My new HT-CT550W system just arrived today and I had it all set up and humming in minutes connected to my Bravia 55HX820.
I've got to say I was a bit nervous after having read the "mixed" reviews--but now that I have it all set up I can only wonder if some had a defective system, didn't utilize all the receiver settings correctly, or perhaps this system wasn't compatible with some or all of their other home theater components.
Connecting to my Sony HX820 TV was seamless. It all syncs up (receiver, Blu ray, TV) to the TV remote with 550W receiver controls displayed on the TV screen so I can make any receiver adjustments while viewing content.
For the money, this system produces booming, ear-ringing sound with deep SW bass. So much so I got in trouble with the rest of the family in other parts of the house. I used the Master and Commander blu ray disk to help me set the sound controls. Now, I didn't get the full surround sound effect I get on my main home theater system $$$$ that sports a Denon 3311CI with 5.1 built-ins and center-- but for the few hundred bucks I paid for the HT-CT550W sound bar--I couldn't be more impressed.
Another note which may cause some dissent from the respected members of this forum :-)... I compared this system to the CT350 at my local Sony Store--and for me--configured correctly with high speed HDMI cables and proper bass, SW and master volume settings using the Step-Up 3D blu-ray--the HT-CT550W output beat the respectable CT350 hands-down. With the HT-CT550W we had the walls shaking at the Sony Store demo room!
If anyone is interested, I am more than happy to post my settings. Likewise, if any of you have any settings suggestions to help me maximize surround affects with this sound bar please let me know.
Thanks for reading!