Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HT-CT100
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CNET editors' review
price range: $225.00 - $323.20
- Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 06/04/2008
The good: Superslender soundbar home-theater system eliminates the need for an AV receiver; comes with a potent subwoofer; three HDMI inputs; supereasy setup.
The bad: Subwoofer-based connection jacks may require creative placement or cable runs; only supports four AV sources (plus Sony's proprietary DM Port accessories).
The bottom line: Sony's HT-CT100 soundbar/subwoofer audio system is a phenomenal value that sounds great with movies and music.
I wanted to like it
by bikechuck on December 23, 2008
Pros: Good sound, small footprint.
Cons: The product caused the picture on my television to flash on and off. This occurred two to three times a week, It made watching the tv impossible while it occurred. It would settle down if I rebooted my cable box which takes approx 3 minutes.
Summary: I was disappointed that I had to return this product. It seemed like a good product for a good price. I got mine on sale for $199. However it is ...
Summary: I was disappointed that I had to return this product. It seemed like a good product for a good price. I got mine on sale for $199. However it is not a good deal if it does not work right and it did not with my sharp lcd, Time Warner cable box and Panasonic blue ray.
For the price, an awesome littele system!
by BuckyandthePack on December 13, 2008
Pros: Fantastic Price, punchy bass and crisp, clear mids and highs. Very easy set up too.
Cons: Bass won't wake up the neighbors, but for this price, that is expected.
Summary: I have $10,000 plus system in my "man room" but wanted something for main level family room that was cheap, sounded OK, was easy to set up and use. ...
Summary: I have $10,000 plus system in my "man room" but wanted something for main level family room that was cheap, sounded OK, was easy to set up and use. TV speakers on our 58" Samsung plasma are really lame, so this is a definite improvement. Apple TV sounds great with movies and iTunes and blue-ray movies sound pretty good too on PS3. OBVIOUSLY will never beat expensive system, but it was only $199 at Best Buy and fits the bill. Perhaps I set it up wrong or perhaps someone can opine if I am doing something wrong, but non hi-def programming no longer fills the full 16 x 9 screen. Hi def fills up screen, DVD does and so does Apple TV. Wondering if perhaps the Sony can't switch back and forth between hi-def and non; fix would be to hook up cable box using another out put, like component cabling, and hook that up to another input on TV. Have not tried yet, but that should work. If that is the only fix it will be annoying to have to go to another source on TV when I want to watch hi-def versus regular digital. Any thought from some audiophiles out there?
Very nice, affordable product.
by mike_branham on December 12, 2008
Pros: Simple install, price, sound, hdmi capability.
Cons: Need more flexibility with sound.
Summary: This is a great sound system for a small room. Perfect for a small living room in an apartment. Multiple HDMI connections plus an XM Port for your ipod dock. ...
Summary: This is a great sound system for a small room. Perfect for a small living room in an apartment. Multiple HDMI connections plus an XM Port for your ipod dock. I've owned this system for about 3 months now and still love it. Again, ensure that you are getting this to only provide a first-level upgrade your TV audio in your bedroom or small TV room.
Good Value, Compact Package, Impactful Sound
by sellin_slug on December 2, 2008
Pros: Only 2 pieces produce good, full sound in my mid-sized, echo prone room
Cons: No cables (1 optic cord), No IPOD doc
Summary: Our livings space is is hard. The hardwood floor provide no more sound absorption than the walls. Filling the room with sound isn't hard. Making it sound good is. ...
Summary: Our livings space is is hard. The hardwood floor provide no more sound absorption than the walls. Filling the room with sound isn't hard. Making it sound good is.
I set up the CT100 in under 2 hours. At least half of the time was running to and from the store buying and exchanging HDMI cables of increasing length. At first I couldn't a TV picture or sound. I re-read the instructions. SAT isn't shorthand for SAT/Cable. SAT exclusively means satellite. The optic cord is all that's necessary for the TV signal (the instructions don't mention TV from Cable.). Once that hurdle was cleared. Everything worked fine.
The remote took some time to learn. It's OK, but not great. Looking at the subwoofer makes it hard to remember to point the remote at the sound bar. Intuitively I wanted to point the remote at the sub-woofer.
The sub-woofer produces big, booming, sharp, percussive bursts. They shake the walls and ceiling. My wife came tearing downstairs warning me to turn it down. That's cool. The sound bar produces good clear sound. The sound isn't separated enough to call it "surround", but it is much better than the sound produced by the TV.
I was able to find the CT-100 for under $200 (it was a "door buster" type of sale to kick off black friday 2008.). It is a great value.
Great Soundbar System
by sydneytag on November 25, 2008
Pros: Great sound, easy to set up, minimalist styling, low price.
Cons: Doesn't decode Dolby HD
Summary: Definately worth the money to buy this system. I didn't want all the wires and headache associated with true surround sound home theaters. The sounds are crisp and the ...
Summary: Definately worth the money to buy this system. I didn't want all the wires and headache associated with true surround sound home theaters. The sounds are crisp and the bass is deep. It did take a little while to "tweek" the system because I had to get the audio settings on my Blu-Ray player figured out. But after I did, the soundbar with it's subwoofer performed great!
by dnarepairman on November 14, 2008
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing, good sound quality, and simple set-up
Cons: Audio does not pass through receiver to television, a serious limitation when one must keep the volume low ..and no 3.5mm line in or line out, forcing the use of the Sony proprietary jack.
