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The Sony HT-CT260 is a sim­ple and straight­for­ward 2.1 sound bar with clean and min­i­mal­ist lines. The hor­i­zon­tal “bar” com­po­nent has a hexagonal cross-sec­tion and is cov­ered in char­coal grey cloth. It is roughly 4 inches in height which makes it suit­able to be placed in front your TV, with­out block­ing the screen’s IR re­ceiver port. But if you think that the sig­nals from your re­mote will be im­peded by the sound bar, do not worry as the unit has a re­mote sig­nal pass-through fea­ture. A sim­ple dis­play unit can also be found at the front of the hor­i­zon­tal sound bar.

The sub-woofer is a black plas­tic box with a vented down-fir­ing driver at the bot­tom. While old-school 2.1 sound bars re­quire the sub­woofer and the hor­i­zon­tal speak­ers to be con­nected with wires, the HT-CT260’s sub-woofer hooks up with the hor­i­zon­tal speak­ers wire­lessly. Pair­ing up the two units can be ac­com­plished by slot­ting in the pro­vided wire­less mod­ule into the sub-woofer and us­ing the Sync but­ton. Do note that the while the wire­less na­ture of the sub-woofer gives you free­dom to place it around your room, it still needs to be plugged in to a power source.

In terms of con­nec­tiv­ity, the ports can be found at the back of the hor­i­zon­tal speak­ers. The HT-CT260 does not come with any HDMI ports. Sony is bank­ing on the fact that users will plug all other ex­ter­nal de­vices di­rectly to their TV and the Sound Bar will only be used to han­dle au­dio du­ties. This makes sense, as most mod­ern HDTVs typ­i­cally fea­ture mul­ti­ple HDMI ports. Op­ti­cal, ana­log RCA and coax­ial au­dio ports are pro­vided so that you can link the home the­ater sys­tem to your screen. Ad­di­tion­ally the HT-CT260 is also Blue­toothen­abled; this al­lows you to pair smart de­vices, such as smart­phone or tablet, with the sound bar.

The HT-CT260 is spec­i­fied to have a to­tal power out­put of 300W, which is enough to eas­ily fill a mid­dle-sized room with sound. With re­gards to mu­sic, the per­for­mance of this sound bar was de­cent with­out be­ing com­pletely im­pres­sive. Warm mids make Adele’s Melt My Heart To Stone come to life. But tre­bles sound mud­dled and the at­tack for high notes is not al­ways prop­erly rep­re­sented. We also find the tran­sient re­sponse to have is­sues, as a num­ber of al­ter­nate per­cus­sion in­stru­ments on Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia do not sound true to their tim­bre.

Strong bass and the afore­men­tioned warm tone how­ever help the HT-CT260 han­dle movie scores bet­ter than just mu­sic. Spe­cial ef­fects have great im­pact, with the rum­ble and ex­plo­sion of the open­ing se­quences of Sword­fish im­press­ing us with its oomph. It is a pity that a con­stricted sound­stage pre­vents this Sony sound bar from re­ally ex­celling.




A hexagonal crosssec­tion gives this sound bar a unique look. Port se­lec­tion on the HT-CT260 is lim­ited, with HDMI con­nec­tors be­ing no­table omis­sions.

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