Get sound worthy of your high-definition image

Your HDTV looks awesome. But when you turn up the volume, it doesn't really sound awesome. The reason for that? Well, because lots of people like their TVs to be as thin as possible while delivering a big screen size, the built-in speakers are tiny.

Easy fix

So how do we remedy this? Well, there are lots of choices, some involving lots of speakers and high-tech components (we sell those, too). But if you're looking for a great-sounding, two-piece solution, you don't need to look further than this powerful HT-CT260H sound bar from Sony. With 300 watts of amplification feeding the sound bar and subwoofer, it has the power to reproduce anything from a whisper to a cataclysm, and with its virtual surround sound technology, you'll feel enveloped by your entertainment.

Wire-free at last

Installation is simple. Much of the time, one cable from your TV will take care of the setup. And your music sources haven't been forgotten, either. The HT-CT260H is Bluetooth® capable, so you can stream your music from compatible smartphones, tablets, media players and computers. And speaking of being wireless, the subwoofer for this system is wireless as well. Simply install the transmitter/receiver modules in the sound bar and sub and watch as your options for subwoofer placement in your listening room expand.

The Sony HT-CT260 powered home theater sound bar

The Sony HT-CT260 powered home theater sound bar fits in any viewing room.

Ready for the latest

The 'CT260H has built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and Dolby Pro Logic® II decoding for exciting surround-like effects with just about any entertainment source. So take the next step and make your make your TV sound as good as its picture looks.

Product Highlights:

    System specs:
    • 2.1-channel system with simulated surround sound
    • Bluetooth® capability for wireless streaming from your compatible smartphone, media player, tablet, or PC
    • 300 watts RMS system power (85 watts x 2 for the sound bar, plus 130 watts for the subwoofer)
    • 2 full-range speakers (2-1/4" x 3-1/4" each)
    • 1 optical digital audio input (cable supplied)
    • 1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output
    • HDMI connection supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) operation with compatible TVs
    • 1 analog audio input (3.5mm minijack)
    • remote control
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Sound bar:
    • virtual sound technology delivers a powerful surround sound effect without the need for extra speakers
    • built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and Pro Logic® II surround sound decoding
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
    • weight: 6.1 lbs.
    • 36-15/16"W x 3-15/16"H x 3-3/4"D
    • bass-reflex (ported) design
    • 5-1/8" woofer
    • 10-5/8"W x 15-5/16"H x 10-5/8"D

    Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

    Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

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    Great sound on a budget

    Written By David, Oklahoma City on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    Great sound for a budget sound bar. The Bluetooth capability for listening to online music is a great feature.

    Pros: Sound, Bluetooth capability, price

    Cons: Maybe a little big in size. Not really an issue, however.

    Very good product not including great service

    Written By Pat's Happy, Edmond, OK on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    The product worked as presented, and the technical help was fantastic to help with the purchase decision. It arrived on time and in great condition. Assembly was simple.

    Pros: Easy to install. It fit perfectly in the space available.

    Cons: I do not know of any yet.

    surround sound for my 70 inch Sony

    Written By marine', long island, ny on Friday, March 28, 2014

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    I know little about electronics, so I read and I asked advisor for recommendation. He send me a link and I read some more and compared. I bought the product, I made a call to get assistance for setting it. I like how it looks and how it sounds.

    Sony HT-CT260H Sounds Good for the $'s

    Written By AudioHank, Ft. Worth, TX on Saturday, March 15, 2014

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    I purchased this at the first of the year but wanted to listen to it awhile before I reviewed it. I appreciate great audio, but unfortunately I have a budget and the CT260H seemed to fit that based on the reviews I read. Based on the high ratings, I expected it to sound awesome. While I am not disappointed, it does not sound as good as a high end sound bar, but very good for this price point. Initially when I 1st hooked it up to my Panasonic TV, it sounded just a bit "off" and the audio fluctuated slightly. I turned off the "Effect" function and that solved my problem. Also, it was not ARC compatible with my Panasonic, so I had to use the barely long enough supplied optical cable. While the sound level at high volume is not as loud as I thought it would be, it is very clear, and may be the fault of a weak audio output from my TV or Uverse. I rated it 4 stars based on the sound performance of all sound bars I have heard as there are better ones if you are willing to pay more. However, if you're looking for very good sound at this price, it is a 4.5 to 5 depending on your preferences and room size.

    Pros: Very good sound at this price point. Wireless sub works well too and allows location flexibility.

