes setup a breeze while built-in Bluetooth delivers easy access to your music. With a Digital Optical cable (included) it easily connects to your HDTV, and its unique design delivers an optimal sound experience no matter where it's placed.
From the Manufacturer
Bring incredible sound and heart pounding bass to your living room. Its wireless subwoofer makes setup a breeze while built-in Bluetooth delivers easy access to your music. With an HDMI cable (sold separately) or Digital Optical cable (included) it easily connects to your HDTV, and its unique design delivers an optimal sound experience no matter where it's placed.
Amazing Sound Simplified
Bring your TV experience to life with exceptional audio marked by rich, natural sound with incredible clarity and definition in a compact, stylish design.
Fits almost anywhere
Hexagon design allows you to easily and conveniently position the sound bar for the optimal listening experience.
Sony's Virtual Surround Sound technology delivers a powerful surround sound effect without the need to connect multiple speakers throughout the room.
Wirelessly stream and enjoy music from your smartphone, PC, tablet, music player, or other Bluetooth enabled devices.
Delivers heart-pounding sound without having to run wires around your home.
Place on a tabletop or easily mount on the wall using its two integrated keyhole wall mounts—no need for separate brackets.
Dolby Digital Pro Logic II and dts Digital Surround
Experience theater-like sound in your home with Dolby Digital Pro Logic II and dts Digital Surround.
Easy-to-use, hassle free installation
Connect the soundbar to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (sold separately) or a Digital Optical cable (included), and then mount the soundbar on any wall using its two integrated keyhole wall mounts - no need for separate brackets.
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1. Measurements at 4ohms, 180-20kHz with a THD of 1%.
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I forgot to mention that this unit also has Bluetooth, so you can stream music from your phone which is a big plus. I tried this with my Blackberry Bold 9900 and with my Samsung Galaxy S4 and it worked flawlessly.
I noticed the volume on the unit was dramatically low when compared to my Yamaha YAS-101 sound bar. If you experience the same thing, go into the sound settings and disable the "effect" feature as it somehow reduces the volume by a lot. With the "effect" feature on, I would have the volume at max (50) and it wouldn't seem be be very loud but once you disable the feature, which comes activated by default, everything seems to comes alive and the volume goes pretty high. Sony really did a good job with this unit. Compared to my Yamaha YAS-101 sound bar, this unit sounds much better but the Yamaha sounds louder. The Yamaha seems to emphasis more on mid-range and volume but lacks treble. The Sony in comparison has excellent treble, excellent bass and good mid-range. This Sony has so much bass that I normally have the sub-woofer set to -6 or -4 which is pretty much the lowest level, the bass at -0 which is the middle point and the treble at +6 which is the maximum level as I prefer clarity with some bass instead of the constant boom, boom. Anyhow, I hope this helps...
Someone posted a video on youtube explaining how to disable the effect feature on this Sony sound bar (2:47 to be precise) which will increase and improve the sound dramatically. Very good review by skiz220 , check it out:
This sound bar supports ARC (Audio Return Channel). ARC lets you plug your TV cable, Roku stick (if you have MHL), Chromecast, or USB drive into your TV, and the sound can travel "backwards" through the HDMI cable to the sound bar. It also works with Smart TVs. For ARC, the audio input function on the sound bar is "TV", but it usually automatically switches, so you do not have to manually change the input.
Since the Sony spec sheet is unclear, here are all the ports for this sound bar:
1x Stereo Mini (This is used to connect a media player like an iPod without Bluetooth using a 3.5 mm male to male cable. It is not an output, so connecting headphones will not work.)
This model is mid-range so while the speakers definitely sound better than the built-in TV speakers, they can sound a little thin at times (I'm used to nice Polk bookshelf speakers). To put it another way, the treble can sound a little muddled at times due to the lack of tweeters. The subwoofer makes a huge difference though. 2x the price would get you only a slight improvement in sound quality. 5x the price would get you a big increase in sound quality. Then there's a lot of in-between quality as well. My point is that if you want to pay more, there are better options, but at this price, this sound bar is solid. I wouldn't consider buying a sound bar under $150 because the increase in performance over TV speakers would not be enough to justify it (to me anyway).
Everything is basically plug and play. The subwoofer is already paired. My iPhone and iPad paired perfectly, and I was playing music in no time. An interesting tip is that you can switch the audio input to Bluetooth, and the image will still stay on the TV screen because of HDMI video passthrough (e.g. You can play a PS4 game while listening to music from your iPhone over Bluetooth. The PS4 audio will be muted).
The only thing I can really knock on this model is that it only has 1 HDMI input, so this means I will have to use an HDMI switcher to hook up multiple devices. If you have a little more cash, you may want to get the HT-CT660 for the extra HDMI inputs. Using some apps like HBOGo, the 260's audio is quieter than I would like it to be at max setting, but for the majority of apps like Netflix, the sound is louder and just fine. Since the sound level is different between apps, I have determined it is mostly the apps' fault for outputting a lower gain. I have the speaker bar in a smaller room (less than 3 m x 3 m), so the lower volume doesn't matter too much. The 660 model is a bit louder than the 260 and has clearer treble and voice because of the added tweeters. 40 sound volume on the 660 sounds like 50 (max) on the 260; however, the 660 becomes distorted much past 44. The 260 can strain at higher volumes as well. The 660 is not as "plug and play" as the 260 because you have to really tweak the settings for it to sound good, and you have to change them (mainly voice and sub level) depending on whether you're listening to music or a movie. The 660 can sound better, but you have to work for it more than the 260. The 260 sounds great if you just turn up the treble and bass a couple notches. Depending on the room, sub position, and personal preferences sub level will vary (default is 2).
I think Sony could have left a little more space in the back for the HDMI cables. It's a little difficult to get both of them in at that angle. That's a minor annoyance though.
The remote is nothing amazing. It actually has more buttons than it needs. I would rather it be slightly more simplified by getting rid of the numbers and color buttons. It does have bluetooth controls at the bottom, so you can control your bluetooth device. I'm not sure how useful the bluetooth buttons are because you have to have the phone or bluetooth device in the same room anyway or else it skips, so I guess the benefit is not having to wake up the device's screen. The downside of the bluetooth buttons is that I can't use it to control my Blu-Ray player. I wish the remote had backlights. I may have to get a Logitech universal remote eventually. I like the ease of changing the equalizer presets. I mostly use Game, Music, and Movie. The Amp Menu settings are simple enough to change when you get to know the layout.
Bottom line -- This sound bar is the best under $300!
Note: I had an issue with the subwoofer dropping out randomly. It was being caused by WiFi interference (2.4 GHz). I turned off my G network (mixed) for N only (5 GHz), and the sub is working as it should now. You shouldn't have any problems with Wireless-N (802.11n) networks on the 5 GHz band. If you have close neighbors (or other networks in range), be aware of what they use. Fortunately, mine use Wireless-N.
UPDATE: And now it is way under $300! I would have to say the 660 model is now technically the best sound bar under $300 because it adds tweeters and is a little louder, but it does require a bit more configuration and tweaking than the 260 to sound right.