Sony HTCT290 – Really Pleased

Its just great, lovely sound easy to use no syncing issues.

Its nice to have good quality. Look forward to more hours listening to my music.

A great piece of kit, and after spending a fortune on a new tv, wich i am very pleased with but the sound was pants as in these new thin tvs there is no room for really good speakers a sound bar is a must. This fitted the bill and is very good.

Not bad for the cheapest sony soundbar out there.

Works great, sounds great, great performance for the price and the wireless sub is great as can be moved. The only downside is there is only optical in and one hdmi. No analogue in, i got around this buy purchasing an analog to digital adapter.

Geat sound ,i thought a sound bar at first was a pub that was open all day,sadly no,this one is much better and does not give you a hang over .

  • Nice to look at, sounds great and cheap. What more do you want.
  • Sound quality that packs a punch for the price
  • No lip sync issues

Had bought it for £150 and am using it for more than 08 months with a splendid performance.

Purchased with only a little research, but very pleased with the speaker so far. Great size, fits perfectly where i wanted it and very easy to setup up. Just two wires, clutter free and wow does it pack a punch sound wise. I’ve been wanting a sound bar for a long time, how it looked was important but also the cost. I did not want to spend a fortune but also wanted some sound quality over the low end models. I’ve used the optical cable included to connect to the tv and bluetooth for my phone. I can’t tell what sound level it’s on but i find myself turning it down at times. The added sub woofer fits perfectly behind the tv and out of sight – just the power cable for this, perfect for wireless heaven. All in all, very pleased with it, sound is great and can’t wait to watch a movie that needs that cinema quality experience.

Been using this for about a year and it replaces my old samsung one. It looks smart, connects well to samsung and apple.

This is an excellent sound bar and sub woofer for the price. I didn’t want to go cheap but not too expensive just somewhere mid range and the review for this one caught my eye. I was really impressed with the sound quality especially listening to music at high volume where the sub really comes into its own.

The product is sleek and fits nicely on wall, the sound is great for movies but not that great for music lovers the sub woofer is really disappointing considering it from sony there basss is just about average.

Features of Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

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  • Immersive sound: Recreate that cinema feeling with Sony’s S-Force Pro Front Surround sound technology
  • Simple connectivity: one simple HDMI connection to TV and easy wireless link to your smartphone with Bluetooth
  • Slim design: designed for style and substance offering a slim elegant profile to blend any living environment
  • Interface : Input and Output Terminals – Opt. In, USB – 1 (USB-A), Bluetooth : Yes(A2DP (SINK), AVRCP)
  • Main Unit Size – Body Only (W x H x D) (cm) :5.2 x 90.0 x 8.6,Subwoofer Size (W x H x D) (cm):34.2 x 17.0 x 36.2

From the manufacturer

Your personal cinema setup

Be at the centre of your own entertainment universe with this 2.1 channel sound system. With a powerful 300W total output, a slim soundbar and versatile 2-way subwoofer, you can experience cinematic sound that revolves around you.

Product Features

300W total power output

Bring every song, show and movie to life in the volume and clarity it deserves, with a 300W rated power output.

2.1ch front surround sound

Drivers at each end of your sound bar deliver a clear mid and high range, while a wireless subwoofer fills in the rumbling lows.

Surround yourself with sound

S-Force PRO Front Surround technology puts you right at the heart of the movies you love by emulating cinema style surround sound.

More movies and music

Enjoy a stable, high-quality audio connection for everything you want to watch or listen to, with an array of wired connections, and Bluetooth.

HDMI ARC

The HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) lets you connect to your TV with a single cable.

USB port

Charge and access music files from multiple devices via the USB port.

A setup to suit you

A slim frame blends in seamlessly with the rest of your Home Cinema setup, perfect for wall-mounting or placing on a TV stand.

Optical input

Enjoy high quality surround sound from Blu-ray and DVD players with the optical input.

Product Features

Bluetooth wireless streaming

Stream all your favourite music wirelessly from your smartphone with Bluetooth.

Slot-in design

Get the maximum impact from every bassline with the wireless subwoofer. It has a 2-way design, and you can even place it in your TV cabinet or rack for perfect home theatre integration.

Sits upright or on its side

You can stand the wireless subwoofer up or slide it onto its side, to make the most of your living space.

HT-NT5 HT-CT800 HT-CT390 HT-CT290/1 HT-CT80
Channels 2.1ch amplifier 2.1ch Channels 2.1ch amplifier 2.1ch Channels 2.1ch amplifier
Power Output 400W 350W 300W 300W 80W
Sub-Woofer Type Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wireless Sub-Woofer Wired Sub-Woofer
Speaker Type 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 S-Force Front Surround Yes No
High Resolution Audio Yes No No Yes No
Wireless Multi-Room Yes Yes No No No
Chromecast Built-in & Spotify Connection Yes Yes No No No
LDAC Yes Yes No No No
4K HDR Pass-through Yes Yes No No No

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Great sound, just like being at the cinema.

