Active Soundbar Speaker: The Sony HT-CT290's soundbar
speaker houses two full-range, 1.625" x 4" cone drivers in an acoustic
suspension (sealed) enclosure, powered by a 15 watt RMS (30 watt Peak) x 2-channel S-Master digital
amplifier. The soundbar speaker acts as your home theater system's front and
center speakers as well as giving you the effect that you have rear speakers
positioned behind you.
Wireless Powered Sub: The Sony HT-CT290 wireless powered sub
is equipped with a front-firing 5.125" woofer in a bass-reflex enclosure with
front-firing port, powered by a built-in 50W RMS (100W Peak) S-Master digital amplifier. The
wireless powered subwoofer gets its signal from the system's soundbar
wirelessly, via 5.8GHZ RF wireless transmission (up to 30'). You can adjust the
level of the powered sub independently from the system's main volume.
Note: You can specify the wireless connection between the
soundbar and the subwoofer using the Secure Link function. This function can
help prevent interference if you use multiple wireless products.
Sony Technologies: The HT-CT290 incorporates three 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
- 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
Audio Modes: The HT-CT290 soundbar system offers various
audio modes to customize your music or movie listening experience.
- Movie: Audio is played back with surround effects that
are realistic and powerful, perfect for movies.
- Music: Audio is optimized for listening to music and
- Voice: 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.
- Night: Using Night mode, you can enjoy sound effects
and hear the dialog clearly even at a low volume levels. When you turn the
system off, the Night mode will also turn off.
DRC (Dynamic Range Control): A Dolby Digital soundtrack's
dynamic range is compressed making it easier to hear at lower volume levels.
HDMI ARC Output: The Sony HT-CT290 features one HDMI ARC
output to connect the soundbar to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The HT-CT290's HDMI
ARC output allows audio from your TV to be sent through the soundbar system. The
HDMI ARC output supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch) and 2ch PCM.
Note: Some televisions will only pass 2ch PCM through the
ARC-enabled HDMI input from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog,
and will only pass Dolby Digital via the TV's built-in tuner, network apps,
Digital Audio Inputs: In addition to HDMI
connectivity, the Sony HT-CT290 soundbar system features an optical digital
input (toslink) for connecting your television without an HDMI
ARC output or other AV component, like a Blu-ray player or satellite
receiver/cable box. The input supports Dolby
Digital and 2ch PCM audio signals.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of some newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital 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 player or satellite/cable
USB-A Port: The Sony HT-CT290 offers a USB-A port for
connection of a USB mass storage class (MSC) device, like a USB thumbdrive or
portable digital audio player. The soundbar system's USB-A port supports MP3,
WMA, and WAV music playback from compatible USB MSC devices formatted in FAT32
or NTFS. The unit can recognize up to 200 music folders and up to 200 music files
per folder. The USB-A port can also be used to charge your portable digital
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Sony HT-CT290 features
built-in Bluetooth (version 4.2 with support for A2DP 1.2 & AVRCP 1.6) which
allows you to wirelessly stream and control music on your Bluetooth-enabled
device through the soundbar system. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored
music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android
smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop and more to the Sony
- Music Playback Control: You'll also be able to control
basic playback functions (Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) using the
included remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be
handled from your Bluetooth-enabled device. There is no song/artist
information display on the speaker system or connected TV. Continue to use
your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.
- Multi-Device Pairing: The HT-CT290 can wirelessly pair
with up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices, but only one device can be
connected and used at a time. Once paired, the HT-CT290 speaker system
will automatically re-connect to your device when within 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-CT290.
SongPal Remote App (via Bluetooth): By downloading Sony's
free SongPal remote app (from
Apple's App Store or
Google Play), you can use your Apple iOS (9.0+) or Android (4.4+) device to
control the HT-CT290 system via 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. You can even use the SongPal Remote app
to stream stored music and music apps from your Apple iOS or Android device to
the Sony HT-CT290 system.
Mounting Options: The ultra-slim soundbar speaker is
designed to fit simply in front of your TV without blocking the screen or
interfering with IR receivers. Its slim profile also lends itself well to
wall-mounting using the rear-mounted keyhole slots (spaced 28.5" apart). The subwoofer is wireless and compact,
giving you more flexibility when space is at a premium. The wireless powered sub
can be placed virtually anywhere in your room (up to 30'), and can be mounted
vertically or horizontally.
IR Remote The Sony HT-CT290 comes supplied with a
full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the system.
HDMI CEC (Bravia Sync): HDMI Control allows you to easily
manage and operate an HDMI Control compatible television with a single remote,
when the soundbar and TV are connected via HDMI. By connecting HDMI-CEC
components operation is simplified in the following ways:
- One-Touch-Play: The TV and soundbar system are turned
on at the same time for immediate playback.
- System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select
to output the sound from the TV speaker or the soundbar speaker.
- System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the
soundbar and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.
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. Each of them are fitted with an attached 5.5'
AC power cord.
Auto Standby: When there is no audio signal and you do not
operate the soundbar system for approximately 20 minutes, the system will enter
standby mode automatically.