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Sony HTXT1 2.1-Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-in Subwoofer
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- Length & Power Output: 28.4-Inch 170 W (2.1 Channels) - Ideal for 32 to 55-Inch TVs
- Subwoofer: Built-in
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and NFC
- Wall Mountable: No; Remote Included: Yes
- Inputs: 3 HDMI; 1 Optical; 1 Analog
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TV Sound System with built-in Subwoofer
Enhance your TV experience with this elegant, easy to use 170 watt(1) 2.1 channel integrated surround sound system. Simply connect your TV and HD devices with HDMI (3) or stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth and NFC(4). The elevated chassis design features dual, down-firing subwoofers for solid bass response while even supporting TVs up to 66 lb.
Powerful sound, simple set up and elegant design.
Enhance your TV experience with this elegant, easy to use 170 watt(1) 2.1 channel integrated surround sound system. Simply connect your TV and HD devices with HDMI(3) or stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth and NFC(4). The elevated chassis design features dual, down-firing subwoofers for solid bass response while even supporting TVs up to 66 lb.
Slim & versatile design.
The HT-XT1 is designed to complement your TV and your living space without being obtrusive. Less than 3” tall and intended for televisions ranging in size from 32 – 55”, it’s even capable of supporting loads up to 66 pounds (max.). The top surface is finished in tempered glass to provide a beautiful, durable and stable surface for your TV.
Elevate your TV viewing experience with the amazing, room filling sound of dual built-in, down-firing subwoofers. Housed in the elevated chassis, these subwoofers complement the audio experience via enhanced acoustic interaction with your environment, resulting in rich, full musicality and heart pounding action sequences.
BIG, room-filling sound.
Enjoy immersive sound with 170 watt S-Master amplification and S-Force digital signal processing. Independent Bass, Treble and Subwoofer adjustments can be made to enhance the sound across all inputs, while seven sound field settings let you enjoy movies, listen to music, and watch sports as if you were there.
Wireless Bluetooth music streaming(4).
Stream music and control your Bluetooth audio(4) experience with compatible music devices, smartphones or tablets(5). Enjoy simplified Bluetooth pairing with Near Field Connectivity (NFC); simply align compatible devices by touching their logos(4). Built-in SBC and AAC codec support improves audio signal quality when streaming music wirelessly.
Get superior high-definition quality with 4K pass-through using the 3 HDMI inputs(3) for connecting HD devices like a cable box, Blu-ray player or gaming console. A single HDMI TV connection with ARC ensures you get the best possible HD audio signal too. The audio processor supports most HD formats(2) including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Conveniently connect legacy digital components using the optical input. You can also use the standard 1/8” stereo auxiliary input on the rear panel for simple analog devices.
Bring your TV to life.
Take your home entertainment experience to the next level with this 2.1 channel TV Sound System. You’ll hear the clarity of the 170 watt S-Master amplifier power your music and movies through the dual, down-firing subwoofers built into this compact unit(1). S-Force digital signal processing creates a virtual front surround experience.
SongPal App system control(5).
SongPal App is a free downloadable app for both Android and compatible iPhone or iPod devices(6). Think of it as your smartphone or tablet becoming a convenient system remote to navigate content and control functionality for added integration into your daily life. It can even control and playback your music files stored on your compatible device.
(1)System wattage measured at 3 ohms for front L and R channels at 1kHz with less than 1% THD, subwoofer wattage measured at 4 ohms and 100Hz.
(2)Requires HDMI cable (sold separately) High Resolution media with capable source device.
(3)Requires cable(s); sold separately.
(4)Interoperability and compatibility among Bluetooth devices vary, requires NFC-enabled and/or Bluetooth enabled device. Check device’s user manual for compatibility.
(5)Requires download of SongPal app for iPhone from the App Store or for Android from Google Play. User must link compatible devices in order to control operation. Subject to app terms and conditions.
(6)Compatible with iPod touch (4th – 5th generations) and iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S.
