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Sony HT-MT300

Mini sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

6 Reviews | 1 question - 1 answer

Overview

Our take on the Sony HT-MT300

Big sound from an extra-small package

My upstairs living room is small, but it's where my  family watches most of our TV. We added a mini sound bar about the size of this Sony HT-MT300, and no longer have to strain to hear dialogue. Sony's special processing delivers a surprisingly large soundstage for movies and shows. And this super-compact bar includes a slim subwoofer that you can hide anywhere in the room — including under a couch or bed — for deep, thrilling bass. Pro tip: use the "night mode" if you have young kids or nearby neighbors trying to sleep. It will curb the "boom" of the sub, but speech will still be easy to understand. 

Product Highlights:

  • 2.1-channel bar-and-sub system
  • ultra-compact design for easier placement
    • low-profile sound bar with a clean design
    • slim subwoofer can fit neatly below a couch
Sound bar:
  • 15 watts x 2 built-in amplification
    • two full-range drivers
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music playback from compatible smartphones, tablets, music players, and computers
  • built-in Dolby® sound decoding
  • Sony's S-Force® PRO Front Surround technology offers an immersive listening experience
  • "voice" control raises dialogue levels
  • "night mode" curbs louder noises for late-night viewing
  • 19-3/4"W x 2-1/8"H x 4-1/16"D
  • weight: 3.1 lbs.
Subwoofer:
  • slim design with "sofa mode" for better performance when placed under a couch
  • 50-watt (peak) built-in amplifier
  • front-firing 4-3/4" cone woofer
  • syncs wirelessly with sound bar
  • stands vertically or sits horizontally for flexible placement options
  • subwoofer tone and volume controls (via remote) to customize bass response
  • AC power connection required (power cable included)
  • 3-3/4"W x 15-1/16"H x 14-3/8"D (vertical)
  • weight: 10.8 lbs.
Connections and General Info:

What's in the Box:

  • Active soundbar speaker (SA-MT300)
  • Wireless powered sub (SA-WMT300)
  • AC power adapter (attached 55" DC cord)
  • 21" AC power cord
  • Remote control (RMT-AH301U)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 58" Optical digital cable
  • 4 Self-adhesive pads
  • Operation Instructions
  • Startup Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration

What a great sounding sound bar! Perfect for a small room. Nice clean sound with just enough bass.

Jerry, Riviera Beach, FL

Reviews

Sony HT-MT300 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Fantastic for the Price

Jerry from Riviera Beach, FL on 12/25/2017

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What a great sounding sound bar! Perfect for a small room. Nice clean sound with just enough bass.

Pros: Compact and fits anywhere. Easy setup

Cons: None

Hard to Navigate

Seth from Highland Bch, FL on 12/23/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I honestly don't know whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. The sound if definitely a 3, but the navigation of this thing is infuriating. It's as if I'm a code-breaker working on the Enigma machine, but instead of cracking WWII German codes, I'm trying to crack the code to put the sound-bar in Music, Movie, Voice mode. You would need a quantum cypher if you dare wanted to dabble in changing the sound to Main, Main / Sub / Sub. The entire navigation is done through a series of blinking lights in a different series and different order depending on what you want to change. I bought this Sony over the Bose because it had a separate subwoofer and the main was small enough to fit on my small dresser. I'll need to laminate the instruction manual.

Pros: Sound Quality

Cons: Extremely frustrating and difficult navigation

Crutchfield response on 12/26/2017 Seth, we're sorry you're having issues navigating your new system. If you need help, please just reach out to our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

worth the money

James from Santa Rosa, NM on 11/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice system for the price, easy to use, looks and sounds great

Pros: sound, size

Cons: none

Great soundbar!

John from Matthews, NC on 10/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to hook up and connect. Nice that it includes optical audio cable. I bought this because of the compact size to fit underneath my TV as the TV has two legs rather than center pedestal stand. Sounds great! I like the ability to customize sound for people and for show being watched. Subwoofer can be used either upright or horizontal to fit under furniture, and there's a setting to alter its sound if you do put it under the couch.

