Pros Good theatre kick from subwoofer. Ample bass
Cons Wired subwoofer. Could use a few more amps.
Summary Exactly what I expected for the money. I bought it for my master bedroom and it does a good job filling it with sound. I would say the sound quality is above average but I'm kind of wishing I'd spent a few more hundred and got better system. That's not to say that you won't be happy with this unit and I am but now that I got a taste of how much better TV is with this, I want more, more, more!
Pros Very good sound
Nice deep bass
Great connectivity for a sound bar
Decent stereo effect
Cons Mid range and trebble seem a bit muffled
Not a surround sound
Side speaker placement of sub limits which side of TV stand/entertainment unit you can place the sub. Most subs usually has rear or down pointing speaker.
Summary I've owned this unit for about year before I upgraded to a 5.1 HTIB almost a year ago. I didn't realize that CNET had reviewed this model until now. This unit has been out for some time.
I agree with about everything that's stated in MM's review. Great for a sound bar. The leap between TV speakers to this unit is immense. That said, I only recommend if you are space limited, perhaps a bedroom or dormroom. The leap between TV speakers to this is about the same between this unit and a true 5.1 system. The HTIB that replaced my CT150 is the Samsung HT-C6900W, the wireless and 3D version of the HT-C6500 which MM gave "excellent" rating (though no longer on CNET's site). I first got the CT150 because I didn't want to run cables to rear speakers. Then I found the wireless surround alternative. Normal broadcast TV isn't noticeably different but when you pop in a bluray, there's just no comparison. This sound bar give nice thuds and booms in a war movie better than many other sound bars but the HTIB sounds like bullets are whizzing by your head and there's gun fire both in front and behind you. The immersive effect is huge.
I say this in case you flip-flopping between the sound bar and a surround system. Back in early 2010, I thought the sound bar was good enough. I realize now that I made an unnecessary purchase. For those that are looking for a sound bar, you can't go wrong with this unit.
Pros Great sound quality, good sub power, HDMI connectivity is great if you have more than one peripheral (ie cable box, apple TV, blu ray player, etc.).
Cons Doesn't provide true surround sound.
Pros Bravia Sync, price
Cons none as of yet
Summary I do not currently own this product, but after checking Sony's website I noted that this device does have Sony's Bravia Sync feature. For those who have a Sony Bravia TV Sync, the subwoofer placement problem will not be an issue.
Pros Does not take up a lot of space
Cons So far none