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I just Purchased what I think is a fairly new product the

 

Sony HTCT370

 

-300W total system power (100W x 2; 100W subwoofer)

-With a bass-reflex design, plus a powerful S-Master amplifier, delivers thunderous, heart-pounding bass.

-S-Force PRO technology

-Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders

-Bluetooth technology

-Inputs

Include 3HDMI, 1 optical and one 1/8" stereo analog auxiliary.

Outputs Include 1 HDMI ARC.

Supports 4K pass-through

So you can enjoy ultrarealistic images when connected to a compatible display.

 

Is this standard stuff now? Price was $350. In the store it sounded much better than others in the price range.

 

In my opinion she sounds good. I'm still trying to figure a few things out. When I turn the tv off and back on I get video but no sound. I need to cycle the inputs and I get sound. Do I have my connections flubbed or something?

 

I have my Blu-Ray and cable box connecting to my TV via HDMI and have the TV connecting to the soundbar via the HDMI ARC connection. My TV (panisonic-st60)is ARC compatible as well.

 

Audio from Blu-Ray is AWESOME the audio from cable is meahh

 

Also the design is a little odd it is more of a flat shape not round or square.

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Hello there mcginnin.

 

I am glad to hear that you purchased the new Sony 370 soundbar.  I've been keeping my eye on this soundbar for some time now in hopes that the reviews would be positive.  Unfortunately, there are not many reviews out there on this one yet.  I look forward to hearing from your experience (and anyone else!) with this new soundbar.

 

I can't comment on your sound loss issue, but I do hope you figure it out.

 

I love the flat shape and that is part of what is drawing me to this bad boy.  The only issue (which reviews would reveal) is if this flat shape affects the sound quality capable of being produced in a flatter geometry.

 

If you're reading this and have this sound bar, please post your thoughts!

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Pat25, So far so good. I do like the bar sound is getting better with tweaks. Checkout the post called TVs with 5.1 Passthrough from HDMI to SPDIF  Go to the last pages when my conversation starts. The problems i first had are now gone with help from others.

 

Im thinking of trying to angle it more forward so the speakers are facing you  ore. Maybe this is the design. Speakers being angled? I don't have a trained ear for good/bad sound. I will say the sub exceeded my expectations. And is much,much better than the tv speakers Im happy my wife is happy so it works for me. Also last night i turned AAV off or ava off. I forget what it was and the sound drastically changed in a good way. Hope this helps.

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How are you liking this unit? I'm thinking of purchasing it for the adjustable tone, voice, subwoofer feature. Have you given it a try?

On my audio expedition, I've learned that a soundbar with center speaker is what I should be looking for. I think Vizio is one manufacturer, forget what else, but the reason for the center speaker is because that's where majority of voice audio comes from. While this one doesn't have a designated center speaker, maybe the adjustable "voice" feature works the same way?

How's voice on this unit?
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I really do enjoy it, I haven't really had the chance lately to enjoy it I have a 12 day old baby so my wife wont let me crank it. Surprising the woofer gives a deep rumble and the sound bar itself is very clear. Some times i find my self turning it up for a brief moment and that I need to turn it down 20 seconds later. Im very happy with the purchase. 

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I really do enjoy it, I haven't really had the chance lately to enjoy it I have a 12 day old baby so my wife wont let me crank it. Surprising the woofer gives a deep rumble and the sound bar itself is very clear. Some times i find my self turning it up for a brief moment and that I need to turn it down 20 seconds later. Im very happy with the purchase. 

Congrats on your newborn.

When you mean you are self turning it up for a brief moment, you are talking about the soundbar, or the woofer? I want a set it and forget it type of soundbar. So if you have to turn it up to hear dialogue, and turn it back down due to a commercial because it's too loud, then this unit isn't what I am looking for. smile.gif TY
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Thanks, Sorry I should have been more clear. I turn it up and down because of the baby.  At $350 it was wort the price jump from the $200-300 range. I also was between a $400 Polk but favored this one more.

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Thanks, Sorry I should have been more clear. I turn it up and down because of the baby.  At $350 it was wort the price jump from the $200-300 range. I also was between a $400 Polk but favored this one more.

