AVS Forum banner
1 - 20 of 44 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Ok,, so I had to do it,,,,, I have my JVC BA1 and love it but I kept wondering how the Sony CT-350 compared (I already owned the CT-150 in the past).


Anyhow,, this review aint going to be to exciting,,,,,, the winner was/is,,,,,, to be honest, Im not sure,,,, they both sound great and so close I cant really pick a winner.


One of the main things I look for in a soundbar is the faux surround effect and both of these bars to a really nice job with filling the room with a big room filling sound,, if I had to pick I "guess" I would say the CT-350 puts out a bigger more room filling sound.


I recently moved into a new condo and the living room is made for a soundbar, reflecting walls on each side and a back wall,,,, so my room is the perfect room shape and size for any soundbar (one of the reasons I rented the condo).


Anyhow,, I thought I would mention that as its important to have a good listening room when using a soundbar.


Both the JVC and the CT-350 sounded very good tone wise and both subs performed very well.


As far as which one I am going to leave set up,,,, the CT-350 as I really need the HDMI inputs,,, I just bought a new 65" Panasonic plasma and for my set-up the HDMI's work better for me than the optical's of the JVC.


How long will I keep the Sony,,,, I will keep it until the new Yamaha YSP2200 come's out,,, thats the one Im thinkin is going to be "the" bar,,, heres the link,, http://www.whathifi.com/news/Yamaha-...nd-3D-support/


Cheers

Davyo
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
Davyo,


from a surround sound stand point do you think vht 510 is better? (leaving aside the fact that there are manufacturing problems with it).

I still havent been able to make up my mind with regards to whether i should get a Sony or the vht510



one major pro of the Sony is that i have all sony Devices, TV, PS3 so it would mesh well.


--Mogambo
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
77 Posts
You beat me to review as I have both systems coming soon...purchased them last week.


I went to a local Ultimate Electronics to check out the systems in person and I'm really leaning toward the Sony myself. I really like that the soundbar just looks like a speaker and doesn't have anything distracting going on for a nice clean look. Also, I'm going to pair this with my new Pioneer 101FD and really like the built in HDMI connectivity. If I went with the JVC I would have to get multiple inputs on the TV calibrated which will significantly increase the price of the calibration rather than just having one input done.


Keep us posted as you get more time in with both systems.


Also, I posted this in the Sony thread but AFTER purchasing my CT350 I found this online store called Provantage selling them for $250 shipped which is significantly less than what I paid. I don't know anything about the company, have never used them as I bought mine through Amazon, but they have almost 2,000 positive reviews and their price is unbeatable...they have the 150 for under $200 shipped too.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CCoQ8wIwAA#


Update: I just checked the link and the company had sold out of all CT350 at their $250 price point. They are now back as special order but now the price is $300. It's still a good deal but not $100 cheaper than all other places like it was before...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Quote:
Originally Posted by mogambokhushhua
Davyo,


from a surround sound stand point do you think vht 510 is better? (leaving aside the fact that there are manufacturing problems with it).

I still havent been able to make up my mind with regards to whether i should get a Sony or the vht510



one major pro of the Sony is that i have all sony Devices, TV, PS3 so it would mesh well.


--Mogambo
Yes, the Vizio does do a better surround as it should as it has rear/side speakers.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jakkim
You beat me to review as I have both systems coming soon...purchased them last week.


Keep us posted as you get more time in with both systems.
Yep,, I had read that you had both on order,, matter of fact when I read your post it kinda was the kick in the ass I needed to go get the CT-350.


I will be very interested to read your thoughts on these two bars to hear your take on them.


When are they getting delivered ???


