AudioEngine HD6 Powered Speakers : Sounds fantastic but several irritating small issues

Have been using them on a regular basis since over a year. The bluetooth connection with computer works smoothly, has almost no quality loss and has no latency. The sound definition is absolutely amazing for music as well as movies and is ideal for a good mid-range home cinema.

The is nothing more to be said about these speakers from audioengine they’re very good in sound & manufacturing quality and a real pleasure to listen too for hours. Compatible with brennan b2 bluetooth.

These speakers look great and sound excellent. Good bass even without an external sub, and nice crisp highs and mids. Bluetooth connectivity is a nice addition, and they seem to handle multiple inputs (optical and bluetooth) well.

So i’ve had these for a several weeks so far. A couple of small issues1) no optical cable, i knew that already but still annoying2) the power cable is a two pin so not standard uk plug so had to buy adaptor3) the current bluetooth device needs to be manually disconnected before next device can connect, really annoying, any cheap device allows you to override the first with a second4) sound gets mixed if you play two devices eg bluetooth about auxiliary in at the same time5) as there us no volume indicator can’t tell where you are at is it 25% 80% can never know having gauge helps6) i didn’t see any security on the bluetooth- means anybody can connect to the speaker if i’m not connectedi haven’t played them to the recommended 40hrs yet but sound and music is fantastic so far will come back with a proper sound review later. Because of the loads of small issues i’m gonna give it 4update: after a listening extensively i’m coming back and giving it a 5 based on sound alone. Though for certain types of base sounds you will need a subwoofer.

  • Sounds fantastic but several irritating small issues
  • These speakers look great and sound excellent
  • I highly recommend them! The bluetooth connection with computer works smoothly

Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers (Pair) – Brown and Black

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  • Audioengine HD6 Premium Powered Speakers
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  • Quality sound

Pros: easy for bt-audio connect, nice stereo image and sound quality, elegant design, multiple input options. Cons: the bass performance is a little bit too strong. For the powered speakers in terms of the price level and performance, it is an excellent choicehighly recommend.

I have the a2+ speakers, as much as i love them these are simply on another level entirely. The most important thing is to run them in for a couple of days as this really seems to improve the sound.

Audioengine A2+ 60W Powered Desktop Speakers | Built-in DAC & Analog Amplifier | Direct USB Connection, 3.5mm and RCA inputs | Cables included (Red) : Not too bad, but missing something.

These speakers are very very beautiful and with an amazing sound quality. I was debating between those and the a5s but got those as they fit my workspace much better. At first when connected with a jack input i was a bit worried that the bass wasn’t enough. After looking around i noticed that the usb connection offers a bit more bass and indeed it did. So all in all 5/5 for the usb connection. Would give it a 4/5 if jack was the only option as i like a little more bass.

Nice speakers, really well packed with a genuine premium feel – supplied in nice microfiber bags, not only are a range of connectors supplied they are of decent quality, have very easy to set up clear instructions and windows 10 recognized them and updated to a custom driver. I’m throwing in my tuppence here as after all the glowing reports on sound quality i do confess that i was expecting better. Give that they are replacing (much more expensive) quad 9l actives that have packed in i appreciate that the bar was high but somehow i didn’t expect this huge a gulf. Not for one second suggesting you strike these off your list, but i would recommend that you have a listen first if you can, particularly if trading down. I particularly like not only the small footprint but also the way the connections have been designed. One speaker powers the other and that cuts down on plug requirements, a power cable and allows for more clearance at the back. Overall i suspect that these will work out fine though i’m sure that i’m going to miss my quad’s.

Audioengine A2+ 60W Powered Desktop Speakers | Built-in DAC & Analog Amplifier | Direct USB Connection, 3.5mm and RCA inputs | Cables included (Red)

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  • USB, 3.5MM AND RCA INPUTS: Either connect directly to your MAC, PC or laptop with USB Plug & Play (no drivers required), or use the 3.5mm or RCA inputs – start enjoying audiophile quality sound straight out of the box!
  • PREMIUM DESKTOP SPEAKERS WITH INTEGRATED DAC: Audioengine has brought traditional high-quality audio equipment into the digital age. Their range of Award-Winning products have been praised by What Hi-Fi, CNet, and Wired to name just a few of the publications who have tested their products over the past 13 years. The Integrated Digital to Analogue converter (DAC) bypasses your computer audio card to deliver better sound than you have ever heard through the audio jack – simply connect through your USB port.
  • PROFESSIONAL AMPLIFIED OUTPUT: Room filling sound from desktop speakers with 60 watts of combines peak output. Combine these with the Audioengine DS1 speaker stands to elevate these speakers and experience premium sound at ear level.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED: Pair of Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers, 2m Speaker Wire, Power Supply & Cord, 1.5m Mini-Jack Audio Cable, 1.5m USB cable, Microfiber Speaker bags and Cable Bags, Setup Guide, Product line brochure

Can’t even state how good these speakers are. They are small but the quality is insane. I rigged them up to a t1 mk2 tube usb dac and using a russian gold valve to drive the sound. I prefer them to the genelec 8010 because the sound is much bigger even if on some range the genelec might give you more detail in some frequencies, the soundstage of the audioengines are so much better overall.

Lovely little speakers, crisp and clear with a reasonable base for a small room and their intended use.

I did a lot of research before buying these speakers, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The speakers are reassuingly heavy, well built and with quality connections. Connecting them via usb to my computer they were recognised instantly and ready to go. The sound is incredibly clear, with fantastic range and rich bass even without a dedicated sub. The sound remains clear and detailed even when turned up to levels you’d never entertain when sat at your desk. Importantly, the speakers also look fantastic, with a clean, simple design that looks stylish and premium. The speakers are just as comfortable with pumping out music while you work, or for gaming, where the bass and volume can really help with immersion. I also purchased the stands, which position the speakers perfectly on the desk, but are possibly a bit expensive for what you get. Overall, i can’t recommend these highly enough for anyone that is looking for a stylish desktop speaker setup with amaing sound. And who doesn’t want to have to resort to the usual plasticky and garish computer speaker options.

Audioengine A2+ 60W Powered Desktop Speakers | Built-in DAC & Analog Amplifier | Direct USB Connection, 3.5mm and RCA inputs | Cables included (Red) : Speakers are great, easy to connect to my turntable, great playing vynil again 😁.

Straight off the bat these are not high end speakers, nor are they designed to be or claimed to be. These are premium speakers for your desk, and for what they are, they are very very good. These are designed for close range listening and if you’re buying them for your tv or any other multimedia purposes where you wont be sitting fairly close to them you will find that while the mids and highs sound fantastic the bass falls away at distance. I read a lot of reviews that said they got better sound out of the usb connection, in my experience i got better sound from 3. 5mm jack, this is because my 2014 macbook has a 24bit/96000hz dac inbuilt as opposed to the 16bit/48000hz of the speakers dac, however the bass response was barely noticeably better over usb. 1 speaker system and i thought i would miss the bass but for such a tiny little unit they pack plenty punch and if you are on the fence think of it this way, you either have one bass box with one speaker responsible for the bass or you have 2 separate speakers in each cabinet producing it’s own bass. I have to say i miss having a remote and the rear mounted volume makes me miss a remote even more however if you plug these in and set the volume about half way you can get very good volume control through the pc/mac/phone/tablet. I would wholeheartedly recommend these to anyone wanting an upgrade for their desk without consuming a lot of desk space, or wanting speakers without a big bulky bass box.

Not bad speakers for the money, but lack a bit of clarity and punch. Very well built and look good on my desk.

There is little/no base, but that is fine, as its not important for my preference and its more important to have great mids and top end for the sort of stuff i listen to. They also look really futuristic, only suggestion is the stands which i don’t have should be in the box for free with these.

Excellent little speakers for a desk setup. The sound quality is so much better than expected from such tiny speakers. Build quality is excellent & they look the part & only have a very small footprint. I’m no audiophile but the sound is so crisp & clear & plenty of bass for a desktop setup. It’s a big thumbs up from me.

For the use i had in mind – decent sound quality for playing music while i work at the desk in my study – these are superb. I managed to get them when amazon was selling them at £131, plus an extra £10 off due to a one-day offer from amazon. At that price, they are a steal. Having now tried them, i’d buy them even at a higher price. I love how small they are (about the height of a paperback book). And how classy they look, with the polished white surface. I’m not an audiophile, but to my ordinary ears these sound very good indeed. I have an macbook pro retina, which has a very good digital converter, so i couldn’t hear any difference in sound quality between aux cable and usb. (went for aux, as i only get 2 usb ports on my macbook.