Pros: Sound, size, price

Cons:

Slim, decent sound BUT you must use a separate remote, provided

Curt from Colorado Springs, CO on 6/27/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice size, good sound BUT takes separate remote, provided. Shame on Sony!

Pros: Good sound for a fair price, easy set up

Cons: Deal Breaker! I bought it because I bought a new Sony TV. Cheap Sony....no way to have the TV or Cable remote control the volume. And, appears Sony did it on purpose, no excuse, who's the customer

Sony HT-MT300

Anthony from New Orleans, LA on 4/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing sound, Powerful subwoofer

Pros: Great sound Small footprint

Cons: Lacks HDMI (ARC)

Details

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Sealed (Bar),Ported (Sub)
Design Bar
Pieces in System 2
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 1.5" x 3.9375" Cone (2)
Woofer None
Separate Subwoofer Yes
Subwoofer Driver 4.75" Cone
Features
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dolby Atmos No
Dialogue Enhancement t
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel 1
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) No
Control by App Apple iOS, Android
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in (4.2)
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable No
Mounting Bracket Included No
Surface Mount Stand Included No
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 30
Subwoofer RMS Power 50
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 None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port Yes
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 2-1/8H x 19-11/16W x 4-1/2D
Sound Bar Weight 3.1 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) 15H x 3-3/4W x 14-9/16D
Subwoofer Weight 10.8 lbs

Product Research

Features

Active Soundbar Speaker: The Sony HT-MT300's active soundbar speaker houses two full-range, 1.5" x 3.9375" cone drivers in an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure, powered by a 15 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.

Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The Sony HT-MT300's wireless powered sub is equipped with a front-firing 4.75" woofer in a bass-reflex enclosure with front-firing port, powered by a built-in 50W 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-MT300 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 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.

Audio Modes: The HT-MT300 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 music videos,
  • 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.

Digital + Analog Audio Inputs: The Sony HT-MT300 soundbar system features both digital (optical) & analog (minijack) audio inputs for connecting your television. There is one optical (toslink) digital input and one stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input. The optical digital 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 box).

USB-A Port: The Sony HT-MT300 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 folder and up to 200 music files per folder. The USB-A port can also be used to charge your portable digital audio player.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Sony HT-MT300 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 HT-MT300.

  • 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-enable 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.
  • SSP + NFC Pairing: The HT-MT300 can wirelessly pair with up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices, but only one device can be connected and used at a time. Bluetooth-enabled devices (like Android 2.3.3 or later) that have Near Field Communication (NFC) are even easier to pair with; simply touch the device to the soundbar speaker's NFC logo and they're paired. NFC Easy Connect app is needed for your Android device, unless you have Android OS 4.1 or later installed. Once paired, the HT-MT300 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-MT300.

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-MT300 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-MT300 system.

IR Remote The Sony HT-MT300 comes supplied with a full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the system.

Mounting Options: The active soundbar speaker features a stylish, compact design with soft angles to complement almost any decor and fit in front of your TV without blocking the screen or IR sensor. The wireless powered subwoofer can be placed upright by your TV stand or end-table, or tucked horizontally and discreetly under a sofa. There is a Sofa Mode that optimizes bass frequencies and eliminates sound loss from sofa cushions.

Note: The soundbar and sub are not wall-mountable.

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. The active soundbar speaker comes with an AC power adapter with an attached 55" DC cord and a detachable 21" AC power cord. The wireless powered sub features 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.

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Why did you buy this?

Have had Sony products in the past. I like the quality and sound from Sony [ MORTON  Apr 07, 2018 ]
Because I like Crutchfield. [ Gary  Dec 12, 2017 ]
price [ JAMES  Nov 08, 2017 ]
Picture quality, compatibility with other Sony A/V devices and good luck with previous Sony purchases [ Robert  Aug 08, 2017 ]
Small, Sleek, Great for small apts.. [ Angel A.  Apr 14, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

I'm afraid not. The built-in Bluetooth features on the Sony HT-MT300 are solely for wireless music playback from compatible smartphones/tablets and computers. If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  May 18, 2017 ]  Staff
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