Originally Posted by DavidCrets
Question from a HT noobie... I have a Sammsung 52" LCD. Coming from a mono CRT the Sammy actually sounds quite good to me but I would like to experience some surround effect and even better SQ. Looking at the specs on the ct100 I see it is only 31" long. Obviously I'd be loosing about 20" of separation between left and right channels. Would this be noticeable or would the ct100 more than make up for it with the virtual surround effect and better SQ?
Also, I do not have Blue Ray and have no plans to get one any time soon. Happy with regular DVD's for now. I've read that the ct100 is really made for Blue Ray. I assume it's still good with regular DVD's, am I right?
Thanks in advance for your help. David
Actually, the CT100 was not just meant for Blurays, it's just the only good reviewed soundbar that can output 5.1/7.1 LPCM uncompressed sound. It also does Dolby Digital 5.1/Prologic II (or DTS 5.1) which is great for games and DVD's! Also, the soundbar may look small but it produces BIG SOUND and a great surround with an excellent price to boot! So to answer your question, yes, the CT100 will more than make up for it's size with great sound and surround...when setup properly!
You have to first configure your CT100:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=745
Now when you start your DVD player and play a movie, go into your DVD's sound setup and change it to Dolby Digital 5.1. When you start watching the movie, look at the display on the Sub. It should flash 5.1 for a second, and DD should appear in the upper left corner, this means you are now enjoying Dolby Digital 5.1 sound! If it shows DD Prologic II for a long time, even in the movie, you're not enjoying the 5.1 surround feature on the DVD and aren't using the Ct100 to it's full potential. So go into your DVD PLAYER's audio settings and change it to Bitstream (or an option that forces the DD 5.1) and turn on the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) or turn it to Standard. Hopefully that helps.
When you get the ct100, I or the other Ct100 experts (rault, Lkr, and davyo) can walk you through it alot easier if you have any problems.
Originally Posted by mfrank1
I'm a complete novice with this stuff so please bare with me (I'm not even certain I'm posting this correctly or in the correct place). I purchased a Sony BDP-550 Blu-Ray player and hooked it to me Sony 46XBR4 LCD using HDMI. The was low, especially with dialog -- I had to crank the TV volume to like 80 to hear it well. So I bought the HT-CT100 based on good reviews and hooked everything up via HDMI. Well, the sound is better than through the TV, but still seems low (esp. compared to some reviews saying the output volume is quite good). To hear everything comfortably in my small den, I have the HT-CT100 cranked to max volume (50) with Center and Sub up to +6 each. I thought I might have a faulty S550, but when I hooked my old upscaling DVD player to the HT-CT100 via HDMI, the sound level is about the same. I bought everything via the web, so I'm, not eager to return components, esp. not knowing which, if any, is the problem. There are gazillion incomprehensible (to me) audio settings in these components. Can anyone who is using these components provide the proper audio settings for TV, S550 and Ht-CT100 to get this thing working correctly? Thank you so much for any help you can provide.
Please click on my link above and properly setup the CT100 and your Bluray/DVD to their proper settings. I have steps in getting the CT100 setup properly with good sound and when it comes to Bluray and DVD, I have a PS3. So I believe you need to somehow go into your bluray player and set it's audio option to Direct/ PCM audio in order to get 5.1/7.1 LPCM uncompressed sound (should flash on your CT100's subs display if you got it done correctly). As for your DVD player, go into it's audio settings and change it to Bitstream (or an option that forces the DD 5.1) and turn on the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) or turn it to Standard. Hopefully this helps, post back with results please, I'd like to know
@Davyo: Thanks davyo, I don't have a HD DVD player so I was stumped at how to help the guy out (as I only have a bluray player/PS3). , I'm looking forward to seeing your results. Glad to have helped you out though
! I'm really glad I made my purchase of the CT100 too!