Great sound more then enough for me, used connected to a rega turntable and pre amp. Great buy but o feel for that price you could find better.

I had read several reviews of these speakers before their purchase. They sit either side of my computer monitor, they sit on the oak work top upon oak mini stands i put together to to get them at the correct height/angle. I’m sitting very close to the speakers. The sound stage is very impressive. Ok no great thumping base, but i could add a sub for that should i want it – which i don’t. They can go louder than i find comfortable – (though i’m right on top of them – not trying to fill a large room)they were bought to replace my previous set-up because re-arranging my office meant there was no longer room for my old nad 3020 amp and monitor speakers. This system had produced a sound superior to almost every friend’s computer for many years and seen off about 10 upgraded computer towers. I thought they’d be sorely missed. But 5 days in with the audioengines and i’m beginning to hear why they get rave reviews – i really like them ok – gripes that the volume control is behind the left speaker, which for my set-up isn’t the best of access. (memo to self that next keyboard will have a mechanical rotary volume control – the one thing i still miss from the nad amp).

After some research, we purchased these audioengine a2+w speakers to replace our broken corsair sp2500’s, that we have had since july 2012. We have been using these a2+w’s since april 2017. Note, we aren’t audiophiles, but we like to think that we can tell the difference between good & bad sound quality. Here is our experience thus far. Pro’s:+clear, quality, punchy sound in games( rts/mmo) & music is equally so, picks up all the little backing lyrics/sounds really well. +nice stylish appearance, with 3 colour options available. +good quality feel, sturdy, solid weight wooden cabinets. +that something extra packaging, everything comes in microfiber cloth bags. +no sub, so takes up less room. +no hassle, goes into power saving idle mode if no input for a period of time. -volume control is somewhat awkwardly placed on the back of the power speaker. In conclusion, these audioengine a2+w’s are a great replacement for our corsair sp2500’s, very pleased with them.

For the tiny size these speakers pack a punch. Turn up the volume and you can feel the air move. I would not believe the clarity of sound for such a small speaker. For my main hifi i have a big pair of floor standing speakers, so know what good sound is like.

Great speakers, look great, speakers sound great, would be great with subwoofer.

Quite bright and a little bit toppy but ok for their size, rating would be better if they weren’t priced slightly out of their league. I put some nice ebony speaker feet on them rather than the cheap stand you can buy. Main reason for buying was to hook up to dali subwoofer to add some excitement to pc sound.

Bought these for my imac to replace some venerable sennheiser speakers. Am using the usb connector but note this needs to be set up in preferences when using a mac. The quality of the sound is phenomenal and the speakers have turned my study into a concert halli bought the horribly over priced but smart speaker stands and i would recommend them as they angle the speakers most effectively. Overall, a very satisfying purchase.

These really give out a great sound, full of base.

I highly recommend these speakers to anyone looking for high quality sound but also a small form factor. I run the speakers through a xonar d2x sound card and i cant imagine audio quality getting much more crystal clear than it does with these. The only down side i can think of is that it only has one sound jack so i have to swap the audio cable over between my pc and xbox. This can be solved by buying a decent quality double headphone jack(don’t by a cheap one as it ruins the sound quality as i found out). For the money they are a very solid product indeed.

After several readings on comments and reviews i decided to buy this desktop audio system in conjunction with the s8 subwoofer, i am still amazed at the quality of the sound that you can listen to, even at a rather high volume, without any smearing both in high and even medium tones. I have to admit that for those like me who likes to listen mainly electronic music, only the a2 + are not enough because even if the bass sound is played with emphasis is not yet deep and full-bodied as with listening with stereo speakers of higher magnitude, probably the a5 + succeed in this but. They are large and bulky to position them alongside the pc monitor, with the help of the subwoofer everything is much better. Together they form an unbeatable couple.I recommend the purchase of the a2 +, it is true that the price is not cheap but you will be really satisfied. ( sorry for my english by schoolboy 😉 ).

Whatever desktop media speakers you’re using right now would have a real struggle competing with these for sound quality. They may not be the loudest on the block but what you get is pure gold. Many manufacturers would charge you a lot more for this quality so get them before the folks at audioengine realise they’ve underpriced.

Bose Direct/Reflecting Speaker System -, Four Stars

One of the best speakers ever made. Do not listen to bose bashers. Anyone that bashes the bose 301 has probably not listened to them. The sound stage is huge, spatial sound realism, deep bass, clean highs and uniform sound everywhere. I use the yamaha rn-500 to drive the 301 speakers. No need for additional sub unless you are bass crazy. Just 2 speakers envelope you like surround sound.

Opened the box and was a little disappointed in the quality / materials used, seemed a bit cheap for the price bracket – including thin laminate covering (hollow feel), plastic surround is ok but nothing special, cheap spring speaker connectors and basic paper speaker cones (tuned up). What hi fi / would probably not be impressed with this. . They do look good on stands though. However, like some other bose products, looks can be deceiving. When set up on stands, they sound surprisingly good in my opinion and produce a different / open sound. Vocals – with two tweeters – positioned front and rear are impressive and bass is quite balanced (experiment with positioning) midrange is ok. I’m using a hybrid valve amp and it seems to work well in a medium size room. The reason i bought these speakers is that they have a wide stereo image that’s room filling and easy listening. They are not high end, but are different in looks and sound to other budget speakers. It’s just a shame that the finish on them is not better.

Absolutely amazing, full hugs sound from such small speakers, people ask me where i’m hiding the bass bins, but i have none, i use them in my town centre bar, and they give a sound of a professional club sound system. They are also very efficient and a 100w of power to each speaker sounds more like 500w, they are small but shue pack a punch.

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  • Bookshelf speakers provide expansive stereo sound throughout your room
  • Features two high-sensitivity tweeters – including one rear firing – and a 20.3cm woofer

Comments from buyers

“Surprisingly good sound.
, Absolutely amazing, full hugs sound from such small speakers
, Bose-tastic

Bought these speakers after a listening to a friend’s lifestyle system finding the concept of reflected sound very interesting,a lot different from what most speaker makers focus on. I have dabbled with reflective sound before coming across bose,in the past one of the cars i drove a mazda coupe had speakers just set into the dash under the windscreen and the effect it had on the music was amazing not sure if the midrange tweeter units was the reason but the reflective effect of the sound reflecting to my ears must have been a factor so my mind was very open to the bose concepts. Styling is very different from conventional speakers and with covers on the front they look very slick,placed on a pair of black atcama stands they look very nice for sure. Two angled tweeters one front and one on the rear take care of high notes ,bass is served by eight inch driver to the front and reflex ports to the rear. Sound is very open and quite detailed provided you place in good location to get the best of their reflection qualities they can really fill your space with rich music and lots of detail ,bass is quite powerful from 301s although the depth may not be enough for the size of these speakers they create a huge soundstage they are a lot of fun to listen to sounding a little like there bigger brother the 901s all in found these speakers do the job very well. In hindsight recent listens have to adjust my view on the bass which is very deep and substantial for speakers this size. Main thing is to listen for yourself before you buy.

Awesome sound quality from these speakers. Looking forward to installing them as they should be later in the week when the brackets have arrived. These will add to my existing bose speakers and acoustimass system and will just fill the room with sound. Can’t wait until it’s all up and running.

Wow they are loud and felt the walls vibrating. (neighbours had gone out) you do need a good amp though. My prime purpose to play these through my mac into an amp. Using a lepy lp-20244a+ amp. But will buy a better more sturdy amp. Doesn’t come with cables and has little rubber feet included.

Bought these to replace old warfdale’s, must say what a difference these small speakers make.

Great sound from such compact speakers. Fills the room with clear and full-range music.

Sony CMT-SBT20 Compact Hi-Fi System : but good value, sound quality is not good

Blew up 2 years and 2 months after purchase.

But good value , sound quality is not good tho.

It’s a small hi fi with bluetooth.

Bought as a gift for my daughter, she lives it. Excellent sound quality very happy.

  • Excellent Sony system!!
  • Fantastic, over the moon
  • Great SONY hi-fi unit RUBBISH REMOTE

Sony CMT-SBT20 Compact Hi-Fi System with CD Bluetooth NFC – Black/Silver

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  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch
  • USB media and Walkman playback and charging
  • Intergrated FM Radio Tuner
  • 12W total power
  • Mega Bass for dynamic sound

Very good, clear sound, compact, small, it doesn’t take much space. Sony do not disappoint, as usual.

