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Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System

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Product Highlights
  • 400W Powerful Sound
  • 2.1-Channel Sound Bar
  • HDMI 3D Pass-Through
  • BRAVIA Widget Control
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • BRAVIA Sync Capable
  • HDMI Inputs x 3
  • 3D Surround Sound
  • Audio Return Channel
  • HDMI Standby Pass-Through

You say you want a home theater system but those 5.1 channel and 7.1 channel systems seem too complicated, too expensive and just plain too much. For some people they seem like overkill. If you're one of them, the Sony HT-CT550W 40" 3D Sound Bar System might be exactly what you've been looking for.

A 2.1 system is simple. Think of a regular two speaker stereo system. Add a center speaker and a wireless subwoofer and voila! You've got a 2.1 channel home theater that's easy to set up, easy on the pocketbook and a joy to use.

We don't think it gets any simpler than the CT550W. It's a 2.1 channel system with only two main parts. The left, center and right, speakers are all contained in a single sound bar that's just 40" (1016mm) wide. It will look great on your TV stand or with the included hardware you can attach it to select Sony HDTVs, either on a tabletop or on the wall. With a little bit of additional hardware (not included) you can even hang the CT550W by itself from the wall.

It's got three HDMI inputs and an HDMI output. The HDMI Repeater function allows you to connect multiple devices via HDMI cables and easily switch between them keeping the HDMI signal intact on its way to your TV. Audio Return Channel (ARC) allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the system on the same HDMI cable that's sending high definition video and audio to your TV. That can eliminate one more cable from your setup.

The HDMI ports can also pass 3D signals from a 3D Blu-ray player or 3D gaming system through to a 3D compatible TV or projector. So you can start out very modestly and go all the way to 3D without having to buy a new home theater. To enjoy 3D you'll want to be sure to use high-speed HDMI cables. With high-speed cables you can also enjoy 1080p (in addition to 720p and 1080i high definition) and Deep Color (more than a billion colors!) on compatible TV sets. BRAVIA Sync is Sony's brand name for HDMI CEC, the industry standard that allows you to control multiple HDMI-connected devices from a single remote control. The subwoofer's Digital Media Port (DMP) allows you to connect an optional Sony adapter that enables you to plug in your iPod, Walkman or PC-based devices so you can enjoy your portable music through the system.

If you want great sound but you want to keep it simple and affordable, you want the Sony HT-CT550W 2.1 Channel Home Theater System.

