Great sony addition to the soundbar for the money. Easy to setup and takes only minutes to get things up and running. But if you need deep bass look elsewhere, otherwise go for it.
I am an amazon vine reviewer. I am reviewing the sony sound bar – model ht-s100f/sf150. It arrived well protected in a box with polystyrene supports. There are several items of “paperwork” within the box. I homed in on the large single-page “start up guide”. It opens out and i followed the clear step-by-step diagrams, which showed me the contents in the box and how to connect the sound bar to my tv. Included is an optical digital cable. What is not included is an hdmi cable – which you will definitely need to get to make the tv-sound bar connection. I had a spare hdmi cable of sufficient length –about 1 metre long, which i used in the set up. If your tv has an out mdmi “arc” (audio return channel) connection then you don’t need the optical digital cable.
Had a bose solo 5 the set up was a bit more complicated as are settingsbut sony soundbar compares favourably volume waysstill to get used to it as yet. An update here am 100% pleased with my sony soundbar. Here are the specifications for the Sony HT-SF150 2ch Single Soundbar:
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- Powerful surround sound thanks to S-Force front surround and bass reflex unit
- Simple connectivity: one easy HDMI connection to TV and instant music listening from your mobile device via Bluetooth or USB
- Elegant, slim design with soft edges to effortlessly place in front of your TV or wall-mount
- The two speaker setup delivers front surround sound from a compact unit
- Send audio and control information from your TV using just one cable with HDMI ARC
I’m using this with sony kdl46hx853bu tv, now obsolete, but at the time feted for having decent sound for a flatscreen due to a nifty integrated stand-cum-soundbar. This means that for this add-on item to be notably better, it would need to be very decent for this price. And so it is a pleasure to say that it is a step, albeit a modest step, up. The sound is definitely fuller, it is much less abrasive at higher volumes, and the variety of tuning options (cinema/speech/quiet etc) really do all add a pleasant timbre to the sound, or adjust nicely for lighter listening. In my view the soundstage is wider too, with better definition of left and right parts of the picture. There’s no clever depth of staging though, and the sound is not in any way as cinematic as a modest pair of actual speakers might produce with some half decent amplification. On practical matters, the setup was incredibly simple, although one would expect so given the same-brand nature here; it requires an hdmi connection to the tv, and if this isn’t a 2-way port, an additional optical digital connection (the connector for this is supplied; an hdmi lead is not). It comes with a remote, but slaves automatically to the tv’s remote also, so it is possible to minimise clutter, and, in addition to the tv input, has a bluetooth connection, so it can double up as a speaker for radio/music or whatever from a mobile device. This makes it a handy thing to have, which can to some extent mean its added clutter is offset against a device or two removed from the lounge. Appearance wise, it is unfussy and unobtrusive.
Got this soundbar since the sound on my new sony bravia tv was so thin. The soundbar has two tweeters and two woofers and a bassport on the backside. It is one of the cheapest quality soundbar that i could find. I am more than happy with this soundbar. The sound is 100 times better than on my tv. The voices are really clear and distinct. And the volume can get loud enough. You will not get deep punchy bass, but the bass that is there, is more than enough for me. The soundbar also looks great. I connected it via optical link without any problem since i used up all the hdmi-port on the tv.
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- Best sound bar I’ve owned.
- A simple soundbar with limited connectivity and no sub-woofer
- Pleased with purchase
Five stars for quality, design, versatility and ease of setting up and use, 3 stars for sound overall = 4* on balance. This is a beauty to look at and a cinch to set up. It truly improves our lg flat screen tv’s sound, bringing it alive with clarity, fullness and bass (an excellent, well controlled bass, too, considering there’s no sub-woofer). It has settings for voice clarity, also, which is good if you are hard of hearing or just find certain dvds have poor sound, as we do. If you have no room for a subwoofer, respect your neighbours, then this is a good choice sound bar that will not disappoint. The ht-sf 200, at another £50 looks to be well worth listening to, also. If you want truly immersive sound, you’ll need to pay far, far, more (think sonos).
I have a sony tv which has pretty good sound already. I also have a surround sound system that is great but to be honest only ever used for the odd film that needs it. Which is where this sound bar comes in. Easy as a normal tv setup requiring little wiring and looks neat and tidy with far better sound than the on board speakers with the tv. Not as good of course as a decent surround sound setup but way better than the bog basic tv sound. You use the template lined up with the bottom of the tv (if you are wall mounting this) and then mark the drill holes. Plug and screw in some screws and hey presto. If i’m honest i would not use the template lined up with the tv because it sits the bar quite a bit lower and you can see the sound and power cables. Given the location of the bass port at the back i really don’t think you need any space apart from that required to access the touch buttons on the top. That means i could have set this about 1′ or 25mm below the tv and it would still be fine but look a bit neater. Connections are via hdmi or fibre optic or both. A power socket is needed as well of course.
