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Sony HT-CT800

Powered sound bar with 4K/HDR video passthrough, Wi-Fi®, and Chromecast built-in audio

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Overview

Our take on the Sony HT-CT800

It's really interesting to see the Sony HT-CT800 sound bar up close. I had an idea of what it looked like from some pictures, but didn't totally grasp the design until I saw it set up in the Crutchfield Labs. The 'CT800 bar seemed to lie flat under a Sony 4K TV, while an X-Men movie played. Looking at it closer, I noticed that the bar actually sat tilted slightly upward so that its full-range drivers were pointed up and toward me. You can also flip the bar over and wall-mount it, using included hardware.

Sound bar with phone

Chromecast built-in lets you play and control music wirelessly from your phone.

Slim sound bar that looks and sounds distinct

It's really interesting to see the Sony HT-CT800 sound bar up close. I had an idea of what it looked like from some pictures, but didn't totally grasp the design until I saw it set up in the Crutchfield Labs. The 'CT800 bar seemed to lie flat under a Sony 4K TV, while an X-Men movie played. Looking at it closer, I noticed that the bar actually sat tilted slightly upward so that its full-range drivers were pointed up and toward me. You can also flip the bar over and wall-mount it, using included hardware.

While the bar is super-thin, it added a great deal of depth to a standoff scene in a crowded kitchen. It felt appropriately claustrophobic, with shouts seeming to echo off of stainless steel appliances on the screen and around me. The kitchen's sprinkler system was tripped, and I heard water splattering with chaotic precision. Then the noises gave way to a musical interlude of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle," which the soundtrack out of the confines of the scene's location and spread it out around me.

A wireless sub helps bring the boom

I'm sure the HT-CT800's directional drivers and built-in DSP processing helped the low-profile bar deliver such impressive sound. But it also got help from the wireless sub we had hidden under a table, next to a wall outlet. The sub provides deep, solid bass, freeing up the stereo bar to cover the rest, including easy-to-understand dialogue.

Surround yourself

You can pick up a pair of optional Sony SRS-ZR5 powered speakers to add rear-channel surround effects. These speakers communicate with the bar wirelessly, so there's no need to run cables to the back of the room. (Just keep in mind that the speakers need to plug into an AC outlet.)

Control music by voice or phone with Google

Many of us use a sound bar for music as naturally as we use one for TV sound. Sony included Chromecast built-in so you can wirelessly stream music to it from your favorite apps, including Spotify® and Pandora®. I explored this feature in a recent article, and I really love having all that music (and power) at my fingertips.  

Another cool perk: you can control your tunes by voice using the Google Assistant on your phone — or on a separate Google Home device.

More ways to connect

You can hook up several components to the sound bar thanks to three HDMI inputs and one output. All of them are HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting 4K video sources. There's also an optical digital audio and a 3.5mm minijack input.

Two-way Bluetooth lets you receive and send sound

Built-in Bluetooth gives you another way to play music wirelessly from your phone – but it also serves another purpose. As a Bluetooth transmitter, the Sony HT-CT800 can send sound from your movies or shows to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. This helps with late night binge-watching. You can catch all the dialogue and sound effects without waking everyone up.

Roon-compatible for serious music lovers

The HT-CT800 is also compatible with Roon, a subscription digital music player you download to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It gives you multi-room audio playback for all your Chromecast-compatible devices and more. Roon accesses your digital music collection from your iTunes library or NAS drive. It also works with your TIDAL subscription. Roon lets you do deep dives into your music, showing artist bios, photos, reviews, and lyrics. Roon can also suggest other artists and songs based on your selections, making it easy to discover new music you'll enjoy.

