Originally Posted by stephenx
Thanks! That helps a lot. I will have to check, though surround from my cable isn't my top priority, as long as the HD and BD discs deliver HD sound, I'll be good.
I know this isn't 'true' surround, but is it a noticeable difference from only TV speakers? I want an impressive movie-watching experience even if it isn't True surround.
The CT100 is much better than standard TV speakers. I finally got mine working with my 360 Elite (Turns out, the elite requires that I plug both the HDMI and Optical audio in. Not sure why, but it is the only way I could get the HDMI to work for the Elite. Sound still comes from the HDMI, according to the display.). I popped in my good ol' Matrix Reloaded DVD, sounded pretty good. I watched the Mansion fight scene and the freeway car chase, I was impressed. I am no audiophile though, but I think this CT100 is great. The really nice thing is that the sound bar pushes sound in all directions. I can go 15 feet to the fight into my kitchen and still hear the movie pretty well.
One more great thing about this unit, it is a godsend for HDMI equipped laptops. I use my XPS 1530 to watch movies from Netflix and other stuff. Even though it is just stereo, the sound is still much better than TV speakers.
I tried testing games out, but GTA IV just has so much going on at any given time that it is really hard to tell sometimes. I ended up testing the CT100 by dropping grenades from a car, and driving forward or backward, left/right, to hear which side the explosion came from. It did decent, not as well as a dedicated 5.1, but the "surround" is there.
I don't have many HD-DVD's (I was always content with regular DVD's upconverted by the HDDVD player). I'll probably test out King Kong that came with the player and see how it sounds.