Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar – My Best Investment

Really great, but one slight issue. Five-stars for performance and value for money. I still have to buy a cable to connect it to my 6-year old dell pc but it works brilliantly with my ipods. My only small issue would be the visual impact. I’m 68 but even to my eyes, it does appear slightly “dated” but then again, i have nowhere to “hide” the sub-woofer so have had to mount the normal sound-bar on top of the bass unit and place the assembly in a highly visible place in my lounge. Don’t let that put you off as i have a small lounge and i’m sure most people would be able to put the sub-woofer somewhere convenient. I’m a devout fan of trance and what some might term, heavy trance. Plenty of treble and base and this unit really is the business for excellent sound reproduction across the entire spectrum, certainly in the £200 price bracket. I was fortunate enough to pick it up on an amazon “deal of the day”, so paid considerably less. Having said that, i’d be just as happy with this if i’d paid the full price.

What can i say that hasn’t already been said. It does what it says on the box.

Although it won’t beat a good stereo speaker set up this bar produces great sound. Although it won’t beat a good stereo speaker set up this bar produces great sound. Huge bass if you want it, lots of ability to tweak your sound just how you want it.

I bought this system to complement a sony bravia tv i recently bought for my conservatory / man cave. I also wanted something to stream music and give a range of inputs – this system met all these requirements and was much cheaper than i was expecting to pay. The first thing that struck me was the utter simplicity in setting it up. Connect two speaker wires , plug it in the power socket, pair your bluetooth and you’re away. It’s a very intuitive system to use and their are a good few options on the remote which are easy to understand. For example, eq settings for rock/country/techno and a few others are available as is a custom setting where you can tweak the eq exactly as you want it. There are a few sound fields to play with such as “movie” mode “sport” etcthe unit is designed to not only be a 2. 1 speaker system but a kind of portable system for parties. The soundbar bar can be perched atop the subwoofer unit and clipped on or mounted to a wall under your tv depending on how you want to use it.

  • Excellent 2.1 Bluetooth speaker system
  • Wow – don’t be put off by the blue light
  • Great speakers, powerful for the price.
  • Games = Advantage. Movies = Pleasure.
  • Especially good for playing rock music as well as electronic
  • Basstastic with annoying led light

Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

  • Grab it and go – Intergrated carry handles for on-the-go
  • Blasting Bass – Fire up Bass Buzuca to give your bass lines
  • Light up your life – Pulsating LED illumination for a sensational light show
  • One-touch listening – NFC and Bluetooth to access your music library in one simple touch
  • USB audio input. Easily access all your favourite tunes from a USB hard drive or MP3 player

Ok, but can do much better. . The sound quality on these is ok, however for the price i would expect a lot more. The bass isn’t that powerful for the size and the left and right speakers get mixed into one indistinguishable noise. Since purchasing this i bought a 2 speaker tannoy/cambridge audio hi-fi system that is far better and works out cheaper.

Louder and better than i expected. Louder and better than i expected. 260w is a bit optomistic but good quality sound and is grand for watching movies and playing games, just need to get the huge telly.

A nice bit of kit – the usb and bluetooth and songpal can liberate your mp3 files. Sound quality is very good – when adjusting volume and eq settings it is hard to know what is going on unless you are looking at the bass bin where the display is and as that is recessed it cannot be seen unless close by. However the songpal app allows a better degree of control. However either way you can only control bass, mid and treble. The blue flashing lights can be switched off easily. Soundbar speaker leads to bass bin length – you get 2 metres of flat (or under carpet) cablepower lead for the bass bin – 120 cmoptical lead – 1 m – very thin and too short as the optical connector is on the bass bin – as are all the other inputs and outputs. The audio in is via rca 2 pin (red and white) and accepts a wide range of inputs (ipod, tv std audio out etc) there is no 3/4 inch jackoptical in is compatible with youview box and tv optical outbluetooth – takes connections from kindle fire hd and also from a windows smartphone with no problemsusb – recognises 32 gb usb and flash drives (in a usb caddy) also recognises a 360gb portable hard drive when formatted with fat32using the app songpal – it could “see” 76gb music, 16000 files in 2100 folders which is more than it says in the manualhowever when accessing these through songpal it was a bit slow at presenting a list of what was available but was usable – annoyingly it refreshes the list every time you access it – so you need to keep the folder listing as short as possiblethe songpal installed on my kindle is v good and at controlling the usb. The kindle fire can also bluetooth to the speakers whilst accessing the music data on a nas wirelessly and performs well. Would have given it five stars but the lack of 3/4 inch jack, short optical lead only one optical input lets it down.

