Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar – Great sound for a small system

I bought this to enhance my new 4k tv, i particularly liked the fact that the soundbar and subwoofer were so small. The set up was easy and build quality was good except for the supplied optical cable which was plasticky and stiff and wouldn’t sit in the cable management of the tv stand properly. The soundbar quality was really good to be honest i was quite impressed not a lot of sound separation but it is a compact unit so there has to be compromise, vocals very clear and i didn’t notice any time lag. However the subwoofer although small sounds absolutely rubbish, no volume and hardly any bass. The subwoofer wasn’t any match for my old 8 inch cheap active sub which only cost £50 from ‘richer sounds’ very disappointed, if i had listened to this in a shop i would not have bought it i was almost tempted to return the item. Well i have now had it a couple of months and with tweeking of settings and changing location of sub it’s better but not great, i also found using the optical lead i had to keep reaching for the remote so now wired in analogue i can control the volume with the tv remote with no loss of quality in the sound.

A sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. I have already previously owned a sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. But this new soundbar takes it to the next level. Easy to install you plug it in and then attach the wire to the tv though you can run it through blutooth. Once up and running it produces a wonderful sound with strong and deep base and clear sound. The different settings on the control means it is easy to change to suit you best and what you are watching including a handy setting to make dialog clearer. I have the base to the side but it resonates as though it could be anywhere in the room producing a solid surround sound style experience. For best effect if you can play with your television settings to get the optimal experience and set the soundbar as your main form of sound. Goes brilliantly with my 55′ sony television and will serve me well for many years ahead.

Typical sound quality of today. My question to anyone today is; why did we get such good bass on sound equipment in the 70s – and 40 years on, hardly any at all. Well, my problem with most, if not all sound equipment these days, is the gross lack of bass on any of them. Oh this does have bass to a point, but much treble is lost as always. But to be honest, bass started to go out of fashion towards the late seventies – and lord knows why; from about the 1980s, every time i came to replace what was then called a ‘music centre’, (however much i paid) i found it increasingly hard to get anything that even matched my previous one – let alone better. It’s the same with speakers; modern tvs have pathetic tiny little speakers in them – just a racket in order to get people purchasing independent sound systems, but that wouldn’t be so bad, but what you get is not a terribly good sound quality. This equipment is built nice and looks good, and like i say, does have a little bass, but the frustrating thing is, again, unlike anything from years ago, one cannot finely tune such things as bass or treble tone, which means there are just two or three complete ‘settings’ (or choices) of sound – but you cannot tune them to your taste. As for setting up; it wasn’t that easy; clumsy instructions, and the switches you needed to access and to keep an eye on were for some bizarre reason placed at the back of the sub-woofer??i had this for review, but if i’d paid the price asked for this, i would want more for my money – but would probably expect less. People often tell me you can go to very expensive outlets and pay say a thousand pounds to get the good quality sound systems that produce the kind of sound i refer to from times gone by– but why should you have to pay all that – you didn’t years ago, and i really don’t believe it would be that much better than something like this anyway, for the simple reason, i don’t think people today know what great sound quality is anymore – and you only have to look at the amount of people that have thumbed-down this review to see that.Here are the specifications for the Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar:

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  • Interior matching: easily blends into your living room with its interior matching design
  • Simply connect the main unit to TV via optical, and place the ultra-slim subwoofer next to your TV cabinet or lay it flat under the sofa
  • Immersive sound: Recreate that cinema feeling with Sony’s S-Force Pro Front Surround sound technology and enjoy bass that you can feel through your body thanks to the dedicated sofa mode
  • The sound bar acts as a wireless speaker: instantly link it to your smartphone via Bluetooth and NFC to playback your favourite music from your device

I liked the fact it was a small soundbar with a slim sub. Nice and tidy to go with my 55′ bravia 2016 modelhowever. . I was highly disappointed when i found two massive flaws with the system1) you cannot use a sony tv remote to control the soundbar???.I have a bravia kd55xd8005 4k tv and the remote worked fine with an lg soundbar but the mt300 is not compatibleabsolutely ridiculous. 2) the bluetooth option will not work with my sony tv either so i have to resort to an optical cable. So two huge features that i needed and yes i should have done more with my homework but hey sony and sony i stupidly assumed they would be compatible apart from that it has a great sound. Please research compatibility if you are matching with a sony tv or you will be disappointed like me.

