Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base – but wanted better quality sound from my TV

Simply amazing, for the price.

Very good quality, good sound.

Very good quality, good sound. Here are the specifications for the Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base:

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  • Immersive sound: Enjoy real cinema quality surround sound with compatible Sony wireless speakers
  • Compact elegant design: Companion for your home cinema setup- supporting TVs up to 55 inch and 30 kgs, with a scratch proof floating glass top
  • Connect to speakers in other rooms with SongPal Multi-room link. LDAC-compatible Bluetooth connectivity for high-quality listening
  • Google Cast and Spotify compatible for more music accessibility

Excellent sound bar – limited connectivity. The sony ht-xt2 seems directed at being far more than just a sound bar for your tv. With the huge 170w output and the myriad of available sound sources including wifi and bluetooth i can see why. Playing content from bluetooth enabled mobile phones or tablets is very simple to set up, particularly if you have an nfc capable phone. Just hold the phone near the nfc reader on the sony and it pairs automatically. Sound from the unit is very capable and somewhat of a surprise, comparison with a bose soundtouch unit, there was little to separate the two upto medium volumes. When pushed to higher levels though the sound did start to become a little muddied and distorted. As a comparative style and size unit the naim muso for instance blows this out of the water for potential to replace a dedicated music system. Where mobile connectivity is very simple, tv connection, which is the main use for this type of product, is quite limited as stated in other reviews. Fortunately we own a fairly new tv, so both arc & optical outputs were available, but without either of these options there is basically no way to connect to this unit without having to purchase various additional cables & converters.

A good sounding speaker – but physical connectivity is very limited. If you like to keep things looking neat and tidy then a soundbase may be a better option for you than a conventional soundbar and sub-woofer setup. This sony soundbase is compact and sits inconspicuously under the tv out of the way but still packs a pretty powerful punch. I have both the sony ht-xt2 and the earlier sony ht-xt1 in use in different rooms and although some listings show the xt2 as an update to the xt1 they are really very different products as far as features are concerned. Although the xt1 and xt2 look very alike, and have a similar sound, the connectivity is very different for each model – the xt1 has plenty of physical inputs for external equipment whereas the xt2 is virtually all wireless. The xt1 has three hdmi inputs plus an hdmi output to connect to the tv and can also be connected to analogue sound sources too – the xt2 has a single hdmi output to connect to the tv and that is it; anything else has to connect to the xt2 wirelessly. Both speakers have built-in bluetooth connectivity but the xt2 can also be connected to your router for additional wireless features that the xt1 does not have – spotify connect and google cast for example. The xt2 also comes with a much better remote control than the xt1 with had one of the silliest designs i’ve yet seen in a sony product – the xt2 has a proper remote with good access to the many useful features such as being able to control the sub-woofer volume independently to suit the sound source. Although i am pleased with both the sony xt1 and the xt2 they are not interchangeable where i have them in use and the lack of physical connectivity on the xt2 and the fact no hdmi cable is actually supplied with it makes it four stars rather than five. However, if the features of the xt2 suit your setup then you will not be disappointed by the sound quality and ease of use.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • but wanted better quality sound from my Sony TV
  • Exxcelent system for the price
  • Great sound, easy to set up.

He is very pleased with it so far. I brought this for my father for christmas after he gave me a loose description of what he wanted – a ‘sound bar’ (yes he used bunny ears to describe it to me). I read lots of reviews and found this product came up top time and time again. He is very pleased with it so far, it gives good sound quality and he is able to sync his phone with it to play music. He even managed to set it up all by himself so that speaks volumnes for its ease of use.

But wanted better quality sound from my sony tv. Didn’t want a room full of speakers, but wanted better quality sound from my sony tv. It looks brilliant, was very easy to setup with tv and bluetooth from iphone and ipad and gives a much better sound quality over the tv speakers. Use it quite a lot with internet radio streaming over bluetooth.

I bought one of these 2 weeks ago, and after 1/2 hr of head scratching it now works perfectly with my sky q box and 55 inch lg tv. Hdmi into the tv for settings etc and spdif into the q box , the sound delivery is more than adequate for my large room and the preset styles make quite a difference when watching films or sports. It has definitely improved the sound whilst watching any program and i recommend it.

He is very pleased with it so far. I brought this for my father for christmas after he gave me a loose description of what he wanted – a ‘sound bar’ (yes he used bunny ears to describe it to me). I read lots of reviews and found this product came up top time and time again. He is very pleased with it so far, it gives good sound quality and he is able to sync his phone with it to play music. He even managed to set it up all by himself so that speaks volumnes for its ease of use.

