Sony - 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6.3" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier - Black

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Improve your audio experience with this 2.1-channel Sony sound bar. It lets you enjoy wireless streaming from radio services with its Wi-Fi connectivity, and its S-Force PRO Front Surround technology produces dynamic audio details. This 350W Sony sound bar supports playback of high-definition audio formats from Bluetooth-enabled devices with its LDAC technology.
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What's Included


  • Sony 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6.3" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (609 out of 666)

Features


350W total system power

Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.

Two-speaker enclosure

Features two drivers to deliver a movie theater experience in your own home.

Wireless subwoofer

With 6.3" driver for powerful bass.

Dolby Digital decoder

Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.

Bluetooth music streaming

Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).

Volume control

Lets you find a comfortable listening level.

Sleek appearance

Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.

Inputs

Includes 1 mini jack, 1 Toslink, 1 USB type A and 3 HDMI.

Outputs

Includes 1 HDMI.

Remote

Enables simple operation from a distance.

Supports a variety of file formats

Including WMA, AAC, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, LPCM and more, so you can enjoy your favorite media.

Wall-mountable

With the included bracket.


Customer rating

4.5
92%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good. Loud and clear.

    Posted
    Johnny
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First of all let me start of by saying this: Purchase the geek 4yr extended warranty, it paid dividends. I purchase my first soundbar 2 years ago, it was a Sony soundbar like this one but basic model. I wasn't too happy because I felt the sound was great, amazing but to be honest just not quite loud even though it was 300 watts. So I returned it and purchase a Vizio sb3851-CO. Amazing soundbar, good bass, voice and super loud. Huge problem: it's system equalizer was so bug out that if you were playing movies or audio with low db/kbps/sound it would completely drop the frame/sound which resulted in a annoying cut in cut out. Took me 2 year 2 realize it was visio soundbar and not my TV. Apparently Vizio has a huge problem with sound jitters or drops. Best buy accepted my warranty return and gave me credit for full paid price on soundbar (not including paid warranty) and this is where my review begins with this Sony HT-CT800. Well sorta. I purchased the HT-CT800 giving Sony another try. I was blown away by the store model, very loud and beautiful. Bought it, set it up and Work right out of the box. However it sounded nothing like the store model. So why did I give it 5 stars and said it has amazing sound? When you listen to any store model soundbar, have you notice what's always usually playing as Demo? It's music. Music tends to be recorded at louder frequency , way louder with more bass then movies or shows. Keep that in mind. After noticing this I tested many songs and many movies. The soundbar wasn't to blame, the quality was superb but the loudness and bass will depend on your media and source. Meaning: what your playing the media from and how good of quality it is. So test various songs/shows/movies and presets for each before saying it's not loud or bad. I am very happy with the quality of this soundbar and at times I can't even raise the volume pass 32 (50 being Max) because it's too loud. I love the looks, the bass and the built-in chrome cast. With soundbar I think back speakers are over rated, had them in my Vizio and don't miss them at all. However if you must have them, Sony has wireless speakers for this model you can purchase separately. To conclude, I think it's worth saying that at first I did return this Sony soundbar only to give Samsung HW-m550 a chance and even purchase the back rear speakers, which didn't even come with screws and did not fit on your traditional speaker stands. Sound was very loud and crisp, clear but too on the treble side. Not enough bass from sound bar or even subwoofer. I was really annoyed by their sound scaling level as well which reach 100 and took so long to go up and down. But gave you better control over sound level at the same time, I guess. So I return it and got the Ht-ct800. Yep this was the winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    True Cinema Quality with surround speakers

