Originally Posted by blue comet
YSP 1100 .. 6th ave Electronics has it on sale for $548.00 .. I've not tried the ct 500 but the 100 was a toy.IMO poor sound and quality.. .Read the reviews on the CT500 ..a few returned already for various reasons.. the YSP has 42 speakers and Yamaha's projection technology is down pat.. You will need a separate subwoofer to get the max out of it .. they sell a matching sub for around $100.00 ..I strongly doubt you'll get equal surround effects with the 500... try both out if you wish and you'll see for yourself
I am one of the few that returned my CT-500, but not becuase I didnt like it, it just had a few minor glitchs, not un-comon at all for some just released A/V products that have a few bugs to be worked out,,,, also it has to be noted that as far as I know the few of us that returned our CT-500's plan on re-purchasing the CT-500 or have already done exchanges for a replacement CT-500.
As far as the YSP's,,, I have been a soundbar junkie ever since owning the very first YSP model that was ever released, over the years I have owned more YSP's than I can even remember (I up-graded many times).
The last two YSP's I owned were the 1100 and the 4000,, my opinion of the 1100 and 4000, AMAZING,,,,, I really love the YSP's.
With all that being said I also have to say the CT-500,, AMAZING as well.
Do I think the CT-500 sound's better than the YSP-4000, that's really hard to say but if I had to say one or the other, I guess I would say the YSP-4000 "sounds" just a tad bit better than the CT-500 but not by much.
The things the CT-500 has the YSP beat in is conectivity, price, ease of use and features.
Best "sounding" speakerbar, the YSP-4000,,,, Best "overall" speakerbar, the Sony CT-500.