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First Look: Sony's HT-XT1: Base you can feel

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First Look: Sony's HT-XT1: Base you can feel

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The Sony HT-XT1 sound base is an inexpensive and decently-performing upgrade to the sonics of any television set.

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] While sound bars have been around for many years, a new style of speaker has recently emerged, which lets you place your TV on top of it, solving the blocking issue of [INAUDIBLE] sound bars. While sound bars have been around for many years, a new style of speaker has recently emerged, which lets you place your TV on top of it, solving the blocking issue of [INAUDIBLE] sound bars. These new sounds stands tend to be inexpensive, and if they're like the Sony HT-XT1, surprisingly well featured. These new sounds stands tend to be inexpensive, and if they're like the Sony HT-XT1, surprisingly well featured. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury from cnet.com. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury from cnet.com. The Sony HT-XT1 is a $300 sound stand, which comes with a lot of features, including three HDMI inputs. The Sony HT-XT1 is a $300 sound stand, which comes with a lot of features, including three HDMI inputs. Most sound bars only have optical inputs, and having HDMI means it can also decode the high-res Dolby and DTS soundtrack from Blue-Ray discs. Most sound bars only have optical inputs, and having HDMI means it can also decode the high-res Dolby and DTS soundtrack from Blue-Ray discs. This will also replay your TV sound, with the one cable, as well as do video pass through. This will also replay your TV sound, with the one cable, as well as do video pass through. For all the systems, this stand also has optical and analog inputs. For all the systems, this stand also has optical and analog inputs. This Sony has Bluetooth and NFC, so if you have a compatible phone, you can touch it to the stand to instantly pair it for music playback. This Sony has Bluetooth and NFC, so if you have a compatible phone, you can touch it to the stand to instantly pair it for music playback. Meanwhile, the remote control is simple, and it offers more functions if you slide open the bottom. Meanwhile, the remote control is simple, and it offers more functions if you slide open the bottom. The speaker features two sub-woofers underneath the units, and two over-woofers on the front. The speaker features two sub-woofers underneath the units, and two over-woofers on the front. And claims to have up to 170 watts of power. And claims to have up to 170 watts of power. For such an inexpensive system, it can definitely fill a room, and without distortion. For such an inexpensive system, it can definitely fill a room, and without distortion. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Music quality is the best with a clean, slightly forward sound. Music quality is the best with a clean, slightly forward sound. Movies are this good, but definitely better sound than you'll get out of a TV. Movies are this good, but definitely better sound than you'll get out of a TV. With a real thump during action scenes, and clear dialogue. With a real thump during action scenes, and clear dialogue. If you're looking to upgrade your TV sound quickly and easily. If you're looking to upgrade your TV sound quickly and easily. Then the Sony HT-XT1 is a pretty easy set and forget system. Then the Sony HT-XT1 is a pretty easy set and forget system. With good sound and useful features for the prize. With good sound and useful features for the prize. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] While sound bars have been around for many years, a new style of speaker has recently emerged, which lets you place your TV on top of it, solving the blocking issue of [INAUDIBLE] sound bars. While sound bars have been around for many years, a new style of speaker has recently emerged, which lets you place your TV on top of it, solving the blocking issue of [INAUDIBLE] sound bars. These new sounds stands tend to be inexpensive, and if they're like the Sony HT-XT1, surprisingly well featured. These new sounds stands tend to be inexpensive, and if they're like the Sony HT-XT1, surprisingly well featured. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury from cnet.com. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury from cnet.com. The Sony HT-XT1 is a $300 sound stand, which comes with a lot of features, including three HDMI inputs. The Sony HT-XT1 is a $300 sound stand, which comes with a lot of features, including three HDMI inputs. Most sound bars only have optical inputs, and having HDMI means it can also decode the high-res Dolby and DTS soundtrack from Blue-Ray discs. Most sound bars only have optical inputs, and having HDMI means it can also decode the high-res Dolby and DTS soundtrack from Blue-Ray discs. This will also replay your TV sound, with the one cable, as well as do video pass through. This will also replay your TV sound, with the one cable, as well as do video pass through. For all the systems, this stand also has optical and analog inputs. For all the systems, this stand also has optical and analog inputs. This Sony has Bluetooth and NFC, so if you have a compatible phone, you can touch it to the stand to instantly pair it for music playback. This Sony has Bluetooth and NFC, so if you have a compatible phone, you can touch it to the stand to instantly pair it for music playback. Meanwhile, the remote control is simple, and it offers more functions if you slide open the bottom. Meanwhile, the remote control is simple, and it offers more functions if you slide open the bottom. The speaker features two sub-woofers underneath the units, and two over-woofers on the front. The speaker features two sub-woofers underneath the units, and two over-woofers on the front. And claims to have up to 170 watts of power. And claims to have up to 170 watts of power. For such an inexpensive system, it can definitely fill a room, and without distortion. For such an inexpensive system, it can definitely fill a room, and without distortion. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Music quality is the best with a clean, slightly forward sound. Music quality is the best with a clean, slightly forward sound. Movies are this good, but definitely better sound than you'll get out of a TV. Movies are this good, but definitely better sound than you'll get out of a TV. With a real thump during action scenes, and clear dialogue. With a real thump during action scenes, and clear dialogue. If you're looking to upgrade your TV sound quickly and easily. If you're looking to upgrade your TV sound quickly and easily. Then the Sony HT-XT1 is a pretty easy set and forget system. Then the Sony HT-XT1 is a pretty easy set and forget system. With good sound and useful features for the prize. With good sound and useful features for the prize. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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