Did you check out the HT-CT770? I think the only difference is the 330w? Some people say it's worth the extra price. Just getting more opinions. THanks.
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I just got it and am really impressed in the short time I have had to play with it. My expectations were kind of low as I was going from a 7.1 system and my soon to be wife didn't want that in the living room. Luckily she let me keep the 70" TV!!! It is not my old system but I wasn't expecting that but it is so much better than I could have expected. I had read up all of the reviews everywhere and had settled on the Vizio sound bar as it was rated higher than Sony's HT-CT260 (came in second) but my Sharp TV was weird and would only let me let me pass through audio via the optical cable through one HDMI (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1441546/sharp-lc70le600u-surround-setup). This made having the HDMI inputs one of the main things for me as I could run it as a switcher as well. When shopping I ran across the HT-CT370 and reading the review on the HT-CT260 and how good they were is what convinced me to go with this model. Figured if the last model was considered one of the best then this one would be hopefully better.

 

Another thing I found during this research is that my Uverse remote wouldn't work for the Vizio sound bar nor the HT-CT260. It does work for the CT370 which is a big plus for me.

I will say that I was skeptical of the shape and how that would affect sound but so far it seems to fill the room better. The little bit I played with the vizio the sound seemed very directionalized and was only good if you were directly in front of it. I have sat off to the side with the HT-CT370 and the sound is still good. I know there is some new technology or something for this that they are calling SForce. Well, it works. I haven't really started playing with the sound other than just how it came out of the box as sometimes that is just the best way. I am going to rent a good action movie tonight and will update on how it sounds tomorrow.

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I just got it and am really impressed in the short time I have had to play with it. My expectations were kind of low as I was going from a 7.1 system and my soon to be wife didn't want that in the living room. Luckily she let me keep the 70" TV!!! It is not my old system but I wasn't expecting that but it is so much better than I could have expected. I had read up all of the reviews everywhere and had settled on the Vizio sound bar as it was rated higher than Sony's HT-CT260 (came in second) but my Sharp TV was weird and would only let me let me pass through audio via the optical cable through one HDMI (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1441546/sharp-lc70le600u-surround-setup). This made having the HDMI inputs one of the main things for me as I could run it as a switcher as well. When shopping I ran across the HT-CT370 and reading the review on the HT-CT260 and how good they were is what convinced me to go with this model. Figured if the last model was considered one of the best then this one would be hopefully better.

Another thing I found during this research is that my Uverse remote wouldn't work for the Vizio sound bar nor the HT-CT260. It does work for the CT370 which is a big plus for me.


I will say that I was skeptical of the shape and how that would affect sound but so far it seems to fill the room better. The little bit I played with the vizio the sound seemed very directionalized and was only good if you were directly in front of it. I have sat off to the side with the HT-CT370 and the sound is still good. I know there is some new technology or something for this that they are calling SForce. Well, it works. I haven't really started playing with the sound other than just how it came out of the box as sometimes that is just the best way. I am going to rent a good action movie tonight and will update on how it sounds tomorrow.

thanks for the review! did you set it and forget it?

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So I am watching the newest Thor and am very impressed with the sound. Highest I can get the bass is level 10 before there is some distortion at 11 & 12. Wish it was a little stronger but then again I am coming from an Onkyo system which the sub on those are pretty awesome. I have listened to it quietly and loudly and find the sound to be clear both ways. Very good detail in the sound and did hear the surround. The room I am in is also about 25' x 15' and it fills it nicely. I think in this price point this is the one to buy.
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Mcginnin, did you ever figure out why the unit will not power on when the TV is powered on? Having the same issue. Also, defaulting to "TV" input instead of HDMI input. Appreciate it!

 

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Just set this up tonight. Got my PS3 to work in the input and the Star Trek reboot Bluray sounds great! However I have antenna TV and I can't get the sound out of that. I connected to the TV to the output so I assumed I'd get the sound out of that. Do I have to use the optical?
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great info,listened to it quietly and loudly and find the sound to be clear both ways. Very good detail in the sound and did hear the surround. The room I am in is also about 25' x 15' and it fills it nicely. I think in this price point this is the one to buy.thanks for your sharing [IMG]http://*******/xGWw1O[/IMG]
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My Samsung e7000 plasma will on pass through 2 channel audio . I am trying to decide between this and a receiver, speakerbar, sub setup. Are there other soundbars with multiple HDMI inputs I should consider?
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Mcginnin, did you ever figure out why the unit will not power on when the TV is powered on? Having the same issue. Also, defaulting to "TV" input instead of HDMI input. Appreciate it!
 
