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Sony HT CT500

Sony HT CT500
alaScore 79

175 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews of Sony HT CT500. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Sony HT CT500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HT CT500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 user reviews of Sony HT CT500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Home Theater Systems on

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HTCT500 3.1 Speaker System with Complete Built-In A/V Receiver (Black)Sony HTCT500 3.1 Speaker System with Complete Built-In A/V Receiver (Black)

Sep, 2018

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Decent system


I wanted a full surround system but my wife did not want the speakers on the wall. The system is definately worth the money.

Easy to setup, clear sound, loud without distorting, and gui is easy to navigate

sub has to be near the sound bar due to the speaker wires being proprietary

Mar, 2010

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Happy New Egg Customer


Very happy with service and delivery was 24 hours from completion of transaction. Input devices are TV,PC,360,PS3 HDMI connected and select them all through the remote control

Takes a couple of seconds for the sound to come on when changing input devices. Sometimes I have to press the remote control buttons twice to do a selection

Feb, 2010

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Added to a 46" Sony Wega


I'm intrigued with all of the options possible between the DMPort, and using some of the other multimedia receiver controls of the Sony sound brick. It will be fun to play with particularly as I move components over to HDMI over time. It has improved...

Had some struggle on where to locate the sound bar. Ended-up putting it on top of the TV using a wide strip of Velcro. Stable and unabtrusive. Sound quality is solid. The provided remote works with all my devices so that's promising. I have it set up...

Not really a con, but it took me a while to realize that you don't use the TV sound with the new equipment (rtm :D). It causes an echo effect. Turn the TV sound down, and all is good ; I find the GUI awkward... have to tune the TV to the HDMI input...

Feb, 2010

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How Can I ?


Second time this issue has happened with an order from NewEgg. Do they oversell "on sale" items then conveniently "lose" them in transit. UPS says the item never actually got scanned at origin although NE says it did. Regardless, I received a full...

This is not a rating on the actual product. I've heard this is an awesome sound system for the price. Never found out. Shipment never made it to my door

Was the shipment lost or was the package ever shipped??? Probably will never get that question answered

Dec, 2009

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This sound bar rocks!


Let me tell you a story to finish off - my wife it was who wanted "a sound" in the house but I did the research, settling on this unit. She and my son were disappointed as they were looking to see a visible "surround sound" with many speakers....

No wiring to back of room, easy to place sub-woofer (on the ground wedged to the right of the electronics cabinet and the wall). Sound bar same length as TV (42" Phillips) so a nice match-up, also same color. Nice looking ; Flexible connections. No...

Remote does not control other than Sony devices so I suffer from remote clutter (have only one Sony PS3 otherwise, and so I apparently cannot take advantage of Bravia Sync, or Phillips EasyLink for that matter) ; Unit does not return to standby on ts...

Dec, 2009

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I bought this as a birthday present for my husband. What caught my eye was the ability to stream Netflix, Pandora, etc. and hook up our ipods to it as well. We have Netflix though the Wii, but the picture quality is not great because the Wii doesn't...

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Stephen Inskeep


This system adds good sound reproduction to my new TV.It is very attractive and works as advertised.

Product Specifications

Add more dynamic sound to your TV without the clutter of a traditional surround sound system. The HT-CT500 sound bar and subwoofer is a simple surround sound solution for your bedroom or small footprint apartment. This 3.1-channel speaker system comes with a built-in A/V receiver, 5 HD inputs (3 HDMI and 2 component) and icon based GUI with video upscaling to 1080p from analog standard definition sources. This sound bar is also equipped with S-AIR wireless technology for multi-room listening.


Output Power / Total:400Watt


Audio output channels:3.1
Equalizer: Yes
RMS rated power:400

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder
Components:AV receiver with subwoofer / Speaker system
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround Sound Effects:S-FORCE Front Surround Sound / S-FORCE Pro Surround Sound
Surround System Class:3.1 channel
Type:Home theater system


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony HT


Audio output channels:3.1

Other Features

Audio output channels:3.1
HDMI ports quantity:4
I/O ports:HDMI x 4\nTV in port
Satellite speakers RMS power:100
Subwoofer dimensions (WxHxD):8.35 x 14.7 x 14.3
Subwoofer weight:321
Surround speaker dimensions (WxHxD):37.7 x 3.54 x 2.01
Surround speaker weight:4.19 / 67
Type:Home theatre speakers

Ports & interfaces

Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:3
TV in port: Yes


Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control

Satellite speakers

Satellite speakers RMS power:100

Weight & Dimensions

Subwoofer dimensions (WxDxH):8.35 x 14.7 x 14.3
Subwoofer weight:20.1