Product Highlights:

Sound bar:
  • slim, "lay flat" design is ideal for wall-mounting beneath a flat-panel TV or placing on a TV stand
    • automatically adjusts sound output for wall or stand placement
  • 110 watts x 2 built-in amplification
    • two 2-3/8" cone full-range drivers
  • built-in Dolby® and DTS® decoding, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Sony's S-Force® PRO Front Surround technology offers an immersive listening experience
  • "voice" control raises dialogue levels
  • 40-9/16"W x 2-1/16"H x 4-7/8"D
  • weight: 2.8 lbs.
Wireless Music and TV Sound Options:
  • built-in Wi-Fi for music streaming and wireless multi-room audio with compatible Sony speakers (sold separately)
  • Chromecast built-in for streaming music from the cloud with compatible mobile apps
  • supported apps include Pandora, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, TIDAL, and TuneIn radio
  • free downloadable Sony SongPAL app (available from iTunes Store and Google Play) helps connect the sound bar to your wireless network and controls music playback, and volume
  • Chromecast built-in lets you wirelessly play music from your download library or online music services like Pandora®, iHeartRadio®, and TuneIn radio
  • Spotify Connect compatible
  • two-way Bluetooth connectivity
    • allows wireless music playback from Bluetooth-compatible smartphones, tablets, music players, and computers
    • sends audio from sound bar to Bluetooth-compatible headphones or speakers
    • LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming to and from compatible sources
Subwoofer:
  • 130-watt (peak) built-in amplifier
  • front-firing 6-1/2" cone woofer
  • stands vertically or sits horizontally for flexible placement options
  • subwoofer tone and volume controls (via remote) to customize bass response
  • 7-1/2"W x 15-1/16"H x 15-1/4"D (vertical)
  • weight: 7.8 lbs.
Connections and General Info:
  • 3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output
    • HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to 4K video sources
    • HDMI connections support 3D/4K video, Audio Return Channel, and HDMI-CEC
  • optical digital audio input (cable included)
  • 3.5mm analog minijack aux input
  • wall-mount brackets and screws included
  • remote control
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • Wireless powered sub
  • Remote control (RMT-AH310U)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 59" HDMI cable
  • 2 Feet
  • 2 Wall brackets
  • 2 Screws (flat-/lock-washers attached)
  • Operation Instructions
  • Startup Guide
  • SongPal Setup
  • Note on using the supplied feet
  • Wall-Mount Template
  • Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration

I have always been a Sony Fan, this product did not disappoint, it was easy to set up and operate. My direct tv remote works great with it. The sound was better than I expected. I am using this in a medium size bedroom. Crutchfield delivered it as promised. No complaints.

Gary, Pensacola, FL

Reviews

Sony HT-CT800 Reviews

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(27 Reviews)

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Guest from Planet Earth on 12/12/2018

I wasn't sure what to expect with only 2 drivers in the bar, but wow! After watching James Bond and Ready Player One, I can now say that its the quality of the hardware that matters, not the quantity. I came from a low end 5.1 system and this is a lot better. The use of better codecs really shows and brings the best out of this hardware. You won't believe the low end on this set either if you watch a lot of action movies. At 50% I could feel the sound in my whole body and had to shout to talk to someone sitting right next to me. The build quality is exceptional and it looks slick. I really like how well the Bluetooth and wifi work not to mention that I can now use my Sony Bluetooth headphones (WH1000XM3) to listen to games or movies wirelessly. The only complaints I have is that I feel it could have included apple airplay, and the menus sometimes seem to glitch as it won't let me select a certain input without a few tries for example. All in all its very recommendable.

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Gary from Pensacola, FL on 12/9/2018

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I have always been a Sony Fan, this product did not disappoint, it was easy to set up and operate. My direct tv remote works great with it. The sound was better than I expected. I am using this in a medium size bedroom. Crutchfield delivered it as promised. No complaints.

Pros: Easy to set up, sound better than expected easy to operate

Cons: HDMI imputs are very close together and a little hard to plug in.

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Crutchfield customer from Bluffton, SC on 11/25/2018

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good but not great

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Andre from Houston, TX on 11/11/2018

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Nice sound bar. Features are exactly what I needed.

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Great sound, great price!

Tim from Dracut, MA on 10/28/2018

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Could not be happier. I needed to downsize from a full 5.1 setup. We rearranged a couple rooms and didn't have the space for an entertainment center anymore. This thing did the trick. The flat sound bar mounted on the wall under the TV and there are no visible wires, the sub is behind the couch and literally doesn't miss a beat. It paired up imediately and perfectly with my Bravia TV. (Something the existing system did not do well). And the sound is great! It's not a surround system. But the sub packs a punch and the sound bar is WAAAYYYY better than the tv speakers. I run it with my tv remote, and the ARC function. And it works great with my Apple TV. Great solution and sound for the price!