Did a fair bit of research before buying and so glad i chose the sony mini system – sound is amazing and it fits beautifully on the dresser under the tv – have already paired it with my amazon music and my son came home the other day, pressed a button on his phone and played his spotify music through the system – love it – still not worked out how to get the radio working and wondering if i threw the box out too soon without checking for an aerial?.

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I was going to buy this initially but got a panasonic system instead only because it was cheaper. Both are small, look attractive and versatile with cd play, radio and bluetooth. However the sound is small too. Ok for a small room and the quality is not really hi-fi, but for the price i have no complaints. Both sell for £80 plus but only £60 if you get a warehouse deal.

I absolutely love this hi-fi system. It was everything and more than i expected. I really only use the cd player which is easy, the sound quality is great and i highly recommend this if you are on a budget and want a truly great music system.

The the money i paid a very worth while buy. The sounds great and looks great.

We have been delighted with the quality of reproduction, especially the bass. It has been a good purchase and has already provided much enjoyment.

Can connect everything bluetooth easily to unit. Great sound quality and plenty of usefull ports,usb in front and 3. Aerial at back of unit useless picking up radio stations. Mine only picks up local radio national stations poor reception. But the main bad point is the remote,there is no weight to it very light and also battery panel on back rattles. It wont open when using remote but it does irritate. In all a good unit let down buy a very cheap feeling remote.

Perfect; superb build and importantly excellent sound quality, which is what you expect from sony. Easy to set up and and use, and very compact. The extra bluetooth functionality makes it even more connectible. So pleased, purchased a second unit for another roomwould recommend this product.

What a fantastic little stereo so pleased.

Would be a very ideal purchase for price, how the system frequently switches itself off during use.

This item was not suitable for the intended use i had for it. The connecting cables were too short.

I have an audiophile system and people are being over critical of the sound quality because the preset equalisers need to be set to ‘classical’ and the base enhancement boost actually needs to be put on in this system. It has enough power and quality for any bedroom and minimum quality you expect from a. What i do not like is the terrible navigation of music and audio via usb.

➕ sleek ok sound for 12 watts lacks beefy bass but treble & general sound quality excellentit’s got six in blootooth dab & nfc➖ slow to operate fm tuning & dab presets are a pain to set upon setting timed menu it only seams to play cd’s dispute manual saying you can choose radio fm or dabhaven’t fully invested this issue yet but in a scan set up of dab presets it’s needed redoingoverall just about happy as managed to get a return unit via google for £49. 99 still seams a lot of money for 12w though & issuesdefiantly wouldn’t have been happy at full pricebut i do drive a hard bargain.

Bought is for my son’s birthday and he loves it.

Value for money-reasonable sound quality for such a small unit.

Problem with missing tuner button.

I purchased this principally to play my cd collection. The sound quality is fantastic. The controls and setting up fm etc are well set out. It is great value for money and exceeds my expectations.

Yamaha Electronics Yamaha MusicCast WX010 Wireless Speaker, Wonderful sound and look, terrible control and connectivity

Better than sonos play 1 in terms of sound quality. Also in my opinion app interface is great, quality is amazing too as it should be from yamaha brand. I have bought both – sonos play 1 and wx010 – to setup and compare. Sonos went back 🙂 yamaha – stayed.Planning to extend my musiccast network soon. Also is almost twice cheaper than sonos.

This isn’t bad at all, a lovely looking speaker that takes up minimal space in your home. It can be wall-mounted or left free-standing, and being powered, there is no risk of the speaker cutting out halfway through an internet radio programme, for example. I’m not too bad with technology, although i’m not brilliant. I was slightly wary of the set-up, as i have used some wireless apps in the past that i had to re-install on my iphone 6s+ every time i used the device with which they are used. Sure enough, there were some issues. I had followed the instructions on the app, but connection for internet radio (what i really wanted this for) wasn’t happening. I installed mine before the other reviews highlighting connection issues appeared, which was just as well. I unstinstalled the app, re-installed it, and it worked really well from then on in. Connections were quickly made, and all appears to work well. I have no idea what the problem was initially.

I wanted a ‘dumb’ speaker, not a talk-to one. Followed which advice that this sounds better and is cheaper than the sonos. Easy to use under airplay, bit more fiddly for spotify.

Comments from buyers

“Recommended for anyone who can’t quite bear the cost of a Sonos setup
, Excellent sound quality but dependant of good broadband/WiFi connection.
, Good sounding small speaker

A lot larger and heavier than anticipated, but does come with the capability of attaching to a wall if you have some diy skills (i don’t)very easy to assemble and connect to bluetooth devices. Excellent range and quality of sound. Quite heavy on the bass but i’m not sure if that is because of the device it was attached to or the speaker itself.

Very happy with this speaker.

Only used it with airplay from my computer so i haven’t tried it’s full range of features yet.

Downside is the lack of apple music so you’re forced to airplay. Spotify and musiccast app are superb. Simple access to streaming, digital stored music on my network and internet radio. Replaced our dab kitchen radio with something far more flexible.

The speaker links seamlessly with my yamaha rxv681 av amp and yamaha wx030 speaker. The sound quality is superb with good lows,impressive mids and excellent treble. I would say that the slightly cheaper and smaller wx010 has a better sound than the wx030 but not by much (although thinking about it as i write it could be the acoustics of the room as i have never switched them around. )i have this speaker in the kitchen, the wx030 in the dining room and the av amp in the lounge. Its great to go from room to room with the same music playing throughout. No sync issues at all with yamaha musiccast its exceptional with an easy to use downloadable app. The build quality is excellent , the sound quality is superb and setup is childs play. If you really want to hear music throughout the house the yamaha musiccast system really is a great way to do it.

Good quality build and sound. Can eq it via the musiccast app. With treble mid and bass adjustment. Easy to set up but make sure the firmware is up to date if you are linking it with another device. Again this is done via musiccast app under settings.

The unit is powerful enough for a 20 sq. Sound quality is excellent, a little bass heavy to my ears as a default, but this is easily adjusted. The unit is very solid, and comes with a rubberised base and additional adhesive pads, so unwanted vibration shouldn’t be a problem. The musicmatch app is fairly easy to get on with, very quickly recognises any dlna servers you have set up, also has access to airplay, net radio, spotify, deezer et al, or can just be used as a bluetooth speaker. Remembers the last source used, so when you switch it on it’ll continue from wherever it was when you switched it off. I have 2 of these in different rooms and connecting them is straightforward, though i suspect the quality of the syncing will be very dependant on your wifi.

I’m very new to wireless speakers, so this was the first one i have ever used. I think the connectivity was good & quick. Very sleek modern design and also it’s nice and small, so easy for a work surface in the kitchen for example. The only thing that upset me was that you can only use spotify premium on this device & i only have the basic account. Other than that, very happy with the product.

Good speaker, connects well and sound quality is really good for its size. Musiccast app is ok, not the best but works relatively well and when linked to other speakers in my house creates a great music system. Whilst you can link these to a soundbar they do not function as surround speakers so look elsewhere if that’s what you are after.

These speakers are truly amazing. They easily fill a large room with balanced full sound. Given their size the bass is astounding. We’re so pleased we bought another for the dining room. We listen to music stored on a nas dlna server & internet radio which auto connects with power on so easy to just switch on & listen without needing to fiddle with apps. The music cast system is brilliant.

Best value for money of all competing speaker brands.

A good quality wireless and bluetooth speaker. I purchased 2 together with a musiccast crxn470d system about 15 months ago. Until recently the speakers kept losing the wifi signal which really annoyed me. However after further losses of wifi signals it was discovered that openreach had wired my broadband connection wrongly, since which time the speakers which are situated in different locations in my home, have worked perfectly and reproduced the sounds of an excellent quality.

Working well now but took some time to get it connected to wifi. A socket to link with record player would have been useful.

Nice feel product with a reassuring weight and build quality. Be warned that you need to break them in and to begin with sound is okay but tge more ive used them the better they’ve become and at £100 cheaper per pair than sonos are very happy. Software is intuitive and wifi range is good.

I am amazed at the clarity and room filling quality of this small speaker. It has a great range from high treble to bass with that can be felt and heard. This speaker is used in a large double height room and is performing well. This is a smart looking, very unobtrusive speaker. I like the clean uncluttered, simple design, the lack of knobs and buttons in favour of very sensitive touch controls is very welcome. Set up was straightforward and instructions easy to follow. I use ipads to control the speaker and have no problems with the app which is simple and intuitive. The one letdown for this dedicated apple user is the inability to play from itunes, thus having to rely on spotify (free), digital radio and music collection.

