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Sony HT-CT550W

Sony HT-CT550W
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Sony HT-CT150

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Sony STR-DN840

Sony STR-DN840
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Price $239 to $399 at 2 stores $398 to $449 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.7 (3.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 3.5 stars out of 23 reviews 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date May 24, 2011 April 21, 2010 April 24, 2013
The Bottom Line Consider the Sony HT-CT550W if you need a sound bar with a lot of connectivity, but it's otherwise not worth its premium price. Sony's HT-CT150 sound bar home theater system sounds great and is way ahead of the competition with its three HDMI inputs; however, its IR receiver limits the subwoofer's placement options. The Sony STR-DN840 is by far the best AV receiver value of the year, offering tons of wireless connectivity and six HDMI inputs for well under $500.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Surround System Class 2.1 channel
5.1 channel
7.2 channel
Internet Streaming Services Info unavailable Info unavailable Pandora
Music Unlimited
Slacker
vTuner
Environmental Standards Info unavailable Yes
Info unavailable
Surround Sound Effects 3D Surround
S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound
S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound
Info unavailable
Radio Radio tuner - FM - 20 preset stations
Info unavailable AM/FM
Product Type Sound bar speaker system
Sound bar speaker system
Home Theater Network Receiver
Components AV receiver
Sound bar
Subwoofer
Audio bar
Wireless subwoofer
Info unavailable
Connectivity Protocols Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDMI Switching Yes
Yes
Info unavailable
Enclosure Color Black
Info unavailable Black
Built-in Decoders DTS-HD decoder
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital
DTS decoder
DTS-HD High Resolution
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD LBR
Dolby TrueHD
DTS 96/24
Dolby Digital
DTS ES Matrix 6.1
DTS ES Discrete 6.1
DTS 96/24
DTS NEO: 6
DTS HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital EX
Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Weight Info unavailable Info unavailable 18.7 lbs
Manufacturer Warranty Info unavailable 1 year warranty
Info unavailable
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Surround Sound
Surround Sound
Product Description Sound bar speaker system - 2.1 channel
Sony HT-CT550W
Sound bar speaker system - 5.1 channel
Sony HT-CT150
Home Theater Network Receiver - 7.2 channel
Sony STR-DN840
Power Info unavailable AC 120 V
AC 120 V
Remote Control Info unavailable Universal remote control - Infrared
Info unavailable
Components AV receiver
Sound bar
Subwoofer
Audio bar
Wireless subwoofer
Info unavailable
Output Power 400 Watt
200 Watt
1050 Watt
Dimensions (WxDxH) Info unavailable Info unavailable 16.9 in x 13 in x 6.1 in
Speaker(s) 1 - External
1 x Active subwoofer - External - 134 Watt
Home theater sound bar system with wireless subwoofer
1 - External
1
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