Pros: Size, sound, ez setup, works great, can pair rear surround speakers if needed, wall mount.

Cons: None for what it is.

Jamesburg

Stephen from Jamesburg, NJ on 10/24/2018

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I have a hard time listening to Verizon DVR recordings (audio is poor). I was using headphones. After installing the Sony HT-CT800, I was amazed how much it improved the quality of the audio (no more headphones).

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Crutchfield customer from Olmstedville, NY on 10/15/2018

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Pretty much all we needed to enhance our tv sound. Very good sound for the price, thank you?

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Crutchfield customer from Bismarck, AR on 10/10/2018

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Absolutely great speaker, super easy set up and great sound.

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Another Quality Sony Product!

Jake from Dalton, MA on 7/31/2018

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Purchased this soundbar to go with my Sony 4K TV that I also purchased from Crutchfield. Before this I had a Yamaha surround sound setup, and was looking for something lower key. Setup was a breeze, connected the Roku and DVD player (also a Sony) via USB. Turned the sound bar on and everything connected and I had sound coming out. Definitely not a 6 speaker setup like I had, but this has some really nice sound coming from it. Nice and clear for movies, sports and music. The sub is tucked in a corner and offers just enough thump for movie nights. Picture is nice and clear. My old Yamaha no 4K setup didn't show the true clarity of 4K and sometimes my DVD's audio was not synced to the actors (picture an old Godzilla movie!) Definitely worth getting components that match, everything works together seamlessly.

Pros: Easy connection and simply setup. Works seamlessly with other Sony components. And little things, like when I wake my Roku up, the soundbar turns on. And when I turn the TV off, the soundbar turns off. I only touch the remote for volume control!

Cons: Remote looks similar to the TV remote, so I sometimes find myself grabbing the wrong one.....and yes that's my biggest complaint.

Delivers the sound

Randolph from Prairieville, LA on 7/31/2018

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Performs as expected Needed a few updates to get everything synchronized and I still need the remote (was hoping to use the TV remote for everything..??

Pros: Works well due to size and design and wireless subwoofer

Cons: Easier setup and synchronization

Great sound at last

F C from Isle, MN on 7/2/2018

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After figuring out the idiosyncrasies of connecting several items, this sound bar is a pleasure!

Pros: Quick and easy customizable sound for different needs. Wireless woofer!

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Excellent Sound from this sound bar

Pete from Wheatfield, IN on 5/14/2018

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Excellent sound and very easy set up. Very happy with this purchase!

Pros: Easy set up Sounds great Sleek looking

Cons: Bass could be a little better

Great Sound!

Osvaldo from Bayamon, PR on 4/14/2018

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Good sound!

Pros: Excellent Sound!

Cons: None

Has great sound and features

William from Yoakum, TX on 1/3/2018

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I purchased a higher dollar soundbar that would not pass the sound through the HDMI input to the TV. It would only work with a optical cable. So the 3 HDMI inputs where not usable to my new Sony XBR-55X930E . The sound is way better than the TV and all functions work very well. So I say do not mix your TV with another brand are you will have bought a lot of functions you can't use. Crutchfield took the other one back with no problems. Also this unit does not block the TV eye,

Pros: Worked as expected

Cons: none

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ronald E from Pottsboro, TX on 12/20/2017

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good sound bar

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Very Happy!

D from Powell Butte, OR on 12/17/2017

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I originally purchased a <$100 soundbar thinking that would be enough for my non-audiophile listening needs. I was wrong. It was basically just a louder version of the TV speakers, was troublesome getting the hookups to work properly and was pretty unimpressive overall. I decided to exchange it and pair up my new Bravia TV with a Sony soundbar so it would be more likely to pair up seamlessly and the reviews were high. I am blown away. The sound is deep and rich with a solid punch for movie scenes that need it. It's not quite the surround sound I had previously with a full Bose setup but it's surprisingly close and very satisfying. I would highly recommend this soundbar.

Pros: Deep, rich, full sound/bass. Very cool looking low profile in front of the TV.

Cons: Really none.