I have a number of small bluetooth speakers which are wonderful portable devices and for their size have good sound. But if you really want something that hooks up to your phone and can put our outstandingly clear sound with great base and loud enough to be heard at a distance then this is the item for you. As it is plugged in rather than charged it can really get some power behind it. First impressions are of a very well put together device. It appears like a small speaker but with the various functions on top you can see it is more than that. First thing i did was download the app which with a bit of setup connected nicely to the speaker and opened up options such as connecting to your phone’s library of music or being able to access things like spotify or radio stations. Unlike other such devices the app runs off your wi-fi so you get a more stable and stronger signal. The sound quality is very good and the volume levels can go up quite high. I find this useful as i placed mine in the dining room which is between my kitchen and living room and i can hear it perfectly clearly in each room which means when i am going back and forth whilst preparing food i do not have to turn my device on and off. It has a function for setting up which room it is placed in which likely optimises for the acoustics.

I bought this wireless active speaker for use in connexion with the yamaha crx 470 n musiccast system. The sound quality and connectivity is very good. If you are looking for complete portability however look elsewhere as the speaker has no battery power it must be plugged into the mains. For my family the main object of buying the yamaha musiccast system was to listen to internet radio in virtually every room in the house. My wife is an avid listener of france inter. Before the french government, in their miserliness, decided to switch off the long wave transmission my wife had am radios stationed throughout the house. The musiccast system restores this functionality with the added benefit of better sound reproduction. The musiccast system is very flexible just like sonos. The crx 470 music centre will play music stored on a computer hard drive and usb drive.

I have a wired bose system in the house, but is not suitable for modern technology. Which gave the yamaha a great review, 84% far higher than many brands citing four or five times as much. The app works well, and has it operates with airplay so you can go straight from apple phone/pad without using the app. Sound quality is excellent and will buy more for other rooms. 9th feb 2019 bought another it’s such a good product.

At almost £120 you might think this a tad expensive for a speaker but this is a speaker and a half and, in my opinion, worth every pennyopening the box i have to say i was a tad disappointed; it didn’t look any different from my old speaker (more compact but then things have moved on since my speakers were bought)it may be obvious to you but i’d not appreciated the difference that a wireless speaker makes; i’ve put it exactly where i wanted it – including on my patio when friends were round. My kids gave me spotify for christmas and up to now o hadn’t really valued it (listening on my phone was ok but not great). Listening to my choice of music through this speaker was a revolutioni have to admit i’m a bit scared of new technology and waited for my son to come home and set it up. A doddle was how he described iti’m also loving the internet radio that it comes with. I can listen to my favourite french radio station whenever i want – marvellous (manifique)i really find nothing to fault with this.

An excellent piece to keep yourself energetic by feeling every bit of music. Easy to connect with loads of options. The piece is with loads of options which making me feel wow. Easy portable and can connect via wifi or bluetooth. Music cast app is extremely easy to operate, gives loads of option of controlling music at different rooms.

Lovely crystal clear speaker , linked in with yamahas music cast so we can listen to the stereo in a different room .

Yamaha Electronics Yamaha MusicCast WX010 Wireless Speaker – The sound quality is superb with good lows, impressive mids and excellent treble

This speaker works using an app, and is easy to set up. The sound quality is excellent – i have a bluetooth speaker, but it runs on a battery so its power is limited. This really packs a punch, and comes complete with pads to minimise the vibration for that exact reason.The speaker does need to be plugged into a power source wherever it sits. You can control volume on the speaker but it’s much easier to do it via the app. You can set different ‘rooms’ to optimise the sound (dining room, parlour) but being a serf with only normal rooms i didn’t do this. I was able to stream music to it using my phone – both bbc radio (online) and my own music on my phone/tablet but not spotify, because i don’t have a premium account, infuriatingly, and it’s important to know this before you invest. I’m going to have to stick to my little bluetooth speaker for my spotifying.

For the price it is fantastic.

An excellent piece to keep yourself energetic by feeling every bit of music. Easy to connect with loads of options. The piece is with loads of options which making me feel wow. Easy portable and can connect via wifi or bluetooth. Music cast app is extremely easy to operate, gives loads of option of controlling music at different rooms. Here are the specifications for the Yamaha Electronics Yamaha MusicCast WX010 Wireless Speaker:

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  • Incredible Sound quality from the world Largest Musical Instrument Manufacturer
  • Stream you entire Music Library, Spotify Qobuz & more streaming services plus Internet Radio
  • Bluetooth & Airplay as standard plus support for Hi-Res Audio
  • Compatible with all Yamaha Music Cast items so expand your system and fill your house with crystal clear sound
  • 2 year warranty as standard

This isn’t bad at all, a lovely looking speaker that takes up minimal space in your home. It can be wall-mounted or left free-standing, and being powered, there is no risk of the speaker cutting out halfway through an internet radio programme, for example. I’m not too bad with technology, although i’m not brilliant. I was slightly wary of the set-up, as i have used some wireless apps in the past that i had to re-install on my iphone 6s+ every time i used the device with which they are used. Sure enough, there were some issues. I had followed the instructions on the app, but connection for internet radio (what i really wanted this for) wasn’t happening. I installed mine before the other reviews highlighting connection issues appeared, which was just as well. I unstinstalled the app, re-installed it, and it worked really well from then on in. Connections were quickly made, and all appears to work well. I have no idea what the problem was initially.

The unit is powerful enough for a 20 sq. Sound quality is excellent, a little bass heavy to my ears as a default, but this is easily adjusted. The unit is very solid, and comes with a rubberised base and additional adhesive pads, so unwanted vibration shouldn’t be a problem. The musicmatch app is fairly easy to get on with, very quickly recognises any dlna servers you have set up, also has access to airplay, net radio, spotify, deezer et al, or can just be used as a bluetooth speaker. Remembers the last source used, so when you switch it on it’ll continue from wherever it was when you switched it off. I have 2 of these in different rooms and connecting them is straightforward, though i suspect the quality of the syncing will be very dependant on your wifi.

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  • Recommended for anyone who can’t quite bear the cost of a Sonos setup
  • Excellent sound quality but dependant of good broadband/WiFi connection.
  • Good sounding small speaker

The speaker links seamlessly with my yamaha rxv681 av amp and yamaha wx030 speaker. The sound quality is superb with good lows,impressive mids and excellent treble. I would say that the slightly cheaper and smaller wx010 has a better sound than the wx030 but not by much (although thinking about it as i write it could be the acoustics of the room as i have never switched them around. )i have this speaker in the kitchen, the wx030 in the dining room and the av amp in the lounge. Its great to go from room to room with the same music playing throughout. No sync issues at all with yamaha musiccast its exceptional with an easy to use downloadable app. The build quality is excellent , the sound quality is superb and setup is childs play. If you really want to hear music throughout the house the yamaha musiccast system really is a great way to do it.

I wanted a ‘dumb’ speaker, not a talk-to one. Followed which advice that this sounds better and is cheaper than the sonos. Easy to use under airplay, bit more fiddly for spotify.

Better than sonos play 1 in terms of sound quality. Also in my opinion app interface is great, quality is amazing too as it should be from yamaha brand. I have bought both – sonos play 1 and wx010 – to setup and compare. Sonos went back 🙂 yamaha – stayed.Planning to extend my musiccast network soon. Also is almost twice cheaper than sonos.

Although it has bluetooth and airplay it is way behind a sonos play 1 in terms of build quality, sound, range of music services, app and stability. I owned one for 2 weeks before sending it back and has to power cycle several times. Also annoying if you like to sleep in a dark room, you can’t turn off the light. Of course can put something over it but that’s messy.

Best value for money of all competing speaker brands.

Downside is the lack of apple music so you’re forced to airplay. Spotify and musiccast app are superb. Simple access to streaming, digital stored music on my network and internet radio. Replaced our dab kitchen radio with something far more flexible.

A good quality wireless and bluetooth speaker. I purchased 2 together with a musiccast crxn470d system about 15 months ago. Until recently the speakers kept losing the wifi signal which really annoyed me. However after further losses of wifi signals it was discovered that openreach had wired my broadband connection wrongly, since which time the speakers which are situated in different locations in my home, have worked perfectly and reproduced the sounds of an excellent quality.

Very happy with this speaker.

Lovely crystal clear speaker , linked in with yamahas music cast so we can listen to the stereo in a different room .

