Originally Posted by nenito2k
hi dave!! i just ran to this post saying you had the S400....i was Shocked on your review...damn i was about to get one; like you all i have read was good in Europe.....
I am stunned that for you not only was the bar a deception, but it was also the worst bar you had in your life...it's not even in your top 5!!!
my question DAVE: i was torn between the CT150 and S400.....main priorities are:
1. Best dialogue clarity
2. Best bluray audio quality (PCM)
3. Best surround (hell you say the sony is MUCH better, so won't ask which is better!)
4. Subwoofer quality
So aside from 3....which one wins???
Confused now.....the sony is 50% less than the yamaha, should i go with that???
ps: don't tell me to go JCV....i need HDMI
Yea,,, frankly I was shocked as well by the performance of the S400, and not in a good way.
The majority of the review's I have read as well were very positive so I was really expecting so much more from the S400.
And I really wanted to like the S400 as well, I love the looks and the form factor of it,,, very cool how the sub sits in a component cabinet,,, the HDMI inputs, very user friendly and love the remote.
By no means did the S400 suck, it does sound very good, but the surround effect was almost non-existant,,,,, if a surround effect is not important then the S400 might be a good choice for the form factor alone and the other plus's I found with it.
But the S400 did not sound any better than many of the other bars I have had in my house, so I see no reaon to pick it over some other bars that DO HAVE a surround effect and sound just as good if not better than the S400.
You asked about the S400 vs the CT-150,,,, this is the easy'est question I have ever had to answer here on AVS,,,, get the CT-150 !!!!!
The CT-150 sounds just as good as the S400 does and with the CT-150 your guna get some fairly good to really good surround sound.
I know "Bubba" posted he is happy with his S400 and thats great, but he also posted that he was not impressed with the CT-150 or the Vizio "in the store" and that's the biggest mistake anyone can ever make, what a system sounds like in the store is NOTHING like what that same system will sound like when you get it home.
If your reading this Bubba,,, you really should not judge in any way shape or form any system you hear "in the store",,,, in the store ALWAYS sounds like total crap,,,,, Ohhhh,, and welcome to the forum Bubba
,,,I agreed with much of what you posted,,, good review.
But yea,,,, Nenito,,,,,, my suggestion,,,,, JVC,,, with an HDMI switcher from MonoPrice (around 30 or 40 buck's),,,, the JVC BA1 or the BA3,,,,they truly are amazing soundbars,,,,,,, OK,,,, I had to give you the JVC speach.
But if you really cant do the JVC with an HDMI switcher (big mistake to not get the JVC
) then get the CT-150 and while your sitting in your living room listening to the CT-150 try not to think about what a life changing experience getting the JVC might have been had you purchased it (Im such a smartass sometimes),,,,,, all kidding aside though,, the JVC really is that good.