Great sound at affordable price

Seth from Newmarket, NH on 12/17/2017

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The sound system is really good complement to the Sony 4K TV that I bought from Crutchfield as well. I had originally not bought the sound bar thinking that I would use an old sound bar that I had for my previous TV. It became clear that my old sound bar would not do a good enough job and so I called Crutchfield and spoke with sales person who really helped me out in picking this sound bar. I had a budget and I had features that I was looking for and the sound bar fit all the criteria. The only negative I can say is that it is not easy to mount on the wall by yourself as the mounting equipment is not as user-friendly as other sound bar mount kit I have used in the past.

Pros: Lightweight, great sound, easy to connect.

Cons: Not easy to mount on wall.

Great sound bar

Gary from Centralia, IL on 12/7/2017

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Great sound system! Easy hookup and use. Great price. Subwoofer is great.

Pros: Great sound, Powerful subwoofer, Easy setup and great price

Cons: None

Some good, some bad

Mark from New York, NY on 12/5/2017

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I find this somewhat disappointing. Pros: nicely designed. Fairly easy hook-up. Bluetooth/wireless work well. Subwoofer pretty good. Enjoy using IPhone/IPad as sources. Cons: I find this system very lacking in midrange sounds. The two tweeter-like speakers embedded at either end of the soundbar miss out on a wide range of sounds. (The total sound is certainly different from my previous unit, a ZVox base that lacked subwoofer, but really not necessarily significantly better). Sound synch issue is troublesome: lip-synch is not good with certain inputs, such as Netflix. Requires lots of on/off and remote adjustments to make this tolerable. So far, this is a slightly disappointing purchase.

Pros: Good bluetooth; good design; easy hookup

Cons: Sound synch issues. Lacking midrange.

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Michael from Ossining, NY on 12/2/2017

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This is a great sound bar. so much better than the sound out of the tv. Can't compare it to a full home theater system, but I?t worked for my needs. Imay try the wireless surrounds too. Set your was very easy, would like to be able to change the HDMI names but oh well. My only reason for taking off one star is the included hdmi cable. When using with my 4K Apple TV it would not play in full HDR. Switched out for a crutchfield cable and everything worked fine.

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Sounds great

Robert from North Carolina on 11/29/2017

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Very good sound bar. Simple and easy to use without a ton of wires hanging from the back of the TV. Clear sound with a variety of different settings to suit your needs. Dialogue clarity was the most important thing to me and this Sony sound bar delivers and the base sounds very good as well. Works well with my Sony TV and Blu Ray player. One remote powers everything. So far, very happy.

Pros: Dialogue clarity Base Ease of setup and use Variety of sound settings Love the flat look/design

Cons: Sometimes doesn't turn on/off, have to do it manually, which is not a big deal to me, but something to take note of.

All Aroundo Awesome Soundbar and Subwoofer Combo!!!

Alex from Gambrills, MD on 11/25/2017

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I'll caveat this review by saying that I am an old school 5.1 surround guy, so when I was shopping for a soundbar I was somewhat hesitant. When shopping for a soundbar I did not have high expectations for a soundbar at the price point I was aiming for. I didn't want to spend a ton of money, but at the same time I'm a firm believer in the saying "you get what you pay for." I initially bought another sound bar from Crutchfield. Aside from the unit being defective, it just didn't sound good. The good folks at Crutchfield made the return painless. I ended up buying this Sony HT-CT800, which cost a little more than the other soundbar but I'm glad I spent the extra money. I am highly impressed with this soundbar! It has a nice balanced sound complimented by the wireless subwoofer. It doesn't sound "tinny" or washed out like other sound bars. The subwoofer is not overwhelming--like a home theater subwoofer should be. I have 11" ceilings in the room and it sounds great! Pop in a blu ray or a 4K disc in the player and prepared to get blown away!

Pros: Awesome balanced sound. Deceivingly thin profile with a big sound.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Stoneham, MA on 11/5/2017

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This sound bar is good and on top of it Crutchfield tech support helped to look at the issue and replaced the product so quickly.

Pros: Simple and easy to mount or install Works great if you are new to sound system

Cons: Wish price is little low

Great soundbar

Eric from Traverse City, MI on 8/26/2017

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Great sound from TV and Bluetooth. Easy to install and connect.

