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Sony HTST7 Soundbar - A Worthy Addition to Any Enthusiasts' Living Room (Who Doesn't Want Wires All Over The Place) Edit
by smail.nathan Combined Rating: 4.0
I love this soundbar - easy setup (3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output), high def audio support, and excellent sounding movies and music!

Only cons I've found so far: Pro Logic TV programs could sound a...
Pros Cons
  • Easy Setup, Simple Bluetooth Pairing, High-Def Audio Codec Support
  • Some Handshaking Issues, "Tinny" Sound Quality From Low-Quality TV Stations/Sources, Price
I love this soundbar - easy setup (3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output), high def audio support, and excellent sounding movies and music!

Only cons I've found so far: Pro Logic TV programs could sound a little better, or in other words, anything that isn't Dolby Digital or DTS leave a little to be desired.

The other con: I get some handshaking issues occasionally on the video side. Nothing major, but sometimes the screen will go black for a second or two while the Sony unit works out resolution changes from your video sources.

More pros: Bluetooth pairing is super easy, and sounds excellent. Both movie and standard modes sound excellent, and for a soundbar, it's amazing how much this replicates the Denon 5.1 speaker/receiver system I have in my other room. Bonus: no wires running all the way around the room!

Also: the remote is compact and well designed. It definitely gets the job done. If you're worried about the front display on the soundbar staying illuminated while the unit on, don't be. You can cycle it on/off (or dim it) using the "display" button on the remote.

If you're wondering about the quality of the wireless subwoofer, no worries there. It isn't perfect, but it's a step above many of the other subs I've heard paired with soundbars. Bass reproduction is clear. The wireless pairing is excellent, and even features a dedicated pairing setup feature (just in case you have other wifi sources nearby that interfere with the wireless link between the sub and the soundbar). Subwoofer volume levels are controllable via remote, and in case you want to jack up the "voice" level, there's even a control for that on the soundbar itself.

So, in all, highly recommended! It's a bit overpriced (hence the 1/2 star penalty), but a noticeable quality jump over many of the cheaper soundbars I've tested. I don't think you'll regret the purchase!
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