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post #1981 of 2094
Thanks, but I can use the rca to aux cable and hook it up to ipod?

Also, since the sub isnt wireless, can anyone tell me how long the cable is?

Thank you
post #1982 of 2094
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Originally Posted by jett69 View Post

Thanks, but I can use the rca to aux cable and hook it up to ipod?
Also, since the sub isnt wireless, can anyone tell me how long the cable is?
Thank you

The speaker cable is a little under 10'. The owner's manual is online in PDF format. It will probably answer a lot of your questions.
post #1983 of 2094
All, the HT-CT150 is $188 at Amazon!

It was at $216 last week.
post #1984 of 2094
I walked into my local best buy yesterday and saw an open box ht-ct150 for $189. To my surprise, there was a brand new in the box ht-ct150 tucked in a corner shelf with no price tag. I had an employee do a price check and couldn't even find it in their inventory. He then scanned the UPC and the register came back with a $205 price. I told him no thanks since Amazon has it for $188. To my surpise, he mentioned that Best Buy price matches Amazon! I showed him Amazon's price on my phone and he told me I could have it for that price.

Luckily for me, when he rang it up, he asked me what the Amazon price was - I said $180... He rang it up and I then pulled an ace up my sleeve - $15 of reward zone credit. Final price with tax $177. Not sure if this is a good price for a 2010 sound bar (since earlier posts indicate a $130 blowout at Sears) but I walked out a happy camper.

Will post thoughts in about a week so the drivers have time to break in. I am a YSP-2200 owner (paired up with a Pioneer Kuro 101FD) so a comparison will be included. The ht-ct 150 will be paired with my Sharp LC70632U.
post #1985 of 2094
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Originally Posted by jett69 View Post

does the Ct150 come with a aux input for iphone/ipod?
Thank you

This solved it for me:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021817&p_id=9300&seq=1&format=2
post #1986 of 2094
does anyone know why the htct350 was discontinued (and cant be found.anywhere) while the htct150 is still available for purchase?

when searching for the htct350 on sonys website, you are presented with a popup stating that the htct350 is a discontinued item. when doing the same for the htct150, no such popip appears. what gives? is this sony admitting that the 150 is better? from what ive read on this thread, both are good, but the 350 is superior.
post #1987 of 2094
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Originally Posted by jett69 View Post

All, the HT-CT150 is $188 at Amazon!
It was at $216 last week.
Hey thanks for the heads-up, I just snared one for that figure - they still have them in stock.

$188 bucks, no tax and free shipping, a good deal - thanks again!
post #1988 of 2094
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

A LOT of people on these forums seem very happy with the Logitech Harmony remote. Looks like that may be the only way to control all your stuff with one remote. At least you finally got someone at Sharp that had a clue. smile.gif

I use a Logitech Harmony One remote and its fantastic. Controls my LG LM8600 connected with 3 sources to it. Then running ARC to the CT150.
post #1989 of 2094
Anyone has any opinion for VIZIO VHT215 vs SONY HT-CT150 ? SONY is currently ~$70 cheaper on Amazon, is it worth buying the VIZIO one ? VIZIO 215 is the newer version and SONY 150 is two year old model. Any thoughts ??
post #1990 of 2094
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Originally Posted by MStem View Post

Hey thanks for the heads-up, I just snared one for that figure - they still have them in stock.
$188 bucks, no tax and free shipping, a good deal - thanks again!
Down to $183 bucks this morning (Friday 11/23)...
post #1991 of 2094
Picked up a CT 150 like it so far, except the sound is out of sync.

I have it configured as follows:

Directv HDMI to subwoofer HDMI
Subwoofer ARC HDMI to TV ARC HDMI
Digital audio cable from Subwoofer to Directv Digital audio plug

Since I'm using ARC, could the problem be the digital audio cable and just need to pull it?

Thanks
post #1992 of 2094
^^^
You most definitely don't need to be using a digital audio cable in addition to the HDMI. eek.gif BTW, ARC has nothing to do with it. ARC transmits audio FROM a TV, not TO a TV.
post #1993 of 2094
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

^^^
You most definitely don't need to be using a digital audio cable in addition to the HDMI. eek.gif BTW, ARC has nothing to do with it. ARC transmits audio FROM a TV, not TO a TV.

I'll see what happens when I pull the audio cable out of the system later tonight.

