Overview: The Sony HT-CT550W Home Theater System is a
three-piece surround sound system which includes an AV receiver (SS-CT550W), soundbar speaker (SS-MCT550W), and a
wireless powered subwoofer module (SA-WCT550W). This three-piece home
theater system brings simplicity and performance together by pairing a soundbar speaker and a
wireless powered subwoofer to create a surround sound
experience in a compact and easy to install package. The HT-CT550W Home Theater
System features Dolby Digital & DTS decoding, as well as 3D pass-through. The
HT-CT550W includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system.
The Sony HT-CT550W is a fast & easy way to add great sound to any HDTV, and is
the perfect complement for 40" and larger flat-panel televisions.
AV Receiver: The Sony HT-CT550W Home Theater System includes an AV
receiver (SS-CT550W) which contains all of the system's audio/video connections
to connect your external AV gear and your flat-panel television. The AV receiver
also features an integrated S-Master digital amplifier (134W x 2ch) to power the system's
soundbar speaker. The AV receiver wirelessly connects to the system's wireless
powered subwoofer via two supplied wireless transceivers. In addition, the AV
receiver features a built-in FM tuner.
Note: The AV receiver measures 10.6875" (w) x 2.3125" (h) x
Soundbar Speaker: The HT-CT550W Home Theater
System's soundbar speaker (SS-MCT550W) is equipped with two
full-range 2.0" cone-type drivers in a bass reflex
enclosure. The soundbar speaker can be securely placed on a stand or shelf using
the supplied 4 self-adhesive rubber-feet, or mounted to the wall with its two rear-mounted keyhole
slots and mounting screws (screws sold separately). The soundbar speaker acts as your
home theater systems front (left/right) and center speakers, as well as giving you the effect
that you have rear speakers positioned behind you. The soundbar features an
attached 10' speaker cable which plugs into the proprietary speaker terminals on
back of the AV receiver.
Note: The soundbar speaker's keyhole slots are spaced 10.4375"
Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The HT-CT550W Home
Theater System's wireless powered subwoofer module (SA-WCT550W) is equipped with
a 6.375" cone-type subwoofer in a bass-reflex enclosure powered by a built-in
digital Sony S-Master digital amplifier. The digital amplifier is rated
at 134W x lch. The wireless powered subwoofer has a fixed 200Hz
low-pass crossover. And because the powered subwoofer is wireless, you can place
the powered sub just about anywhere in the room. The powered subwoofer requires
an included wireless transceiver be inserted into the sub's rear-panel wireless
port, and will
also require an AC outlet to plug in its AC power cord.
Wireless Transceivers: The two supplied wireless transceivers
(EZW-RT50) get inserted into the back of the AV receiver and powered subwoofer.
The wireless transceivers operate via a 5.8GHz frequency range.
S-Force Pro Surround 3D Technology: By using a powerful digital Sony S-Master
digital amplifier (134W x 2ch) and DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology, realistic surround
sound can be generated from this two-piece surround sound 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.
Digital Surround Formats: The HT-CT550W supports the following digital
- Dolby Digital: Dolby
Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
- DTS: DTS, DTS HD High
Resolution, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS 96/24
- Linear PCM: 2ch (48
kHz or less), 5.1ch (96 kHz or less), or 7.ch (192 kHz or less)
Note: Dolby Digital
Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and LPCM
7ch is only supported via HDMI.
Sound Fields: 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.
- Drama: Suited for TV dramas.
- Music: Suited for music programs or music videos on
- Sports: Produces the play-by-play commentary clearly
and realistic sound with surround effects, such as cheering.
- News: Produces the announcer's voice clearly.
- Game: Produces powerful and realistic sound, suited for video
- 2CH Stereo: Suited for music CDs.
- Portable Audio: Suited to replay portable compressed
audio source (available only on DM Port).
Note: You can set a different sound field for each input source.
Speaker Level: You can adjust the level (+/-6dB) and balance of the
speaker and the powered subwoofer. This setting will be applied to all sound
Bass & Treble: You can adjust the bass and treble independently from
-6 to +6 dB.
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.
Max Volume Limiter:You can limit the maximum volume level of the
system from 1 to 49 in 1-step increments.
Digital & Analog Audio Inputs:
The Sony HT-CT550W Home Theater System features
both analog audio and digital audio inputs for connecting external audio sources
such as your DVD player and CD player.
- Digital Audio: The HT-CT550W features 2
optical inputs and 1 coaxial input.
- Analog Audio: The system also features 2 pair of RCA stereo
HDMI (ver.1.4): The Sony HT-CT550W features 3 HDMI (ver.1.4) inputs and 1 HDMI
output which supports 1080/24p, x.v.Color, Deep Color, and 3D, as well as
ARC & HDMI control. The system can detect
and receive the best possible video and audio signals from all connected
devices via HDMI, making connection and performance as simple as plugging in
a single wire. Sony's HDMI Active Intelligence, transmits both audio and
video signals through one HDMI cable. The system's HDMI inputs/output
support 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p.
Note: The HT-CT550W system does not feature composite, S-video, or
component video inputs/outputs.
1080/24p: The Sony HT-CT550W 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-CT550W is compatible with
3D-ready Blu-ray disc movies, video games and other 3D content through its HDMI
Note: 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.
x.v.Color: The Sony HT-CT550W supports x.v.Color, offering a wider
color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be
useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Deep Color: The Sony HT-CT550W also supports Deep Color which allows
the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The number
of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216 colors)
with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be expressed
by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the gradation
of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits, continuous
color changes can be more smoothly expressed. For the Deep Color feature to be
useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported
only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those
Standby Pass-Through: You can conveniently access all your
connected devices without having to power on the HT-CT550W system.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to the HT-CT550W 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.
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 or Linear
PCM source connected by a digital audio input or HDMI.
FM Tuner: The Sony HT-CT550W features a built-in FM tuner
with up to 20FM presets, preset naming, and direct tuning.
Display Dimmer: The brightness of the powered subwoofer modules
front-panel display can be set to one of two brightness levels.
Sleep Timer: You can set the system to turn off at a preset time when
you want to fall asleep listening to music. You can preset the time in 10-minute
increments from 10-90 minutes.
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The HT-CT550W comes supplied with a
full-function IR remote control (RM-AAU072) for wireless operation of the
system, which is also pre-programmed to operate
other Sony audio/video equipment. You can also change the factory settings of
the input buttons on the remote to suit the components in your system.
Bravia Theater Sync: Sony's Bravia Theater Sync feature
allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA televisions and Sony HDMI audio and
video components with a single remote. By connecting Sony components that are
compatible with the HDMI Control function with a HDMI cable, 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
- System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the
receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.
Bravia Widget Control: You can connect the Sony HT-CT550W to
select Sony 2011 televisions and experience an integrated user interface
on-screen; enabling on-screen feedback and control function.
Note: Can be used only when receiver is connected to a
Sony EX620, EX630, EX720, EX820, EX830, NX830, HX820, HX830, or HX930 series
Bravia HDTV via HDMI cable (sold separately).