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I just purchased the CT370 unit and am experiencing the same issue 'defaulting to TV instead of HDMI'. The manual explains that the system defaults to the last known audio configuration when the unit turns off -- but that doesn't seem to be working correctly.

Will post if I figure out a fix...
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Anyone coming to a CT-370 from a CT-100? The 100 was SONY's debut sound bar; I still have one, along with an HT-CT660, and I like to track how the technology evolves. I'd be interested to hear whether the old 100 holds a candle to the 370 performance-wise.

Like the 370, the 100 lacks tweeters. The subwoofer looks a bit similar, too; is the 370's side-firing? The 370 has a clear edge in variety of adjustments, wireless wooferness and greater system power, while the 100 has a dedicated center channel and more flexibility on the connections front. Firing these units up side-by-side would make for an interesting contest...

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Anyone coming to a CT-370 from a CT-100? The 100 was SONY's debut sound bar; I still have one, along with an HT-CT660, and I like to track how the technology evolves. I'd be interested to hear whether the old 100 holds a candle to the 370 performance-wise.
I have the original CT100 and compared it with the new CT370 in my bedroom. (I connected it to a Panasonic plasma GT25 TV, TiVo HD and Panasonic blu-ray player, with all devices plugged directly into the soundbar's HDMI inputs.) I like the low-profile shape of the CT370 and, in my opinion, the sound is far superior than the CT100, particularly in the clarity of voices while watching TV after experimenting with the voice setting options.

I plan to purchase the Sony CT770 for my living room this weekend and will let you know how it compares to the CT370. I have read great reviews on the 770, but am not sure it is worth the additional $100+. I'm also curious how the 770 compares with the new 54" 5.1 Vizio S5451w-c2, but the Vizio isn't in stock yet at Best Buy.
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I have the original CT100 and compared it with the new CT370 in my bedroom. (I connected it to a Panasonic plasma GT25 TV, TiVo HD and Panasonic blu-ray player, with all devices plugged directly into the soundbar's HDMI inputs.) I like the low-profile shape of the CT370 and, in my opinion, the sound is far superior than the CT100, particularly in the clarity of voices while watching TV after experimenting with the voice setting options.
I appreciate the feedback; sounds like they figured out how to wring a lot of extra clarity out of a tweeter-less system. The 100 may have been capable of better performance in this department; I imagine a dedicated treble control would've helped a lot. That said, I've gotten pretty good at thinning out problematic dialog by backing off a tad on woofer, picking the right sound mode and goosing the center a bit. It's a softer sounding vintage, for sure. But then sometimes my CT-660--overall, a fantastic unit--strikes me as overcompensating for this; voice can be a little shrill in the surround modes and it can take some doing to soften it out. At such times, the 100 is Dr. Scoll's for the ears.

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I plan to purchase the Sony CT770 for my living room this weekend and will let you know how it compares to the CT370. I have read great reviews on the 770, but am not sure it is worth the additional $100+. I'm also curious how the 770 compares with the new 54" 5.1 Vizio S5451w-c2, but the Vizio isn't in stock yet at Best Buy.

Curious to hear your take on the 770; if it's anything like the 660, those added tweeters will really enhance the definition of your audio.
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Curious to hear your take on the 770; if it's anything like the 660, those added tweeters will really enhance the definition of your audio.
I think the 770 sounds much better than the 370. Voice clarity is about the same, however the base is much stronger/richer coming from the soundbar and subwoofer. While the 370 is fine for my bedroom, the 770 is far better for the family room.
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was looking into purchasing this model,i want to connect 3 hdmi inputs, with the 1 out going to the tv.
how does it sound for dts, dts hd, dolby digital content on this bar?
ill be watching 5.1 tv content and sometimes blurays.
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Defaults to TV instead of HDMI

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Mcginnin, did you ever figure out why the unit will not power on when the TV is powered on? Having the same issue. Also, defaulting to "TV" input instead of HDMI input. Appreciate it!

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Did anyone figure this out? I just purchased this but if it won't stay on the input signal I left it on when it is turned off/on and requires the other
remote just for that function I will probably return the unit. I use HDMI 1 but when powered off then on it defaults to TV just like others posted.
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