If you are tired of the second rate sound that comes from the onboard speakers in your TV, then a sound bar can provide a nice solution to improving the audio. With the Sony HT-CT180, consumers get an affordable sound bar that packs a range of nice features for watching TV and listening to music.
For the price range, this model provides pretty solid sound. It is a 2.1-channel system that produces 100W in total (there is also an 80W version which is about £30 cheaper – you can see it here). The sound bar enclosure has two 25W speakers and then the addition of the 50W wireless subwoofer makes for a sound that is full and clear. Of course, there are systems with more power, but at this price, this one offers a good combination of power and quality.
For the sound features, this system is run by the Sony S-Master amplifier and it has features like Clear Audio Plus and virtual surround. The simulated surround is nice and it does provide a more immersive experience than the standard stereo sound, but it is not a true surround like you would expect from a 5.1-channel system.
On the set up and installation, this system is pretty good. The user gets connecting options for an optical plug and for analog audio. All you have to do is connect the power supply, connect an input from the TV and pair the sound bar with the wireless subwoofer. For most users, the set up process should be very quick and easy.
For listening to music, the user can connect any compatible mobile device through the Bluetooth. Most tablets, Smartphones and laptops should support this option. In addition to that, the Bluetooth is equipped with NFC for quick connecting and if your device is not supported by NFC, the device can still be connected through the pairing menu.
For operating the sound bar, this unit is about average. It comes with a remote that will easily navigate the different settings and control options, but there is no display for the volume level or the status. Obviously, you can adjust the sound by ear, but it would be nice to see what setting you have it on.
• 100W 2.1-channel sound bar
• Wireless subwoofer
• Bluetooth 4.0 for streaming music
• Wireless supported by NFC
• Dolby Digital Sound
• Clear Audio Plus
• 1-year limited warranty from manufacturer
• No onboard display