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Amazing sound-great features,
This review is from: Sony HTCT260 Sound Bar Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I researched several soundbars in preparation for upgrading my TV setup at home. I narrowed my search to LG and Sony for a soundbar. I heard the quality of the LG in a retail store and was very impressed and it was on sale for $249. But I'm looking at the Sony e640 55 inch TV, and I knew Sony means quality as well. Since I already had a Sony BluRay player, I thought I might as well keep it all Sony. This particular sound unit has plenty of power at 300 watts (85w for each of two peakers and 130w for subwoofer). I knew this one had Bluetooth but didn't think anything of it--so that wasn't a determining factor. The wireless sub is terrific--I had concerns that since I live very close to a powerful radio station, there would be interference with the wireless sub---not so. The sub is great once you adjust the factory settings on the bar unit---0 to 6. I like a lot of bass and trebble, so I adjust both kind of high around 5. There are six sound presets as well differentiating between Movies, Music, Gamee, etc... Now to the Bluetooth. As mentioned, I never really played with that technology, but, since this had bluetooth reception, I started to brainstorm. I had already hooked a 3.5mm plug with 20' cord from my laptop headphone jack, which has thousands of mp3's on it, to the 3.5mm input on the soundbar. That is great. But thinking about bluetooth I searched some internet retailers and found a bluetooth dongle (transmitter) with a 3.5 mm plug for unde $20. I recieved it and 'paired' it with the bluetooth on my soundbar by following the easy instructions on both the dongle and soundbar--took all of 2 minutes. Now, I have my laptop on the couch without any cords and the bluetooth transmitter plugged into the headphone 3.5 mm jack of the laptop and the soundbar sounds incredible!!! I can plug this dongle into my mp3 player as well and my soundbar will read it and play it. Now I LOVE BLUETOOTH!! I don't know if I'll hook my smart phone to it or not but the soundbar can be programmed with up to 6 or 7 units so whichever bluetooth device is transmitting, by using the soundbar remote switched to BT, the soundbar and subwoofer will pick it up. The sound of this Sony sounbar is very, very impressive. The sounbar hooks to the TV by optic cord, not HDMI, so make sure your TV has an optic output, which most all new TV's do. The unit even comes with an optic cord that is about 2 or 3 feet long, enough length if your soundbar is mounted below or above your TV. I am very impressed with this unit and would recommend to friends.