I liked the fact it was a small soundbar with a slim sub. Nice and tidy to go with my 55′ bravia 2016 modelhowever. . I was highly disappointed when i found two massive flaws with the system1) you cannot use a sony tv remote to control the soundbar???.I have a bravia kd55xd8005 4k tv and the remote worked fine with an lg soundbar but the mt300 is not compatibleabsolutely ridiculous. 2) the bluetooth option will not work with my sony tv either so i have to resort to an optical cable. So two huge features that i needed and yes i should have done more with my homework but hey sony and sony i stupidly assumed they would be compatible apart from that it has a great sound. Please research compatibility if you are matching with a sony tv or you will be disappointed like me.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • So well recommended.
  • Really like this as you can have the subwoofer anywhere because
  • Love this speaker system

Good sound & loud enough for an apartment. On first impressions, this is a well made product. The quality of the components & materials feels luxurious. All wires needed are provided with the unit. The actual sound bar is a good size, & doesn’t take much space. -set-up: very easy & straighforward. -sound: for the size, excellent. It’s not surround but it has made a huge improvement with the seemingly popular problem of sound with a lot of hd/smart tv’s. It’s not that loud but if you live in urban apartment, it’s more than enough. Sound effects:-clear audio>sony recommended sound field , automatically optimises according to context & function.

A sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. I have already previously owned a sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. But this new soundbar takes it to the next level. Easy to install you plug it in and then attach the wire to the tv though you can run it through blutooth. Once up and running it produces a wonderful sound with strong and deep base and clear sound. The different settings on the control means it is easy to change to suit you best and what you are watching including a handy setting to make dialog clearer. I have the base to the side but it resonates as though it could be anywhere in the room producing a solid surround sound style experience. For best effect if you can play with your television settings to get the optimal experience and set the soundbar as your main form of sound. Goes brilliantly with my 55′ sony television and will serve me well for many years ahead.

Great sound for a small system. I was given the sony ht-mt300 as a birthday present, and i love it. It is small at only 50cm wide and the sound for the size blows it away. I heard the bose system against this one and there really is no comparison. I have the subwoofer put under my sofa, and has put on sofa mode. To the people saying there is no base, try sofa mode. I have wanted a sound bar for some time, and have hummed and hayed for years as to what to go for.

Very impressed with the clarity and quality for such a small soundbar.

Easy to set up and the sound is good for your basic requirements at a reasonable decibel level . Its a neat set of speakers and look quite tidy.

Easy to set up and the sound is good for your basic requirements at a reasonable decibel level . Its a neat set of speakers and look quite tidy.

Great sound for a small system. I was given the sony ht-mt300 as a birthday present, and i love it. It is small at only 50cm wide and the sound for the size blows it away. I heard the bose system against this one and there really is no comparison. I have the subwoofer put under my sofa, and has put on sofa mode. To the people saying there is no base, try sofa mode. I have wanted a sound bar for some time, and have hummed and hayed for years as to what to go for.

Was looking for speaker to fit axactly under tv and this fitted the bill, with no space to spare. That aside i was looking for sony as i like the quality of sony products, the sub unfortunately did not fit under my sofa, but is slim enough to still look good while not encroaching on the room. Sound is very good when watching good quality content. Good and full bass when listening to music. Loud enough for the whole of my house.