This sound bar was simple to set up – we used hdmi, but you can also connect using optical audio, usb or bluetooth. Sound is great – really clear, and at high volumes it’s loud, and really good bass.
Ok i bought this sony sound bar from amazon used , as expected outer pack was damaged , what do you do with package throw it away. The equipment inside was as new every thing was there, took me 5 mins to set up now have a lovely sound on my tv would highly recommend by used i saved £ 50 .
Great sound bar, easy to set up, easy to use and great sound through either tv or playing music from bluetoothed phone connection, onlydown side is getting the sound balance right when switching from bluetooth music back to tv, remember to turn the volume right down. Otherwise it will make you jump.
Purchased as a gift and the were very happy with product.
This sony ht-sf150 soundbar is a simple solution if you want to improve the sound from your flat-screen tv. Connectivity is rather limited, but ok for it’s purpose, with just a single hdmi port, an optical-in and a usb port – but other devices can be easily connected via bluetooth. If your tv is fairly modern it will probably have an arc-enabled hdmi port, if it does you must use that one to connect to this soundbar or you will not be able to hear anything from it. If you have an older tv, or have something else connected to your tv’s arc-enabled hdmi port, then you will need to use the optical tos link instead – an optical cable is provided for this purpose. If your tv has neither arc nor optical-out then you will not be able to use this soundbar with it. This ht-sf150 is a slim single-unit soundbar that does not come with a separate sub-woofer so the bass is comparatively light – if you like a bit of deep audio oomph with your films and music then this is probably not the model for you, but if you just want to hear the tv sound a bit more clearly then this speaker will be fine. For simplicity this soundbar can be placed in front of your tv, on a shelf below it in a cabinet, or it can also be wall-mounted below your tv if you want to use it in that type of configuration. Sony’s s-force virtual surround sound technology works fairly well – but better with some material than others – and the bass reflex system is ok for the unit’s size. The bluetooth connectivity is useful and saves having to find another speaker to play music from your phone or tablet when indoors – something you will probably use regularly. This new model from sony is currently around one hundred and forty pounds from amazon making it reasonable value for the features and build-quality and it is bound to suit many users looking for a simple tv audio solution – bass-lovers may want to spend a little extra on something a bit more substantial.
I used this with my sony bravia tv and it has improved the sound. I have the different modes and my daughters disney films sound great on cinematic. I haven’t tried the bluetooth option yet but music on the tv sounds really crisp. It also has a night mode which seems to remove the base to stop the sound travelling.
Overall this is great – it was very simple to set up and connect to a samsung tv. It improves significantly on the sound quality and makes watching the tv much better. If connected to a dvd player it means that it acts as a sound system for audio cd’s as well. So that was an added bonusthe bar itself is nice and slim and makes an easy fit into our tv cabinet without being intrusive.
In the box is the soundbar itself, a remote, an instruction manual for both and an optical input/output cable. The instruction manual was simple and easy to read. It made it look very easy to set up to the tv and had a few troubleshooting options as well. Unfortunately, we were unable to connect the soundbar to our tv as our tv doesn’t have an optical cable input. The instruction manual says you can connect via hdmi (arc) but, for some unknown reason, it doesn’t work for our tv, despite it having that input. As a result of this we haven’t been able to use it on our tv and, our sony soundbar is now our bluetooth speaker underneath it. There may be a workaround i suppose, but we haven’t looked into it as yet. Despite that disappointment (which is more down to our slightly dated and low-spec tv rather than this product), most importantly this soundbar has amazing sound quality; it has lots of bass and can be played very loud without distortion. Thankfully, it was simple to connect with bluetooth on our phones and laptops, so, until we upgrade our tv, we are just using the bluetooth feature with our wireless devices and the sound is excellent.
I can actually hear my movies. Using this in arc mode on my 43inch 4k lg tv and it has saved me so much hassle. Bluetooth works perfectly so i can listen to my deezer playlist without having to use the tv app or external speaker. The first film i watched when i set this up was jurassic park on blu-ray and the sound was so much better than my tv speakers by miles. You are in that moment, it’s late but you can’t hear anything being said, you turn it up and you go ‘much better’ and then wham, bomb goes off and your heart drops. No more of that with voice/night mode. Plus the games also benefit and too i can hear the actual voices. Even low sounding films like dark was the night was vastly improved. I had an old bose solo tv base and sadly the sound has been lacking for years and one of the worst purchases i made, so i set myself a budget and wanted the bass inside the speaker as i didn’t want a sub woofer on the floor to be kicked around or annoy my neighbours. This just fits me perfectly, it will never beat a true surround setup, but it’s easy to use.