Sony HT-RT5 5.1 Wi-Fi Bluetooth soundbar with wireless subwoofer + rear speakers - £299 @ John Lewis
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Sony HT-RT5 5.1 Wi-Fi Bluetooth soundbar with wireless subwoofer + rear speakers - £299 @ John Lewis

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Edited by:"TheVoice"Found 6th Oct
Good deal for a soundbar with wireless sub-woofer and rear speakers, I've been watching the price of this one for the last couple of weeks and it's by far the cheapest I've seen it. I quite like this one as it has 3 HDMI inputs (plus an HDMI output with ARC) whereas most soundbars at this price just have 1 in and 1 out.


Product information

The Sony HT-RTS offers 5.1 channels of immersive audio to totally surround your senses. Complete with a three channel sound bar, wireless subwoofer and two wirelessly connected rear speakers, the home cinema system will direct the movie to you.

5.1 channels
With five speaker units and a subwoofer working together, an immersive and full-frequency sound is delivered. And with 550W of power output behind your movies, music and games, you’ll be able to feel every note at great depths.

Sound modes
Boasting three very different sound modes you can create the right atmosphere for everything you watch.

Cinema Studio – simulates a 9.1ch surround sound system using only the provided 5.1ch speakers to create a cinema-style sound
Live Arena – Sony’s engineers have reconstructed the sound field of a real indoor arena to bring you closer to the live performance
Football mode – experience the sounds of the stadium and feel the roar of the crowd

Wireless freedom
A wireless, space-saving design means that you can enjoy total flexibility over speaker placement – they just need power. And with all the speakers connecting automatically with each other, there are no speaker cables required.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration will test the acoustics of your room with the supplied mic and will automatically adjust sound for optimum performance.

Multiroom listening
Supporting a wide range of wireless technologies and streaming services, the HT-RT5 can instantly connect to all your favourite songs. Access to Google Cast and Spotify can stream music directly from your mobile device to the system.

Using the SongPal app on your smart device or PC, you can fill your home with the same music, or with a different song in each room. SongPal Link can group selected Sony soundbars and speakers together so you are in total control of the music flow.

What’s more, you can stream music to any Bluetooth wireless device, including headphones for a personal listening experience. LDAC codec will support up to three times greater bitrate than typical Bluetooth streaming too. And with NFC, you can tap your enabled Smartphone on the N-symbol to enjoy seamless playback through the HT-RT5.

Well connected
Featuring 3x HDMI inputs, 1x HDMI ARC output, a USB input and optical digital and analogue connections, the home cinema system will connect to everything. It is even future proof with 4K pass-through which will enable you to enjoy 4K content without losing any of the image quality.

10 Comments

TheVoice super deal plus JL customer service just in case. Any tv deal ?

Hot from me for price and retailer. But reviews are mixed...

It is any good? I mean as 5.1.. know that it never be as good as dedicated AV Receiver but for "normal" person?

Be very careful here, myself and a lot of others (see the SONY forums) have had major struggles with this system over the last year or two. A lot of these systems suffer from 'drifting audio sync'. It means you start watching something with sound and picture in sync and it gradually gets more and more out of step until its unwatchable and you have to turn if off/on to bring back into sync.

It seems to be related to the internet connection. Most people have found disconnecting from the internet (thereby losing some of its functionality) is a workaround. But this hasn't solved all peoples problems, and certainly not all peoples permenently. Also SONY have released multiple patch updates that are supposed to fix it. And for some people it has - but for some its made it worse - or started the problem when they did not have it before !!

It also struggles a bit from lack of volume. For some sources its ok, but for others you can have it on maximum and still struggle to hear dialogue.

I have owned this product its good for the current price and no it does not make up for a AV Receiver

Cantona12 h, 43 m ago

Be very careful here, myself and a lot of others (see the SONY forums) …Be very careful here, myself and a lot of others (see the SONY forums) have had major struggles with this system over the last year or two. A lot of these systems suffer from 'drifting audio sync'. It means you start watching something with sound and picture in sync and it gradually gets more and more out of step until its unwatchable and you have to turn if off/on to bring back into sync. It seems to be related to the internet connection. Most people have found disconnecting from the internet (thereby losing some of its functionality) is a workaround. But this hasn't solved all peoples problems, and certainly not all peoples permenently. Also SONY have released multiple patch updates that are supposed to fix it. And for some people it has - but for some its made it worse - or started the problem when they did not have it before !!It also struggles a bit from lack of volume. For some sources its ok, but for others you can have it on maximum and still struggle to hear dialogue.

I to own this system and I think you have not set it up properly, you can adjust the volume level of each individual speaker in the settings to make them louder, although I would say the rear speakers are not loud enough. But overall plenty of bass and volume.
I've never had sync issues but again you can adjust this in the settings to cure this.
Never had a problem with my internet connection To it.
For £299 you are never going to find anything better with wireless rears , and would agree there are better systems out there but for budget this is ok.

woolymammoth8606, please give me a little credit, I'm not a noice user. You say "I've never had sync issues but again you can adjust this in the settings to cure this. " There is obviously a setting where you can cure small fixed lip sync issues by adusting by a few milliseconds. This is something completely different, its where the same source becomes more and more out of sync as you are watching until it is full seconds out. SONY engineers are aware of the problem and have given it a name (drifting audio sync) and released patches aimed at fixing it. The SONY forum has a long thread with MANY users that have hit this problem - it is a known fault with SOME units. Its really quite annoying how dismissive you were there !

I am also perfectly aware you can adjust individual speaker levels - and have indeed put them all up to maximum ! I also said for some sources the volume is plenty loud enough - the system is not all bad. But watching say game of thrones on sky atlantic which has a lower output volume is definitely a problem. Again if you do some research a lot of people have commented on this.

If you're lucky and get a working system (not all units are affected) then for this price I would almost recommend it. But if you do hit the problem it will drive you insane ! And SONY have been really bad about it. Despite SONY engineers admitting the problem on the forums and working on a fix SONY themselves were very slow to offer any real help or recompense. Eventually the engineers did work out a deal where faulty units could be returned for a 75% refund, but it was too little too late in my eyes. Lots of people on the forum have sworn never to buy another SONY product because of their experience.

btw if you type 'HTRT5 Lip-Syncing' into google you'll see a thread on the sony community site FORTY-ONE pages long with users and a SONY engineer discussing the issue.

Dont buy this. I had this one, gave me too much hustle, Finally I threw in the bin. Waste of £449.

Beware..

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