Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base, Good on the whole

Great sound, easy to set up. . I opted for this particular sound bar for a number of reasons, primarily because it was a sony and designed to work with the bravia televisions, of which i have one. The reviews were as always a mixed bag but generally positive, one of them says it won’t play blurays, not true it does. The key is how you connect, my tv has an arc hdmi connection so set up was extremely easy. I have a panasonic blurry player and a youview box connected to my tv and the sound from both was faithfully reproduced through the sound bar. I haven’t tried the googlecast or paring a blootooth device yet but i am more than happy with what i’ve heard so far. Music blurays sound completely different now with deep rich sound, how they should.

Staggering connectivity options; native sound is great too. . This ‘sound base’ is apparently a relatively new form of sound bar for tvs; it’s essentially a plinth with integrated speakers for your tv to sit atop. It’s a bit of a mish-mash of designs – it’s an amplifier on its own, but it also absolutely requires a tv for use as the device’s menu system is routed through an hdmi output to the tv or monitor you need to connect it to. If you think you’re in the market for one of these, i’d recommend downloading and reading the user guide from sony first to see if it ticks the boxes you need. Although it has its own speakers, the xt2 is also a digital music hub, and you can connect (mostly audio) devices via bluetooth, wifi, wired ethernet, dlna/miracast/google cast, nfc contact and usb. You can add speakers too for full surround sound, although they’ll need to be wireless as the xt2 has very little in the way of cabled connectivity. With the miracast, wifi & bluetooth functions, it can send audio & video from tablets & phones to the tv connected to it, play back audio direct from a usb stick, and connect to any other streaming networks you might already have. A supplied remote control allows you to flip between the inputs for e. Changing from tv-audio-out to bluetooth connectivity to your phone etc.

I bought one of these 2 weeks ago, and after 1/2 hr of head scratching it now works perfectly with my sky q box and 55 inch lg tv. Hdmi into the tv for settings etc and spdif into the q box , the sound delivery is more than adequate for my large room and the preset styles make quite a difference when watching films or sports. It has definitely improved the sound whilst watching any program and i recommend it.

Key specs for Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black:

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  • Compact elegant design: The perfect companion for your home cinema setup- supporting TVs up to 55″ and 30kgs, with a scratch proof floating glass top

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“Sony HT-XT2 Sound Base., Great sound, easy to set up., Nice one box solution”

Excellent sound bar – limited connectivity. The sony ht-xt2 seems directed at being far more than just a sound bar for your tv. With the huge 170w output and the myriad of available sound sources including wifi and bluetooth i can see why. Playing content from bluetooth enabled mobile phones or tablets is very simple to set up, particularly if you have an nfc capable phone. Just hold the phone near the nfc reader on the sony and it pairs automatically. Sound from the unit is very capable and somewhat of a surprise, comparison with a bose soundtouch unit, there was little to separate the two upto medium volumes. When pushed to higher levels though the sound did start to become a little muddied and distorted. As a comparative style and size unit the naim muso for instance blows this out of the water for potential to replace a dedicated music system. Where mobile connectivity is very simple, tv connection, which is the main use for this type of product, is quite limited as stated in other reviews. Fortunately we own a fairly new tv, so both arc & optical outputs were available, but without either of these options there is basically no way to connect to this unit without having to purchase various additional cables & converters.

Great sound, easy to set up. . I opted for this particular sound bar for a number of reasons, primarily because it was a sony and designed to work with the bravia televisions, of which i have one. The reviews were as always a mixed bag but generally positive, one of them says it won’t play blurays, not true it does. The key is how you connect, my tv has an arc hdmi connection so set up was extremely easy. I have a panasonic blurry player and a youview box connected to my tv and the sound from both was faithfully reproduced through the sound bar. I haven’t tried the googlecast or paring a blootooth device yet but i am more than happy with what i’ve heard so far. Music blurays sound completely different now with deep rich sound, how they should.

He is very pleased with it so far. I brought this for my father for christmas after he gave me a loose description of what he wanted – a ‘sound bar’ (yes he used bunny ears to describe it to me). I read lots of reviews and found this product came up top time and time again. He is very pleased with it so far, it gives good sound quality and he is able to sync his phone with it to play music. He even managed to set it up all by himself so that speaks volumnes for its ease of use.

Been a fan of sony tvs for years but the sound on the last one left something to be desired and so i managed to persuade the wife this speaker would help. From the moment i connected it i was blown away with the sound and bass. It was easy to connect via hdmi and the ui on the tv. I also forked out for the srs-zr5 wireless surround speakers and they too do a great job without trailing wires everywhere. I’ve reviewed these separately though. The one downside is that on some films there can be lip syncing problems which get worse through the film (note this doesn’t ever seem to happen on kids cartoon films). This can be distracting on films with a lot of close up dialogue. I haven’t yet figured out if there is a particular link to the films this happens on as it is it all films and doesn’t affect tv, but it is annoying. I believe there is a way of adjusting the timing, but who wants to stop a film and sort out a delay of a fraction of a second?.