Pros: Sound quality and wireless subwoofer

Cons: Pricey

full theater sound and more

jonathan from Smithfield, UT on 7/23/2017

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very nice sound and paired great with my 55 inch Samsung TV from Crutchfield. Would highly recommend this for any home theater system.

Pros: great sound, thin profile, wireless sub is awesome, very well made and solid system

Cons: none, price is somewhat high, but well worth it for the sound and quality

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Jag from Sydney on 7/21/2017

The Sony HT-CT800 is value for money and has excellent sound quality. Was almost going to buy the Boss soundbar and listening the same track on the Sony soundbar was awesome.

Pros: Easy to connect Wireless speakers and sub woofer

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Great buy!

Derek from Sherwood, OR on 7/5/2017

Overall great product! Came Rome yahama 103 sound bar great soundbar but missing the bass of a sub. Came across this sound bar it is a great sound bar for the prices and after a little tweaking I am happy with the sound mids seemed a little washed out at first but like I said a little tweaking and this thing sounds great hooked up to my tv with arc input and it couldn't be easier!!! Would by this again sound amazing and even though subs only 6in it hits hard like a 10 in car sub!

Pros: Great sound Great price Nice sub

Cons: A little tweaking needed... great buy no big cons!

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Sealed (Bar),Ported (Sub)
Design Bar
Pieces in System 2
Color Black metal
Tweeter None
Midrange 2.375" Cone (2)
Woofer None
Separate Subwoofer Yes
Subwoofer Driver 6.375
Features
Surround Sound Decoding 7.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
DTS:X No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible Yes
HDR Video Compatible HDR10
Audio Return Channel Yes
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) No
Voice Control No
Apple AirPlay N
Control by App Apple iOS, Android
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
Wi-Fi Yes
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
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
Specifications
System Frequency Response Not Given
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 70
Subwoofer RMS Power 65
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 3
HDMI Outputs 1
USB Port Yes
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 2-1/16H x 40-9/16W x 4-7/8D
Sound Bar Weight 2.8 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) 15H x 7-1/2W x 15-5/16D
Subwoofer Weight 7.8 lbs

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Audio Section
Video Section
Network/Internet Integration
Bluetooth + USB Connectivity
Remote & Convenience Features
Mounting Options

Audio Section

Active Soundbar Speaker: The Sony HT-CT800's active soundbar speaker features two full-range 2.375" cone drivers in an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure, powered by a 35W RMS (110W Peak) x 2Ch S-Master digital amplifier for excellent high & midrange frequency reproduction. 

Wireless Powered Sub: The Sony HT-CT800 wireless powered sub is equipped with a front-firing 6.375" cone woofer in a bass-reflex enclosure with a front-firing port, powered by a built-in 65W RMS (130W Peak) S-Master digital amplifier. The wireless powered subwoofer gets its low-pass audio signal from the system's soundbar wirelessly up to 32.8', via 5.8GHZ RF wireless transmission. You can adjust the volume of the powered sub independently from the system's overall volume level.

Sony Technologies: The HT-CT800 incorporates multiple Sony technologies to give you clear virtual surround sound without distortion.

  • S-Master Digital Amplifier: Enjoy the best of digital audio with the S-Master digital amplifier. Using a simplified, full digital signal path, the S-Master amplifier reproduces digital audio signals without the multiple analog stages required by conventional amplifiers. The result is not just more power, but significantly less distortion from heat build-up.
  • S-Force Pro Front Surround: Enjoy immersive, cinematic audio and virtual surround sound in your room with S-Force Pro Front Surround, a technology that reproduces a virtual surround acoustic field from only two front speakers. 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.
  • ClearAudio+: Unique to Sony, ClearAudio+ automatically adjusts sound settings for an enriching listening experience. By bringing together expertise in digital signal processing technologies, ClearAudio+ is able to optimize audio formats to deliver a consistently clear, high-quality sound.
  • DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine): Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) boosts the quality of your compressed music files. When an original music source is compressed, it loses the high-frequency elements that add detail and richness to your favorite tracks. The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine faithfully restores these to produce high-quality sound that's closer to the original recording.

Digital Surround Formats: The Sony HT-CT800 supports the following digital audio formats through its HDMI & optical digital inputs.

