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Sony's HT-NT5 soundbar is a stylish performerThe Sony HT-NT5 offers a wealth of features and excellent sonic performance in an attractive package.
It's been a long time coming for sound bars but the Sony HT-NT5 has finally cracked it. After years of saying spend 400 bucks and stop there, this is the first sub one thousand dollar sound bar that we'd actually recommend. The Sony offers everything you'd expect for 800 bucks designer good looks, plenty of connectivity, excellent all around performance. The NT5 is a 2.1 channel system with a wireless sound bar. It has the unique ability to lay flat on an A/V unit or hang on a wall, thanks to two sets of tweeters. These keep the sound from being muffled in one position or the other. Sony also let's you connect a pair of ZR5 or ZR7 speakers as rears if you feel like adding an extra 400 or so to your bill. But from testing, it does make a big difference to movies. I also like the 380 mic ports, with support for 4K and HDR sources. The Sound Bar is also capable of streaming music with Bluetooth, Google Music, and the company's own SongPal control app. Music sounds good in a way that most sound bars don't. It's open and there's plenty of bottom end. Movies also sound great with excellent dialogue articulation and plenty of explosively boomy goodness. Yes, you can still get better value for money by spending less, but if you're looking to spend around $1,000, this is the sound bar to buy. [MUSIC]