Only used it with airplay from my computer so i haven’t tried it’s full range of features yet.

I have a wired bose system in the house, but is not suitable for modern technology. Which gave the yamaha a great review, 84% far higher than many brands citing four or five times as much. The app works well, and has it operates with airplay so you can go straight from apple phone/pad without using the app. Sound quality is excellent and will buy more for other rooms. 9th feb 2019 bought another it’s such a good product.

These speakers are truly amazing. They easily fill a large room with balanced full sound. Given their size the bass is astounding. We’re so pleased we bought another for the dining room. We listen to music stored on a nas dlna server & internet radio which auto connects with power on so easy to just switch on & listen without needing to fiddle with apps. The music cast system is brilliant.

I bought this wireless active speaker for use in connexion with the yamaha crx 470 n musiccast system. The sound quality and connectivity is very good. If you are looking for complete portability however look elsewhere as the speaker has no battery power it must be plugged into the mains. For my family the main object of buying the yamaha musiccast system was to listen to internet radio in virtually every room in the house. My wife is an avid listener of france inter. Before the french government, in their miserliness, decided to switch off the long wave transmission my wife had am radios stationed throughout the house. The musiccast system restores this functionality with the added benefit of better sound reproduction. The musiccast system is very flexible just like sonos. The crx 470 music centre will play music stored on a computer hard drive and usb drive.

Not sure i understand some of the other reviews on here. First, this is a powered speaker, so needs a power socket. It’s not meant to be a bluetooth speaker for your car or when you are out and about. Second, it connected first time for me via bluetooth, without the app. When i used the app and amazon music, it worked perfectly first time. Some other reviewers say you need spotify premium, so be aware if all your music is on spotify. I’m an android guy, and this works beautifully with my huawei p9 lite. So, as far as my experience is concerned, no problems at all. More than that: i find the sound deep and powerful.

I am amazed at the clarity and room filling quality of this small speaker. It has a great range from high treble to bass with that can be felt and heard. This speaker is used in a large double height room and is performing well. This is a smart looking, very unobtrusive speaker. I like the clean uncluttered, simple design, the lack of knobs and buttons in favour of very sensitive touch controls is very welcome. Set up was straightforward and instructions easy to follow. I use ipads to control the speaker and have no problems with the app which is simple and intuitive. The one letdown for this dedicated apple user is the inability to play from itunes, thus having to rely on spotify (free), digital radio and music collection.

At almost £120 you might think this a tad expensive for a speaker but this is a speaker and a half and, in my opinion, worth every pennyopening the box i have to say i was a tad disappointed; it didn’t look any different from my old speaker (more compact but then things have moved on since my speakers were bought)it may be obvious to you but i’d not appreciated the difference that a wireless speaker makes; i’ve put it exactly where i wanted it – including on my patio when friends were round. My kids gave me spotify for christmas and up to now o hadn’t really valued it (listening on my phone was ok but not great). Listening to my choice of music through this speaker was a revolutioni have to admit i’m a bit scared of new technology and waited for my son to come home and set it up. A doddle was how he described iti’m also loving the internet radio that it comes with. I can listen to my favourite french radio station whenever i want – marvellous (manifique)i really find nothing to fault with this.

MAJORITY Ben Nevis Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Surround Sound : Fantastic product, excellent value

I alwayz buy very expensive soundbarz but then i saw thiz 1 & i lookin 4 1 4 my bedroom but i though no way cuz of the price so i read most of the reviewz & ordered it. Omg-osh it soundz so good 4 the price i can’t believe it. Itz so sleek & the nice white gloss finish on the soundbar luv the cute little remote i’m so happy i decided 2 try it thankz seller x.

Well impressed with this product, i bought this because i blew the speakers on my actual tv and thought it would be a cheaper option rather than buying another tv. Really impressed with this the sound quality is amazing, easy to set up optical cable isn’t needed either, absolute bargain for the price, was dubious before buying because i hadn’t heard of the make but i would highly recommend this, amazing sound like having a cinema in the living room, i’ll be buying another one for the bedroom, the sub woofer really is needed as it gives that extra boost excellent for the price couldn’t be happier with it.

Very good,well built sound bar & bass speaker, for the price( bought in the sale)good sound,decimate upgrade from my standard tv. Remote control is good but very small & i don’t think it will be long before the back of the sofa claims another victim?. Delivery was next day with prime. My only niggle with the whole package is that it should come with an optical lead as standard, as the supplied lead is pretty useless. So if you are going to buy one,do yourself a favour and get an optical cable at the same time & you will save yourself a lot of grief.

The law of deminishing returns definitely applies to soundbars. You could pay a lot more than £60 to get marginally better performance than you will get from this bit of kit. As mentioned by other the reviewers, the range from speaker to subwoofer is abysmal to the point of being completely useless. Majority shouldn’t have bothered with wireless and invested in a better remote instead. So cheap and nasty that i will have to purchase a universal remote. Factor this in when making your decision as your tv is unlikely to control volume and you will be relying on the crap remote. There may be a wired soundbar + sub with a better remote out there that works out cheaper. Beware the 3 year guarantee. To take advantage of this they make you leave a review. Pretty doodgy way of doing things and probably why there are so many reviews on amazon.

  • Fantastic soundbar & subwoofer in this range
  • Fantastic Soundbar.
  • Fantastic product, excellent value

Ben Nevis Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer Surround Sound, 150W Wireless Bluetooth Device Streaming, Remote Control, AUX in, FM radio, Wall Mountable, Optical Compatible, RCA cable included (White)

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  • VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND: The wireless connection between the 2.1 sound bar and freestanding sub woofer allows you to place the sub woofer in any location in the room. Keep your room tidy and also fill the room with sharp cinematic sound! Surround yourself with HD patented sound with 150W of high-quality surround sound to enjoy your favourite films, television, FM radio and audio.
  • 4.0 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTION: Connect Bluetooth devices such as your smart phone or tablet to the sound bar in a simple 3 step set-up. Begin streaming from your favourite music apps including Spotify and Apple Music, apps or radio stations.
  • CONNECTIVITY: Connect your device to the Ben Nevis via the AUX 3.5mm Line-In connection for those devices without Bluetooth. Also insert a USB stick via the USB port to begin playing your own MP3 files. Use the supplied RCA cable to quickly set up the sound bar to your television, or use the optical input port to connect to your television via an optical cable (not included).
  • REMOTE CONTROL: With the easy to use remote, you can change the treble and bass settings at the click of a button whilst also selecting a music mode that heightens music, movies or dialog to be played at its best.
  • WARRANTY: Majority offer full technical support for every item, as well as including a comprehensive 36 month warranty (registration required).

Vast improvement over tv speakers. Value for money at £60 and hoping for a long life from it after seeing other reviews. 3 year warranty is good and hopefully honest.

A fantastic sound bar that was delivered promptly. I was a bit apprehensive about the quality given that it’s a relatively lesser known brand. But it arrived promptly and packaging was impressive. The build quality of the actual product was surprisingly good. Once connected to my lg tv using an optical cable, i was very impressed with the sound quality. The sound was crisp and the music was clear. I must admit i am not an audio expert but even ar sufficiently loud volume test it was very pleasant and without any distortion. I could not notice any connection drop in the subwoofer but could be because it was only placed next to the main soundbar. Only two minor criticism is that display on the soundbar is a bit difficult to read as it’s behind the mash and the remote is also bit flimsy. But other than that i can’t fault it on build quality and sound quality.

Very fast delivery, sound quality and volume for the price are very good, easy to install and connect but when connected via bluetooth or an optical cable it keeps going out of sync. Have to pause what is being watched and then switch off the sound bar and switch it on again. Its really aggravating and spoils an otherwise very good product. Update: customer services very good and quickly arranged a replacement that i am currently waiting on for delivery. Will update when re-installed.

We are really pleased with this soundbar. We have it connected to the tv via an optical cable, and then also use the bluetooth function for listening to music. Great sound with great bass and options to adjust bass/treble. We had some initial issues with the remote control but the seller kindly sent us out another one and now it’s working fine. We haven’t had any problems with connectivity between the soundbar and subwoofer, but then we have them sitting fairly close to each other. Overall this appears to be an excellent product for the price.

Only had it one day but the performance of the ben nevis is really good with a clear treble and a solid bassi had bought another soundbar at the beginning of the year, but the ben nevis is in a different league.