Thanks
post #1994 of 2094
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Picked up a CT 150 like it so far, except the sound is out of sync.

I have it configured as follows:

Directv HDMI to subwoofer HDMI
Subwoofer ARC HDMI to TV ARC HDMI
Digital audio cable from Subwoofer to Directv Digital audio plug

Since I'm using ARC, could the problem be the digital audio cable and just need to pull it?

Thanks

I was having the same problem when watching DirecTV content via the HT-CT150. The solution is to set the A/V SYNC option to ON (on the HT-CT150). Now the image and sound when watching DirecTV is totally in sync.

BTW, you don't need the digital audio cable, the ARC HDMI connection from the DTV to the sub is all you need.
post #1995 of 2094
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Originally Posted by makaveddie81 View Post

I was having the same problem when watching DirecTV content via the HT-CT150. The solution is to set the A/V SYNC option to ON (on the HT-CT150). Now the image and sound when watching DirecTV is totally in sync.
BTW, you don't need the digital audio cable, the ARC HDMI connection from the DTV to the sub is all you need.

That worked by setting the sync option to "on".

Thanks
post #1996 of 2094
Picked up a HT-CT150 to compliment my HX750. I had previously connected my old JVC-EXD1 AVR through the PCAudio out on the tv. It was amazing because I would simply crank the JVC to MAX volume and then set the TV to Headphone speakers to utilize the Audio out. I had NEVER heard that little receiver get so loud. It's like the TV continues to just amp the signal being sent to the little AVR.
Though I still wanted to try the Bravia Sync and HDMI ARC connection that the HT-CT150 had. Is it not possible to have the HT-CT150 kick on when the TV is turned on? Excuse me if this has already been discussed in this thread.
post #1997 of 2094
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Originally Posted by boatbuilder42 View Post

Though I still wanted to try the Bravia Sync and HDMI ARC connection that the HT-CT150 had. Is it not possible to have the HT-CT150 kick on when the TV is turned on? Excuse me if this has already been discussed in this thread.

Depends on what control features your TV has available. Some have "auto-on", some do not. Check your TV manual and/or the Bravia Sync settings on the TV,
post #1998 of 2094
I want to love this HT-CT150 so badly but its just not loud enough for my liking. What I don't get is that if I use the 3.5mm audio out jack on my HX750 and run RCAs to the input on my old little JVC EX-D1 it gets so loud. I crank the JVC to max volume level and then set the Sony TV to Headphone speakers (because that's what you HAVE to do in order to use the RCA/3.5mm out) and then I can control the volume with the TV remote and it just continues to increase the sound coming out of the JVC unit. It's like I re-discovered this JVC unit. I'm not sure how this occurs... I don't know if the audio out just basically amps the signal continuously being sent to the JVC unit and that's how it gains an endless amount of volume or what.

Knowing how the JVC works now with the audio out connection I'm going to try it tonight on the 150 and use the analog inputs on it and see if it behaves the same way. I would have thought the optical out on the HX750 behaves like the analog out connection but it does not. I have to turn the tv volume all the way down and the increase the sound on the external sound bar. This was the only way it worked when I had a relative test out their JBL SB300. So strange on how Sony configured the TVs to work for external sound devices.

Has anyone else use the RCA analog inputs on the 150 coming from the audio out on a Sony tv? Did you experience any gain in volume like I'm expecting to experience as seen from using my JVC?
post #1999 of 2094
Tested it last night... if you use the RCA inputs on the back of your 150 you will experience endless amount of volume. Now this may only hold true if you have a new Sony TV and utilizing the Audio out on the TV. BUT then I tried just the Optical connection from my tv to the 150 and even after you set the TV to Audio System you have to turn down the TV volume all the way and then control the soundbar volume. Does anyone know why using a more current form of digital audio connection doesn't allow for more enhanced louder sound? AND the fact the TV volume has to be turned all the way down to mute the tv sound completely when using the Optical Out??
post #2000 of 2094
I just got a 150 yesterday and noticed in the manual that there's a setting for volume limit. Maybe you need to turn that off/up?
post #2001 of 2094
This is a cross post. Probably should have posted here first but I didn't.

Hoping someone can help.

Have an HX820.
Just got an HT CT150.
Have AT&T Uverse.
Have HDMI cable (high speed, HDMI trademark) from the Uverse box to the subwoofer.
Have HDMI cable (same kind) from ARC port on the sub to HDMI 1 (ARC) port on the TV.
I've gone through steps in the manual and described here to make sure both devices have HDMI Control enabled, etc.