    Posted
    SirNigelOfWestminster
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    In all honesty, I was disappointed with my Sony HT-XT2 soundbar, not because of the sound quality - the built-in subwoofer produces amazing, punchy base - but because of the lack of an open sound-stage. So in my quest for that cinematic sound for my 13' x 11' bedroom, I purchased a pair of ZR-5 bluetooth speakers to use with the XT2 as surrounds. Even though the sound was vastly improved, there was still a lack of left-right width to the sound. That was when I decided to look at other options. A trip to Best Buy led me to examine two models: the Sony HTNT5, and the HTCT800. The CT800 was not connected to surround speakers but still produced an open sound stage with the in-store Pacific Rim demo. The NT5 was hooked up to a pair of Z-R5 bluetooth surrounds and sounded outstanding! The NT5, however was outside of my budget at $799, so I took home the HT-CT800. There is still a part of me that wished I had gotten the NT5 because of the greater number of drivers built into the unit which is sure to produce a more audiophile sound quality. The HT-CT800 however is no slouch. Its subwoofer is nothing short of powerful. The open soundstage even without my ZR5's connected still produces a very immersive soundstage - although I do find that the SoundForce virtual surround is no substitute for a pair of rear surrounds. Without my ZR5's there is a bubble of sound that does not seem to extend behind my viewing area the way other two-speaker SRS (sound retrieval systems) and virtual surround systems do. Used in conjunction with the ZR5's however, this soundbar transforms my room into a convincing movie theatre. Movies on Itunes and Blu-ray and shows on HBO transport you, and immerse you in the onscreen environment with crisp ambient sounds, and vocals - whether they are in front or behind. Battle scenes surround you in explosions, the swish of bullets, crakling fire, and shouts. Urban environments produce cars honking, distant sirens, overhead helicopters, distant music and everything you would expect to hear around you. I did learn that not all was smooth out of the box, however. The Soundbar itself works great, but there are times when there is no sound being poduced until you turn off the wireless surround, and then turn it back on again. The Songpal Music Center app needs to be seriously updated as your speaker combo setups will sometimes disappear from your mobile device - forcing you to repeat the setup process if you want to use just your surrounds to listen to music, for instance. The output of the surrounds was initially disappointing until I set the level to twice the decibel count of the soundbar and the subwoofer. Which leads to the very functional interface of the soundbar itself. The remote-accessible input-switching, and individual sound level adjustments for the soundbar, the subwoofer, and the wireless surrounds make this soundbar behave like a high-end surround receiver. There is even automatic input switching depending on which device is turned on first. Overall, I am thoroughly pleased with this soundbar, and despite a couple of annoyances related to wireless surround and the Songpal app, I readily give the Sony HT-CT800 five stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar when used with SRSZR5

    Posted
    mrxiro
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my first sound bar but I've been looking into getting one for quite a while. Previously I used a 5.1 receiver the HT-IS100 from Sony which had tiny golf ball sized speakers and a big sub that also output a majority the mids from the. The sound was OK an the speakers were easy to hide but ultimately the sound was very thin when watch movies and voices often got lost. I resorted to lowering the front L/R speakers to as quiet as possible and making the center as loud as possible which made it better but the sound was very thin. This sound bar has VERY full sound and most importantly it has 4 HDMI ports (1 being ARC) that pass through 4K and HDR. The only thing missing is Dolby Atmos but I live in a smallish apartment so not a huge deal. The sound is fantastic when paired with the SRSZR5; which are a pricey $199 each. I tried without the wireless rear speaker add-ons and didn't love the sound. But considering most other soundbars at the 800-900 price range only have one HDMI in and out this is a best bang for your buck for a full surround sound with all the newest decoders. The vocals are still a little weak for my taste but they have a vocal booster that goes from 0 to 1 to 2. 2 seems like the best for me, as the SFX and mixed audio is very loud and powerful in the fronts. Probably why some people prefer having a center channel but IMO the center channel isn't always needed. I auditioned John Wick in TrueHD, Jurassic Park and 4K disc of Deadpool. All sounded great! The only knock I have against this system is that you lose other sound fields if you add on the wireless rears. So no Sports or Game modes. Your choices are either Movie or Music after you add the rears and I honestly don't hear any difference between the two. DTS Neo 6 virtualization is really nice too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Return & Exchange Promise is a Broken One

    Posted
    Steve
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased an "excellent" rated open box Sony HTCT800 Sound Bar. I connected it via the HDMI ARC channel to my Sony Bravia TV and while it would turn on when the TV was turned on, it would then turn itself off within 15 seconds. I spent 2 1/2 hours with 3 different Sony technicians who took me through all the settings over and over again, resetting the TV, consulting with Sony engineering, etc before concluding that the soundbar was defective and needed to be replaced. I contacted the Greensboro NC store where I bought it to exercise the "refund or exchange" option which according to the policy applies to open box items as well as new items. The manager explained to me that since I got "such a good deal" on it he could not do an exchange for a new one, which to me seems to contradict the stated Best Buy policy. It is very rare to find multiple open box items of the same product in a store, so it seems logical to read the policy as stating that if my "excellent" rated open box soundbar is defective, I should be able to exchange it for the only exchange possible, a new one. But rather than keep a long standing customer satisfied and doing the right thing, Best Buy interprets their policy in a way that is to their benefit rather than the customer's. They have the power to make the exchange to repay for the inconvenience of all the time spent with Sony and of my having to return the item to Sony now for repair, but they chose not to. Best Buy will get no more of my business.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Steve, We appreciate your time sharing this feedback, rest assured that your feedback will not go unseen and will be directed to the proper department. We place a very high value on feedback from our customers because it allows us to continue to improve. Regards, Zac sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Massove Improvement over the Samsung. Love It