Cheers

Davyo
 

·
Registered
Yamaha V475 with focal sib Evo 5.1.2 and BK Gemini 2 sub + egreat A5 4K HDR player
Joined
·
656 Posts
ok davyo.....first you settle on the CT150 and say that you keep it for life....than you say the vizio 510 is the best bar around and you will keep it...than you say that the JVC was the one you keep coz it sounds better...than you go out and get the CT350 and say..it's the winner??????????

my guess??? YOU WILL never be able to choose one


BUT there is something extremely important you did not mention about the 350:


HOW DOES IT COMPARE to the 150 (if ya remember that is...)



from your comments the 150 didn't match the jvc at all...and this new bar does; feedback needed
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Quote:
Originally Posted by nenito2k
ok davyo.....first you settle on the CT150 and say that you keep it for life....than you say the vizio 510 is the best bar around and you will keep it...than you say that the JVC was the one you keep coz it sounds better...than you go out and get the CT350 and say..it's the winner??????????

my guess??? YOU WILL never be able to choose one


BUT there is something extremely important you did not mention about the 350:


HOW DOES IT COMPARE to the 150 (if ya remember that is...)



from your comments the 150 didn't match the jvc at all...and this new bar does; feedback needed
Yes,,, I do have a soundbar purchasing sickness.


I will try and fix the confussion,,,,,, yes,,, the Vizio 510 is still my favorite as far as a surround sound and I would still have it if not for the LED's going out and Vizio CS being such BS'ers when I asked them about the LED issue's,,,, Im willing to pack up a few soundbars to exchange them for a problem free one but I dont want to make a habbit of exchanging 510's,,,,, so I returned the 510 for good.


Got the Sony 150 a while back ago and yes, I was quite happy with it but I always wondered if I was missing something by not getting the 350.


Some reasons I went thru a few soundbars in the last few months,,, I was moving into a new condo,, doing a threater room and installing a projector, in the end I got rid of the projector and replaced it with the 65" Panasonic plasma,,, anyhow, Im saying all this beause my set-up/installation needs changed depending on if I was going to be using a projector or a plasma,,(soundbar placement, HDMI switching and other reasons),,,, Im making a long story short,,, or tring too.


Also,,, what else has changed is moving into the new condo,, since soundbars are very dependant on room shape and size, each soundbar I tried out recently is going to react differently (to some degree), in my new place, other than it did in the place I just moved from,,, with that being said I was curious how a Sony CT would sound in my new place.


Since I had already had, and liked very much, the CT-150 I decided to get the 350 instead of another 150,,,,, as far as how they compare,,,, I honestly cant really say ,, the 150 I had in my old place and not in the new condo I just moved into,,, and going by memory would be unfair,,, the only way I would want to offer an opinion is if I had the 150 and the 350 set up at the same time side by side.


As I have said in the past,,, if you need the HDMI switching go with the Sony CT's, if you dont need HDMI go with the JVC,,,,,,, and as I said in my compaison of the JVC and the CT350,,,, its pretty much a draw,,, its a tough call to say which bar sounds the best when I did my side by side in the new condo a few days ago.


In the end though,,,, what Im more interested in is the soon to be released Yamaha YSP-2200,,, having owned YSP's in the past I know what they can sound like when properly set up in the right shaped room,,, with the new YSP they have made some changes that are things that I hated about the the current YSP's,,,, it looks like the new YSP-2200 wont have the confussing menus, the cluttered remote and some of the other things I disliked.


Anyhow,, I hope that clears up some of the connfusion.


Cheers

Davyo
 

·
Registered
Yamaha V475 with focal sib Evo 5.1.2 and BK Gemini 2 sub + egreat A5 4K HDR player
Joined
·
656 Posts
thanx davyo for this, in the end ct150 or 350 no one knows really (aside from the HTR review)...and probably no one will ever know...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Quote:
Originally Posted by nenito2k
thanx davyo for this, in the end ct150 or 350 no one knows really (aside from the HTR review)...and probably no one will ever know...
One thing that bothers me is was the extra money I spent on the 350 worth it,,,with the new place I moved into would the 150 have sounded just as good as the 350 I just purchased,,, did I need to spend the extra money or not,,,, that does bother me a bit.