    Cons: Not ARC compatible with all TVs. Menu could be easier to navigate. Supplied optical cable too short.

    Sony soundbar

    Written By Dave M., Harrison Ohio on Friday, March 14, 2014

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    Bought the Sony soundbar to upgrade the listening experience of the Tv, which it does well. Bass woofer makes music and movies much more enjoyable, and fills the room with sound. Did not want to go to the expense of a whole room surround, with receiver, speakers, and all, so tried to get by with bar. You definetly sacrifice sound with this cheaper way out, but for the price, an improvement.

    Cons: Does not give the separation and effects of higher priced surround system

    Works like a champ!

    Written By EFB, Maui, Hi on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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    Easy to set up. Sounds great. Makes a great difference vs. regular TV speakers

    Pros: Wireless subwoofer can be places anywhere. Blue tooth music feature.

    Cons: Can't think of any for the price.

    Good Product

    Written By Edward, Mississippi on Monday, February 17, 2014

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    Excellent product that lives up to its name and reputation. Great sound with the sub woofer and love the ability for my tv remote to pass through the sound bar to control the tv. Great feature and great product.

    Pros: Great sound, ease of install, tv remote works even with sound bar blocking the tv on & off button

    Cons: The only negative I found was that i had to order a coaxial to optical converter. Otherwise it was a piece of cake to install.

    Great Sound Bar

    Written By Josh, Chesapeake, VA on Monday, February 10, 2014

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    This soundbar sounds great and works very well with my application.

    Pros: Bluetooth Great Sound Ease of Use

    Cons: None

    Sound bar

    Written By PacificArmy, Guam on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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    Easiest set up ever and best sound in the house. Bluetooth subwoofer is grand. Planning on getting a 2nd unit.

    tremendo - Tremendous

    Written By xavier g, Bayamon PR on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    muy buena bocina, suena muy bien en espacios pequeños si tienes una sala grande esta no es la correcta

    Very good speaker and sounds very good in small spaces. If you have a bigger room, this might not be the correct one for you.

    Pros: fácil coneccion Easy connection.

    Cons: nada None.

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    Good sound!

    Written By Gary, Merchantville, NJ on Friday, January 17, 2014

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    Great sound at a good price! Movies are much more enjoyable. Hook up was simple after speaking with tech support! Apparently, my older Sony optical output was not compatible but it works fine off the headphone jack. Bluetooth allows me to play Pandora from my cell. Highly recommend for a low cost alternative to a sound system.

    Pros: Ease of setup, Good looks

    Cons: None

    Sony HT-CT260H

    Written By Anonymous, Big Canoe, GA on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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    What a difference watching TV with the sound bar. The sound is awesome and friends over for the bowl games could not believe what they were hearing from the size of the sound bar and the wireless sub-woofer. Crutchfield service is tops. Phone support is great. Standard delivery was unbelievable considering the holidays and weather. Top notch company, products, support and price.

    Pros: Price, size, support, performance, packaging, delivery and installation.

    Great soundbar!

    Written By Sylvia, New Mexico on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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    Great product! I reviewed and researched many soundbars before deciding on this one. It's perfect for what I need. The sound quality is great and the features are awesome.

    Pros: Night mode- enhances the vocals and sound without the sub making a lot of noise Bluetooth capability Wireless sub that has the easiest setup ever (just turn it on) Looks nice Great sound

    Cons: Setting it up to work with all of my other DVD players/gaming consoles/tv and getting the right connections was a little confusing but it didn't take too long to figure it out.

    Just Good Sound

    Written By Felipe D, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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    The system arrive in a big package box. Very protected. Connection is very simple, also include optical cable Subwoofer is complete wireless, just connect it to the electric outlet and you will have sound. Sound is good for a 2.1. Bluetooth works perfect with my Moto X. Nice design. Remote control is full of bottoms but simple.

    Pros: Simple and fast to connect. Bluetooth works perfect. Nice design.

    Cons: Sound is not amazing.

    Sony HT-CT260H

    Written By Rich B, Valparaiso, IN on Friday, January 03, 2014

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    Quick,simple&sounds good ! Bluetooth is a plus.

    Cons: None

    Great Bang for the Buck

    Written By pdxhawky, Gresham, OR on Friday, January 03, 2014

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    Great unit for at a great price. Easy set-up. Looks great on a shelf or hung on the wall. Subwoofer provides ample bass, and the sound really does surround you. It's pretty amazing, really.