Digital Audio Connector Audio Signal Type Audio Signal Format
HDMI PCM 2ch (48 kHz or less), 5.1ch (96 kHz or less), 7.1ch (192 kHz or less)
DSD 2.8MHz, 1-bit
Bitstream  Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS ES, DTS 96/24
Optical PCM 2ch (48 kHz or less), 5.1ch (96 kHz or less)
Bitstream Dolby Digital
DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

Direct Stream Digital (DSD): Enjoy studio-quality sound thanks to the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio codec; designed specifically for High-Resolution Audio. This 1-bit format utilizes a stream of very high frequency 1s and 0s to recreate audio waveforms at a higher resolution than conventional codecs. The result is clearer, crisper, High-Resolution Audio quality. The system supports DSD 2.8 MHz/1-bit audio decoding thru HDMI.

Audio Enhancements: This active soundbar & sub speaker system provides a variety of audio adjustments to enhance your listening experience.

  • Speaker Configuration: To obtains the best possible surround sound, set the soundbar speaker and subwoofer distance from your listening position and their output level.
  • Soundfields: You can select from a variety of preset soundfields to optimize your surround sound experience. Choose from Standard, Movie, Music, Game Studio, or Sports.
  • Voice & Night Modes: With Voice mode, you'll be sure to hear every whisper and character nuance of the dialog compared to other sounds in the scene for a dynamic experience. Using Night mode, you can enjoy sound effects and hear the dialog clearly even at a low volume levels.

ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the system's HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the HT-CT800 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.

Note: Because with some televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI input will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we recommend that you connect your Blu-ray/DVD player, Satellite/Cable box, or Gaming console to the Sony HT-CT800 directly; and then connect the HT-CT800's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input. This setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.

Digital + Analog Audio Inputs: The Sony HT-CT800 soundbar system features both digital (optical) &analog (minijack) audio inputs for connecting external audio sources such as your DVD player and CD player that do not offer HDMI connectivity. There is one optical (toslink) digital audio input and one stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input. The optical digital input supports Dolby Digital, DTS, and 2ch PCM audio signals.

Note: The digital optical output terminals of some flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Optional Wireless Surrounds: You can pair two Sony SongPal Link-compatible speakers, such as the SRS-ZR5 (sold separately), to the HT-CT800 soundbar to use as wireless rear surrounds. You connect the HT-CT800 to your network via a wired Ethernet connection (not compatible with WiFi). Make sure the HT-CT800 and your compatible wireless Sony speaker have the latest firmware update.

Video Section

HDMI 2.0a: The Sony HT-CT800 features three HDMI 2.0a inputs and one HDMI 2.0a output which support ultra high-definition 4K video pass-through, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, HDR (High Dynamic Range), 4:4:4 color subsampling, & BT.2020 wide color gamut video.

  • 4K Pass-Through: The HT-CT800 lets you maintain 4K quality from source to screen by allowing 4K video to "pass through" and be displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality. Giving you the pure 4K experience makes this soundbar the perfect partner for 4K-capable TVs and Ultra-HD Blu-ray players. 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signal are also supported.
  • HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by all of the soundbar's HDMI jacks. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable providers.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range Video): HDR (High Dynamic Range) reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity and detail.
  • 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The soundbar's HDMI jacks support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4 color subsampling for more vibrant and lifelike images, as well as YCbCr 4:2:2 and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling. With 4:4:4, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate, resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more total colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail.
  • Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the total visual color spectrum.

Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.

Triluminos Color: The Sony soundbar speaker system utilizes Sony's Triluminos Color technology to create a heightened sense of depth and incredibly true, natural shades of colors. Hard-to-reproduce reds, aqua blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better too, with natural skin tones.

3D-Ready: The Sony HT-CT800 is compatible with 3D-ready Blu-ray disc movies, video games and other 3D content through its HDMI connection. 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.

AV Sync: The audio output can be delayed so that the time gap between the audio output and the visual display is minimized. When activated, the delay can be adjusted from 0-300 ms or set to Auto.

Network/Internet Integration

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony HT-CT800  features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi that allow you to connect the system to your home network via a hardwired or wireless connection. By connecting the HT-CT800 to your home network you are able to stream select online music services from Chromecast Built-in and Spotify Connect, plus audio files stored on your DLNA compliant Windows PC or server to the soundbar speaker system. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this speaker system.

  • Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services and to use the software update function of the system.
  • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
  • Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz compatible wireless router for WiFi connection.
  • LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for hardwired connection.

Chromecast Built-in: Chromecast Built-in lets you cast many of your favorite music apps from your from your Android (OS 2.3+) smartphone tablet, Apple iOS (7.0+) device, Mac computer, Windows PC, or Chromebook to the Sony wireless speaker system and your speakers. Chromecast Built-in certified apps include Google Play Music, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and more (click here for a complete list of compatible apps). Chromecast Built-in streams your music directly from the cloud instead of from your phone, so you won't lose any sound quality. Additional Chromecast Built-in features include:

  • Simple-to-Use: Chromecast Built-in allows you to search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on the receiver's speaker system or draining your battery. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast Built-in compatible phone or tablet to cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
  • Google Home: Multiple Chromecast Built-in speakers can be added to the same WiFi network to form a multiroom audio system using the Google Home app. Using the Google Home app for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast Built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song throughout your house at the same time. Only Chromecast Built-in compatible music apps are supported.
  • Voice Control (Optional): Purchase the Google Home Wireless Speaker (8064658762, sold separately) and gain voice control of compatible Chromecast Built-in music apps. You'll be able to access a specific music app and then select a specific station or song using only your voice. You'll also have voice control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume. The Sony HT-CT800 & the Google Home Speaker must be connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.

Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly see, select and stream to the Sony HT-CT800 soundbar speaker from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

DLNA Compliant: The Sony HT-CT800 is DLNA compliant. By connecting the HT-CT800 to your home network, you can listen to low and high res music  files stored on your Windows PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server. The system can recognize up to 999 files/folders of network content. Compatible music files include -

  • Compressed Music Files: MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps) & AAC (48-320kbps)
  • Lossless Music Files: WAV (8-48kHz; 16/24-bit) & ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit)
  • High Resolution Music Files:  FLAC (44.1-192k; 16/24-bit), AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit)

SongPal Link Multiroom Audio: The Sony HT-CT800 soundbar & sub speaker system supports Sony's SongPal Link multiroom audio feature. With SongPal Link, a feature of Sony's SongPal app for Apple iOS & Android, you can link multiple Sony SongPal Link compatible devices (sold separately) together to create zones, allowing you to stream the same music source or different music sources to all your SongPal Link compatible speakers or groups of speakers. Compatible sources include the soundbar speaker's HDMI, Optical, and Analog inputs, DLNA computers and servers, plus select online music services within SongPal.

Note: For the best multiroom experience, Sony recommends configuring your wireless band router to a 5Ghz wireless band.

Software Update: By downloading the latest version of software from Sony, you can take advantage of the newest functions. The system accesses the Sony server to update the software through its network connection. Visit the Sony eSupport website for the latest software updates.

Bluetooth + USB Connectivity

Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony HT-CT800 soundbar speaker system features built-in Bluetooth (version 4.1) with support of A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.5 for wireless audio streaming and control. The system can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

  • Receiver Mode (w/LDAC): You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth source device to the Sony soundbar system. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the system's remote control. Song/artist information is displayed on the system's on-screen menu (via HDMI).  In addition to support for Bluetooth standard SBC codec and Apple's AAC codec, the system also supports Sony's newest LDAC codec. LDAC is a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth. With 3x the data transmitted (compared to regular Bluetooth), LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music.
  • Transmitter Mode: In Transmitter mode, you can enjoy listening to audio from the soundbar speaker system's DLNA content, online music services from Chromecast Built-in and SongPal, as well as connected sources through a set of Bluetooth headphones. The soundbar speaker system is muted when transmitting audio wirelessly over Bluetooth to a set of headphones.
Note: The HT-CT800 pairs wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth-enabled devices and headphones (up to 9) with a single press of a button. Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones that have Near Field Communication (NFC) pair simply by touching the Android device's NFC tag to the soundbar's NFC tag. For older Android (OS 2.3.3+)smartphones, you'll need to download the NFC Easy Connect app from Google Play to use the head unit's NFC pairing function. Once paired, the speaker will automatically re-connect to your device or headphone when within range (up to 33').

