Is Sony HT-CT150 Sound System Meant for Serious Audiophiles?

Casey Nolan

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5 Mar

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Call it a match made in heaven the Sony HTCT150 seems to be the perfect choice for me, and my soon to be born kids.

My Story | How I Met the Sony HT-CT150 in First Place

Just got married a week ago, and got the Sony HT-CT150 as a gift. Well, it wasn’t exactly my wedding gift; my mom in law gave me an Amazon gift card, so I thought of purchasing this sound bar. In summation, it has the 3D sound feature, it falls underneath the sound bar classification, and it is Sony – what else could I ask for?

Lion SInging in the Sony HTCT150 Mic

Plus, one of my friends, who coincidentally happen to be married as well, with his 4th kid on the way, strongly recommended the Sony HT-CT150. Sheer curiosity aside, the guy preferred buying the Sony Sound Bar HT-CT150 because of several reasons; first one being a knack for keeping it away from small prying hands.

Secondly, seeing to the cost factor, whenever you will purchase a sound system, it doesn’t end there. You will need extra length speaker wires, speaker stands, extension cables, HDMI cables and tons of other side accessories. Total it and you will be walking off with a hefty bill. Therefore whenever you are purchasing anything, do the math and add the overall accessory price.

Here is the usual Sony HT-CT150 Sound System setup that is going hot n’ wild these days:

Recommended TV Set = Sony Bravia Series

1X Sony CT150 / Sony HT-CT150 Sound Bar System

Sony Digital Media Port of Your Choice

Sony Playstation 3 (Not Recommended but I Have it)

For starters, I have a slightly latest version of Sony Bravia TV. I talked about it in one of the recent articles at this website. This TV set sits in the TV lounge. Right below it, there’s a LED TV trolley, custom made and especially meant for this type of configuration.

Do bear in mind that the above setup/ environment is not mandated. I recommended it because it gives me better results. If you have other brand TV set, some kind of Digital Media TDM cable from random company – and vice versa, that’s perfectly normal. What matters is the quality of results that fall down to your liking.

Anyhow, I normally use the PS3 as my Blu Ray disc player. At the time of purchasing the Sony HT-CT150 3D sound Bar, I was and still am, using the PS3 as my main DVD based entertainment source. With the help of an HDMI cable connected to the back of my Bravia, and the PS3, I have another RCA optical out cable that has connected both of these devices.

Since the Sony Bravia does not return the ARC (Audio Return Channels), this configuration ensures that the RCA cable makes it possible to hear the sound. I remember now, I never told you why I purchased the Sony CT150 sound bar… Somehow I seemed to have forgotten, until now, because I have been typing down stuff about my married with-4-kids friend.

Basically, I bought the Sony HTCT150 from Amazon. I do not have an electronics store within the vicinity; Amazon looked like the right choice. Plus, they have the return program, which kinda takes off the sting in the long run. The thing about Sony HT-CT150 which clicked the most was its ‘Night Time’ mode.

Me Uno Audiophile Momento For the Wins:

(Pardon me for my fucked up Spanish skills…) Apparently, the Night Time mode is the only mode that compresses the audio quality to a level where other members of the house, or the neighborhood, are least disturbed.

The cardinal rule of sound systems goes on like this: “your entertainment system is as good as the source.” Got it? If you have top notch accessories, high quality movies (not the shitty DVDs at one dollar sale shops) and vice versa; you’re gonna get the best experience of your life. The sound system, alone, cannot deliver unprecedented quality results.

I played and tested the Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar at various settings. Starting with the LPCM and BluRay level audio/ video, the results varied. At 960Kbps, the Dolby Digital sound mode delivered “True” output indeed. Since I already stated that I play Blu Rays on my PS3, this sound bar will get you better results if you can navigate through the PS3 audio settings and change them from “Bitstream” to “LPCM” mode.

Impressions?

For a sound system with a slightly under the $300 price range, the Sony HT-CT150 system fares well. It is impressive, it cuts right to the chase, and the sound doesn’t appear to be boggy or shallow. But don’t expect too much from the Sony HTCT150 system. At times, whenever you are listening to primo classics, such as; Rolling Stones, or old Beatles track; the crescendo will not be as vibrant as it’s supposed to be.

Let’s see what professional reviewers have to say about the HTCT150 Sony Sound System.

 Rear Side Configuration Ports - Sony HT-CT150 Sound System

The Good Stuff about Sony HT-CT150?

