Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

Sony HT-CT150 3D soundbar system

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Today we’re going to take a look at the Sony HT-CT150 3D sound bar system currently on offer at Amazon for $195. Obviously with such a low price tag you’re not going to get a great soundbar system but judging by online reviews for the HT-CT150 it’s not a bad system either. The main feature that all reviewers seem to mention is the 3 HDMI inputs which of course means you can hook up all sorts of hi def gadgetry to the soundbar. According to the Sony blurb rear sound is not generated by bouncing the sound off walls but rear sound is generated from the front two speakers using sophisticated digital sound processing which we hope means it may be easier to set up that a ‘wall-bouncer’ system. But of course it’s all about the sound quality and here are some snippets from the reviews we found

Other sound bars have caught up in terms of sound quality; we found that the HT-CT150 still sounds very good, but it’s not a standout performer as the HT-CT100 was. – CNet
well tuned for movies – voices are clear and distinct, even at low volume – ProductWiki
surround effect is clearly audible, simulates rear audio well – ProductWiki

Of course, hearing is believing, so it’s probably best you check out the audio quality for yourself, but the reviews do seem to speak well, if not highly, about it. Anyway enough rabbiting from us, here are some hard facts and reviews with a video review as a bonus

Sony HT-CT150 soundbar description

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* Audio Power Output: RMS: 75W x3 +75W Subwoofer (180-20kHz, 4 Ohm, 1% THD)
* Digital Amplifier: Yes
* S-Master Amplifier: 24bit
* Coaxial Audio Digital Input(s): 1
* 3 x HDMI Video Inputs
* 1 x HDMI Video Output
* 2 x Optical Audio Inputs
* 2 x RCA Audio Inputs
* Bass/Treble control
* Night mode
* Preset EQ: Standard/ Movie/ Drama/ News/ Sports/ Game/ Music/ 2ch Stereo/ Portable Audio
* Power Consumption (in Operation): 75W
* Power Consumption (in Standby): 0.3 Watts
* Power Requirements: 120V, 60Hz
* Dimensions (Approx.): Subwoofer: 7-3/4″ x 17-3/4″ x 16-1/4″ (196 x 450 x 410 mm); Sound Bar: 31-1/2″ x 2-9/16″ x 2-5/16″ (800 x 66 x 60 mm)
* Weight (Approx.): Subwoofer: 23 lb 3 oz (10.5 kg); Sound Bar: 2 Lb 13 oz (1.3 kg)

Sony HT-CT150 soundbar reviews

CNet – 4 out of 5
ProductWiki – 60 ProScore
Amazon – 4 out of 5

Pros – 3 HDMI inputs, excellent sound quality
Cons – limited placement options, subwoofer isn’t wireless, bar needs to be mounted off floor

Our Picks verdict

There are a number of limitations on the Sony HT-CT150 soundbar, namely the remote control receiver being on the sub-woofer, its unsuitability for larger rooms, but of course with such a low price tag there will always be minuses to any product. However it’s sound quality does seem to get a thumbs up, given a small room, so we like the Sony HT-CT150 and give it our own thumbs up.

An average score of 3.66 out of 5 based on these 2 reviews.

Sony BDP-S380 Blu-Ray Player

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

If you’re after a budget Blu-Ray player then Sony’s BDP-S380 could be just what you are after. But be warned it’s a ‘no frills’ Blu-Ray player, as always you get what you pay for. So what do you get? Here’s the specs on Sony’s BDP-S380 Blu-Ray player

Sony BDP-S380 specifications

* Blu-ray 2.0
* Video Outputs – 1 x HDMI (1.3), 1 x Component, 1 x Composite
* Audio Outputs – 1 x Stereo phono outputs, 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF
* Network port
* Optional Wireless connectivity
* 2 x USB ports
* Mass storage support
* Plays nicely with MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, AVCHD, Xvid, WMV9 video formats and MP3, WMA, WAV, SACD, AAC audio formats
* Handles JPEG images and streams YouTube
* Supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA
* 430 x 210 x 38 mm

Sony BDP-S380 description

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Sony BDP-S380 reviews

Expert Reviews – 4 out of 5
Trusted Reviews – 8 out of 10
Amazon – 4 out of 5

Pros – BRAVIA Internet Video content, Easy to use operating system, Picture Quality
Cons – No DivX support, Not 3D, slow start-up

Our Picks verdict

An average score of 4 out of 5 based on these 3 reviews.