    Posted
    Kingsberry
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I previous started out with the Samsung HW-M450/ZA 320W Soundbar then the upgraded HW-M550/ZA 340W and let me tell you both had an issue with the sub. The subs build quality wasn't the highest and between the two models I got the sub was exactly the same. Anyway back to the sub itself it shouldn't have even been included in the box because it It was literally nonexistent. The only way I got any sound from it was I had to literally max out the volume to get the tiniest thump. Now to the Champ: i really love this bar and since Sony worked out so well I am going to upgrade my TV soon to the new Bravia's. - Build Quality : No complaints here. Neither the sub woofer nor sound bar feel cheaply made. - Appearance : Very nice, if not unassuming. Well thought out for the most part. - Bass : For our small living area, nuanced and balanced well. Easy to adjust from the remote. I actually had to turn down the default level a bit during a movie we watched over the first weekend of testing the system. - Voice : Ever have voices disappear into the background of a non 5.1 or 7.1 system? Me too. No issues here. There are even 2 levels of voice enhancement you can access from the remote to fix you right up. Also the remote a clear voice button that works amazing if the default configuration is not to your liking. Anyway I got this on sale but I would highly recommend it compared to the Samsung soundbar's I went through.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, expensive

    Posted
    Prafulla
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It's a great speaker for someone looking for good music, bass along with voice when watching movies. You can adjust the volume and bass from zero to ear bleeding music. Night mode is a plus, though not something I use frequently Three HDMI in sources with one HDMI out to the TV is great, especially since my TV only had 2 HDMI in, now I can transmit without having to changeover my HDMI cables. It will transmit the video through the speaker to the TV and the audio will play from the 2.1 speaker. The balance is great and wireless bass means less clutter. Issues: Casting with Google home is sometimes a pain. Tries to start my TV everytime I cast music, which doesn't make sense. To stop it from doing so, I have to disable the start TV on signal setting, which clearly negates the whole HDMI interaction feature. They should provide an option to choose whether we want it to start the TV when casting music, for all other purposes you can start the TV. Doesn't play well with my Samsung smart TV, don't know whose fault it really is. The sound doesn't come from my smart TV back to the speaker even though the TV supports ARC. For signals from outside to the TV it works OK, even though sometimes it is a pain to get it to send the audio to the speaker and I have to restart both my speaker and my TV a bunch of times to get it to work right. Rear surround speakers are 199$ each, or 299 for 2 speakers. It's definitely on the expensive side and the 2.1 system doesn't support any other speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price!

    Posted
    Lightning
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Sony Sound Bar was really really great coming out of the box it was very loud I purchased Saving Private Ryan on 4K and the sounds was just amazing all along with the picture quality but more importantly the sound was really great the sound bar was pretty crisp and clear but also the woofer was very loud and I could not blow the woofer even today I can't blow that woofer speaker that's a very powerful loud Bassy woofer speaker however I was playing YouTube music on the Music settings on the Soundbar and I turned it up 36 with volume 50 being the max at 36 volume I blew the sound bar which is disappointing considering the fact that watching movies was really intense with my soundbar I am very very happy but when I blew the Soundbar it was disappointing and sad luckily I purchased the Geek Squad for your protection and this weekend I intend on taking it back to BestBuy to get a brand new replacement I just have to be more careful about the Music settings and not put it past 36 it's a very intense Soundbar with woofer it's great for the money it's a Sony product but in the end you really can't turn it all the way up cuz you can blow the Soundbar I wish I wouldn't have blown it better than the best $300 I've ever spent

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound bar for a medium to smaller room

    Posted
    fastcuda69
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I love this sound bar. Really fills my apartments living room area. I recently had the htct790, and what a difference with the htct800. The biggest difference is how smoothly and quickly the 800 turns on with my samsung tv and apple tv via ARC. I had major issues with 790 turning on and no sound, or 2-3 minute delays until the sound would work. The 800 seems to have much better internals, because there is ZERO delay with ARC. The software seems to be better than the 790 as well, because you can set your speaker distances and levels. My only CON with this sound bar, is there seems to be a minor sound loss where the center channel should be, as in, muffled vocals, but not all vocals. Again, it just seems to be light on the center channel. If Sony could drop an update, to give a "virtual center" channel (in movie mode), this sound bar would be 5 Stars all day! Please Note, you do have the ability to change the volume of each channel, but it still is just missing that center high or vocal in movie mode... if you put it on Clear Sound, it is there, but then you lose the better surround. Great sound bar for the $$$, I love mine, and just ordered the rear surround speakers!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • which.co.ukMay 11, 2017
    Sony HT-CT800 review
    The Sony HT-CT800 is a large sound bar designed to bring blockbuster sound to your living room. It can sync with other speakers over wi-fi to form part of a multi-room audio system, but does it sound good enough to do your favourite albumsFull Review




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