Summary: I purchased this system to go with my new Sony 50" flat screen and my Sony DVD player and had it professionally installed. Works nicely, but woofer is hardly noticeable. I'd give it a 7 out of 10 because of this.
Summary: sound is good for apartment, however it's another sony. proprietary connection sound bar to amp. if the length isn't right for you, then you're sol. doesn't play nice with my panasonic tv and sony bd player. you don't get more for paying a premium to get the sony name anymore.
Summary: Like others I was surprised at the size of the box that it was delivered in, but soon understood why. This system was not hard to set up, only problem I can not get the remote control to recognize the directv box. Would appreciate any input on that. The sound is awesome compared to the sony tv, however don't expect surround sound. I was expecting more separation left and right, maybe i don't have it tweaked right. Still very happy with this product.
Summary: After looking at different models of sound bar models I decided on this item based on prior Sony purchases, brand reputation and price. For my small room I was looking for something to give me much better center, left and right channel surround. This product couldn't be more satisfying, especially for the price. The sound is crisp and clear. TV shows and movies are so much more fun to watch in HD now that we have great sound.
Summary: This isn't a surround-system, but that's ok. I'm not a fan of drilling holes in walls to run speaker wire. Nor do I like having 5 or 7 or 10 speakers throughout the room. There's nothing good enough anywhere on tv for that kind of overkill, and I don't care for movies driven by sound effects. For my purposes, this system provides plenty of crystal-clear TV volume with adequate bass response from the subwoofer.
Summary: I bought this to replace a Bose 3-2-1 which I really hated. I wanted a sound bar because of limited space and unwillingness to deal with rear speakers. This Sony had *just* enough inputs to integrate in my system. So in those respects it has been fine, and the cost is low as well. But there are issues: 1. It doesn't work smoothly with my Logitech Harmony One remote and often gets confused. 2. Sound levels and quality seem to jump around a lot.
Great alternative to wires running all over the place!
D. WAGNER, Amazon
11 April 2010
Summary: Thank You Crutchfield & Amazon for partnering on a great transaction. Amazon for helping me compare prices, features and user reviews and arriving at the descision to buy the sony soundbar. Crutchfield for having a great price and shipping in a timely manner. I recommend the SONY HTCT 500 3.1 SOUNDBAR for everyone who does not wish to run 5.1 surround wires all over their home.
Summary: This soundbar with receiver and subwoofer does NOT replace a true surround sound system... however for what it does, it was worth the money and its compact space helps a lot! When switching between inputs on the receiver, it can get a bit slow to switch the components on using the Sony "BraviaSync" technology, but I also like that it does turn everything on and to the right input... All-in-all, very satisfied.
Summary: I've researched these soundbars for a couple months before I finally decided to go with the HT-CT500. Very easy to hook up, although it could have used a better manual for explaining all the options and features. I got most of my help from fellow customers on the AVS forums. I can crank up the volume without any distortion which is great.