Brought this to go with my 42 sony bravia kdl43w75 led hd, got it in the sale. It integrates well with the tv control. However the bar its self does block the ir signal to the tv in the end i moved the sound bar under the tv cabinet, which offers more protection from the kids. Connecting to the ipad is easy. Sound is good, much better than a standlone tv.
I had always been sceptical about the value of soundbars but after taking the plunge with this sony kit i am a complete convert. Comparing the playback of some recorded tv drama with and without the soundbar swows how it adds a whole extra layer of experience with richer background and clearer foreground effects. There are various options to configure the sound to your personal preference and for people of a certain age the ability to accentuate dialogue is very welcome. It goes without saying that the increase in sound quality from music devices e. Ipad linked via bluetooth is immense. The soundbar is easy to connect (although i was glad i had a spare hdmi cable as one was not included) and the subwoofer connection and bluetooth links were faultless.
Got the soundbar ok great at first then 2days later stopped working, protect error came on then it just would not play. Got a replacement this one ok for now fingers crossed. Bought sony thinking good quality not sure now.
Okay, so, i have a 9yr old sony bravia kd40w2000 – so, not knowing anything about hdmi arc or optical cables, i just thought the soundbar would automatically work using a normal hdmi – how wrong i was. I worked out that if i plugged in the hdmi cable from my sky box into the hdmi 3 port of the soundbar and not into the tv and then plugged in the hdmi cable from the back of the tv into the hdmi arc port on the soundbar, then on the input menu, i chose hmdi 3 – et voila.The subwoofer speaker was then easy to pair. Take out the hdmi cable that is plugged into your tv from sky and plug into hdmi 3 of the soundbar2. Make sure you have a hdmi cable in the back of the tv in the hdmi in ports3. Plug the other end of the tv hdmi cable into the hdmi arc port on the soundbar4. Click on input and choose hdmi 3 and the picture and sound should come through the soundbar from your sky systemplease note: i have not tried this with any other external units, such as firestick or playstation, dvd player, etc, only with using skyi have to admit, the quality is a little crackly due to possibly lesser type cable connections.
Features of Sony HT-CT381 2.1 Channel Sound Bar with 4K Compatibility (300 W, S-Master, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, Bluetooth and NFC) – Silver
2.1 channel 300 W speaker system along with wireless subwoofer provides detailed audio
Sound is excellent, set up is a piece of cake and the price is spot on too, particularly for a 300 watt sound bar.
Great product, good sound and great value for money.
Audio delay when using bluetooth. No good for video, must be hard wired. Quite impressive sound, not totally blown away.
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Made a fantastic difference to the sound quality from my sony 4k tv. Well packaged and quick delivery.
I’ve listened to dozens of soundbars, having already thrown out a cheap one for sounding no better than the tv. At last i have found one that gives me everything i want. The sound can be adjusted in so many ways that it would be impossible not to be able to set it up exactly to your preference. Worth every penny and highly recommended.
A little pricey for what it is, however it provides good deep bass with some control and its easy to use and looks great.
Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC one-touch
Very easy to set up linked with my ipod via bluetooth and dvd player via hdmi sound great very happy with it.
Excellent sound and easy to set up.
I have been suing the soundbar speaker for music, streaming radio as well as watching tv and films; the quality is really great. Settign it up is also very easy with user friendly instructions. I am very pleased of my choice and purchase. I will definitely recommend it.
Experience virtual 3D cinematic sound with S-force Pro front surround technology
Great sound system although the voices can sound ‘tinny’ sometimes. Suggest playing around with the settings.
I bought this for the main sony 32inch tv with the aim to improve sound quality which it certainly does. It comes in a funny looking l shape box that looks as if it could double as an uncomfortable chair. Setting the thing up is fairly straight forwards but managed to plug the hdmi arc cable from the tv into the wrong connector and nothing happened. It comes with an optical cable which is useful as if arc doesn’t work then its possible to use that instead. Compared to a proper home cinema setup with all the speakers i wouldn’t exactly say that this unit “fills the room” but it is a very noticeable improvement over the tv speakers which sound lacking if you switch back to them. The subwoofer is a box that rumbles and isn’t a small barking dog. . As always with these things, it requires a bit of fiddling to get it to sound right. The sub isn’t supposed to be a speaker in its own right – its only there to add a bit of bass – if you’re constantly aware of it rumbling then its too loud, especially if its just with normal tv programmes that dont have much bass anyway. The sound the system makes is very dependent on the source of the sound – non hd freeview is just 2 channel sound, whereas hd freeview is 5. The soundbar comes alive with dvd content such as starwars and you can really hear the stereo effect. Visual surround is never as good as the real thing but its certainly wider and more “immersive” than the norm. The clearaudio+ option works well in my setup along with an option to increase voice for the elderly – which has had an immediate noticable effect for older members of family. Bargain hunt has never sounded so good.
Easy to set up and quality is good.
Really impressed with this soundbar. Purchased as upgraded to a 4k tv (also sony) and had a philips htl3120 with my old sony tv. What i like most is the simple set up and the no hassle sync up. It took longer to get it out of the box than to actually set it up. Wireless subwoofer also syncs and all work as one unit. It’s even smart enough to switch off when you turn the tv off.
S-Master digital amplifier for pure sound quality and clear audio plus provides sounding music in one step
Love this, wow what a great soundreally resonates, and can go very loud (if you have no neighbours ;)easy to set up, easy to change sound output to appropriate setting.
Brilliant sound in a small room. Really good value for money.
Great sound but quite slow powering up.
The unit does seem to work very well and suit the lay out of our room.
Ok sound not up with the best tho dissapointed.
I have to be honest, when i fist connected this soundbar, i was slightly underwhelmed. Televison channels sounded okay, but nothing special. However after connecting my skybox and blu ray player to the soundbar through an hdmi and then using an hdmi from the soundbar to the tv, i discovered that this is a fantastic sounding product, especially when watching a blu ray film. What makes the sony soundbar sound so good is the balance in sound. Speech is really clear and action scenes come alive with the help of the wireless sub which gives a rich powerful bass, without drowning out dialogue. Music through bluetooth also sounds good, but personally i think the ct380 is best used for watching films especially blu ray as the soundbar supports hd dts sound.
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 90 x 5.1 cm ; 2 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 12.5 Kg
- Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: HTCT381S.CEK
- ASIN: B00VOAMUQ2