Sony HT-CT381 2 : Comes alive when watching movies!

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 information

  • 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

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  1. This review is from : 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

    I have a sony bravia tv which i find the speakers rather poor so purchased this and it works brilliantly and sub speaker is adjustable too. Would recommend this produce.
  2. This review is from : 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

    I have a sony bravia tv which i find the speakers rather poor so purchased this and it works brilliantly and sub speaker is adjustable too. Would recommend this produce.
  3. This review is from : 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

    I have an older sony kdl40w2000 (2007) with no optical input and no arc but it does have two older hdmi inputs. There are a lot of current tv programmes and films that are broadcast using a sound technology that didn’t exist when my tv was produced. Consequently the voices are sometimes muffled and indistinct when played back through my tv’s built in amp and speakers. You have to turn the volume up very loud to be able to understand a bit more clearly what people are saying. The problem is that loud parts are very loud and quiet parts are very muffled then you are blasted by the adverts when they come on. Consequently you have to keep up’ing and down’ing the volume. So to overcome this problem i decided to buy a sound bar. I tend to buy same-make brands to reduce incompatibility issues. As my tv was a sony i went for a sony sound bar.
    1. I have an older sony kdl40w2000 (2007) with no optical input and no arc but it does have two older hdmi inputs. There are a lot of current tv programmes and films that are broadcast using a sound technology that didn’t exist when my tv was produced. Consequently the voices are sometimes muffled and indistinct when played back through my tv’s built in amp and speakers. You have to turn the volume up very loud to be able to understand a bit more clearly what people are saying. The problem is that loud parts are very loud and quiet parts are very muffled then you are blasted by the adverts when they come on. Consequently you have to keep up’ing and down’ing the volume. So to overcome this problem i decided to buy a sound bar. I tend to buy same-make brands to reduce incompatibility issues. As my tv was a sony i went for a sony sound bar.
      1. Sound is perfect, perfect compatibility with sony tv bravia and playstation 4. Clear sound, 300w is good enough to make some nosie.
  4. This review is from : 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

    Sound is perfect, perfect compatibility with sony tv bravia and playstation 4. Clear sound, 300w is good enough to make some nosie.
  5. This review is from : 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

    After one month extensive research i decided to shortlist my choice to buy sound bar instead of hi-fi/music system, multimedia speaker or 5. 1, i am perfectionist, picky and pay lot attention to specification, design look and review before buying any product, the reason not to buy other 5. 1 as it’s has complicated wiring and too many pieces of speakers still no wireless woofer, enought ports or remote, hifi is outdated and look old style as it comes with dvd which i never used or intend to use, only the sony soundbar ticks all my requirements like bluetooth audio stream, physical remote and app, 4 hdmi port(for all my gadget), optical out, 3. 5mm in (for my small dab radio to boost sound throught soundbar), a wireless sub woofer, stylish look. Come to main point, the soundboard part itself is only slitely better (20%) than my lg tv’s internal speaker, because this soundboard has some voice customization option to improve table and vocal, but unfortunately it’s not dramatically improve sound compared to tv because basically it has same two piece of speaker located at far end of both long side in entire soundboard, so that means basically 75% space in this soundboard is occupied by soundbar’s internals and it’s circuit and rest 25% is for speaker, as result sometime i did not even realize when sound bar it off and sound coming from tv, but main thing in this soundbars is a performance of subwoofer which is unexpectedly producing loud, tight and clear bass which can be heard even with lowest woofer volume setting i. 2 or 3 which is my main interest, separate sub woofer skund can go up to 12 and overall volume can be adjusted up to 50 but unfortunately there is no option to turn down soundbar’s volume at minimul and woofer’s at maximum, still out of total 50(soundbar)even if i set it to only 25 and woofer set to 8 out of max 12 still it can product heavy, enjoyable and satisfying deep boom bass which is too good, furthermore i think it’s the only subwoofer in this price range which have 300w rms, 4 hdmi port, one 3. 5mm port, blue tooth, wireless sub woofer, nfc, optical cable in-box and stylish look all together, i choose white/silver as i have lg 43 in. Tv in same color and it exactly match with it,. I also like because this soundbars is good better shape than other in the market which just look like black rectangular pipe with small porous, hope this will help many people who’s confused over choices, so finally 4 🌟 star for better than expected woofer performance (i put it at opposite wall and it produce thundering bass, room size approx, 18 by 22 ft.
    1. After one month extensive research i decided to shortlist my choice to buy sound bar instead of hi-fi/music system, multimedia speaker or 5. 1, i am perfectionist, picky and pay lot attention to specification, design look and review before buying any product, the reason not to buy other 5. 1 as it’s has complicated wiring and too many pieces of speakers still no wireless woofer, enought ports or remote, hifi is outdated and look old style as it comes with dvd which i never used or intend to use, only the sony soundbar ticks all my requirements like bluetooth audio stream, physical remote and app, 4 hdmi port(for all my gadget), optical out, 3. 5mm in (for my small dab radio to boost sound throught soundbar), a wireless sub woofer, stylish look. Come to main point, the soundboard part itself is only slitely better (20%) than my lg tv’s internal speaker, because this soundboard has some voice customization option to improve table and vocal, but unfortunately it’s not dramatically improve sound compared to tv because basically it has same two piece of speaker located at far end of both long side in entire soundboard, so that means basically 75% space in this soundboard is occupied by soundbar’s internals and it’s circuit and rest 25% is for speaker, as result sometime i did not even realize when sound bar it off and sound coming from tv, but main thing in this soundbars is a performance of subwoofer which is unexpectedly producing loud, tight and clear bass which can be heard even with lowest woofer volume setting i. 2 or 3 which is my main interest, separate sub woofer skund can go up to 12 and overall volume can be adjusted up to 50 but unfortunately there is no option to turn down soundbar’s volume at minimul and woofer’s at maximum, still out of total 50(soundbar)even if i set it to only 25 and woofer set to 8 out of max 12 still it can product heavy, enjoyable and satisfying deep boom bass which is too good, furthermore i think it’s the only subwoofer in this price range which have 300w rms, 4 hdmi port, one 3. 5mm port, blue tooth, wireless sub woofer, nfc, optical cable in-box and stylish look all together, i choose white/silver as i have lg 43 in. Tv in same color and it exactly match with it,. I also like because this soundbars is good better shape than other in the market which just look like black rectangular pipe with small porous, hope this will help many people who’s confused over choices, so finally 4 🌟 star for better than expected woofer performance (i put it at opposite wall and it produce thundering bass, room size approx, 18 by 22 ft.
      1. Like other reviewers, i was also disappointed with this. I have a yamaha soundbar on my main tv, which has excellent definition & real presence. Compared to that as a baseline, the sound on this is thin, it is not possible to have any real bass punch even with the sw on 12, it’s maximum setting. Further it is not possible to match the soundbar to the remote codes for the tv or sky controller, something which the yamaha also does, so you have yet another fiddly remote lying around. I’ve tried the sony support site but they state this is not possible. Overall not at all the quality i expect from sony – you can do better than this.
  6. Like other reviewers, i was also disappointed with this. I have a yamaha soundbar on my main tv, which has excellent definition & real presence. Compared to that as a baseline, the sound on this is thin, it is not possible to have any real bass punch even with the sw on 12, it’s maximum setting. Further it is not possible to match the soundbar to the remote codes for the tv or sky controller, something which the yamaha also does, so you have yet another fiddly remote lying around. I’ve tried the sony support site but they state this is not possible. Overall not at all the quality i expect from sony – you can do better than this.
  7. This review is from : 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

