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Sony HT-CT60 Soundbar Review

Sony's HT-CT60 soundbar offers a simple 2.1 speaker arrangement for the affordable price of £150. Read our Sony HT-CT60 soundbar review to find out more.

Should I Buy The Sony HT-CT60?
The Sony HT-CT60 is a basic 2.1 soundbar system with looks that might not suit your tastes. It's also lacking in standout features and physical inputs. However, the combination of its affordable price and surprisingly good sound quality make it a decent choice if your budget is limited.

The HT-CT60 soundbar is one of the longest we've seen, wider even than a 40in TV. It's easiest to place the HT-CT60 in front of a TV but you can also mount it on a wall. Its hexagonal shape might not be to everyone's taste but it means the speaker can be placed on the floor and angled upwards to direct the sound appropriately.

The low price is reflected in the lightweight plastic construction but the HT-CT60 looks stylish enough with grey speaker fabric and metal-effect ends. 

With an optical S/PDIF input, the soundbar is simple to set up to play anything you put though your TV (the cable is supplied in the box). However, if you want to add other devices, the possibilities are quite limited. All you get is coaxial digital and stereo phono inputs. 

This at least gives you the option of connecting other you have under your TV, but playing music from a smartphone or other mobile device must be done using a cable which isn't as convenient as soundbars with Bluetooth (not all of which are pricier).

However, the HT-CT60 has a good stereo field and impressive sound reproduction across the low, mid and high frequencies. A small rear-firing subwoofer is passive which means it has to be wired up to the soundbar but doesn't require its own power source.

At 60W total (15W per speaker and 30W for the subwoofer) the CT60 isn’t a powerhouse. In fact, when listening to music via the phono inputs even full volume wasn't really enough.

There's a set of orange LEDs to indicate which input is selected and whether the surround mode is switched on or not. It only takes a moment to memorise which is which and the input LEDs match up to the buttons on the remote.

A virtual surround-sound mode means that rear speakers and annoying wires aren't required. This mode certainly gives more width to the soundscape but it's no substitute for a physical pair of rears.

You can also enable a 'night' mode although this isn't obvious at all since you have to hold down the surround button to do it. Night mode makes sounds effects and dialogue easier to hear at lower volume levels. It's compatible only with Dolby-encoded TV programs, DVDs and Blu-rays though.

Sony supplies a small remote control with the HT-CT60 which has power, volume, input, surround plus bass and treble adjustments. The LEDs on the soundbar indicate if you've reached any upper or lower limits. The remote can also control a Sony TV set for power, volume and changing channels.

Specs
  • Optical S/PDIF: Yes
  • Coaxial S/PDIF: Yes
  • HDMI: n/a
  • 3.5mm minijack: n/a
  • Stereo phono: Yes
  • Bluetooth: n/a
  • Other: n/a
  • Power output (RMS): 60W
  • Subwoofer (active or passive/wired or wireless): Passive/Wired
  • Remote control (yes / no / via app): Yes, no app
  • Wall mountable? Yes
  • Surround sound mode?
  • Yes
  • Night mode? Yes
  • Dimensions (soundbar): 940x83x70mm
  • Dimensions (subwoofer): 170x245x300mm
  • Warranty: One year



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