I bought one of these 2 weeks ago, and after 1/2 hr of head scratching it now works perfectly with my sky q box and 55 inch lg tv. Hdmi into the tv for settings etc and spdif into the q box , the sound delivery is more than adequate for my large room and the preset styles make quite a difference when watching films or sports. It has definitely improved the sound whilst watching any program and i recommend it.

Of the reviews already posted here, i find myself siding with the opinion that this unit hasn’t been thought through – though it still does a fairly impressive job. I had no problems connecting the sound base to my tv as i have one of the bravia range tvs this unit was designed for, but it isn’t necessarily plain sailing for other users. Contrary to the description above, no hdmi cable is included, but an optical audio cable is – that’s a bit daft, as although the ht-xt2 can connect for sound (assuming your tv has the appropriate audio socket) the on-screen menus can’t be accessed without that hdmi connection. Conventional connectivity is a bit spartan – those i’ve mentioned are the only options; if you have a youview or sky box you can connect the audio through that – though you may not get the sound through any peripheral devices e. Dvd players or games consoles. My dvd player connects directly to the tv through scart, so sound works fine with that. Once connected, the ht-xt2 can be set as the sound source – pretty necessary as the tv speakers will otherwise create an echo effect unless they are muted; with the bravia the two units will sync. With each other; with the ht-xt2 overriding the tv sound options i lose the finer audio controls of the bravia and have only the options of the audio pre-sets on the ht-xt2 which i find a bit limited – no manual controls provided.

Owning a mere 37′ tv i was a little limited in choice for enhancing its sound as most soundbars were too big to fit on my tv stand. I took a punt on this and am happy to report that it is very good value for the price paid (£189). The sound is way better than that provided by the tv which lacks bass and sounds rather boxy & weedy (an unavoidable side-effect of the slimming down of tv’s). It’s not the last word in home cinema, but at the price that’s not exactly a realistic expectation. I think it strikes a good balance between convenience, sound quality, size and functionality. Its looks are very unobtrusive, sitting stealthily under the tv. Also, it is a piece of cake to setup. Basic connection couldn’t be simpler, just connect your tvs digital out to the sony unit, or if you have a tv with hdmi arc you can use that. Getting the unit onto your home wifi network is simple – just download the sony songpal app from google play, open the app and connect to the unit via bluetooth.

Of the reviews already posted here, i find myself siding with the opinion that this unit hasn’t been thought through – though it still does a fairly impressive job. I had no problems connecting the sound base to my tv as i have one of the bravia range tvs this unit was designed for, but it isn’t necessarily plain sailing for other users. Contrary to the description above, no hdmi cable is included, but an optical audio cable is – that’s a bit daft, as although the ht-xt2 can connect for sound (assuming your tv has the appropriate audio socket) the on-screen menus can’t be accessed without that hdmi connection. Conventional connectivity is a bit spartan – those i’ve mentioned are the only options; if you have a youview or sky box you can connect the audio through that – though you may not get the sound through any peripheral devices e. Dvd players or games consoles. My dvd player connects directly to the tv through scart, so sound works fine with that. Once connected, the ht-xt2 can be set as the sound source – pretty necessary as the tv speakers will otherwise create an echo effect unless they are muted; with the bravia the two units will sync. With each other; with the ht-xt2 overriding the tv sound options i lose the finer audio controls of the bravia and have only the options of the audio pre-sets on the ht-xt2 which i find a bit limited – no manual controls provided.

He is very pleased with it so far. I brought this for my father for christmas after he gave me a loose description of what he wanted – a ‘sound bar’ (yes he used bunny ears to describe it to me). I read lots of reviews and found this product came up top time and time again. He is very pleased with it so far, it gives good sound quality and he is able to sync his phone with it to play music. He even managed to set it up all by himself so that speaks volumnes for its ease of use.

Excellent sound, but not suitable for older televisions without optical/avc ports. The sound from this sound base is rather excellent and it is really quite simple to connect wireless devices to play music through the speakers (both apple and android devices have been successfully tried out), but if you don’t have a television with optical or avc outputs, then this sound base will be very limited in its use to you. Luckily, being only a few years old, my television has an optical output (my old sound bar was connected this way), but older tvs may not, so it’s important to check before you order. Sky boxes, dvd players and modern freeview boxes may have a sound output that you can directly connect this sound base to, but you will then obviously only get sound if you are using that particular device. So, despite the lack of backwards compatibility, it’s still an improvement, sound-wise, on my last sound bar. It’s just a shame that modern televisions are coming with such underwhelming sound that we feel the need to invest in these additional pieces of hardware.