Quite difficult to find a white soundbar,and most are expensive,so i chose this one for our bedroom as it’s such a great price. To be honest i wasn’t expecting such a good sound from one so inexpensive(we have sound bar in the kitchen that was £300 and thought it would be much more inferior to this),however,we were really surprised. It has a decent sound to it and more than loud enough for a bedroom(maybe even a lounge). Love that you can hang it on the wall without the need for extra brackets,and it has the sub woofer also. I would totally recommend this,esp at this price.

Seems pretty good for the money. The quality of the product is good. Easy to set up – although i am still trying to find the best position for the subwoofer to combat interference and get a sound that i am happy with. I like it though and it has certainly improved the sound from my sony bravia tv – even with the subwoofer teething issue.

Very happy with speaker, sound quality is excellent for the purpose it bought for, the only think wrong is the remote control dose not work, i changed the battery and it still not working, would it be possible to send out a new one please.

Can’t put subwoofer too far away but creates fantastic sitting experience. Bought it after being disappointed watching greatest showman with just my tvs internal speakers. Now i love itas with other reviews we had to contact company for a replacement remote. Do not try to contact through amazon on the phone as they were useless. Claimed they couldn’t give company details (which we found on the website) and wanted me to return the whole system (what a waste)contact company directly for fast easy service.

I like this device as it looks, feels and performs better than i thought however i have had issues connecting the device with my tv as the instructions given were either incorrect or not up date. As it had instructed me to click a button that was not shown on the remote provided and another button that was another alternative was also not on the remote provided and because of this im very disappointed with device atm. Ben nevis soundbar and wireless subwoofer surround sound, 150w wireless bluetooth device streaming, remote control, aux in, fm radio, wall mountable, optical compatible, rca cable included (black).

More then impressed with this sound bar. , i had a samsung sound bar before this one, but as i was decorating i let my son use the samsung until i finished decorating. But instead of me fetching it back i decided to have a look at i new one. I came across this one for less then £60, i thought a long time about this one thinking for the low price and not a big name i decided to give it a try, and what a surprise i had, it sounds a lot better the my old one better base, looks better and the sound as i say is far better then the samsung and cost less then half the rice i paid for my old one, the only thing that i can fault this one for is the remote is small and more chance of it getting lost down the sofa, but a nice touch is they give you velcro stickers so you can fix the remote to the sound bar when not in use.

Perfect for my xbox/projector man cave setupi didn’t want to spend a lot – when i buy something new it gives my wife an excuse to also go shopping, usually for shoes. Seriously, how many pairs of shoes do you really need – a pair for every day and a pair for best, right. She has enough pairs of shoes to rival clark’s. And don’t get me started on handbags. I have been pleasantly surprised at how good this soundbar is. I was expecting mediocre performance given the price but actually it’s great. I was hesitant to buy a brand i’d never heard of – cheap electrical equipment, what could possibly go wrong – but all of my fears have been alleviated and it’s just as good as the lg soundbar we’ve had for a few years.

Early doors review, 2 days in, but really pleased with the product for the price. Sound is decent, not amazing but very good. Base is punchy and it’s all easy to set up. As other have said, few little niggles, mainly sub to main bar needs to be close otherwise you get the occassional drop out. Overall, good product and great value for money.

Very good sound for the price. I connected my mobile and play my music through the sound bar.

I chose this particular brand because i had recently purchased an internet radio made by the same company and was really pleased with that item. The soundbar took a little while to get this working properly, but further investigation showed the problem to be linked to a faulty optical cable purchased at the same time as the soundbar. Sound quality of the soundbar is excellent. Not sure yet about the subwoofer. It could be just that i haven’t found the right position for it yet, as although sound is getting to it, the volume is significantly lower than the soundbar – so you don’t really notice sound from the subwoofer. There doesn’t appear to be anyway to alter the subwoofer volume, so may need repositioning to see if that alters this. I’m sure with experimentation in positioning, this will be an excellent purchase.

I’ve wanted a soundbar for a while, but never quite found the right one. I was a little sceptical due to the varied reviews, but at this price point, it was worth a punt. Let me tell you, this is an amazing device. Took about 2 minutes to get it up and running, hardest part was moving the tv out to get to the plug sockets ha ha. Bluetooth connected fast, no issues at all. I’ve got fabulous treble and higher pitches from the soundbar, the bass from the subwoofer is amazing. I’ve had to turn the bass down to find a pleasing spot.

Bought this to replace the an old surround sound system that i was using with my vinyl player, the old system just had too many wires. The only wires with this are the two power cables (for the sound-bar and subwoofer) and my line in cable from my vinyl player, very happy. Great sound quality, was quite surprised at how good the sound quality was considering the price. Within five minuets of opening the box i had it set up and listening to my vinyl collection. The remote control is fine enough, like a lot of sound-bars the remote is small thin, almost flimsy looking, thats the only thing i would prefer when buying products like this is to have then invest a little more time in the designing and the quality of the remote. The remote comes with a optional double sided velcro strip which is suggested to be used to secure it to the speaker for safekeeping, i have mine stuck on my side table so the remote is always just a hands reach away. You get a three year warranty if you register your product, it is literally a matter of choosing your product and entering your name and email address.

Not bad for the offer price but if i had to pay the full price i think 🤔 it’s probably not quite worth it, sounds great but bass isn’t as good as stated, only has 10 settings for bass and actually does distort slightly unlike the description insists, other than that, nice and loud, great sound for the price and great options 😊.

Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar : Laggy unless.

Nice and compact, works a treat. No issues with connectivity or sound quality. A huge step up from the tv speakers. Woofer works well for tv and film.

I bought this to enhance my new 4k tv, i particularly liked the fact that the soundbar and subwoofer were so small. The set up was easy and build quality was good except for the supplied optical cable which was plasticky and stiff and wouldn’t sit in the cable management of the tv stand properly. The soundbar quality was really good to be honest i was quite impressed not a lot of sound separation but it is a compact unit so there has to be compromise, vocals very clear and i didn’t notice any time lag. However the subwoofer although small sounds absolutely rubbish, no volume and hardly any bass. The subwoofer wasn’t any match for my old 8 inch cheap active sub which only cost £50 from ‘richer sounds’ very disappointed, if i had listened to this in a shop i would not have bought it i was almost tempted to return the item. Well i have now had it a couple of months and with tweeking of settings and changing location of sub it’s better but not great, i also found using the optical lead i had to keep reaching for the remote so now wired in analogue i can control the volume with the tv remote with no loss of quality in the sound.

It improves the sound from my samsung tv no end, but the bass isn’t brilliant. Once you connect the iphone that’s a different matter, massive bass response and excellent all round sound.

Brilliant product for the price, really happy with this sound system. Have it connected up in my lounge sounds great watching the football and playing shooter games on the ps4.

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  • When it is switched on sound quality is reasonably good.

Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar with Interior Matching Design and Bluetooth, Black

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  • Simply connect the main unit to TV via optical, and place the ultra-slim subwoofer next to your TV cabinet or lay it flat under the sofa
  • Recreate that cinema feeling with Sony’s S-Force Pro Front Surround sound technology and enjoy bass that you can feel through your body thanks to the dedicated sofa mode
  • The sound bar acts as a wireless speaker : instantly link it to your smartphone via Bluetooth and NFC to playback your favourite music from your device
  • Discover cinematic sound quality, with a compact, neutral design S-Force PRO Front Surround and optimal bass from a wireless subwoofer deliver living room-filling sound

I liked the fact it was a small soundbar with a slim sub. Nice and tidy to go with my 55″ bravia 2016 modelhowever. . I was highly disappointed when i found two massive flaws with the system1) you cannot use a sony tv remote to control the soundbar???. I have a bravia kd55xd8005 4k tv and the remote worked fine with an lg soundbar but the mt300 is not compatibleabsolutely ridiculous. 2) the bluetooth option will not work with my sony tv either so i have to resort to an optical cable. So two huge features that i needed and yes i should have done more with my homework but hey sony and sony i stupidly assumed they would be compatible apart from that it has a great sound. Please research compatibility if you are matching with a sony tv or you will be disappointed like me.

Easy to set up and the sound is good for your basic requirements at a reasonable decibel level . Its a neat set of speakers and look quite tidy.

Was looking for speaker to fit axactly under tv and this fitted the bill, with no space to spare. That aside i was looking for sony as i like the quality of sony products, the sub unfortunately did not fit under my sofa, but is slim enough to still look good while not encroaching on the room. Sound is very good when watching good quality content. Good and full bass when listening to music. Loud enough for the whole of my house.

Good bit of kit nice and compact but not much bass but still sounds nice.