My issue is that it seems like the manual is saying that I should get sound from the HT when the input is set to TV. However, I only get sound when it's set to SAT/CATV. Logic tells me this means it's taking sound directly from the Uverse box and not by return from the TV.

Assuming I'm correct, I have two questions.

1. Why doesn't it work?
2. Why do I want it to work? If ARC did work and the HT had sound from the TV, what is the advantage of that?

Thanks to anyone who can help.
post #2002 of 2094
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Originally Posted by googlymoogly View Post

This is a cross post. Probably should have posted here first but I didn't.
Hoping someone can help.
Have an HX820.
Just got an HT CT150.
Have AT&T Uverse.
Have HDMI cable (high speed, HDMI trademark) from the Uverse box to the subwoofer.
Have HDMI cable (same kind) from ARC port on the sub to HDMI 1 (ARC) port on the TV.
I've gone through steps in the manual and described here to make sure both devices have HDMI Control enabled, etc.
My issue is that it seems like the manual is saying that I should get sound from the HT when the input is set to TV. However, I only get sound when it's set to SAT/CATV. Logic tells me this means it's taking sound directly from the Uverse box and not by return from the TV.
It's working exactly as it should. Your input source is SAT/CATV, not TV. The audio is processed by the CT150 and the video (only) is sent out to the TV.
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Assuming I'm correct, I have two questions.
1. Why doesn't it work?
2. Why do I want it to work? If ARC did work and the HT had sound from the TV, what is the advantage of that?
Thanks to anyone who can help.
1. It IS working
2. The TV is NOT sending audio OUT because the cable box is connected to the soundbar, not the TV. If you have a source device connected directly to the TV, then ARC would come into play because you'd be sending audio TO the soundbar (and your soundbar source would be TV in that case).
post #2003 of 2094
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Originally Posted by googlymoogly View Post

I just got a 150 yesterday and noticed in the manual that there's a setting for volume limit. Maybe you need to turn that off/up?

I had the volume limit set to MAX. I'm trying to find out why the 3.5mm audio out on the TV allows for an endless amount of volume and the optical out does not. I LIKE the endless volume that I get out of the audio out...Many reviews of the 150 talk about how it does not get loud. I just don't know why that kind of volume is not available in the Optical connection... and most importantly... NOT the HDMI ARC connections. When I utilized the HDMI/ARC connections to my Sony HX750 I could crank my 150 all they way to max volume and was underwhelmed. I'm just baffled as to why you can't obtain the same output levels just like when you use the RCA red/white inputs. ANY ideas out there?
Edited by boatbuilder42 - 11/29/12 at 9:16am
post #2004 of 2094
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

It's working exactly as it should. Your input source is SAT/CATV, not TV. The audio is processed by the CT150 and the video (only) is sent out to the TV.
1. It IS working
2. The TV is NOT sending audio OUT because the cable box is connected to the soundbar, not the TV. If you have a source device connected directly to the TV, then ARC would come into play because you'd be sending audio TO the soundbar (and your soundbar source would be TV in that case).

Thanks for the response. Now I'm really confused. The ARC HDMI port on the TV is an input. Doesn't audio RETURN channel mean the TV is returning something back to the 150? Also, the 150 manual shows that, if you don't have ARC on your TV, then you put an optical audio cable from the OUT of the TV to the IN of the 150, while the non-ARC HDMI is going from OUT on the 150 to IN on the TV. I'm having trouble reasoning that they want anything else besides for the TV to send an audio signal back to the 150. What am I missing?
post #2005 of 2094
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Originally Posted by googlymoogly View Post

Thanks for the response. Now I'm really confused. The ARC HDMI port on the TV is an input. Doesn't audio RETURN channel mean the TV is returning something back to the 150?
Yes, but only when the audio ORIGINATES on the TV side of things. If you had your cable box connected to the TV you would need to send audio TO the CT150. When you have the cable box connected directly to the CT150 you are not sending any audio to the TV, just video.
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Also, the 150 manual shows that, if you don't have ARC on your TV, then you put an optical audio cable from the OUT of the TV to the IN of the 150, while the non-ARC HDMI is going from OUT on the 150 to IN on the TV. I'm having trouble reasoning that they want anything else besides for the TV to send an audio signal back to the 150. What am I missing?
Again, if your source devices are connected to the CT150, you aren't sending audio FROM the TV.
You only need to send audio FROM the TV if you have source devices connected to it, or you use the TV's internal tuner, or you use smart apps on the TV. If any of those apply, then you either need ARC or a digital connection to output audio.
post #2006 of 2094
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Originally Posted by Possumgirl View Post

Again, if your source devices are connected to the CT150, you aren't sending audio FROM the TV.
You only need to send audio FROM the TV if you have source devices connected to it, or you use the TV's internal tuner, or you use smart apps on the TV. If any of those apply, then you either need ARC or a digital connection to output audio.