    Pros: Great sound, great price, easy setup, looks good. Perfect alternative to true surround sound that requires seven separate speakers and the cabling that goes with them.

    Cons: Not true surround sound.

    Sony HT-CT260H

    Written By Don, NC on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    Awesome sound bar for the money. I really like that you can move the sub to a different location since it is wireless. I am impressed with the sound and it makes watching movies so much better. Again, the service and quick delivery is always great!!

    Pros: Great sound for the money.

    Cons: None

    Awesome product ...

    Written By Parbatie R., Jamaica NY 11435 on Monday, December 23, 2013

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    Great product for the price .. Works great .. Love the wireless ability .. It's so cool ... I can play music straight from my phone through the Bluetooth capability ... Sounds nice and clean ... Good bass ... LOVE IT ...!!!

    Great Soundbar For the Money!

    Written By MarkR, San Diego, CA on Saturday, December 14, 2013

    I received the Sony HT-CT260H a couple of days ago from Crutchfield. Set-up was a breeze. Took less than 10 minutes to unbox and place the components. Plugged the optical digital cable that came with the system to my Panasonic TV and it was ready to go. No problems whatsoever in setting the system up. Sound quality over the TV speakers is incredible! To really test the sound bar's capabilities I watched The Hobbit last night and almost felt like I was experiencing surround sound. Well, anyway, it is a vast improvement over the crummy sound I got over the TV's speakers. If you want to greatly improve the sound of your TV watching and music listening experience , this system is inexpensive and high quality. Great for a family room or bedroom maybe 20'x20' in size.

    Pros: Great sound. Reasonable price. Easy set-up.

    Cons: Not free!

    Great product

    Written By Lucy in OP, Overland Park KS on Sunday, December 08, 2013

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    Needed to solve the flat screen audio issue. I'm 60, somewhat technically savvy...installed this myself in about 30 minutes including the sound bar default setup and speaker Bluetooth link. The sound is perfect.

    Pros: Good sound quality. Easy installation and setup. Crutchfield support is awesome.

    Cons: None.

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    What's in the box?

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    • Soundbar speaker (SA-CT260H)
    • Powered subwoofer module (SA-WCT260H)
    • Remote control (RM-ANP109)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 39" Optical digital cable
    • Operating Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty sheet (US)
    • Consumer 1 Year Warranty sheet (Canada)
    • Online Product Registration sheet

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter None
    Midrange 2.25" x 3.25" (2)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 5.125
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    System Frequency Response Not Given
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 170
    Subwoofer RMS Power 130
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs 1
    HDMI Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Output 0
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-15/16H x 36-15/16W x 3-3/4D
    Sound Bar Weight 4.8125 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 15-5/16H x 10-5/8W x 10-5/8D
    Subwoofer Weight 13.875 lbs

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    Overview: The Sony HT-CT260H Home Theater System is a two-piece surround sound system which includes an amplified soundbar speaker and a wireless powered subwoofer module. This two-piece home theater system brings simplicity and performance together by pairing an self-amplified soundbar speaker and a wireless powered subwoofer to create a surround sound experience in a compact and easy to install package. The HT-CT260H Home Theater System features HDMI In/Out, Dolby Digital & DTS decoding, along with S-Force Front Surround; plus built-in Bluetooth. The HT-CT260H includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system.

    Amplified Soundbar Speaker: The HT-CT260H's soundbar speaker houses two full-range, cone-type oval (2.25" x 3.25") drivers in a bass reflex enclosure, powered by a 85-watt x 2-channel S-Master digital amplifier. The soundbar speaker acts as your home theater systems front and center speakers as well as giving you the effect that you have rear speakers positioned behind you. The soundbar speaker can be securely placed on a stand or shelf via its two integrated feet, or even wall mounted using its two rear-mounted keyhole slots (mounting screws sold separately). The soundbar speaker's keyhole slots are spaced 23.125" apart (the speaker's two feet need to be removed for wall-mounting).

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The HT-CT260H wireless powered subwoofer is equipped with a down-firing 5.125" cone-type woofer in a bass-reflex enclosure (down-firing port), powered by a built-in 130-watt S-Master digital amplifier. The wireless powered subwoofer gets its signal from the system's soundbar wirelessly, via 5.8GHZ RF wireless transmission. The wireless powered sub can be placed virtually anywhere in your room. There are no extra audio cables to run; you do have to plug the powered sub into an AC outlet.