This is a fantastic product simple to se t up (10 mins ) looks good sounds great 😄.

My main criticism of this unit is that you have to switch it on separately. This means, when you switch on your tv you have no sound until the unit has been switched on and warmed up. When it is switched on sound quality is reasonably good.

I was given the sony ht-mt300 as a birthday present, and i love it. It is small at only 50cm wide and the sound for the size blows it away. I heard the bose system against this one and there really is no comparison. I have the subwoofer put under my sofa, and has put on sofa mode. To the people saying there is no base, try sofa mode. I have wanted a sound bar for some time, and have hummed and hayed for years as to what to go for. This one came about, and at a decent price point, a nice size and great sound. I haven’t really watched much tv using the bar, but have watched numerous films, and listened to a serious amount of music through it.

I have already previously owned a sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. But this new soundbar takes it to the next level. Easy to install you plug it in and then attach the wire to the tv though you can run it through blutooth. Once up and running it produces a wonderful sound with strong and deep base and clear sound. The different settings on the control means it is easy to change to suit you best and what you are watching including a handy setting to make dialog clearer. I have the base to the side but it resonates as though it could be anywhere in the room producing a solid surround sound style experience. For best effect if you can play with your television settings to get the optimal experience and set the soundbar as your main form of sound. Goes brilliantly with my 55″ sony television and will serve me well for many years ahead.

Was a little lets say unsure of the value of a sound bar. But with the new 4k hd sony 43kx80 tv, its a must. Without it, the sound from the actual tv is ok’ish but from the sound bar ones gets a the clear range for tv shows, cd movies etc.

Wish we had known about such things earlier.

Using it in the bedroom linked optical to a sony bravia, easy to install, easy remote control and the sound in the bedroom is perfect for me. De bass speaker also easy to connect and could find a nice spot for it which also improved the bass “feeling”. Good price & quality relation so happy with the purchase.

Really like this as you can have the subwoofer anywhere because it’s wireless. Can’t have it under our sofa but it fits between two chairs and you get great bass and rumbles – love it.

Very impressed with the clarity and quality for such a small soundbar.

The settings are pretty finicky and there isn’t a way to tell which one you’re on other than to listen for the difference so for some things it can be difficult. However the sound is great and it can go extremely loud.Bluetooth is great when i want it to connect to my phone for music.

Easy to set up and within minutes had my tv, laptop and pc connected to it, tv by cable and pc/laptop via bluetooth. It is easy to switch from tv to bluetooth devices and select the relevant sound type (e. Music or voice) though the number of choices is limited. However this is not a high cost soundbar so the range of choices is to be expected. Unable to comment fully on sound quality as i have impaired hearing but have found that a sound bar with digital output has improved my ability to hear, particularly at low volumes, without deafening the rest of my household. The soundbar has a ‘night’ mode which is particularly good at producing clear sound output at low volumes. More than happy with this purchase and can say that i can listen and enjoy music again.

On first impressions, this is a well made product. The quality of the components & materials feels luxurious. All wires needed are provided with the unit. The actual sound bar is a good size, & doesn’t take much space. -set-up: very easy & straighforward. -sound: for the size, excellent. It’s not surround but it has made a huge improvement with the seemingly popular problem of sound with a lot of hd/smart tv’s. It’s not that loud but if you live in urban apartment, it’s more than enough. Sound effects:-clear audio>sony recommended sound field , automatically optimises according to context & function. -movie>surround effects-music>optimised for musicnight>compresses sound (& the bass too it seems).

Bought this as i liked the compact size. Had a lag issue when connected to my sony bravia tv. After speaking with sony they offered no help. Update: so i connected it via aux.

Disappointed with performance.

Trust Xilo Compact 2 : Inexpensive and reasonable sound.

Kids have knocked them over a couple of times, still work fine.

For the price the sound quality is acceptable, but one of the speakers ‘hisses’. Rather than going to the trouble (and expense) of returning them i used some tape to ‘dampen’ the excess treble coming from the faulty one.

Trust Xilo Compact 2.0 Speaker Set (8 Watt) – USB Powered – Black, Grey

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Really good set of portable speakers. Purchased to replace a cheaper set that had a distinct hum and crackle when plugged in. These have no such problems and sound great.

They get the job done in a back office.

Just wanted speakers for my pc. The sound is adequate but you can’t expect great sound for this money. My only criticism is the leads are too short so you can’t move the speakers around.

Trust Xilo Compact 2.0 Speaker Set (8 Watt) – USB Powered – Black, Grey : Cute little box speakers perfect for a home pc or laptop where quality isn’t the most important aspect – some people don’t want subwoofers shaking the floor of their house or sound that can travel down the street- and for those people, these speakers will suit well.

Nice looking could do with a longer lead between speakers.

For the price paid, these are very good little speakers. I used them to add to the front of an x rocker gaming chair, to provide me with additional frontal stereo sound, not just 2 speakers at my head. The size is perfect, just the right size to stick inside the chair at the font – i just drill-sawed a hole in the wooden sides of the chair and stuck these inside the chair itself with the speakers facing out through the holes. Now i have a great surround sound feel. They’re not quite as good quality as the x rocker speakers (not as loud and ever so slightly tinny at full volume) but for the price they are little gems. And my x rocker gaming experience has just been vastly improved. For me, it was the size of the speakers that drew me to purchase these as they fit perfectly inside the front of an x rocker. Great buy, worth every penny.

Good quality for the price and more than enough power for the average user.

Take up minimum space on desk but give and excellent sound quality for my small study.

I use this item with my computer as i am deaf in both ears speakers work ok. This as made a big difference to my (music)hobby.

These are small, compact and loud. I love the design and the quality. They have a sensible volume control built into the cable which is much more practical than any others i have had. These are excellent for the money.

Great speakers, loud and crystal clear with no distortion. Own sonos and bose for the home so love sound quality. But these were fantastic for work pc throughout world up football.

Small usb powered speakers,handy in line volume wheel and decent sound tho not very loud,good for the price.

Great for my 86yr old uncle – he uses them to skype to his family near south africa, the sound quality is great, a bargain for the price.

Good pair of speakers and the sound quality is good.

But one of the speakers stopped working after three months.

Inexpensive and reasonable sound for the price.

These speakers are just right for a small room and personal use. No distortion and clear sound.

These were perfectly with my pc. Sound quality is good enough for what i need.

Sony HTST5000 – Best Sound I have ever experienced in my home

A lot of money for a system which fails to impress when listening to atmos encoded sound.

This is an amazing piece of equipment, i’ve just put this up today and it’s absolutely amazing the sound quality is excellent everything about this is superb.

After purchasing the new sony soundbar the first thing i noticed was a) the weight of the thing and the sub and b) the build quality. I wont lie, i am a huge sony fan and this unit does not disappoint. After unpacking and setting up which basically involves 3 hdmi into unit, 1 hdmi into hdmi4(arc) in tv and plug in the soundbar and sub to power supply. Then went into set up guide. Here it asks you to tell it where you will be sitting in the room, so measurement away from unit and then the distance between sound bar and ceiling so it can calibrate sound effect for the atmos. Unit was tested on volume 30/50(as loud as my room would allow without shaking) watching underworld blood wars 4k uhd. I was playing the disc via the sony ubx-h800 and a sony kd65xd8599. The sound is so big, so big infact my first thoughts were the 65′ tv did not do it justice anymore. The sub is also the best thing i have ever heard, because there are2 speakers in the sub 1 forward facing the other floor facing you retain detail in the bass but also feel it.

This is magnificent soundbar – i thought i had died and gone to audio heaven. I have never heard audio quality like this – seriously impressive sonics. First of all, this is a beast of a soundbar (and subwoofer) that comes in a curiously shaped box – l shaped. When the delivery driver dropped this off and passed it to me he told me to be careful – it is seriously heavy. The soundbar is quite ugly (it looks much better with the magnetic grille in place), the wireless subwoofer is more aesthetically pleasing but boy, does this combo have some serious output whilst maintaining the acutest clarity in voice, instrument, and sound effects. It is easy to set up – i hooked it up to my sony tv and sony bluray with pass-through hdmi arc cables and then i watched some bluray – first off the bbc’s recent adaptation of war and peace – astonishing. And then some amazon video, outlander season 3 and peaky blinders season 3 – the actors may as well have been performing in my living room. I then fiddled with the settings and downloaded the latest update via wifi and paired it with my ipad and played some of my favourite itunes tracks and wow – the musicality out of this is wondrously sumptuous; come together by the beatles, another one bites the dust by queen, and free fallin’ by tom petty and the heartbreakers – ringo, john deacon and tom petty may as well have been playing right in front of me. My wife thinks it is brilliant too – studio quality sound she stated and she is not into tech; and i suffer a lot from waf (wife acceptance factor)) – she has instructed me to go and find a suitable new av stand to accommodate this behemoth. 5 stars and then some – if i had to quibble, well it costs a tonne of money and the remote control is not dissimilar to the one that came with my sony bluray player (ubp-x800) but wow, and wow again.

