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Sony HT

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£255.00

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Apr 2021
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Sony HTG700

 
Dolby Atmos  Is 3.1 channels Subwoofer included 
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£250.00

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Jun 2020
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Sony HTS20R

 
Is 5.1 channels Subwoofer included  Big power 
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£179.00

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Nov 2018

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Sony HTZF9

 
Multiroom  Dolby Atmos  Is 3.1 channels
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£299.00

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Mar 2018

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Sony HTSF150

 

£87.97

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Sony HTSD35

 

£178.00

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Nov 2017

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Sony HTS350

 

£140.00

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May 2019

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Sony HTMT300

 

£150.00

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Mar 2017

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Sony HTCT800

 

£249.99

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Feb 2017

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Sony HTST5000

 

£1,099.00

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Sony HTSF200

 

£149.00

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Feb 2018

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Sony HTCT290

 

£199.99

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Mar 2017

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow do soundbars connect to my TV?
ASoundbars normally use a standard 3.5mm audio jack - almost all TVs should have support for this. Some soundbars may also have bluetooth support for streaming audio.
QIs a subwoofer necessary for soundbar use?
ANo - a soundbar will work perfectly fine without a separate subwoofer. They are designed to augment the bass tones of the soundbar, but aren't a necessity.

Soundbar Buying Guide

A soundbar is a type of speaker designed to plug into a television and serve as a sound system for the device. Most soundbars are more powerful and better configured than the speakers built into TV sets, so a soundbar is a good way of improving the audio quality of your TV setup.

Soundbars are usually designed as long rectangles that can be placed directly under your TV screen, though some designers have experimented with other designs - including larger box-shaped designed that can double as a stand for the whole TV. These alternate designs are few and far between however - most are a simple rectangle, making them unobtrusive and easy to fit alongside your current TV setup.

It’s worth noting that a soundbar may be a necessity for more modern televisions - ultra-thin OLED TVs are so thin that they cannot fit any speakers into the unit, so have to rely on an external soundbar for all audio.

Subwoofer

While most soundbars comprise of just the bar itself, others come packaged with a separate subwoofer unit. This is a loudspeaker designed specifically for bass frequencies, meaning it will augment the standard soundbar and provide substantially more powerful bass notes. This boosts the overall sound quality of the TV, and is especially good if you watch a lot of action-heavy blockbusters, since the explosions and gunshots will have a lot more presence.

Some soundbars have a separate remote control, but many simply use the volume control from your standard TV remote, and run any signal from your remote to the soundbar itself. This makes using the device extremely easy - all you have to do is plug it in and continue using your TV as normal!

Wireless Streaming

The majority of soundbars are designed to be plugged in directly to the TV, rather than using a wireless connection. This is minimise any delay in the audio - wireless connections can generate a very slight delay while the data is sent from the TV to the soundbar, meaning that the video and audio signals the TV could drop out of sync. Wired connections have no such delay, meaning the video and audio will always be perfectly in sync.

Many soundbars do have wireless capabilities, but they are instead used for streaming audio from your phone/tablet/etc. Because there is no video signal, the small delay doesn’t really matter. This means that as well as TV audio, soundbars can also be used for music on demand, making them great for parties or just relaxing with your favourite music!

Simulated Surround Sound

Traditionally surround sound works by having multiple speakers (usually 5-7) arranged in such a way as to give the audio a sense of depth and 3 dimensions in order to increase immersion when watching films or playing video games.

Since soundbars only have a single speaker, they are not capable of true surround sound - however some newer soundbars have a method of simulating surround sound. They do this using a trick called ‘binaural audio’, which carefully directs sound to the left or right channels in order to simulate a 3D effect without extra speakers. You can hear an example of binaural audio here - Virtual Barber Shop

Generally only the higher-end soundbars have the is capability, but if you can afford the expenditure, you will gain a far more immersive audio quality from your movies and video games.

Sony Soundbars

Sony Soundbar Prices

The price range of Sony soundbars is from £87 to £1,099 and in total we found prices for 12 Sony soundbars. The average price of a new Sony soundbar is £269 and 80% of Sony soundbars are priced between £100 and £299. The Sony HTST5000 is the most expensive Sony soundbar that we found at £1,099, and the Sony HTSF150 is the cheapest at only £88.

Price Range of Sony Soundbars

The 21st highest average soundbar price out of all brands is Sony soundbars with an average price of £269. Sony soundbars range in price from £88 to £1,099.

How Good Are Sony Soundbars?

We have analysed 1,903 expert reviews and 8,242 user reviews for soundbars and used this information to evaluate an average rating for Sony soundbars of 73%. This makes Sony the 3rd best soundbar brand according to customer reviews.

When Are Most New Sony Soundbars Released?

The most common period for new Sony soundbars to be released in is between May and June. That means that most of the latest Sony soundbar technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month last year for new Sony soundbar releases was June, with one new Sony soundbars released that month. In May 2019, one new Sony soundbars were released making it the biggest month that year for new Sony soundbar releases. In 2018 most new Sony soundbars were released in February, with four new Sony soundbars released that month.

How Fast Do Sony Soundbar Prices Drop After Release?

Sony soundbars tend to depreciate faster than most soundbars. Most soundbars drop in price by 15% in the first 6 months after release. On average, in the first 6 months after release, Sony soundbars drop in price by 25%.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £80 on a typical £315 new Sony soundbar by waiting 6 months before buying.

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