I think i’ve read all there is to read online and in the product user guide, yet still i cannot get the audio and sony tv to sync satisfactory. Admittedly i am in the media profession so i suppose i’m sort of hyper critical but that said.

Amazing bass definitely recommend for a good home cinema set-up.

Replaced a samsung sound bar of lower quality. Great sound, and the bluetooth connected sub-wooofer can be positioned anywhere. As usual the sub-wooofer only adds a bass rumble but it comes into its own with action movies. Sound options are quite limited but the system puts out such a great sound why do you need to adjust it?.Very happy with my purchase.

Brilliant sound and wonderfully unobtrusive in room.

I could think a couple complaints but all in all for the price range this is an awesome product and you won’t get much better.

Immersive sound: Recreate that cinema feeling with Sony’s S-Force Pro Front Surround sound technology

Sounds is not what i was expecting, probably my living room is a big too big for it, maybe in a smaller room, it will perform better. It is ok, but not what i expected.

Great design, low footprint, easy to setup, good value for your money. Only wish i’d bought it sooner.

Easy to connect, sounds good, nice colour, whats not to like it’s sony.

Great sound and very easy to set up and operate.

Bought this soundbar because i was having difficulty in hearing the tv dialogue (i’m getting on a bit). Soundbar has been excellent, easy to install and operate and sound quality now vastly improved.

Ordered this from amazon warehouse so a bit dubious, especially about some of negative comments regarding lip sync. Up and running within 10 minutes (i did read manual carefully prior to set up). My tv is a sony bravia but 6 years old and i was also worried that the sound bar would block out tv remote signal. The sound bar is very compact in height and absolutely no problems with tv controls. Also it synced with my tv and the sky remote automatically – a breeze. The only negative is that the sub woofer is fairly sizeable, but it is tucked away discretely and again connected wirelessly with no problems. Also play music from my ipod/iphone which all connected easily through bluetooth.

Simple connectivity: one simple HDMI connection to TV and easy wireless link to your smartphone with Bluetooth

Liked improvement in tv sound (sony 4k bravia). No indication of sound level from remote. No problem with lip sync, press the voice button on the soundbar remote.

Use it for every day use and movies sounds great little frustrating setting up but once done it’s fine.

Sound from the sound bar is very tinney. Changed hdmi and ungraded optical cable. Very disappointed in this product, sounded great in store. Subwoofer is good but needs volume up to high to really appreciate it.

Easy to set up, excellent sound, the sub woofer really supplements the overall sound, providing a subtle base when listening or watching something with a deep base sound, otherwise its just the bar you can detect. Make sure you pair the sub woofer speaker whilst its reasonably close to the bar, once paired, you can stand it where you like, there’s a good 8ft, distance from bar to sub woofer in my set up. Usual sony quality, which transforms the sound completely.

It works wonders just with the bluetooth connection. Using it on a desktop pc with a bluetooth receiver is just great. Not a lot of cable management and the quality is just out of this world.

I got this item so i could mainly listen to must from my phone or computer in the living room. Obviously its also made to use connected to the tv, so i have done this too. As a tv sound bar:i have the bar connected to the tv via optical cable and have not tried the rest. So any results i receive may differ if another form of connectivity is used. The sound produced from films is amazing. Does well at producing base and does not seem to struggle with anything i have thrown at it so far. The sub has its own volume if you want more or less, so it will not take over the experience. Voices are clear and explosions are full and surround the room. The soundtrack to a move is as clear as any talking throughout. As a bluetooth music player:after listening to a movie or two i was not surprised how it sounded when i listened to music through it.

. And brilliant sound, am very happy with it.

Slim design: designed for style and substance offering a slim elegant profile to blend any living environment

Easy to follow quick set up guide. Let down by not as clear instruction manual. Adding to a different brand tv with hdmi arc required switching back and forth between different pages of the manual. Having said that, once set up it works well with excellent sound quality and the hdmi arc allows on/off and volume control using the sky q remote for the t.