Summary: It sounds nice, great price.... However, it feels like Sony dropped the ball on this one. It simply does not seem to be a versatile or well thought out system. ...
Summary: It sounds nice, great price.... However, it feels like Sony dropped the ball on this one. It simply does not seem to be a versatile or well thought out system.
For instance, the speaker bar cord can only go in the downward direction (due the the way the backside is recessed and because speaker is flush mount to wall). This is a serious design flaw for those of us that need options to conceal cables.
Great overall value & good sound
by audiovideogeek on October 11, 2008
Pros: Easy setup, especially if connecting to other Sony components via Bravia sync. I did not want the small living room to be littered with wires, but also wanted small / discreet components. Small package, decent price, and very good sound.
Cons: None really - this is a small, compact home theater in a box NOT a 7.1 THX surround sound system. Sony did a nice job!
Summary: Bottom line - if you are in the market for an affordable, good-sounding system and do not want to be concerned with running lots of wires, hooking up an AV ...
Summary: Bottom line - if you are in the market for an affordable, good-sounding system and do not want to be concerned with running lots of wires, hooking up an AV receiver, and other components & speakers, then this is a great choice. We have a small living room and we just bought a 52" Sony Bravia LCD TV along with Blu-ray player and I wanted good sound with little or no "clutter". I reviewed everything from Bose to Klipsch, but settled on the Sony after visiting the Sony store and listening to a few of their models. Hey, it's not my Onkyo 7.1 THX surround, but it does the job, and when you look at it from that perspective - it truly is a great value for the money.
Small package. Amazing sound!
by billyjoebrick on September 28, 2008
Pros: Amazing sound for the price. No extra clutter. It fits neatly under my 42" flat screen. Lot's of sound settings and features to choose from.
Cons: The only issue was I had to rearrange my PS3 and cable box to have enough wire to connect to the subwoofer box.
Summary: Well worth the cost for what this system delivers. Even my picture has a little extra.
Summary: Well worth the cost for what this system delivers. Even my picture has a little extra.
by usmyguy on September 22, 2008
Pros: Save space and use less wire
Cons: Sub woofer is too large. Doesn't sound as good as I thought. Remote control mainly design for Bravia TV, only a few bottom for the HT-CT100. You have to press the remote control at least 7 time to get to the sleep timer.
Summary: I like the design of this sound bar but the sound is not what I expected. It sound like my TV. I need a little more kick so I returned ...
Summary: I like the design of this sound bar but the sound is not what I expected. It sound like my TV. I need a little more kick so I returned the unit to Sears within 2 weeks of purchase but Sears charge me 15% re-stocking fee even I returned with the original box, and containing all original product packaging and accessories and looked like it had never been opened. After more then 10 years of shopping online this is my first experience being charge for 15% re-stocking fee. Buyer beware of Sears.
by LL75 on August 30, 2008
Pros: GOOD SOUND, HDMI CONNECTIONS, SPACE SAVER AND GREAT VALUE.
Cons: VOLUME MAY NOT BE ENOUGH FOR SOME PEOPLE.
Summary: GREAT PRODUCT, KEEP IN MIND I'M NOT TRYING TO REPLACE A HOME THEATER SYSTEM. I OWN AN ONKYO TX-606 WITH POLK SPEAKERS AND VELODYNE DPS-10 SUBWOOFER. BUT THE HT ...
Summary: GREAT PRODUCT, KEEP IN MIND I'M NOT TRYING TO REPLACE A HOME THEATER SYSTEM. I OWN AN ONKYO TX-606 WITH POLK SPEAKERS AND VELODYNE DPS-10 SUBWOOFER. BUT THE HT CT-100 IS PERFECT FOR MY 26" SONY BRAVIA TV AND TO LISTEN MUSIC FROM MY IMAC. GREAT VALUE FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A SOUND FOR SMALL ROOM. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HT-CT100
- Description: With three HDMI inputs on tap, this system is tailor made for the gamer looking for an easy, quick and great sounding solution for their next gen gaming system. It can playback LPCM from the HDMI connection, plus you can listen to your favorite music from the digital media port that works with various accessories (sold separately). The HT-CT100 can also control a select number of BRAVIA televisions with BRAVIA Sync via the HDMI interface. With "One Touch Play," operations that took several steps have been reduced to one.
- Product Type Sound bar speaker system
- Product type Sound bar speaker system
- Dimensions (WxDxH) & Weight Speaker system : 31.5 in x 2.6 in x 2.7 in,
Speaker system : Subwoofer : 6.3 in x 14.2 in x 9.7 in
- Components Speaker system
- Surround System Class 3.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 50 Watt - 3 channel(s) ( Front ),
100 Watt - 1 channel(s) ( Subwoofer )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Pro Logic II,
- Surround Sound Effects S-FORCE Front Surround Sound,
S-FORCE Pro Surround Sound
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Presets Game,
- Output Power (Total) 250 Watt
- Additional Features BRAVIA Sync,
- Speaker(s) Sound bar,
DVD / Blu-ray
- DVD/Blu-ray type None
- Tuner Type None
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1xHDMI output,
3xDigital audio input (optical),
1xComponent video input,
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- Built-in display Fluorescent
- Second remote control type None
- AV Furniture None
- Power Device Power supply - Internal