Without the bells and whistles of it’s more feature-laden big brother Sony players, the BDP-S380 offers basic features for a decent price. Lack of DivX support is surprising but can be over-looked if cheap and cheerful is your thing. In conclusion we would say that the Sony BDP-S380 Blu-Ray player should only be considered if a Blu-Ray player is ‘all’ that you want.

Sony launch new 5.1 Surround Sound System HT-SF470

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Sony 5.1 Surround Sound System HT-SF470

Sony today announced a number of new soundbars plus a new 5.1 surround sound system, the HT-SF470. We’ll be taking a close look at the HT-SF470 which sports the following bits and pieces

* 3D capable when paired with a Blu-ray 3D player
* 1000 watt (157W x 5 +167W sub) system
* 3D pass-through via the three HDMI inputs, HDMI repeater and audio return channel
* S-Air wireless technology and wireless multi-room capabilities
* Designed to match Sony’s 2010 Blu-ray Disc players and BRAVIA HDTVs
* BRAVIA Sync feature
* Digital Media Port for iPod (iPod cradle sold separately)
* Two digital audio inputs (one coax and one optical)
* Digital cinema auto calibration

Unfortunately the Sony HT-SF470 won’t be out until June, but will be price tagged at around $550. It’ll be available from Sony stockists as well as Sony Style.

Sony Bravia NX800 2D HDTV Series with Monolithic Design

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Sony Bravia NX800 Series

Whilst 2010 may be the year of the 3D HDTV, manufacturers of course are still producing latest and greatest two dimensional units for us to drool over too. Sony are certainly no exception to this and have unleashed a plethora of traditional 2D BRAVIA units on us at CES 2010. Ironically three of the series LX900, HX9000 and HX800 are in fact 3D capable with the LX900 series having ‘Integrated Full HD 3D technology’. For the other two series a 3D emitter and glasses are sold separately. These series are also not available until the summer.

However we shall concentrate on what you can get your mits on right now and that’ll be the Sony Bravia NX800 series which sports screen sizes all the way from 46 inches up to the big boy 60 incher. Here are the details on the largest with any exceptions on its smaller siblings noted

* Edge Lit LED backlight
* Sony’s Monolithic design
* Integrated LightSensor technology automatically adjusts to your room’s ambient light
* Motionflow 240Hz refresh rate
* Full HD 1080p picture quality
* Built-in wireless connectivity to your home entertainment network
* USB port
* Handles 1080/60p (HDMI/Component), 1080/60i, 1080/24p (HDMI Only), 720/60p, 480/60p, 480/60i
* 60 inch 16:9 Full HD 1920×1080 res (52 inch and 46 inch)
* Audio Power Output : 20W (10W x 2)
* 60 inch – 1440 x 927 x 380mm and 50.6 kg with pedestal
* 52 inch – 1261 x 819 x 400mm and 36.1 kg with pedestal
* 46 inch – 1127 x 742 x 320mm and 28.8 kg with pedestal
* 5.1 Channel Audio Out

Perhaps the most unusual thing about the Sony Bravia NX800 series is the Monolithic design which presents the display at an upward angle of 6 degrees. This would present the viewer with an ever-so-slightly non-square display. Without actually seeing it in the flesh we’re not sure whether this is a good thing or not, but it is definitely different. Anyway on to possibly more important things the price tags. Pre-ordering these suckers will set you back $4600, $3400 and $2800 respectively through the Sony Bravia website. Whilst hanging on to see how the 3D market pans out may be a wise move, if you’re itching for HD love right now then these bad boys would certainly fill that need.