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First Look: Sony HT-CT150

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First Look: Sony HT-CT150

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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.

Hi I'm Matthew Moskovciak senior associate editor at cnet.com and we're here with the Sony HT CT 150. This is a sound -- home theater system as currently selling for about 300 dollars online. Most -- our Home Theater Systems we test have a wireless subwoofer and connect everything into the sound bar but the sound is pretty different. So look for requires a wire and it actually houses all the inputs and outputs on the back instead of having the inputs and -- on the sound bar. So what -- also contains the IR receiver for receiving commands from the remote. Which means it needs a clear line of sight from your couch. This limits your subwoofer placement options quite a bit you can't just stick the -- in the corner of your living room. So you'll need to think about your home theater arrangement before buying -- sound bar. While designers someone of -- shortcoming on this system its features are outstanding. Around back you'll see there are three HDMI inputs and it's the only sound bar we've seen with HDMI switching at this price range. Issue -- inputs are also 3-D compatible which is a nice bonus on a system that's an expensive. It also has better than average audio only connectivity with two optical inputs one coaxial and put. Into analog audio imports altogether you can switch between six total devices which is much more than any of its competitors. For sound quality that HT CT 150 is really impressive for a system of this size. It does a really good job it creating a wide sound stage from the small speaker and -- you can't quite make out surround effects coming from behind you. We did hear the sound extent to the full front wall of the test room. As you might expect. The Sony won't get overwhelmingly loud. And we did find that the competing Samsung HWC 450 it was a more dynamic performer on movies. But the Sony is definitely up to the task for smaller rooms. Altogether the Sony HTZ 150 sounds great for its size and its way ahead of the competition with its three HDMI inputs. But just keep in mind that it subwoofer placement options are limited. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from cnet.com and this Sony -- you want him.

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