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  1. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    Hay wot if i don’t have opt port on my tv wot do i do??….
  2. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    If you’re after amazing sound quality & bass that vibrates all rooms in the house at once & that literally lifts rugs up into the air then purchase this.
    • Ht-gt1this sound bar and subwoofer set, is one of my favourite amazon purchases, will write from my experiences. I purchased this in the amazon christmas deals for around £110, normal price being around £180 on amazonthis set does everything i could possibly want as a 19 year old, and i am very attentive to my music gear. Setupsimple – power lead, and 2 plugs (left and right sound signal, of course colour coded plugs and sockets), a digital cable and a little radio antennayou won’t be able to plug anything into the wrong socket, you couldn’t get it wrong if you triedperformanceif you think 260w isn’t much. You would honestly be amazed. I could hear my music from the other end of the street on 45/50 volume. Bass can be adjusted to ‘lo’, ‘mid’ and ‘high’ and there is a ‘bass bazuka’ button which is epic for movies. It has many sound settings to adjust the response, and comes with a handy remote, so i don’t even have to get up to do any of this. Features- bluetoothnot sure what version of bluetooth it is but it does the job, and will connect to my iphone, ipad and macbook, and also connects to any other mp3 device with bluetooth, to play music.
  3. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    Great sounding system, if 5. 1 isn’t a must i would absolutely recommend it. Excellent value for money. . Don’t be put off by the lightsokay, they do seem a bit “chavvy” for lack of a better word, but this is a great sound system. It’s nice and loud, and it sounds much better than other soundbars. I think it’s because it’s not as slim, and small like others. The sound quality is great and bass bazuka seems like a gimmick but actually, it’s great. Useful if you’re watching an action film, or listening to edm, drum and bass or other genres of music which are bass heavy. The software is pretty good too, with my phone i tapped it to the nfc icon and it connects within a few seconds. No messing with bluetooth pairing but now you can connect multiple (sony) bluetooth speakers with the app and create an even loud sound. Everything sounds better through this though, we have it on by default for all content via the tv (optical cable), even speech on tv shows, just sounds better. I would absolutely recommend this. It is big though, and the optical cable is short so i’d order one with this. 1 surround isn’t a necessity it’s absolutely worth buying.
    • Superb sound quality – brings the tv alive. Superb sound quality – brings our new tv alivetwo minor issues which would make the sound bar perfect – not having the sound bar and bass box wired together (means i can’t move it out of sight when in use), and the blue light won’t stop flashing when on standby, so i have to turn it off at the wall. The issues aren’t big enough (for me anyway – the wife might disagree on the first issue though, would prefer the box hiding out of sight) to reduce the 5* rating though. Compared to other sound bars on the market, this was by far the best valued one – i managed to pick it up on a black friday deal in november 2014 for £189 (was around £300 before that).
  4. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    Gr8 soundeasy to setupbluetooth works greatlooks goodonly thing i will say is woofer size is larger than i expected.
  5. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    This is great to listen to music through or as an upgrade to the sound on a plasma/led/lcd panel.
  6. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    Great sound input and easy to use. One of the strangest things i’ve seen in a while. Purchased as a cheap set to use with a media centre. Great sound input and easy to use. The blue led certainly adds an interesting effect.
  7. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    Spent hours trawling through endless sites for the complete sound bar. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s good looking and it’s sony, what else can you say. So pleased i bought another the next day, chained ’em together, wow.
  8. This review is from : Sony HT-GT1 Soundbar with 2-Way Speaker System and Separate Subwoofer (260 W, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, Bass Bazuca, Party Chain, Bluetooth and NFC)

    I love this sound bar and subwoofer. Instructions are really helpful and i love the app you can get to control the sound bar.
    • And have not been disappointed. I have been using this product for a number of months now, and have not been disappointed.

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