2.1-Channel Sound Bar
The fast and easy way to add great sound to any HDTV, this sound bar matches the design of Sony televisions and is the perfect complement for 40" (1016mm) and larger televisions
Wireless Subwoofer
Place the subwoofer just about anywhere in the room. Sony's clever input/output box enables the sound bar to offer both a wireless subwoofer and HDMI connections to other equipment
Three HDMI Inputs
Connect three HD sources via HDMI and easily switch between them.7 HDMI connections combine the quality of pure digital-to-digital signal transfer with the simplicity of a single connection for audio, video and control
HDMI 3D Pass-Through
Enjoy 3D Blu-ray Disc movies, video games and other 3D content with compatible players and HDTVs
Dolby TrueHD and dts Master Audio
Experience theater-like sound in your home with Dolby TrueHD and dts Master Audio HD enhanced audio
3D Surround Sound
Using Sony's S-Force Surround technology, the HT-CT350 can deliver simulated surround sound from just the bar and the subwoofer. You get a powerful surround sound effect without the need to connect multiple speakers throughout the room
BRAVIA Widget Control
Controlling sound bars just got easier. With select 2011 BRAVIA HDTVs, you can pull up a menu on the TV screen to make comprehensive audio adjustments
HDMI Standby Pass-Through
Conveniently access all your HDMI sources without having to power on the sound bar
400W for Powerful Sound
Hear everything with incredible impact. The sound bar delivers 400W total power (133W x 2 +134W, measurements at 3 Ohms, 80 Hz - 1 kHz with a THD of 1%)
Audio Return Channel
Eliminate the need for extra cables connected to your TV. Send audio from a compatible TV to the sound bar through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV
BRAVIA Sync Capable
Easily control an entire system with one remote. Operates Sony equipment connected via HDMI cables, including compatible Blu-ray Disc players, BRAVIA HDTVs, Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital cameras
Amplifier Features
Advanced Auto Volume: Yes
DSP: Yes
Equalizer (F/C/Sur/Sur B): Bass, Mid, Treble: Bass (+-6), Treble (+-6)
Night Mode: Yes
Number of Amp. Channels: 2 + 1ch
S-Force PRO Front Surround 3D: Yes
Sound Field Program: 2Ch. Stereo: Yes
Sound Field Program: Drama: Yes
Sound Field Program: Gaming: Yes
Sound Field Program: Movie: Yes
Sound Field Program: Music: Yes
Sound Field Program: News: Yes
Sound Field Program: Sports: Yes
Sound Field Program: Standard: Yes
Speaker Level Control: Center (+-6), Subwoofer (+-6)
Speaker Terminal: Colors Speaker Clips
Sub Woofer X' Over: Fixed 200Hz (Measured using the Standard Sound Mode)
Type: Digital
HDMI Specs
3D Signal Pass Thru: Yes
Audio Return Channel: Yes
BRAVIA SYNC (CEC Control): Yes
HDMI Pass Through: Yes
Home Theatre Control: Yes
Position Control Sync: Yes
Scene Select Sync: Yes
TV Theater Mode: Yes
Video Features
1080/24p: Yes
1080p: Yes
A/V SYNC: Yes (Fixed)
A/V Sync Time(mSec): On (70ms)/Off
Deep Color: Yes
x.v.Color (xvYCC): Yes
General Features
Front Grille Material: Punched Metal
Front Grille Type: Fixed
Auto Standby: YES (30min/off)
Hotel Mode: Yes
Input Selector: TV; BD/DVD; Game; SAT/CATV; Video; Line IN; Tuner FM
Pin Jack: Nickel
Receiver
Power Output Front L/Front R: 134W (per channel at 4 ohms, 1 kHz)
Power Requirements 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption 50W
Standby Mode: 0.3W or less (Control for HDMI is off)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 10.8 2.4 x 11.4" (270 x 60 x 286mm)
Weight 4.3 lb. (1.9kg)
Decoding 96k/24Bit PCM: Yes
DTS 96/24: Yes
DTS HD/Dolby TruHD/Dolby Digital+: Yes/Yes/Yes
Dolby Digital/DTS: Yes/Yes Dolby Dual Mono: Yes LPCM (2Ch/5.1Ch/7.1Ch) Thru HDMI: Yes/Yes/Yes 192kHz
No. of Channels 2.1
Tuner Direct Tuning: Yes
FM Mode: Mono/Stereo
Preset Channel (Sirius/XM/FM/AM): 20 FM
Station Name: Yes
System: PLL Quartz-Locked Digital Synthesizer
FM Tuner Section: Tuning range 87.5 - 108.0 MHz (100 kHz Step)
Antenna (aerial) Terminals: 75 ohms, Unbalanced
Inputs/Outputs Analog Audio In (Includes TV CEC) / Out (Excluding Tuner) / TV (CEC): Single Line In
Coax: 1 Input
HDMI In / Out: (Front Input): 3 In / 1 Out
Opt. In / Out / TV (CEC): Includes Front Input and TV (CEC): 2 In
Impedance 8 ohms
Speakers
Configuration Speaker System: Bass Reflex
Speaker Type: Bass Reflex
Speaker Unit 2" (50mm), Cone Type x 2
Speaker Cords: 3
Impedance 4 ohms
Tweeter Tweeter Unit: 2.5" (65mm), conetype
Woofer Woofer Unit: 3.1" (80mm), conetype
Dimensions (W x H x D) 37.4 x 3 x 1.6" (948.2 x 75 x 40mm)
Weight 5.1 lb. (2.3kg
Subwoofer
Power Output 134W (per channel at 4 ohms, 100 Hz)
System Subwoofer, Bass reflex
Unit: (6.4" (160mm) cone type
Impedance 4 ohms
Power Requirements 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption On: 30W
Standby Mode: 0.5W or less
Dimensions (W x H x D) 10.8 x 15.4 x 11.1" (270 x 389 x 280.5mm)
Wireless Specifications
Wireless Communication System: Wireless Sound-Specification Version 1.0
Frequency Band 5.736GHz - 5.814GHz
Power Requirements: DC 3.3 V, 300 mA
Modulation Method: DSSS
Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.4 x 2.4" (30 x 9 x 60mm)
Mass: 4 oz (10 g)
Weight 19.4 lb. (8.8kg)
Color Black
Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System
  • Remote Control: (RM-AAU113)
  • Receiver (STR-CT550WT)
  • FM Wire Antenna (aerial)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Subwoofer (SA-WCT550W)
  • 8.2' (2.5 m) Digital Optical Cord for TV
  • Speaker (SS-CT550W)
  • 4 x Speaker Foot Pads
  • Wireless Transceivers (EZW-RT50)
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyHT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System
     