    Edit: the sound quality issue i experienced was my own fault. I realised it was a set-up issue. My pc was set up for stereo output via hdmi instead of 5. Changing the output from the pc to 5. 1 the soundbar sounds as i expected it to. Ease of use: 5/5connectivity: 5/5aesthetics: 5/5sound quality: 2. 5/5—- update: 5/5 see edit abovei previously had some £25 2. 1 logitech pc speakers (with a much smaller subwoofer) attached to my tv via the line out that sound considerably better than this. This £200 sound bar doesn’t sound anywhere near as good and for £200 i expected a lot better.
    1. Edit: the sound quality issue i experienced was my own fault. I realised it was a set-up issue. My pc was set up for stereo output via hdmi instead of 5. Changing the output from the pc to 5. 1 the soundbar sounds as i expected it to. Ease of use: 5/5connectivity: 5/5aesthetics: 5/5sound quality: 2. 5/5—- update: 5/5 see edit abovei previously had some £25 2. 1 logitech pc speakers (with a much smaller subwoofer) attached to my tv via the line out that sound considerably better than this. This £200 sound bar doesn’t sound anywhere near as good and for £200 i expected a lot better.
      1. Doesn’t sync with latest sony 4k tv even though its advertised everywhere in a package compatible with the tv i purchased. I’m fairly knowledgeable but couldn’t get it to work i tried both optical and hdmi inputs. In way of the tv infra red remote receiver so if placed in front can’t control tv if you put behind can’t see speaker display totally illogical . V poor tinny & boomy sound quality for the price – worse than my 15 year old speakers it was supposed to replace and expensive to return – buyer beware. Batteries were flat so it had been in stock a long time.
  8. Doesn’t sync with latest sony 4k tv even though its advertised everywhere in a package compatible with the tv i purchased. I’m fairly knowledgeable but couldn’t get it to work i tried both optical and hdmi inputs. In way of the tv infra red remote receiver so if placed in front can’t control tv if you put behind can’t see speaker display totally illogical . V poor tinny & boomy sound quality for the price – worse than my 15 year old speakers it was supposed to replace and expensive to return – buyer beware. Batteries were flat so it had been in stock a long time.
    1. I bought this for my 4k smart tv and it really does match the high performance, if you buy a top quality set it would make good sense to get a goodquality soundbar like this i was so impressed by the tone and i haven’t felt bass like this since i was in the cinema. I totally love it top marks.
  9. This review is from : 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

    I bought this for my 4k smart tv and it really does match the high performance, if you buy a top quality set it would make good sense to get a goodquality soundbar like this i was so impressed by the tone and i haven’t felt bass like this since i was in the cinema. I totally love it top marks.