That review "claimed" the 350 sounded better than the 150, but would I have heard a difference in my room set-up.


Cheers

Davyo
 

·
Registered
Yamaha V475 with focal sib Evo 5.1.2 and BK Gemini 2 sub + egreat A5 4K HDR player
Joined
·
656 Posts
davyo just to make you feel better that review is the only place where the 2 bars were compared!!! from my lecture it seems clear that the CT150 FALLS short! the 350 is better and they made it CLEAR!! its not an impression they have: mids are better and they stated the 150 sounded shallow in comparison.

So it does not matter where the bar is placed, the 150 is inferior in terms of sound quality.....but in is still good
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·

Quote:
Originally Posted by nenito2k /forum/post/19553313


davyo just to make you feel better that review is the only place where the 2 bars were compared!!! from my lecture it seems clear that the CT150 FALLS short! the 350 is better and they made it CLEAR!! its not an impression they have: mids are better and they stated the 150 sounded shallow in comparison.

So it does not matter where the bar is placed, the 150 is inferior in terms of sound quality.....but in is still good

Ok Nenito,,,, you made me feel better about spending the extra money,,,, I had forgot about those remarks made in the CT150 vs the CT-350 review.


Thank you.


Cheers

Davyo
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
77 Posts

Quote:
Originally Posted by davyo /forum/post/19551460


Yes, the Vizio does do a better surround as it should as it has rear/side speakers.




Yep,, I had read that you had both on order,, matter of fact when I read your post it kinda was the kick in the ass I needed to go get the CT-350.


I will be very interested to read your thoughts on these two bars to hear your take on them.


When are they getting delivered ???


Cheers

Davyo

Both bars should be here this coming week, however like I mentioned I'm already leaning towards the 350 because of the connectivity and the reduced cost of calibrating my TV.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Ok,,, a soundbar up-date (for those of you keeping track)


I spent some time today doing more side by side testing of the JVC BA1 and the Sony CT-350,,,, played a bunch of my favorite reference BluRays (new Star Trek, Avatar, Iron Man 1, and a few others).


Im ready to anounce a clear winner,,,, drum roll please,,,,,, the JVC.


I know in my first review I said it was almost to close to call and that is still kinda true,, but after really sitting down and spending more time doing the side by side listening the JVC beat out the Sony.


Things the JVC does better,,,,, a better surround sound, more user friendly, bigger LED's that can be seen,,, and here is a biggie for me, the DRC (night listening mode) works far better on the JVC than on the CT-350,,, and thats important to me as I live in a condo and share a common wall with a neighbor and do most of my movie watching late at night.


Matter of fact the JVC really blew the Sony away as far as the DRC mode,, with the Sony in night mode the sound was just a bit muffled overall,,, with the JVC in night mode everything is still there, the surround, the punch and most importanly the dialog comes through just a tad better while still maintaining a very impressive surround effect.


Things the Sony does better,, HDMI inputs.


So there ya have it,,,, the JVC wins again.


My soundbar plans as of now,,, returning the CT-350, and waiting for the release of the new Yamaha YSP-2200 and the release of the new JVC replacement/upgrade to the BA1.


Cheers

Davyo
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
I have a Bravia tv with the Steady Sound option. When i had the CT-500 sound bar hooked up, it disabled the steady sound feature. Does anyone know if you use the Steady Sound feature after hooking up the CT-350?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,301 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·

Quote:
Originally Posted by chreese2 /forum/post/19562229


I have a Bravia tv with the Steady Sound option. When i had the CT-500 sound bar hooked up, it disabled the steady sound feature. Does anyone know if you use the Steady Sound feature after hooking up the CT-350?



You would have much better luck getting answer to your question by posting it in the correct thread,,, here is the link.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1236597


Cheers

Davyo
 
1 - 20 of 44 Posts
Top