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  1. I liked the fact it was a small soundbar with a slim sub. Nice and tidy to go with my 55″ bravia 2016 modelhowever. . I was highly disappointed when i found two massive flaws with the system1) you cannot use a sony tv remote to control the soundbar???.I have a bravia kd55xd8005 4k tv and the remote worked fine with an lg soundbar but the mt300 is not compatibleabsolutely ridiculous. 2) the bluetooth option will not work with my sony tv either so i have to resort to an optical cable. So two huge features that i needed and yes i should have done more with my homework but hey sony and sony i stupidly assumed they would be compatible apart from that it has a great sound. Please research compatibility if you are matching with a sony tv or you will be disappointed like me.
    1. I liked the fact it was a small soundbar with a slim sub. Nice and tidy to go with my 55″ bravia 2016 modelhowever. . I was highly disappointed when i found two massive flaws with the system1) you cannot use a sony tv remote to control the soundbar???.I have a bravia kd55xd8005 4k tv and the remote worked fine with an lg soundbar but the mt300 is not compatibleabsolutely ridiculous. 2) the bluetooth option will not work with my sony tv either so i have to resort to an optical cable. So two huge features that i needed and yes i should have done more with my homework but hey sony and sony i stupidly assumed they would be compatible apart from that it has a great sound. Please research compatibility if you are matching with a sony tv or you will be disappointed like me.
  2. Was a little lets say unsure of the value of a sound bar. But with the new 4k hd sony 43kx80 tv, its a must. Without it, the sound from the actual tv is ok’ish but from the sound bar ones gets a the clear range for tv shows, cd movies etc.
  3. This review is from : Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar with Interior Matching Design and Bluetooth

    Was a little lets say unsure of the value of a sound bar. But with the new 4k hd sony 43kx80 tv, its a must. Without it, the sound from the actual tv is ok’ish but from the sound bar ones gets a the clear range for tv shows, cd movies etc.
  4. This review is from : Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar with Interior Matching Design and Bluetooth

    Bought this as i liked the compact size. Had a lag issue when connected to my sony bravia tv. After speaking with sony they offered no help. Update: so i connected it via aux.
  5. This review is from : Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar with Interior Matching Design and Bluetooth

    Bought this as i liked the compact size. Had a lag issue when connected to my sony bravia tv. After speaking with sony they offered no help. Update: so i connected it via aux.
    1. Really like this as you can have the subwoofer anywhere because. Really like this as you can have the subwoofer anywhere because it’s wireless. Can’t have it under our sofa but it fits between two chairs and you get great bass and rumbles – love it.
      1. Really like this as you can have the subwoofer anywhere because. Really like this as you can have the subwoofer anywhere because it’s wireless. Can’t have it under our sofa but it fits between two chairs and you get great bass and rumbles – love it.
  6. This review is from : Sony HT-MT300 Compact Soundbar with Interior Matching Design and Bluetooth

    A sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. I have already previously owned a sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. But this new soundbar takes it to the next level. Easy to install you plug it in and then attach the wire to the tv though you can run it through blutooth. Once up and running it produces a wonderful sound with strong and deep base and clear sound. The different settings on the control means it is easy to change to suit you best and what you are watching including a handy setting to make dialog clearer. I have the base to the side but it resonates as though it could be anywhere in the room producing a solid surround sound style experience. For best effect if you can play with your television settings to get the optimal experience and set the soundbar as your main form of sound. Goes brilliantly with my 55″ sony television and will serve me well for many years ahead.
    1. A sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. I have already previously owned a sony soundbar which has served me well with great quality of sound. But this new soundbar takes it to the next level. Easy to install you plug it in and then attach the wire to the tv though you can run it through blutooth. Once up and running it produces a wonderful sound with strong and deep base and clear sound. The different settings on the control means it is easy to change to suit you best and what you are watching including a handy setting to make dialog clearer. I have the base to the side but it resonates as though it could be anywhere in the room producing a solid surround sound style experience. For best effect if you can play with your television settings to get the optimal experience and set the soundbar as your main form of sound. Goes brilliantly with my 55″ sony television and will serve me well for many years ahead.