Sony's 3D HT-CT550W Sound Bar system offers 3D surround sound in a compact size with a simple set-up, a wireless subwoofer and more for $399. Kevin Pereira joins Matt Mira to find out how many Seals of Approval this system deserves on Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Sony CT-550W system features three pieces with a simple design.
The whole device also weighs 5 lbs, so it will mount easily to the wall.
If you're going to be getting this with a Sony Bravia TV, we recommend mounting it since it won't fit under the stand.
The sound bar comes a wireless subwoofer and the AV receiver.
With the inclusion of the AV receiver, the CT-550 gives you plenty of bang for the average home room with 400 watts of peak power.
On the back are three HDMI inputs and one output.
There are also digital audio inputs as well.
There's no component, which is a little disappointing.
At normal use, this puts out 134W x2 on the sound bar speakers.
The sound bar touts 3D surround sound, which uses the S-Force surround technology, which Sony claims comes from the speaker itself, so it's not bouncing signals off the wall.
It worked but we weren't too blown away at first.
The danger with a system like this is that it is so easy to set up.
With that, people may just use this as a plug and play system instead of actually going through the settings and calibrating to your room.
The calibration options were simple, as well.
The receiver has a bunch of preset modes like "game," "movie" and "sports."
What is actually nice is the ability to assign a mode to an input so it will always be on the expected mode.
Once it's all calibrated and ready to use, the sound is really good overall.
Without calibration, the subwoofer is really low.
Once adjusted, the bass is great and the highs are excellent.
However, the mids were a little washed out in a lot of settings.
We still think this is a great sound system and is a way better alternative to using the built-in TV speakers.