Sony presents the HT-CT370 sound bar with wireless subwoofer as a smart solution to improve the often inadequate sound of modern flat screen televisions. We´ve tested how well this sound bar and subwoofer combination works in practice.
A good sound is like the icing on a cake for most movie and television experiences. To acheive this, the sound of the TV usually needs a lot of improvement, and one of the proven methods for this is a so-called sound bar.
These are compact speakers, which are (usually) placed under the TV to enhance the sound. With their discreet appearance, they also fit perfectly into the domestic technology landscape without the appearance messing up the decór of the living space. When a sound bar, like the HT-CT370, also include a wireless subwoofer, then you´d expect a particularly promising sound, right?
Installation & Set Up
The HT-CT370 sound bar and subwoofer combination is so flat that it can be installed without any problems in front of a stationary TV. Thanks to the only 2″ height, the TV remains completely in the field of view and the TV remote control can be used to send control signals to the screen without problems.
If you choose to wall-mount it (wall brackets are included), the built-in display on the sound bar becomes even more readable and the sound quality at high frequencies improves slightly. Placing it on a wall directly under the TV, using the aforementioned plastic brackets, is done quite easily. Just use four nails or screws and attach the just over 5 pounds light sound bar using the built-in keyhole openings.
A clever feature is the integrated sensor that automatically detects whether the speaker unit is mounted on a wall or placed flat on a bench. Depending on the orientation of the sound bar, the sound will be adjusted accordingly and acoustically optimized.
Thanks to the wireless subwoofer the need for a corresponding audio cable is eliminated, which ensures order behind and around your TV-bench.
Those who own a TV with an HDMI port which supports a so-called Audio Return Channel (ARC) function can connect the HT-CT370 via a HDMI cable to the TV. A blu-ray player or HD recorder, etc., is easily connected to the TV, which then can act as a source switch. For direct connection of other audio or video playback devices you´ll find three additional HDMI inputs, an analog mini-jack and an optical digital input.
The HT-CT370 In Use
Switching between the different inputs is done either via the included remote control or an app called SongPal. The latter can be downloaded for smartphones and tablets in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, and allows for convenient use thanks to the graphically supported control of all sound settings and audio/video sources.
A prerequisite for getting the most out of the HT-CT370 is to use the Bluetooth functionality. If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you can make the necessary coupling process via the free app “NFC Quick Connect”. Just download the app and then hold the mobile device in the vicinity of the NFC logo on the sound bar and they will connect automatically. There, thousands of Internet radio stations and music can be played back from your personal media library on the Sony sound bar.
Features and Settings
Another advantage of the Sony HT-CT370 is individually configurable sound settings. On the app and remote control you´ll find numerous settings available to adjust the sound character to your own personal listening preferences.
The Equalizer allows for tonal adjustment of bass and treble frequencies, while the AV Sync synchronizes the picture and sound signal if necessary. When using Night Mode, the dynamic range of the sound bar and subwoofer combination can be deliberately limited (compressed) so as not to disturb neighbors or sleeping children at night, for example. The SoundField function amplifies the intensity of the surround sound using S-Force Pro Front Surround, giving the impression of a three-dimensional listening experience. Clear Audio+ is Sony's in-house sound enhancement algorithm, which can be activated if needed. Finally, you can also do precise adjustment of the subwoofer volume and the lower bass frequencies.
Now, the HT-CT370 is a 2.1 stereo system. The mid and high frequencies are reproduced by two 1-way 60-millimeter “full-range” drivers placed at either side of the sound bar. The lower bass frequencies are filtered to the external wireless subwoofer, which has an 100 x 150 mm oval driver.
During our listening test the sound bar and subwoofer combination played with an amazingly powerful and full-grown sound. It made even newscasters and TV shows sound surprisingly authentic and full-bodied. Unlike the original TV speakers, the 370 invited the viewer into the TV events, so that you, instead of being a distant spectator, was right in the middle of it.
When moving on to enjoy some movies on Blu-ray, the HT-CT370 definitively proved what it is capable of. It defies its compact dimensions, the clever system presents a powerful sound which convinces with good momentum, tight bass and a clear treble. And this positive impression continues with music playback via Bluetooth. The sound is free from distortion and noise, convincing with lots of fine detail and striking spatiality. This is mostly due to the excellent 3D codec of Sony's S-Force, which gives the sound field an enjoyable width and depth, at least considering the modest price tag. If you want better surround sound 'feeling' we recommend you to check out Yamaha's YSP-1400, YAS-152 and YAS-105 sound bars.