Interface : Input and Output Terminals – Opt. In, USB –

Summary
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Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer - Black
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 99 reviews

One thought on “Sony HTCT290 – Really Pleased

  1. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    I bought this as a gift for my parents based on the positive reviews, the brand name and the price, but am really disappointed with the product. The overall sound isn’t what i had expected, it’s very bright on treble from the sound bar but the dynamic range from the subwoofer is virtually non-existent until you turn the overall volume up until it’s almost too loud for comfortable viewing. The system is extremely limited in what you can do with the sound settings: for the sound bar you only get music, movie or clearvoice. It’s even worse on the subwoofer – the only thing you can do is turn its volume up and down. To be fair i knew this as it was mentioned in one of the reviews, but the difference in volume or punch is virtually imperceptible. I previously bought my own lg sound bar and subwoofer two years ago for around £50 more, but the difference in sound is unbelievable. You can customise the settings much better and the subwoofer really packs a punch, unlike this one. I’m returning my parents’ item and i’ve already replaced it with an lg sk6. Much happier now – and so are my parents.
  2. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    I bought this as a gift for my parents based on the positive reviews, the brand name and the price, but am really disappointed with the product. The overall sound isn’t what i had expected, it’s very bright on treble from the sound bar but the dynamic range from the subwoofer is virtually non-existent until you turn the overall volume up until it’s almost too loud for comfortable viewing. The system is extremely limited in what you can do with the sound settings: for the sound bar you only get music, movie or clearvoice. It’s even worse on the subwoofer – the only thing you can do is turn its volume up and down. To be fair i knew this as it was mentioned in one of the reviews, but the difference in volume or punch is virtually imperceptible. I previously bought my own lg sound bar and subwoofer two years ago for around £50 more, but the difference in sound is unbelievable. You can customise the settings much better and the subwoofer really packs a punch, unlike this one. I’m returning my parents’ item and i’ve already replaced it with an lg sk6. Much happier now – and so are my parents.
  3. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    When i first connected it via optical cable i actually doubted whether it was working, the sound improvement over the tv’s speaker was so minimal. It provided a greater deal of clarity but bass was non existant, what emanated from the subwoofer even at full volume( the sub woofer has its own individual volume control on the remote) was a minute sound, even playing music from youtube etc. A disappointment in every way. There was no separate bass or treble controls, the preset music modes were terrible. There was no perceptible difference with these. The optical ‘in’ is situated in an odd spot rendering the use of the provided optical cable necessary. I had to return this, it is the most disappointing sony product i’ve purchased in thirty five years. When wntering at this price point be careful, perhaps consider spending a little more for a discernible improvement in sound.
  4. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    When i first connected it via optical cable i actually doubted whether it was working, the sound improvement over the tv’s speaker was so minimal. It provided a greater deal of clarity but bass was non existant, what emanated from the subwoofer even at full volume( the sub woofer has its own individual volume control on the remote) was a minute sound, even playing music from youtube etc. A disappointment in every way. There was no separate bass or treble controls, the preset music modes were terrible. There was no perceptible difference with these. The optical ‘in’ is situated in an odd spot rendering the use of the provided optical cable necessary. I had to return this, it is the most disappointing sony product i’ve purchased in thirty five years. When wntering at this price point be careful, perhaps consider spending a little more for a discernible improvement in sound.
  5. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    Very good sound quality and easy to install. Unfortunately, there was a lip sync problem which became more out of sync the longer the unit was in use. I returned the equipment and received another one but the problem was no better. I had to return the equipment for a refund.
  6. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    Very good sound quality and easy to install. Unfortunately, there was a lip sync problem which became more out of sync the longer the unit was in use. I returned the equipment and received another one but the problem was no better. I had to return the equipment for a refund.
    • Marginally better than speakers on the tv. Speakers on a soundbar are slightly larger and sound slightly better than than tv speakers which is pretty weak. Its kinda disappointing purchasing them. Had i have heard them in the store would i have purchased it?.
  7. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    Marginally better than speakers on the tv. Speakers on a soundbar are slightly larger and sound slightly better than than tv speakers which is pretty weak. Its kinda disappointing purchasing them. Had i have heard them in the store would i have purchased it?.
  8. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    After reading the reviews i thought this was exactly what i needed to improve the sound from my slim tv, how wrong i was. The only benefit i got from this was bass, the overall sound was flat and worse than the tv. Even on a bluray film the sound didn’t impress. Sound mode didn’t make much difference to my ears.
    • After reading the reviews i thought this was exactly what i needed to improve the sound from my slim tv, how wrong i was. The only benefit i got from this was bass, the overall sound was flat and worse than the tv. Even on a bluray film the sound didn’t impress. Sound mode didn’t make much difference to my ears.
      • When launching subwoofer connects 20% of the time (yes, i tried re-paring and resetting). Have to turn on and off, often, several times to get it working. Touch keys on the bar just don’t work. Despite decent sound, brings more irritation then joy. Will take it straight to rubbish on the next upgrade.
  9. This review is from : Sony HTCT290.CEK 300 W Soundbar with Bluetooth, HDMI and Wireless Subwoofer – Black

    When launching subwoofer connects 20% of the time (yes, i tried re-paring and resetting). Have to turn on and off, often, several times to get it working. Touch keys on the bar just don’t work. Despite decent sound, brings more irritation then joy. Will take it straight to rubbish on the next upgrade.

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