Sony HT-XT100 2 : Superb sound and build quality, however some issues with optical input

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This is a very nice upgrade to my tv. This is a very nice upgrade to my tv. It’s certainly not a top sound device, but its great for 90£i was expecting it to have a better ‘clear voice ‘ option. I have no voice delay problem reported by other buyers. I use it on lg 4 years old tv. Bluetooth pairing is not very well designed. Once paired i have to do it every time i want to play something from my phone. Have to press bluetooth button then find device on my phone. Finally you just don’t use this option anymore.

So much better than tv sound. 1 set-up on my main tv, but was looking for something more modest for my second tv, as i simply hate to listen to tv speakers, finding them far too tinny and lacking in depth. I looked at soundbars with a separate subwoofer, but wanted something less obtrusive, so this sound base seemed ideal. Basically, it’s an all-in-one 2. 1 system that sits under your tv. In this case, i have a relatively old 42′ samsung, which is quite heavy, but it seems to sit fine on this soundbase. Setting up was very easy, although i found that the hdmi didn’t work as my old tv only has hdmi inputs, not outputs. I initially used the supplied optical cable to connect to the tv, but it’s so incredibly thin that i swapped it for a chunkier one i had lying around. To be honest, being that it’s simple digital signals that are getting transmitted, i doubt if the wire makes any difference at all, especially on 2.

Sony ht-xt100 2. 1 sound bar with built in whoofer. Product easy to install, and produces richer sound options – several choices. Base sound built within one unit provides compact arrangement. When occasionally sound is not synchronised with lip movement i switch off via standby button on remote for a couple of seconds. Satisfied with purchase at price. Here are the specifications for the Sony HT-XT100 2:

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  • Cinema quality surround sound with virtual surround sound processing
  • Wireless music streaming over Bluetooth
  • Bass you can feel with an integrated subwoofer
  • Designed to fit with slim profile design to blend into any living environment
  • One-cable connection thanks to HDMI connectivity

It’s a good unit, but it does have some unfortunate limitations. Pros:the build quality is excellent; it’s very sturdy and supports my 43′ television easily (with space and weight-tolerance to spare). Space constraints meant that a soundbar wasn’t really practical for me so this is a great way to get a similar effect without having to move house. Sound quality is also superb. Switching from my tv’s inbuilt speakers to this unit is like removing earplugs – the boost in volume, depth and clarity is remarkable. The bass in particular is thunderous (although there’s also a night-time mode to mitigate this if you so choose). Cons:no support for dolby digital+ or dts-hd master audio; this means that many, if not most, blu-rays aren’t supported (although releases of older material are more likely to be plain dolby digital, which does work). Playback of lower-quality or highly-compressed audio sources can sound a bit tinny. In conclusion, it’s great at what it does, but it’s a shame it doesn’t do more.

Excellent sound quality, easy to install.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • I was very pleased with this
  • Recommended instead of a sound bar.
  • excellent sound base

Superb sound and build quality, however some issues with optical input. This sony soundbase delivers fantastic value for money, it’s a well made and expensive looking cabinet but there is a known issue with audio delay over optical. The delay is very evident during dialogue scenes, approximately 0. 5 a second out of synch with the picture and is very distracting. I e-mailed sony support and received the following response:’. If the firmware version of the unit is below version v41u, the sound bar needs to be updated. Unfortunately, the firmware cannot be updated directly by the customer for the ht-xt100 sound bar. Please follow the link below, to locate the nearest service center next to you, to update the firmware of your device. ‘i find it utterly bizarre you have to take your soundbase to a sony centre to have the firmware updated, especially as the soundbase has an onboard usb input.As i don’t have a service centre nearby i’ve used the aux input (direct analogue connection) which resolves the issue, however i would’ve preferred to use the optical connection.

Well to be completely honest this is far better than i was expecting. Well to be completely honest this is far better than i was expecting, really easy to set up and the sound is excellent. Very happy with my purchase.

I was very pleased with this. I was very pleased with this. My wife is hard of hearing and though we have a modern philips tv the speakers are on the back of the tv and that is where most of the sound goes. With this home theatre system the sound is directed forward and my wife can hear it a lot better without the need to refer to subtitles all the time. It was very easy to set up and only needed an hdmi cable to connect to the hdmi arc connection on the tv. We use a lot of dvds of old tv programs and this device allows my wife to hear them more clearly without the need for any cables. There were no lip sync problems as indicated in some other reviews. Another useful advantage is the voice button which emphasises the dialogue in tv programmes and films. There are a number of music features but i have not used them yet. I would recommend this product highly.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

