Rated 5 out of 5 by Kab450 Hooks up seamlessly. Took me no more than 1-hour to install and set-up. The set-up sounds good and looks good too. This is not a replacement to a full 5.1 or 7.1 set-up, but if you are not able to run wires it is an awesome alternative. I love the receiver, hooked up HD cable, BD, Apple TV & my Sirius to the unit. Switching between is easy and if you have a Sony TV & BD player, the surround system remote replaces all. No need for the coffee table clutter. I love it!!! Thanks Sony!
August 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by bbt24 Great!!!!!!!
I have only had this system for a just over a month now but its great. I didn't want a system with a lot of wires that i would have to hide. I purchased this system and couldn't be happier. It has great sound and a contemporary look, i have the sound bar placed under the TV and sub placed behind the seating area. It fills the entire room with sound highly recommended. Install/setup couldn't be any easier.
January 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Dominick Just What I was Looking For!
This unit repalced an older Bose 321 system. I dont like to have to run wires everywhere and spend days setting something up. I got the performa 55 inch TV stand and the Sony KDL55HX850. If you click on the picture you can see that I mounted the sound bar using L brackets to the bottom of the horizontal top bar of the stand. Perfect idea! Looks like part of the stand. Put the subwoofer right next to the stand. Figured out the menus of the sound bar and adjusted all of my settings. Its exactly what I wanted! I can hear the voices instead of them being overpowered by music when watching a movie or a show. I didnt have to run a bunch of wires. I used Sony flat V1.4 high speed HDMI cables. It sounds better than my Bose 321 system. Subwoofer is excellent, really adds that depth to the sound. Havent even had to run it at any high volumes. Even at low volumes the subwoofer thunders! TV speakers were worthless and this was good value for the money. Bravia sync allows my cable remote to use 1 button to turn everything off and on. Good for my wife she is a technical boob! My only complaint that I have called Sony about is that the volume of the sound bar and the receiver display differently. In other words if the receiver says 20 the tv says 40. Very annoying! They're both Sony products and they should "talk" to each other correctly. Hopefully they will do a software update to the TV to fix this issue. Otherwise very very happy with this unit. I was watching a show and dozing off and the subwoofer made a thundering boom! I though the house was falling down and came out of semi conscious sleep scared you know what! Very good when done right!
December 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MariB The Best Sony Sound Bar yet!
I heard the Sony HT-CT550W in the store the other day and I was amazed. To me, the HTCT550W Sony Sound Bar is a technological marvel. It's a slim 2.1 sound bar that behaves like a 5.1 system. It processes all the latest multichannel sound fields and has a wireless sub woofer that I can move around my room as I please.
Not only does it produce very strong volume and deep bass--the sub woofer really woofs. Also, I was really impressed at how this sound bar produces surround sound from my favorite bluray movies.
I can't believe how much better this system is than my old CT350 Sound Bar ( I thought the CT350 was very good) Well I ended up giving my CT350 to my kids and I kept the HT-CT550W for myself.
September 3, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by ssantoshr Quality Sound Bar
The sound bar looks perfect with my Bravia TV and bravia sync works perfectly fine via HDMI cable. Please note that the default setting does not output the quality sound....almost feels like the sound bar is not connected. Be sure to adjust the Level and Tone setting in the AMP menu to get the best out of the sound bar.
December 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by TITI Great Systen
Shopping for awhile for a Home Theatre System,that was a reasonable price. for our new 3D HD TV .We compared Bose with this System..It was same performance and half the price..We are very happy,Sounds like a Movie Theatre ...Looks elegant and modern..
You will be happy if good quality sound is what you are looking for...
May 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by COUCHPOTATO SOUNDS GREAT
It works! No problems with the sound bar. Two wires to the speakers. Two transceivers to the subwoofer. One HDMI cable in from CATV, One HDMI cable in from SONY blu ray disc , One HDMI cable out to SONY Bravia TV, turn on the sync and it will find everything. Sony Technical Support helped with a cable issue. If you switch the speakers from TV to the sound bar you will never switch back. I now have 4 remote controls. May the force be with you.
June 6, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by NJSonyPhan Sounds ok but
I purchased this unit hoping it would replace a home theater receiver, but found the limitations too great.
I was pairing this with a Sony Bravia TV, using the HDMI interfaces.
I found the HDMI audio to be 1 second delayed with only 1 adjustment option on the amplifier for 'Sync Video'. Setting this option to 1 caused the audio to be 2 seconds out of sync, instead of 1.
When using the HDMI and ARC #Audio Return Channel# feature of the HDMI, this was more prevalent. If I was using the TOS interface, I did not notice the delay problem, but lost the auto switching ability, and have extra cables.
In addition, when using the ARC, almost all the audio options are disabled in the TV, relying on the audio controls of the AV system, which are sub-par in the the CT550W. They're ok, but not great. According to the manual, the system would choose the correct sound field automatically, but all I saw was 'standard', and rarely liked the sound field. #IE: Playing Pandora should be 2Ch Stereo, while Netflix should Probably be movie, but if using ARC, this is not changeable by the user#
Using TOS, the TV provides the options, but disables the auto speaker disable, resulting in a very poor audio echo if the TV speakers were not muted.
February 10, 2013