Originally Posted by LBJ2
Hello Bigcat: If you are set on a Sony Sound bar, I don't think you can go wrong with either one really. Since the CT100, Sony has produced some very respectable Sound bars.
I did not compare the CT150 however, I might offer the following for your consideration:
- Subwoofer/Receiver design: the CT150 all-in-one vs the wireless subwoofer and separate Receiver. For me the 550W wireless subwoofer has turned out to be a nice surprise both powerful and mobile-- as I can move the S/W pretty much where I like--however if you are wall mounting the TV and sound bar, you'll have to consider where to place the separate 550W Receiver component.
- 3.1 vs 2.1--surprisingly Sony really made the 550W 2.1 work, if configured correctly, I don't think you will notice that it's not a 3.1. (Plenty of center channel/balanced dialogue capabilities.)
- Technology--I'm sure you already compared the specs/sound fields etc. so I won't go into that and both process 3D with 3 HDMI inputs and 1 out.
- CT 150 has been on the market longer and seems to carry on the tradition of very good ratings from many happy customers...not to mention a lower price tag.
Hope this contributes to your decision process. Do let me know what you end up with, and if you have any setup questions.
Thanks. That helps. This system is for a 60" sony (60LX900), and looking at the sony bars for the price and compatibility. I don't really want to spend $800 on a sound bar.
I think you had a comment on the TV size (which I guess you edited out), which was a good point, though I don't know what the impact of that really is.
I am fine with the separate receiver in the 550. I was mainly concerned about the 2.1 (vs 3.1) and ability to decode the HD formats. Looks like the 150 can't decode these, but not sure how much of a disadvantage that is when it comes to a sound bar. Considering everything, it seems going with the 550 is probably the safer bet. Oh, one other thing, my house is full of wireless devices, all kinds of them, and not sure the wireless sub is going to have or create a problem in that area.
EDIT: forgot to mention the TV is in our family room which is two-story and an open floor plan, very large space, so I am aware the sound bar may have a problem filling that large of a space, but we are having trouble hearing from the TV speakers. I can't set up a 5.1 system in this area. So I am hoping a bar can help.