I was very pleased with this. I was very pleased with this. My wife is hard of hearing and though we have a modern philips tv the speakers are on the back of the tv and that is where most of the sound goes. With this home theatre system the sound is directed forward and my wife can hear it a lot better without the need to refer to subtitles all the time. It was very easy to set up and only needed an hdmi cable to connect to the hdmi arc connection on the tv. We use a lot of dvds of old tv programs and this device allows my wife to hear them more clearly without the need for any cables. There were no lip sync problems as indicated in some other reviews. Another useful advantage is the voice button which emphasises the dialogue in tv programmes and films. There are a number of music features but i have not used them yet. I would recommend this product highly.
I purchased it as reconditioned and like the remote control and the tones the speakers produce,especially the bass control my other system did not have. I replaced the opt lead ,the supplied one was as thin as a piece of string, and did not look viable. I have the unit on a shelf below my 43″ sony tv. The only little niggle was the power lead is on the left at the rear. All my others and extension lead is on the right.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

I purchased it as reconditioned and like the remote control and the tones the speakers produce,especially the bass control my other system did not have. I replaced the opt lead ,the supplied one was as thin as a piece of string, and did not look viable. I have the unit on a shelf below my 43″ sony tv. The only little niggle was the power lead is on the left at the rear. All my others and extension lead is on the right.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

It’s a good unit, but it does have some unfortunate limitations. Pros:the build quality is excellent; it’s very sturdy and supports my 43″ television easily (with space and weight-tolerance to spare). Space constraints meant that a soundbar wasn’t really practical for me so this is a great way to get a similar effect without having to move house. Sound quality is also superb. Switching from my tv’s inbuilt speakers to this unit is like removing earplugs – the boost in volume, depth and clarity is remarkable. The bass in particular is thunderous (although there’s also a night-time mode to mitigate this if you so choose). Cons:no support for dolby digital+ or dts-hd master audio; this means that many, if not most, blu-rays aren’t supported (although releases of older material are more likely to be plain dolby digital, which does work). Playback of lower-quality or highly-compressed audio sources can sound a bit tinny. In conclusion, it’s great at what it does, but it’s a shame it doesn’t do more.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

It’s a good unit, but it does have some unfortunate limitations. Pros:the build quality is excellent; it’s very sturdy and supports my 43″ television easily (with space and weight-tolerance to spare). Space constraints meant that a soundbar wasn’t really practical for me so this is a great way to get a similar effect without having to move house. Sound quality is also superb. Switching from my tv’s inbuilt speakers to this unit is like removing earplugs – the boost in volume, depth and clarity is remarkable. The bass in particular is thunderous (although there’s also a night-time mode to mitigate this if you so choose). Cons:no support for dolby digital+ or dts-hd master audio; this means that many, if not most, blu-rays aren’t supported (although releases of older material are more likely to be plain dolby digital, which does work). Playback of lower-quality or highly-compressed audio sources can sound a bit tinny. In conclusion, it’s great at what it does, but it’s a shame it doesn’t do more.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

Recommended instead of a sound bar. . Works well and suits our setup better than a sound bar. Easy to install and pleased to have separately purchased hdmi cables which were needed. Makes the sound on our smart tv so much better.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

Recommended instead of a sound bar. . Works well and suits our setup better than a sound bar. Easy to install and pleased to have separately purchased hdmi cables which were needed. Makes the sound on our smart tv so much better.
Tv sound now a joy to listen too. . I found the soundbar easy to set up and the sound is excellent.
Tv sound now a joy to listen too. . I found the soundbar easy to set up and the sound is excellent.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

Good quality but to bug to fit under tv and not enough volume.
Excellent sound now comes out the front lovely rich sound. Instead of tinny sound out the back of the tv.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

Excellent sound now comes out the front lovely rich sound. Instead of tinny sound out the back of the tv.
Got a refurbished one which is in perfect condition. Didn’t know how bad the sound on my tv was until i got this. Sounds proper tinny when you use just the tvs sound. Would recommend this to anyone wanting a reasonably priced soundbase.
Got a refurbished one which is in perfect condition. Didn’t know how bad the sound on my tv was until i got this. Sounds proper tinny when you use just the tvs sound. Would recommend this to anyone wanting a reasonably priced soundbase.

This review is from : Sony HT-XT100 2.1 Channel TV Base Speaker with Built-In Subwoofer (80 W, Clear Audio Plus, S-Force Pro, Bluetooth and NFC) – Black

I got this for my brother for his birthday. He’s really techi i was worried it would live up to his expectations. But he has said it’s amazing and the sound is awesome.
I got this for my brother for his birthday. He’s really techi i was worried it would live up to his expectations. But he has said it’s amazing and the sound is awesome.
Outstanding value for the price. When i first set the sony up i had sound issues like other people, my tv was louder than the soundbase. After fiddling around and using the hdmi cable to the talk talk box and then using the optical cable from the soundbase to the tv, it all came to life, now the sound is brilliant for the price of the item, i am very impressed, i watched skyfall in movie mode, it was fantastic to say the least. The only disappointing thing is it only has 1 hdmi socket,.
Outstanding value for the price. When i first set the sony up i had sound issues like other people, my tv was louder than the soundbase. After fiddling around and using the hdmi cable to the talk talk box and then using the optical cable from the soundbase to the tv, it all came to life, now the sound is brilliant for the price of the item, i am very impressed, i watched skyfall in movie mode, it was fantastic to say the least. The only disappointing thing is it only has 1 hdmi socket,.
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