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Enhance your TV experience with this elegant, easy to use 170 watt1 2.1 channel integrated surround sound system. Simply connect your TV and HD devices with HDMI3 or stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth and NFC.4 The elevated chassis design features dual down-firing subwoofers that deliver solid bass response while supporting up to 66 lbs and 55” TV's.
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Top customer reviews
Price is very reasonable for features.
3 HDMI inputs
option to download an app to control device
option to put TV on top of sound bar
very nice finish especially on the top
Surprising bass response for price and driver size
Gets pretty loud without distorting
night mode is very helpful in changing volumes for later times in the evening
Dialogue was not boosted nearly as much as I had hoped(even with all 3 options being tested)
not a solution in replacing a full 5.1 setup
Soundstage isn't near as wide as I had hoped for
The subwoofers are not protected and that bothers me a lot. I know that once you have the sound bar in place, you shouldn't have any issues but what if you have to move it or even when you initially take it ouf out of the box. I don't know, a cover of some sort would have been just as eay to put on in my opinion.
For the price and features, I just couldn't find a reason to not at the least be interested in this purchase. If you're looking for a sound bar loaded with features, allows the TV to sit on top, mostly using this to replace your crappy TV speakers and provide a bit more clarity while delivering decent sound for just under $300, I just can't see you going wrong with this purchase.
I started my journey with sound bars, and am really happy that I ended up here. I had no dissatisfaction with the sound capabilities of my newest sound bar but the format was the problem-- the fact that it sat in front of the TV gave me problems. It was ugly/obtrusive and caused my TV to not turn on/off in sync with the sound bar. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know until you experience it, and in this case I learned that I should've bought a system that goes UNDER the TV instead of in front of it. I will review this unit as its own device and at times in comparison to the sound bar style.
Shape & Size
I was really interested in the style that sit directly under the TV, having first seen the Bose® Solo TV Sound System. It makes sense to take advantage of the space under and behind the TV rather than pushing the TV back against the wall to fit a sound bar in front of it. Unboxing this unit, I was impressed with how thin it is top to bottom. The pictures don't do it justice. I was surprised by that, as well by the weight of the device. Its not heavy, but it is clearly solid. It's like the difference between a Japanese car and a German one-- there is durability here.
The top of the unit is glass, which was also a pleasant surprise. Not only is it glass, there are a few buttons like ON/OFF and PAIR on it that are touch sensitive buttons under the glass. It's a very sleek, modern, well designed device that oozes of thoughtfulness. As well, the top won't scratch as you adjust the TV angle or clean it like the sound bars that I had did because ttheir tops were shiny black plastic.
The appearance of the front is also upscale and clean looking. The LCD is behind what appears like a grate or metal mesh, the LCD completely disappearing when the unit is off. My previous sound bars had old style square LEDs that had words under each one and would flicker in an upward motion for turning up the volume and downward for lowering. It felt low tech but got the job done, but this device is clearly more modern and contributes to an overall sleek TV and sound system appearance.
The remote control is so futuristic and simple it made me smirk with a smile for a second. Not only is it simple and as wide as a quarter, kind of like a magic wand for your sound system, it has a slide down feature that reveals more buttons! My Sony devices in the past have been notorious for having a cluster of buttons from top to bottom so it really pleases me that they're getting the idea and simplifying. Again, it looks futuristic, but it's also simplified and easy to use. Good points for the remote control functionality and design.
Installing the unit was quite easy-- at first I simply unplugged the optical audio from my old sound bar into this device. It worked great, and no manual reading was necessary. I did breeze the quick start guide and manual though, and realized that some extra functionality would happen if I plugged it in to my Sony TV with HDMI. I didn't realize this functionality existed before and in the end is one of the best conveniences of the unit. When I turn the TV on, the unit turns on because it senses it through the HDMI. IT also turns off when I turn the TV off, and the volume up/down happens when I use the Tivo remote for the TV. This is a fantastic simplification that isn't available on other brands and models. If you have a Sony TV already, this could be a deal maker. The previous sound bars that I had worked in reverse-- the sound bar would learn the on/off code to my TV, and come on at the same time.