Been a fan of sony tvs for years but the sound on the last one left something to be desired and so i managed to persuade the wife this speaker would help. From the moment i connected it i was blown away with the sound and bass. It was easy to connect via hdmi and the ui on the tv. I also forked out for the srs-zr5 wireless surround speakers and they too do a great job without trailing wires everywhere. I’ve reviewed these separately though. The one downside is that on some films there can be lip syncing problems which get worse through the film (note this doesn’t ever seem to happen on kids cartoon films). This can be distracting on films with a lot of close up dialogue. I haven’t yet figured out if there is a particular link to the films this happens on as it is it all films and doesn’t affect tv, but it is annoying. I believe there is a way of adjusting the timing, but who wants to stop a film and sort out a delay of a fraction of a second?.

Exxcelent system for the price. Very happy with this purchase. Lots of options for playback effects. Have add 2 sony wireless speakers and use the sound base mostly in surround sound setup.

Been a fan of sony tvs for years but the sound on the last one left something to be desired and so i managed to persuade the wife this speaker would help. From the moment i connected it i was blown away with the sound and bass. It was easy to connect via hdmi and the ui on the tv. I also forked out for the srs-zr5 wireless surround speakers and they too do a great job without trailing wires everywhere. I’ve reviewed these separately though. The one downside is that on some films there can be lip syncing problems which get worse through the film (note this doesn’t ever seem to happen on kids cartoon films). This can be distracting on films with a lot of close up dialogue. I haven’t yet figured out if there is a particular link to the films this happens on as it is it all films and doesn’t affect tv, but it is annoying. I believe there is a way of adjusting the timing, but who wants to stop a film and sort out a delay of a fraction of a second?.

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  1. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    A sound investment,,,,if you’ll pardon the pun. . A five minute setup, it raises the level of the tv, it looks awesome as a tv base – and it sounds thunderous. Absolutely delighted with its room filling sound and shuddering bass.
  2. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    A sound investment,,,,if you’ll pardon the pun. . A five minute setup, it raises the level of the tv, it looks awesome as a tv base – and it sounds thunderous. Absolutely delighted with its room filling sound and shuddering bass.
  3. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    Well but no guidance to set up but was easy to do any ways. Using with my tv works well but no guidance to set up but was easy to do any ways.
  4. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    Well but no guidance to set up but was easy to do any ways. Using with my tv works well but no guidance to set up but was easy to do any ways.
    1. Chunky bit of kit which fits nicely in my tv unit. Sound quality is surprigly quite good too. Obviously it’s no match for a powerful surround sound amp with big bulky speakers and subwoofers all over the place, but it looks great so it’s a nice trade off.
  5. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    Chunky bit of kit which fits nicely in my tv unit. Sound quality is surprigly quite good too. Obviously it’s no match for a powerful surround sound amp with big bulky speakers and subwoofers all over the place, but it looks great so it’s a nice trade off.
  6. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    Makes watching flat screen tv and listening to music a pleasure again as tv speakers are inadequate.
    1. Makes watching flat screen tv and listening to music a pleasure again as tv speakers are inadequate.
  7. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    Great sound, although i do have to turn the tv speakers down/off as it gets a bit of an echo at louder volumes. Connects perfectly with my tv (connected with cable), iphone, ipad, echo dot (all bluetooth connections). Fills the entire flat with sound, which is great for under £200 and only 1 “speaker”. I did (vaguely) notice a difference when you press the button to increase the dialogue sound, but no different when i increased again, so don’t let this sway you, it’s not worth it in my opinion. My only niggles are that its a bit slow to start up, despite me using the quick start, and the buttons can be a bit slow responding on the remote. We are talking seconds here though not minutes and i’m not exactly patient.
    1. Great sound, although i do have to turn the tv speakers down/off as it gets a bit of an echo at louder volumes. Connects perfectly with my tv (connected with cable), iphone, ipad, echo dot (all bluetooth connections). Fills the entire flat with sound, which is great for under £200 and only 1 “speaker”. I did (vaguely) notice a difference when you press the button to increase the dialogue sound, but no different when i increased again, so don’t let this sway you, it’s not worth it in my opinion. My only niggles are that its a bit slow to start up, despite me using the quick start, and the buttons can be a bit slow responding on the remote. We are talking seconds here though not minutes and i’m not exactly patient.
      1. Disappointed that cannot play bluetooth speakers and the base unit. There was no hdmi cable in the box as said on the advertsounds ok. . Disappointed that cannot play bluetooth speakers and the base unit both at the same time.
  8. Disappointed that cannot play bluetooth speakers and the base unit. There was no hdmi cable in the box as said on the advertsounds ok. . Disappointed that cannot play bluetooth speakers and the base unit both at the same time.
    1. Lovely piece of glass stuck on top – really solid for quiet a heavy led 50″ tv to sit on. As for the sound, not amazing but very good. Plenty loud enough and felt i didn’t even need the full bass at maximum.
  9. This review is from : Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-Room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC – Black

    Lovely piece of glass stuck on top – really solid for quiet a heavy led 50″ tv to sit on. As for the sound, not amazing but very good. Plenty loud enough and felt i didn’t even need the full bass at maximum.