Excellent sound, but not suitable for older televisions without optical/avc ports. The sound from this sound base is rather excellent and it is really quite simple to connect wireless devices to play music through the speakers (both apple and android devices have been successfully tried out), but if you don’t have a television with optical or avc outputs, then this sound base will be very limited in its use to you. Luckily, being only a few years old, my television has an optical output (my old sound bar was connected this way), but older tvs may not, so it’s important to check before you order. Sky boxes, dvd players and modern freeview boxes may have a sound output that you can directly connect this sound base to, but you will then obviously only get sound if you are using that particular device. So, despite the lack of backwards compatibility, it’s still an improvement, sound-wise, on my last sound bar. It’s just a shame that modern televisions are coming with such underwhelming sound that we feel the need to invest in these additional pieces of hardware.

Owning a mere 37′ tv i was a little limited in choice for enhancing its sound as most soundbars were too big to fit on my tv stand. I took a punt on this and am happy to report that it is very good value for the price paid (£189). The sound is way better than that provided by the tv which lacks bass and sounds rather boxy & weedy (an unavoidable side-effect of the slimming down of tv’s). It’s not the last word in home cinema, but at the price that’s not exactly a realistic expectation. I think it strikes a good balance between convenience, sound quality, size and functionality. Its looks are very unobtrusive, sitting stealthily under the tv. Also, it is a piece of cake to setup. Basic connection couldn’t be simpler, just connect your tvs digital out to the sony unit, or if you have a tv with hdmi arc you can use that. Getting the unit onto your home wifi network is simple – just download the sony songpal app from google play, open the app and connect to the unit via bluetooth.

Excellent sound bar – limited connectivity. The sony ht-xt2 seems directed at being far more than just a sound bar for your tv. With the huge 170w output and the myriad of available sound sources including wifi and bluetooth i can see why. Playing content from bluetooth enabled mobile phones or tablets is very simple to set up, particularly if you have an nfc capable phone. Just hold the phone near the nfc reader on the sony and it pairs automatically. Sound from the unit is very capable and somewhat of a surprise, comparison with a bose soundtouch unit, there was little to separate the two upto medium volumes. When pushed to higher levels though the sound did start to become a little muddied and distorted. As a comparative style and size unit the naim muso for instance blows this out of the water for potential to replace a dedicated music system. Where mobile connectivity is very simple, tv connection, which is the main use for this type of product, is quite limited as stated in other reviews. Fortunately we own a fairly new tv, so both arc & optical outputs were available, but without either of these options there is basically no way to connect to this unit without having to purchase various additional cables & converters.

Been a fan of sony tvs for years but the sound on the last one left something to be desired and so i managed to persuade the wife this speaker would help. From the moment i connected it i was blown away with the sound and bass. It was easy to connect via hdmi and the ui on the tv. I also forked out for the srs-zr5 wireless surround speakers and they too do a great job without trailing wires everywhere. I’ve reviewed these separately though. The one downside is that on some films there can be lip syncing problems which get worse through the film (note this doesn’t ever seem to happen on kids cartoon films). This can be distracting on films with a lot of close up dialogue. I haven’t yet figured out if there is a particular link to the films this happens on as it is it all films and doesn’t affect tv, but it is annoying. I believe there is a way of adjusting the timing, but who wants to stop a film and sort out a delay of a fraction of a second?.

Staggering connectivity options; native sound is great too. . This ‘sound base’ is apparently a relatively new form of sound bar for tvs; it’s essentially a plinth with integrated speakers for your tv to sit atop. It’s a bit of a mish-mash of designs – it’s an amplifier on its own, but it also absolutely requires a tv for use as the device’s menu system is routed through an hdmi output to the tv or monitor you need to connect it to. If you think you’re in the market for one of these, i’d recommend downloading and reading the user guide from sony first to see if it ticks the boxes you need. Although it has its own speakers, the xt2 is also a digital music hub, and you can connect (mostly audio) devices via bluetooth, wifi, wired ethernet, dlna/miracast/google cast, nfc contact and usb. You can add speakers too for full surround sound, although they’ll need to be wireless as the xt2 has very little in the way of cabled connectivity. With the miracast, wifi & bluetooth functions, it can send audio & video from tablets & phones to the tv connected to it, play back audio direct from a usb stick, and connect to any other streaming networks you might already have. A supplied remote control allows you to flip between the inputs for e. Changing from tv-audio-out to bluetooth connectivity to your phone etc.