The Samsung HW450 Versus Sony Soundbar HT-CT260 Face-off:
After having a week home trial of both the Samsung HW450 Soundbar and the Sony HT-CT260 Soundbar, the Sony won.
The soundbar was to replace my Samsung plasma 32 inch native speakers and both did a better job that's for sure.
First, I bought the Sony from Best Buy at under $300, not bad at all (they often go for $350 before tax). I was really impressed with the difference from my native TV speakers. After selecting 'Cinema/Movie' setting on both and a little tweaking of the sub and treble I was off.
Though being highly impressed by the Sony's sound I was initially a little put off by the size and width of the hexagonal shape, especially to mount it on my wall or tv stand.
SO eager to test another before having to return the Sony I went to Future Shop.
I spoke to an employee at Future Shop what they thought of both bars and they highly recommended the Samsung soundbar mostly due to some customers feedback and the reviews online versus the Sony HT-CT260 so I also purchased the HW450 with the hope it would replace my Sony.
I liked the sleekness of the Samsung , the extra options for connections and reviews are generally very good.
Note that both have Bluetooth for music streaming, great if you don't have a 'Hi-Fi' like us. The Sony doesn't have HDMI only Optical and Coaxial, but really, I couldn't notice the audio benefit especially from these budget sound bars.
After testing various scenes repeatedly from Bluray's of ' Inception' , Cloverfield, 'Looper' and 'Avatar' ,both connected by optical cable, I adjusted the various settings of both bars and from the start it became obvious who the winner was to my wife and I....... the Sony.
It was down to overall clarity, and fullness of bass. The Samsung was 'ever so slightly' better at the stereo effect but was let down on the hollower bass compared.
Each time we alternated sound bars during the test movies, the Sony came up stronger with more 'Oomph' and an overall 'cinematic feeling'. I played the same scenes on different settings on both bars and the Sony won for clarity and quality. Give yourself chance to calibrate with sub and centre controls and you will find a sweet spot.
We will be returning our Samsung this week and keeping the Sony and embracing it.
Shame as wanted to keep the Samsung as I have their TV's and phones but quality has to come first.