Sony's HT-CT370 sound bar and subwoofer combination is a compact and living room friendly audio solution that will look great as well as improve the sound of your flat screen TV. Thanks to an abundance of inputs and features, the HT-CT370 is recommended for all music and movie lovers who want decent sound quality and a minimal footprint for a reasonable price.
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- IN the box
- 300W1 2.1 channel sound bar with wireless subwoofer
- Stream music wirelessly with Bluetooth® & NFC connections
- Single HDMI® TV Connection with inputs for 3 HDMI devices
- Slim 2" profile for versatile placement or mounting
- Convenient wireless subwoofer fits almost anywhere
- Full-range sound bar design for both movies and music
Amplifier/Receiver Amplifier Features
- Number of Amp channels : 2.1 channels
- Type : Digital / S-Master®
- Sound Field Program (Music) : Yes
- Sound Field Link (w Lock) : Yes (with lock)
- Sound Field Program (Movie) : Yes
- Advanced Auto Volume : Yes
- Sound Field Program :GAMING : Yes
- S-Force PRO Front Surround 3D : Yes
- Sound Field Program :P.AUDIO : Yes
- Speaker Level Control : Voice: +3; Subwoofer: +12
- Sound Field Program :SPORTS : Yes
- Sound Field Program :STANDARD : Yes
Amplifier/Receiver Decoding Format(s)
- Dolby Digital/DTS : Yes
- DTS 96/24 : Yes
- 96k/24Bit PCM : Yes
- Dolby Dual Mono : Yes
- DTS HD/DolbyTruHD/Dolby Digital+ : Yes
- LPCM (2CH/5.1CH/7.1CH) thru HDMI : Yes
Amplifier/Receiver General Features
- Remote Commander : RM-ANP114
- Auto Standby : Yes
- Hotel Mode : Yes
Power Stand By : Control for HDMI is set on: 0.5 W or less
Control for HDMI is set off: 0.3 W or less
Subwoofer: 0.5 W or less
- Power Requirement : 120 V AC, 60 Hz
- Scene Select Sync : Yes
Amplifier/Receiver Inputs and Outputs
- Bluetooth Reception : Yes (w/NFC)
- HDMI In/Out: (Front input) : 3 in / 1 out
- Opt. In/Out/TV (CEC): incl Front input & TV (CEC) : 1 optical input
- Analog Audio In (Inc TV CEC)/Out (excl. tuner)/TV(CEC) : Yes (1 in)
Amplifier/Receiver Output Power
- (4Ohms 1kHz) THD : 1%
Amplifier/Receiver Video Features
- HDMI™ Video Output Capability : Yes
- x.v.Color (xvYCC) : Triluminos Display
- 1080p : Yes
- Deep Color : Yes
- 1080/24p : Yes
- 3D Signal Pass Through : Yes (3D/4K)
- A/V Sync Time (msec) : 0-70 msec (On/Off)
- A/V SYNC : Yes
- Audio Return Channel : Yes
- HDMI Pass Through : Yes
- BRAVIA® SYNC™ (CEC Control) : Yes
- Audio Power Output : Total: 300W (100W x 2 + 100W x 1)
Front Speaker General
- Enclosure Type : Acoustic suspension
- Speaker System : 1-Way
- Woofer Unit : 60mm Cone type
- Front Grille/Material : Acoustic cloth (non-detachable)
- Audio Return Channel : Yes
- BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
General Convenience Features
- HDMI™ Pass-through : Yes
- Active/Passive : Active
- Cabinet Material : Wood
- Enclosure Type : Bass Reflex
- Speaker Unit : (1) 100 x 150 mm cone type
- Speaker Type : Wireless Subwoofer
- Speaker System : Bass Reflex
Weights and Measurements
- Dimensions (Approx.) : Main Unit: 35 1/2 × 2 × 4 1/2 in (900 × 50 × 113 mm) without wall mounting brackets; 35 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 2 7/8 in (900 × 113 × 72 mm) with wall mounting brackets. Subwoofer/Vertical: 5 3/8 × 14 1/4 × 15 5/8 in (135 × 361.5 × 394 mm) Subwoofer/Horizontal: 14 1/4 in x 5 3/8 x 15 5/8 in (361.5 x 135 x 394 mm)
- Weight (Approx.) : Main Unit: 5 lbs. 4 5/8 oz. (2.4 kg) Subwoofer: 15 lbs. 6 7/8 oz. (7.0 kg)
- (1) Wireless Remote (RM-ANP114)
- (1) Optical Cable (1.5 meter)
- (2) Wall Mounting Brackets
- (1) Owners Manual
- (1) Quick Start Guide
- (1) Warranty Card