In comparison to the sound bars, the Sony is much more accurate and simple. The sound bars that I had would often get out of "sync" with the TV-- sometimes almost every time. I'd turn on and the TV wouldn't turn on (because the sound bar sat in FRONT of the TV), or I'd try to turn off and the sound bar would go off but the TV would not. I would end up having to hit the on/off switch 3 times or more to get them both off at the same time. I moved, re-aligned, tweaked and tested those sound bars, but in the end the simple fact that they were designed to sit in front of the TV instead of under it was what made them an annoyance for me.
The back of this device will give you one idea of why it's a step above introductory devices or sound bars. It has a full slate of HDMI inputs, an optical audio input, and an HDMI output for the TV. Many introductory or small devices have only an optical audio in, or maybe RCA or component in. This one has a full slate of inputs more in line with what you find on a real home theater system with a dedicated receiver and separate speakers. It even has an analog in-- if you have a dedicated MP3 type device or other device that can output to a standard headphone jack style cable. The unit takes a standard two prong electrical jack.
From a features perspective, the remote covers all of the functionality that you'd want to know about: sound modes, night mode (which my sound bar didn't have and I am glad this unit does have), the ability to equalize sound levels of an input (to stop LOUD COMMERCIALS), the ability to adjust how much bass you get overall and independent from the sound modes ( like movie, music, etc.) muting, volume, sound mode, menus for settings, etc. Under most daily activities you could probably use your TV remote and not need this remote.
On a daily basis, the features and settings can really disappear and you can just use the TV with the sound system without needing to change things or intervene. That being the case, there is an app available, and it is mostly geared toward streaming music to the device via Bluetooth (from a phone, etc.) or selecting the input. I was disappointed that the mobile phone app didn't include more of the device settings like competitors apps do, but it wasn't a deal breaker. The Bluetooth topic is a good transition into sound.
I spent an extensive amount of time swapping back and forth between this device and my Yamaha YAS-103 Soundbar. I went through my whole catalog of music from one genre to another to get a good feel for how the Sony reproduces sound as compared to my sound bar. I could probably write a book of differences, but there are some basic summaries I can make if you are comparing to the particular sound bar I had, and general feedback about this Sony--
(note, I did the best to put them both in standard mode, in other matching modes throughout comparison, realizing they are not identical devices and both are fully customizable)
About the Sony
-The Sony had the best overall balance of lows/mids/highs and needed the least adjustment going from one type of music to the next
-The Sony always sounded stereo, but sometimes the mids would feel a little flat. At some points, I felt like I wanted to adjust the subwoofer crossover point on the Sony. I felt like it was reaching a little more than necessary to reproduce some bass in the subwoofer speakers. The crossover was set a bit too high for my personal preferences. In the end I turned it down a few notches.
-TV voice was very easy to hear without having to turn the volume up very far
-Sometimes with a complex mix of sounds & voice, the overall sound could get muddy or feel like the bass crossover point was set too high.
In comparison, the Yamaha
-Had some things it's really good at, and some things it really falls flat with. For example,
-The Yamaha often sounded mono, but was surprisingly realistic at reproducing sounds like guitar, piano and voice even when not in voice optimization mode
-The Yamaha had less bass overall, but was really expertly tuned to not force the speakers into doing anything they weren't capable of.
-Sometimes the Yamaha mids were overpowered even when not on voice mode.
-The overall range felt like less, and though the overall wattage is less, it didn't feel "quieter" than the Sony.
As you can see, a lot of intricate details about the sound were a little difficult to parse out into clear conclusions about either device, but if you wanted some sound details, hopefully those contribute to your considerations.
In the end, the Sony stays and the Yamaha goes. The Sony solves the annoyances that I had with the Yamaha, looks better, is easier to use and while I can't agree with the marketing of "heart-pounding bass" it is a very good, pleases my ears and makes my life easier.
I will update the review if I experience different conclusions. If you have specific questions please feel free to post them below and I will respond to you ASAP.