USB Port: The Sound soundbar speaker system is equipped with a side-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy low & high res music files stored on a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Sony Walkman or USB thumbdrive. The system can recognize up to a total of 500 files/folders. You can use the system's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the soundbar speaker system's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include -

  • Compressed Music Files: MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps) & AAC (48-320kbps)
  • Lossless Music Files: WAV (8-48kHz; 16/24-bit) & ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit)
  • High Resolution Music Files:  FLAC (44.1-192k; 16/24-bit), AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), DSD (2.8 MHz/1-bit)

Remote & Convenience Features

SongPal Remote App: Download Sony's free SongPal remote app onto your Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android OS 4.4+ device to control the HT-CT800 system from your mobile device via WiFi or Bluetooth. From the SongPal remote app, you can select input sources, switch to other entertainment apps, and customize sound settings of the soundbar speaker system. In addition, you can access stored music and other apps on your smartphone using the SongPal remote app. You'll also be able to browse music stored on an inserted USB mass storage class device from the SongPal remote app on your compatible smartphone. The SongPal app will display song/artist information and album art.

IR Remote: The HT-CT800 comes supplied with a full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the system and HDMI-CEC devices.

HDMI CEC: 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 soundbar system 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 soundbar.
  • System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the soundbar system and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.

On-Screen Display: The HT-CT800 provides an on-screen display through its HDMI output for setup, operation, and song/artist/album information (no album art).

Auto Standby: The soundbar speaker system entering standby mode automatically when you do no operate the system for approximately 20 minutes and the system is not receiving an input signal.

Mounting Options

Soundbar Mounting Options: The ultra-slim soundbar speaker is designed to fit in front of the TV without blocking the screen or interfering with IR receivers. Its sleek profile also lends itself well to wall mounting options. The soundbar speaker can be securely placed on a stand or shelf, or even wall mounted using the included brackets and their rear-mounted keyhole slots (mounting screws sold separately).

Wireless Subwoofer Placement: The wireless powered sub can be placed virtually anywhere in your room; up to 32.8' from the soundbar speaker. There are no extra audio cables to run; you do have to plug the powered sub into an AC outlet.

Power Requirements: The active soundbar speaker and wireless powered sub will both need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner. They are each fitted with an attached 5.5' AC power cord.

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reviews and price [ Andre  Oct 27, 2018 ]
I have a Sony Bravia TV and i want less components. [ kejgbnuern  Oct 14, 2018 ]
I like Sony [ Stephen  Oct 11, 2018 ]
It's completely supported by my Sony Bravia TV (XBR-55X800E). I had an HT-CT290 and my TV didn't support it. Plus all the reviews said very good things. [ Treva  Sep 30, 2018 ]
The flat design will work will with my Sony OLED TV.....the reviews also helped! [ Randolph  Jul 18, 2018 ]
Excellent reviews [ Jerry  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Love Sony equipment. I have a Sony 4K tv that I will be using this with. I seem to always have good luck with the Sony equipment.Should make set up easy peasy!! Thanks [ PETE  May 01, 2018 ]
The sound bar had a high rating and it had the features that I was looking for. [ Ernest  Dec 31, 2017 ]
This system had the features I wanted at a reasonable price. Other customer ratings were high. [ Richard  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Works best with my Sony TV [ D  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Price and reviews [ Jim  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Price and features [ Angel Rivera  Nov 24, 2017 ]
It's a Sony and price. [ M  Nov 16, 2017 ]
This should be installed on fire place below the TV [ Pavan  Nov 04, 2017 ]
It was 4K HDR compatible, with wireless subwoofer and I wanted those features. I just bought a Sony xbr65x900e TV and wanted a soundbar by the same company. I used Crutchfield website to compare many soundbars, so when I made my decision I came back here to order. [ Bill  Oct 06, 2017 ]
I have a Samsung bar, but the sound quality is disappointing and it is not compatible with the Sony TV I recently bought from you; the TV is UHD; the Samsung is not. [ Edson W  Sep 13, 2017 ]
Good reviews more power than a lesser unit for the same price. [ Julie  Sep 04, 2017 ]
quality [ Milonis  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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