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Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar

OK, now if you've followed my blog you know I am not much of a fan of soundbar solutions but I realize sometimes its the only feasible option for home audio.  I've been there.

I saw this and its an excellent buy for the consumer who is trying to fit a home theater where space is extremely limited and you want to avoid the hassle of wires and configuration.



Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Home Theater System

Powerful sound and an easy-to-place wireless subwoofer distinguish the Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Home Theater System. Three HDMI inputs offer flexibility and future-proof with 3D pass-through. The Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Home Theater System's easy operating features include BRAVIA Sync unified control and BRAVIA Widget on-screen interface with compatible Sony televisions. The Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Home Theater System's HDMI standby pass-through and Audio Return Channel are also included.


Specifications
  • 2.1 Channel 40" Sound Bar System
  • 400 Watts Total Power (133W x 2 + 134 Subwoofer)
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • 3 HDMI inputs with 3D Pass-Through 
Features:
  • 2.1-channel sound bar
    The fast and easy way to add great sound to any HDTV, this sound bar matches the design of Sony televisions and is the perfect complement for 40" and larger televisions.
  • Wireless Subwoofer
    Place the subwoofer just about anywhere in the room. Sony's clever input/output box enables the sound bar to offer both a wireless subwoofer and HDMI connections to other equipment.
  • Three HDMI inputs
    Connect three HD sources via HDMI and easily switch between them. HDMI connections combine the quality of pure digital-to-digital signal transfer with the simplicity of a single connection for audio, video and control.
  • HDMI 3D Pass-Through
    Enjoy 3D Blu-ray Disc™ movies, video games and other 3D content with compatible players and HDTVs.
  • Dolby® TrueHD and dts® Master Audio
    Experience theater-like sound in your home with Dolby® TrueHD and dts® Master Audio HD enhanced audio.
  • 3D surround sound
    Using Sony's S-Force Surround technology, the HT-CT550 can deliver simulated surround sound from just the bar and the subwoofer. You get a powerful surround sound effect without the need to connect multiple speakers throughout the room.
  • BRAVIA® Widget Control
    Controlling sound bars just got easier. With select 2011 BRAVIA HDTVs, you can pull up a menu on the TV screen to make comprehensive audio adjustments.
  • 400 Watts for powerful sound
    Hear everything with incredible impact. The sound bar delivers 400 Watts total power (133 W x 2 +134 W).
  • Audio Return Channel
    Eliminate the need for extra cables connected to your TV. Send audio from a compatible TV to the sound bar through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV.
  • HDMI standby pass-through
    Conveniently access all your HDMI sources without having to power on the sound bar.
  • BRAVIA Sync Capable
    Easily control an entire system with one remote. Operates Sony® equipment connected via HDMI cables, including compatible Blu-ray Disc™ players, BRAVIA® HDTVs, Handycam® camcorders and Cyber-shot® digital cameras.

  In conclusion, this product really does have all the necessary features anyone will require of a soundbar.  In fact, I might venture to say that it has more.  Wireless Subwoofer?  Normally there is no way I would pitch this but I heard it and the mono signal required for the sub appears to go through solid creating a good experience from this soundbar.