• The HC-CT150's subwoofer can't be located out of sight, as its remote eye is on the front.
• The HC-CT150 sounded lightweight and shallow overall, which lowered music's power and pacing and the impact and excitement of movies and games.
• The HC-CT150 will not decode DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby True HD.
Competition and Comparison
You can compare the Sony HT-CT150 3D soundbar against its competition by reading our reviews for the Vizio VHT-210 and Aperion's SLIMstage30 by Soundmatters. You can find more information by visiting our Soundbar section or our Sony brand page.
The HC-CT150 presents an interesting quandary. On one hand, it offers a very powerful combination of features, connectivity, and cosmetics. It looks great and keeps a very low profile, it offers HDMI switching as well as Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, and a very handy remote. On the other hand, its sonics didn't particularly stand out. The low end had plenty of weight and punch, but the top end and midrange lacked body, speed, and overall impact and musicality. It certainly sounded acceptable, but in comparison to its big brother, came up short. Is that a minus? Probably not. Why? Because the HC-CT150 is $100 less, and, at that price, it is very competitive and deserves an audition.