    3.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Interfaces well with TV (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies (4)
      • Smaller rooms / apartments (4)
      • Television shows (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Movie enthusiast (5), Practical (4), Tech savvy (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Reviewed by 7 customers

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      4.0

      Simple and clean

      By pvngr

      from Santiago, Chile

      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Energy Efficient
      • Interfaces Well With TV

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Movies
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

        I connected my Sound Bar to my sony bravia LED and to a sony bluray and it works flawlessly. When I turn on the BR, the tv and the sound bar turns on automatically in the correct input. All of the controls merge so you can control the sound bar volume through the tv and turn ON and OFF only one device and get them all to work.
        Sound is clear and neat, but it doesn't compare a good active stereo bookshelf like A5.
        The main advantage is the space, with the wireless subwoofer, you can place it almost anywhere.

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        2.0

        NOT REAL IMPRESSED

        By MOPARMAN

        from MAGNOLIA TX.

        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • Good Remote
        • Interfaces Well With TV

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

          LOVE ALL THREE OF MY SONY BRAVIA TV'S,NOT REAL IMPRESSED WITH MY SOUNDBAR SYSTEM.I DO LIKE THE WIRELESS SUBWOOFER,LET'S ME PUT IT ANYWHERE,BUT THE SOUNDBAR SOUNDS LIKE THE SPEAKERS ON THE TV,SO I CAN'T GET THE SOUND I WAS EXPECTING FOR A GOOD ACTION MOVIE,NOT ENOUGH BASS

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          4.0

          great sound.

          By sap

          from southport, ct

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Confusing Remote
          • Poor Interface

          Best Uses

          • Living Room
          • Movies
          • Television Shows

          Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

          the sound is great. hookup is very easy. the only thing we don't like about it is that you can't read the display from the couch. it's so small, you have to get up close. so when we are changin the sound mode (e.g. from movie to music), we have to get up to see what mode it is. the other thing, is you can't program the remote to the tv, cable, dvd, etc. so you have to keep all your remotes in hand when you are changing input source. other than that, the sound is great.

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          5.0

          B&H was outstanding in service/delivery

          By Mahoney

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Movie Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Interfaces Well With TV

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies

            Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

            Building a home theater system and will now purchase remaining components through B&H. Should have started here...

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            4.0

            looks sleek and sounds good

            By salty

            from bay city,mi

            About Me Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Sleek Design
            • Thundering Bass
            • Wireless subwoofer

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms
              • Television Shows

              Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

              I purchased this soundbar for my bedroom and it sounds nice. Bass from subwoofer is plenty and soundbar is definitely better than built in tv speakers. Not hard to configure to get best sound quality. This is my first sound bar/system I've purchased and am pleased with it.

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              5.0

              Great Sound at an Afordable Price

              By Johnduke

              from Staten Island, NY

              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Remote
              • Interfaces Well With TV
              • Intuitive Controls
              • Thundering Bass

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Larger Rooms
                • Living Room
                • Movies
                • Smaller Rooms
                • Surround Sound Solution
                • Television Shows

                Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

                I have a 19x16 living room and the sound is load and clear. Sometime your could almost hear sounds coming from the rear. The Bass is strong and sound great with movies as well as music. I wish that someone that designs these sound bars would provide outputs for rear speakers (maybe a wireless rear sound bar????)

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                3.0

                Nice system, but not what I thought.

                By Jason

                from Cincinnati, Ohio

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Interfaces Well With TV

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Sony HT-CT550W0 40" 3D Sound Bar System:

                I bought this thinking it would simplify our TV system for movie and netflix watching in our newly set-up living room. Reviews were positive about this and previous similar models and Sony has a great brand and reputation. However upon setting it up we quickly realized it does not 'fill the room' with sound. I have a smaller Bose system, no larger than a single receiver component) that does more with sound with far less setup or trouble (and similar or even lower cost). Don't get me wrong, this is a nice system, and the wireless subwoofer worked like a charm. It just did not perform like we needed or expected for our room type and size. I think this would be an excellent solution for a bedroom or smaller den setup, especially when true surround sound was not a priority.

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