    S-Force Pro Front Surround: S-Force Pro Front Surround provides realistic surround sound from this two-piece home theater system. Unlike other "virtual surround" technologies, rear sound is generated from the soundbar speaker using sophisticated digital sound processing and does not need to be bounced off of side walls. No matter what the size or shape of the room or what is on the wall, it is possible to hear sounds from behind you without needing to place speakers behind you. You can select from one of the following sound fields to optimize your surround sound experience.

    • Standard: Suits various sources.
    • Movie: Recreates powerful and realistic sound, along with clear dialogue.
    • Music: Suited for music programs or music videos on Blu-ray Discs/DVDs.
    • Game: Produces powerful and realistic sound, suited for video games.
    • Stereo: Suited for music CDs.
    • Portable Audio: Suited for compressed audio music programs from a portable source.

    Note: You can set a different sound field for each input source.

    Digital Surround Formats: The HT-CT260H supports the following digital audio formats.

    • Dolby Pro Logic II: Creates five full-bandwidth output channels from 2 channel sources.
    • Dolby Digital: All six channels in this format are recorded separately for superior channel separation.
    • DTS: Provides 5.1 discrete channels of high quality digital audio.
    • LPCM: Linear PCM 2-channel of 48kHz or less.

    HDMI Input/Output: The Sony HT-CT260H features 1 HDMI (ver.1.4) input and 1 HDMI (ver.1.4) output which support 1080/24p, x.v.Color, Deep Color, and 3D video; as well as ARC & HDMI control, plus Standby Pass-Through. The HDMI jacks transmit both multi-channel audio and high-definition video signals. The system's HDMI input/output supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p.

    • 1080/24p: The Sony HT-CT260H allows you to watch movies at their native frame rate 24p format (24 frames per second) when paired with a 24p playback device like a Blu-ray Disc Player.
    • 3D Pass Through: The Sony HT-CT260H is compatible with 3D-ready Blu-ray disc movies, video games and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4) connections. 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D accessories may also be required.
    • Deep/x.v.Color: The Sony HT-CT260H also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the HT-CT260H system through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    • Standby Pass-Through: You can conveniently access all your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the HT-CT260H system.

    Digital + Analog Audio Inputs: The Sony HT-CT260H Home Theater System features both analog (minijack) audio and digital (optical) audio inputs for connecting external audio sources such as your DVD player and CD player. There is single minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input and one optical (toslink) digital audio input.

    Audio Adjustments: The HT-CT260H home theater system offers various audio adjustments to customize your music or movie listening experience.

    • Speaker/Sub Level: You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) of the soundbar speaker and the powered subwoofer. This setting will be applied to all sound fields.
    • Bass & Treble: You can adjust the system's bass and treble independently from -6 to +6 dB.
    • A/V Sync: You can delay the sound using this function when the image is slower than the sound when you are playing a Dolby Digital/DTS source connected by a digital audio input. A/V sync is fixed a 45 msec.
    • Audio DRC: This feature narrows the dynamic range of a Dolby Digital/DTS sound track for enjoying movies at low volume.
    • Night Mode: You can enjoy sound effects and hear the dialogue clearly even at a low volume levels using this function.

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony HT-CT260H Home Theater System features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) technology with A2DP/AVRCP.  You can wirelessly stream and enjoy music from your smartphone, PC, tablet, music player, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices through the Sony HT-CT260H. You can pair multiple devices, but only one can be used at a time. Once paired, the HT-CT260H will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony HT-CT260H.

    Programmable Remote w/ HDMI Control & IR Pass-Through: The HT-CT260H comes supplied with a full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the system. The IR remote is programmable and offers HDMI control.

    • Programmable: In addition, the remote can be used to operate basic functions (Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, Input) on select Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Vizio, Sharp, Toshiba, and Funai TVs.
    • HDMI Control: HDMI Control allows you to easily manage and operate an HDMI Control compatible television and other audio/video components with a single remote, when all components are connected via HDMI. By connecting HDMI-CEC components operation is simplified in the following ways -
      • One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc Player, the receiver and the TV are turned on automatically and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
      • System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select to output the sound from the TV speaker or the speakers connected to the receiver.
      • System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.

    Auto Standby: You can reduce the system's power consumption. The system enters standby mode automatically when you do no operate the system for approximately 30 minutes and the system is not outputting sound for approximately 30 minutes.

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