Right off the bar, the Sony Sound System HT-CT150 promises the following perks:

  • Three HDMI ports ensure smooth transition for your videos and audio outputs over various devices. Apparently, when I was reading reviews from other users, they complained about “3” being a little less.
  • Infra-Red receiver on the subwoofer allows easy installation and setup of the Sony HT-CT150 behind cabinets, wooden LED trolley panels and etc.
  • You can connect up to six different devices with the Sony HT-CT150. The pairing will be completely flawless, i.e. if you know how to setup this sound system in a multi-device environment.

 

The Bad Stuff about Sony HT-CT150 with 3D Sound Bar System?

Remember when I talked about the Infra Red receiver on the subwoofer of this sound system? Well there is a little catch to it. You can place it behind wooden cabinets or closely shelved LED trolley panels, but the subwoofer has to be within the visual range.

Secondly, even though the HT-CT150 is a Sony product, the remote control could use a lot of revisions. At the moment, the HTCT150 remote control is just average. Maybe it doesn’t output strong IR signals to the subwoofer, or there could be some other reason – but the remote could use some work.

 Rolling Stone - Memories Wallpaper - Google Images

Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System | Design, Mechanics and Overall Build?

This portion of the Sony HT-CT150 review will probably work for people who have an understanding of subwoofer dimensions, long cylindrical sound bar length, speaker placement and vice versa. I will try to be as much general as possible so that most of the readers can benefit from the appended passages.

Here goes nothing. The HTCT150 subwoofer is not wireless. Although it possesses an IR receiver and a remote control, the wired configuration is still there in the form of an AC adaptor. Other than that, the subwoofer is absolutely wire free, which kind of breaks the usual sound system conventions that have been maintained over the last couple of years.

This AC power cable is like an umbilical cord. How so? The power cable and the adaptor are connecting/ housing all inputs and the amplifier itself. We are left with the sleek n’ sexy sound bar which is small, and has a thin speaker.

Now I don’t know what is the exact width of the Sony sound bar speaker, but I am willing to bet that it is somewhere around 30 inches – 32 inches range. The bar is approx. 3 inches tall and 3 inches deep. Of course, audiophiles and measurements fanatics have different figures but I am following the general approach here.

Okay, let’s talk about the Sony HT-CT150 speaker arrangement. The question is: do you think that the speaker arrangement in this sound system is ideal? Maybe yes, according to your room’s area and environment but some people will definitely have an opposite opinion.

The guys at CNET, at the time of reviewing the HTCT150 Sony Sound Bar, said that the speaker arrangement is “less than ideal.” They also have their reasons, which we are going to discuss now. For instance, Sony has included the default connecting cable for speakers. This cable is only 9.8 ft. – 10ft. long. This much length is not enough to place the speakers far away.

Then there is the IR sensor. I don’t know whether it was a smart move by Sony, but it was something bold. At the same time, the IR sensor on the Sony HT-CT150 sub woofer is not such a big hit.  This IR should have been installed on the sound bar, rather than the sub woofer itself. The infra red placement on sub woofer makes its mandatory for the subwoofer to be place within the range of the remote control.

Sony HT-CT150 Remote Control - It Ain't Good

Bearing in mind that most of the home theater and entertainment system users like to hide their sub woofers, the remote control is rendered useless in Sony HT-CT150’s case. – If it is not in line of sight, it isn’t going to work efficiently. But as we move to the HDMI ports, 3 of them make up for any stupidity that Sony knuckleheads may have showcased at the time of manufacturing this awesome entertainment system.

Rolling Stones – An Ode to “Shine a Light”

If you just bought the Sony HTCT150 Sound Bar recently, do listen to “Shine a Light” by The Rolling Stones. Make sure it’s on Blu Ray; otherwise the song is not going to do justice with Mick Jagger’s breathtaking vocals. Gusty enough to rock your house, this sound system definitely sets the bar high for competitors.

Word from Sony:

Complete your 3D home entertainment experience with simple, yet powerful surround sound. The HT-CT150 32″ 3D sound bar home theater system features 3D compatibility and can also be turned into your entertainment hub by connecting multiple HD or 3D devices using a single HDMI cable per device (sold separately).

In addition to the latest audio decoding technology, this beautifully sleek sound bar can be easily mounted directly to select BRAVIA TVs, hung on your wall, or placed separately on a shelf.Conveniently operate and control all your HDMI connected BRAVIA Sycn devices with one remote.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 3:14 AM and is filed under Home Audio, Home Slider, Reviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Casey Nolan

About Casey Nolan

Hello everyone, I am Bilal Malik AKA 'Casey Nolan'; Head Editor and owner of 'Infinarium.Com'. For product reviews, article requests, recommendations, or if you just want to get something off your chest, send me an email at techguy@infinarium.com.

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