Aahhh. That makes sense. So I guess my question now is... Is there any reason to send the cable signal through the 150 to the TV, and not just leave the cable box connected to the TV and run audio out from the TV to the 150 instead? What do I gain by using the passthrough feature of the 150?
post #2007 of 2094
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Originally Posted by googlymoogly View Post

Aahhh. That makes sense. So I guess my question now is... Is there any reason to send the cable signal through the 150 to the TV, and not just leave the cable box connected to the TV and run audio out from the TV to the 150 instead? What do I gain by using the passthrough feature of the 150?

The answer depends on your TV. Most HDTVs only output 2 ch. stereo from source devices connected to the TV via HDMI. There are exceptions and I don't know if your Sony is one of them. The TV manual may tell you. Or you can check the display on the CT150 to see if it is receiving 5.1 (for programs that have it). So if the TV outputs 5.1, no advantage; otherwise connect to CT150.
post #2008 of 2094
So I hooked up the HT-CT150 over the weekend. The setup was super easy considering I'm terrible when it comes to connecting AV.

I played MI:3 on amazon instant video. The sound was ok, so I turned up the sub to +5 and it sounded better but I still wasnt blown away.

I then connected the rca cable to my iphone to test out the music. It sounded rich and deep....amazing.

That night, my family did a movie night and I was out voted 3-1 for the movie Brave from Comcast. I had no interest in watching this movie, Once the movie started...Holy Wow, the soundbar blew me away. The whole floor of my living room was shaking. The voices were crystal clear. I had the volume on 26 and had to keep turning down the volume the sub was rocking so loud. I thought my neighbor was going to complain ( i live in a town house).

I do have a question. The soundbar came with a black optical cable, i think that's what it is. Do i need this for anything since I've connected everything through HDMI? and do you guys turn off the sub when not watching tv?

Thanks
post #2009 of 2094
Hello All,

New to the forum and I thought I would present an issue I noticed after hooking up my HT-CT150. To start, here's my current set up.

-Comcast cable box to CT150 via HDMI
-CT150 to Panni ST50 TV (ARC link) via HDMI

Sound is great. Negligible audio sync difference. The Versa link feature is compatible, I can control the volume and power with my cable remote, and I can still watch TV when the CT150 is off.

All the devices seem to be “playing nicely” with each other except for one thing… I have my cable box resolution set to 720p. However when I turn the cable box off then back on, the resolution setting (on the cable box) defaults back to 1080i setting. It wouldn’t do that when the cable box was directly hooked up to the TV. I prefer the 720p setting as the picture quality is a bit crisper, IMHO. Why does the cable box revert back to 1080i when hooked up to the CT150?? Has anyone else noticed this or know what might cause it?

I couldn’t finding postings relating to this issue so any thoughts are much appreciated.
post #2010 of 2094
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Originally Posted by Alta04 View Post

All the devices seem to be “playing nicely” with each other except for one thing… I have my cable box resolution set to 720p. However when I turn the cable box off then back on, the resolution setting (on the cable box) defaults back to 1080i setting. It wouldn’t do that when the cable box was directly hooked up to the TV. I prefer the 720p setting as the picture quality is a bit crisper, IMHO. Why does the cable box revert back to 1080i when hooked up to the CT150?? Has anyone else noticed this or know what might cause it?
I couldn’t finding postings relating to this issue so any thoughts are much appreciated.

Seems like you have an HDMI handshake issue between the cable box and the CT150. May not be much you can do about it, but a few things to try:
Try a different HDMI cable.
Look at the output format settings on the cable box. Are you sure it isn't set to "auto" rather than 720P only?
Leave the cable box turned on.

Maybe someone else will have better suggestions. At the moment I can't think of anything else to try. frown.gif
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