Crystal clear, immersive sound. Clearly the 1-star review here is trolling or a disgruntled customer who has not heard this system or even bothered to use it.

The dolby atmos and dts x reproduction is truely ammazing, it has to be heard to believe.

  • Software is full of bugs
  • Good quality but can’t justify the cost
  • Unbelievable sound, unbelievable bass.

 ============= reason for buying =============i had the yamaha ysp-5100 for a long time and wanted a new soundbar with a dedicated sub for my replacement, after shopping around i settled on the sony st5000the yamaha was quite a tall soundbar having a heaight of around 6+ inches and that was also something i wanted to change, i wanted something smaller that delivered a punch============= contents and packaging =============i have never seen such a uniqely shaped box, it’s an l-shaped box that houses the woofer and the bar perfectlythe soundbarthe suboptical cableall power cablesa (pathetic) remote (and batteries)============= in a nutshell – good and bad =============good – excellent bass, good intergration with spotify, chromecase, bt etc. Dolby atmosbad – really pathetic remote considering some of you will pay upwards of 1000 for this. ============= setup =============setup is really a doddle. I managed to connet most devices via the wide array of connectivity options without reading the manual (woohoo)you can calibrate the height of your ceilings and wall distances in seconds, and then you can literally start enjoying. The sound on this bar is legendary, i used to watch my old yamaha on volume 30-40 and then lower to 20 after midnight, however this one is very loud at 15. It’s really punchy and watching a bluray really shows off the bars ability, especially something with a lot of bass============= outputs =============hdmi output3 hdcp comp. Inputs that support 4k and hd passthoroughoptical3. 5mm jackusb (not tried this yet)ethernet============= streaming =============spotify connectgoogle chromecastbluetooth============= conclusion =============it’s not cheap, but the build and sound quality make this an amazing option in my opinion, and i would recommend spending more than your budget if possible and pushing your pursestrings to accomodate this beast.

I ended up returning this soundbar after a month of trying to get support from sony. There are multiple bugs with the software. Main issue is the lack of info it provides on external devices connected to it, sometimes the audio displays on the front of the soundbar, sometimes it does not. If you set the soundbar to hdmi ‘extended’ which you should do if you have a 4k tv, things get worse, you can’t see audio info from external devices, you cant change audio delay if there is any. Sony refused to admit these were bugs. Firmware hasn’t been updated for a year and its looking unlikely it will be, even though its their flagship most expensive soundbar. There are also plenty of arc issues dealing with lg oled b7 tv, had to use some crazy workarounds to get the sound from the tv to the soundbar and then be able to switch to different inputs. Sound quality is generally good but you never know if you are getting dolby atmos or not. Sony’s suggestion was to listen to the top speakers to tell.With the refund i got marantz nr-1609 and kef ls50 speakers, much better option.

I really didnt know what to make of this product when it arrived from vine. I had no idea how big it was going to be or what it was actually meant to do. It took two people to carry it through to our lounge – the box is really big and heavy. Once i opened the box everything became clear.This is a sound bar that sits underneath your tv and a sub woofer that sits on the floor nearby (the sub woofer only needs a power connection and is not connected by wires to the sound bar). There is also a remote control, instruction booklet, bar grid (which clips onto the front of the bar for protection), a wall-mount guide (which we did not use as our tv is not wall mounted) and an optical cable (which you will need if your tv’s hdmi connection is not arc compatible (i didn’t know what arc compatible meant so googled it – we didnt need it for our tv and ours is a 10 year old aquos)the instructions are really clear and easy to follow – we used the quick start up guide rather than the detailed booklet. You need a hdmi cable to connect the sound bar to your tv – this is not supplied. You might also need to use the optical cable at this point (see previous comment on arc) – we didnt. We plugged the sound bar and the sub woofer into the power and then plugged in our devices (sky q box, wiiu and playstation 3) into the sound bar. It has 3 hdmi ports for devices and a usb port – it can also connect to devices by bluetooth (e.

Sony soundbar this is a brilliant soundbar. From the moment of opening the box and unpackaging the device (which i would suggest takes two people as the device is extremely heavy) you can see this device is quality. All metal construction with weight that suggests this is a very well built piece of equipment – made to be sturdy and no shortcuts have been taken in producing this device. The quality is there that you would expect from sonythis is a large device, just about fits below a 49” tv, heavy so if you intend to place on a stand ensure it is stable enough, please be advised when at reasonable volume this device generates movement so i would suggest it is on a large stand or mounted to a wall(fixing instructions included with a guide in box). Main soundbar can be used with or without front grill looks aesthetically pleasing with either option. Screen on soundbar to display mode and output. Subwoofer is large, also heavy with a power light to indicate it being powered on or status. Both soundbar and subwoofer are separate from each other and no need for unsightly cables connecting one to the other, also allows you to place each device apart from each other. Set up is relatively easy, full instructions included, personally for the cost of this device i think it is neglectful that sony have not included hdmi cables to connect to your tv or external devices, what’s a £20 cable to sony when your spending upwards of £1500, i know allot of people prefer to use their own but i think its unneeded cost saving on sony’s part. I would question the positioning of the hdmi ports on this device mainly the main output to your tv, this is behind an input hdmi port and extremely fiddly to connect – yes i understand that this is to ensure that cables are connected cleanly if situated on the wall however i think sony could have better designed this side of things.

The subwoofer is large with two massive speakers (one facing down), and the bass it can kick out is hugely impressive. It’s connected wirelessly to the main sound bar, and i’ve never had any issues with it disconnecting. It’s always just worked every time i’ve switched the soundbar on. The subwoofer has it’s own plug, as does the soundbar, so you’ll need two free power sockets. You can turn the subwoofer volume up to 12, although for normal tv level 2 or 3 is fine. The main ‘bar’ is quite large, and longer than a 49inch tv. The front metal grill can be removed, and is attached with magnets. The system gets hotter than i would have expected, but not excessively so. Once you’ve got your tv and soundbar connected using an hdmi cable, using the arc sockets (on both the soundbar and tv) then everything simply works.

Features of Sony HTST5000.CEK 800 W Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, High-Resolution Audio, Wireless Music Listening, 4K HDR Pass-Through – Black

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  • Ultimate sound: immerse yourself into 3D sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless music listening: Access to over 100 music streaming apps with Chromecast Built-in and Spotify connect, and playback throughout your home with Wireless Multi-room
  • Picture perfect sound: Designed to fit latest 4K TV standards thanks to 4K HDR pass-through

From the manufacturer

HT-ST5000 HT-NT5 HT-CT800 HT-CT390 HT-CT290/1 HT-CT80
Channels 7.1 2ch Channels 2.1ch amplifier 2.1ch channels 2.1ch amplifier 2.1ch Channels 2.1ch amplifier
Power Output 800W 400W 350W 300W 300W 80W
Sub-Woofer Type Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wired Sub-Woofer
Speaker Type Magnetic Fluid Speaker 3-way speaker / Sigma SW Full-range speaker with sound deflector Full-range speaker Full-range speaker 2-way speaker system
S-Force Pro Surround Yes Yes Yes S-Force Front Surround Yes No
High Resolution Audio Yes Yes No No Yes No
Wireless Multi-room Yes Yes Yes No No No
Chromecast Built-in and Spotify Yes Yes Yes No No No
4K HDR Pass-through Yes Yes Yes No No No
SongPal / BT / NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes No/Yes/No No/Yes/Yes

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After spending few days with the speaker, i come to a sad realisation is that sound quality of this speaker is not much different from my current 5 year old soundbar. The sound is good, clear and can be very loud, however it cannot justify the price tag considering this speaker definitely needs rear speakers.

Ultimate sound: immerse yourself into 3D sound with Dolby Atmos

Wireless music listening: Access to over 100 music streaming apps with Chromecast Built-in and Spotify connect, and playback throughout your home with Wireless Multi-room

Picture perfect sound: Designed to fit latest 4K TV standards thanks to 4K HDR pass-through