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Sony Announces HT-CT660 Sound Bar System

By April 26, 2013

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Sound Bars continue to flow onto store shelves, and consumers keep gobbling them up as a convenient option of getting better sound for TV view.

With that in mind, Sony has announced a new entry into its Sound Bar line-up, the HT-CT660. This product combines a 2 channel amplified sound bar section paired with a wireless powered subwoofer. The sound bar sections can be either shelf or wall mounted, while the wireless subwoofer that can be easily placed anywhere in the room without the need of an unsightly cable.

First up, the HT-CT660 is 46-inches wide, which makes it a great physical match for TVs with screen sizes ranging from 46 to 60-inches. Also, the companion wireless subwoofer is a compact unit housing a 6-1/2 inch driver and additional port for extended bass response.

In addition to providing the sound you need to make your TV viewing experience more satisfying, HT-CT660 provides connectivity for both your TV and home theater components, including three HDMI inputs, one Digital Optical audio input, a set of RCA analog audio inputs. Also, wireless connectivity is also provided for compatible portable audio playback devices via Bluetooth and NFC.

The sound bar also has a Audio Return Channel-enabled HDMI output that simplifies the connection with an increasing number of TVs. When connecting your HDMI sources devices to the sound bar, all the video signals are passed through, with no added processing, to your TV or video projector (including 3D). On the other hand, the sound bar decodes incoming Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams (including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio), which is then mixed down to the Sound Bar's 2.1 channel configuration. However, Sony also includes its own S-ForceŽ PRO Front Surround processing option for an added 3D surround sound effect.

One added convenience feature is the ability to pass remote control signals from your TV's remote through the sound bar and out to the TV. This is very convenient if you place the sound bar in front of the bottom of your TV, which may block your TV's remote control sensor.

The suggested price for the Sony HT-CT660 Sound Bar System is $399 (available at dealers or delivery beginning in May 2013)
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Also, check out my previous reports on Sony's 2013 Home Theater Receiver Line-up (1) (2), as well as an additional report on Sony's two new Blu-ray Home Theater Systems.

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