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Sony HT-CT80 Soundbar Review

Sony manufactures amazing technology, and that doesn’t only apply to soundbars. There are so many different models to choose from, but the Sony HT-CT80 is among the best out of all previous models and one highly raved about by consumers. Let’s take a closer look at its features.


  • Powerful sound
  • Bluetooth connection and streaming supported
  • A slim and sleek profile
  • Flexible placement
  • 2.1 channel soundbar
  • Delivers balanced audio response
  • Virtual surround sound
  • Digital amplifier for purity
  • ClearAudio feature (automatic adjustment)
  • One-touch connection
  • Multiple inputs
  • External subwoofer
  • Up to 80W of power
  • Comes with all you need


  • The auto-shutdown feature may be inconvenient


As far as soundbars go, most of them have a slim profile, which allows them to be placed on top of surfaces and mounted on walls. The Sony HT-CT80 only measures at just over 5 cm in height, which guarantees it won’t obstruct your screen no matter where it’s placed.

It is a larger soundbar, which means it could pair with larger TVs. The soundbar itself and the external subwoofer sport an all-black design with angled corners and edges for a very modern and inconspicuous look.


The benefit of having a soundbar is the flexible placement, not to mention the enhanced sound that TV speakers just don’t quite provide. The Sony HT-CT80, like other soundbars, can sit nicely on the wall above or below your TV.

Luckily, your purchase comes with everything you will need to secure the soundbar into its new home. Whether you decide to place it neatly on your entertainment unit or if you decide to mount it on your wall, the mounting kit is right inside the box.


Sound Quality

The sound quality you get from a soundbar has to do with the technology it possesses and the placement as well. We always suggest putting the soundbar somewhere where there are no obstructions and it should be as close to your TV as possible (either below or above).

The sound quality of the Sony HT-CT80 is really amazing compared to other soundbars from Sony and its competitors. It produces a good balance of high to low frequencies, ensuring that the audience receives all the tones.

2.1 Channels

The Sony HT-CT80 features two channels and one subwoofer. The numbers in front of a soundbar refer to the points of sound emission and subwoofers. The first number being the channels and the second after the decimal being the number of subs.

Having two channels means the speakers are to the left and right of the soundbar, with the sound coming at you from both directions. Sometimes a subwoofer is built into the soundbar but this one comes with an external sub that will surpass one that’s built-in.

If you want to have three channels and one subwoofer, then you can go for the HW-MM55C.

Virtual Surround Sound

While the Sony HT-CT80 doesn’t necessarily have the advanced Atmos and DTS technology for surround sound, just with the channels and external sub alone the Sony HT-CT80 is capable of mimicking a home theater experience.

Enjoy room-filling audio as the soundbar and the external subwoofer create a 3D sound that immerses audiences in whatever is played on screen.

Digital Amplifier

The digital amplifier in the Sony HT-CT80 is not only responsible for more powerful and clear sound, but also less distortion. With a soundbar, you want to be able to listen to crystal clear audio at any volume, and the digital amplifier will afford you that luxury.

ClearAudio Feature

The Sony HT-CT80 also comes with a clear audio feature. It does just what it sounds like it would do and enhances the audio. While other soundbars may have sound modes, the clear audio feature automatically tunes the sound settings to fit the content.

The result is an enriched home theater experience and high quality sound no matter if you’re playing your favorite tune or favorite film.


Even the most basic soundbars now come with Bluetooth connections, so it’s no surprise that this feature can be seen in the Sony HT-CT80. Not only does it hide unsightly wires needed for connection, but you can wirelessly stream your favorite content from your mobile devices.

Enable Bluetooth on your soundbar and pair it with your devices. You can control everything from your phone itself without having to use a remote.

One-Touch Connection

The setup is incredibly easy with the Sony HT-CT80. A simple setup is what many people look for in technology. Figuring out how to use it is hard enough, we don’t need other complications.

The one-touch connection allows for instant connectivity. Other devices with NFC (near field communication) [1] enabled can be connected to the Sony HT-CT80 with a simple touch.

Even if you don’t have or prefer this type of connection, the Bluetooth embedded in the device is still an option.


The Sony HT-CT80 offers multiple connections as well for you to hook up your entertainment system to different devices. We’re looking at an optical cable or analog input, and it’s even USB compatible if all else fails.

Stick the USB drive into the side of the soundbar and have instant access to all audio content saved on the stick.

Remote Control

The Sony HT-CT80 also comes with remote control for easy adjustment. You can control the sound on the subwoofer as well as the volume and settings of the soundbar itself. 

Unfortunately, the Sony HT-CT80 does not have a display or control panel, but many find this to be a luxury that they don’t need since the TV displays all settings.


You have all you need in the box except for an analog wire. You can expect to unpack a 4.9’ optical cable, remote control with batteries included, 2 wall mounting brackets, a user manual, and a limited warranty as well!

Sony HT-CT80 Review Conclusion

The Sony HT-CT80 offers amazing sound for a 2.1 channel soundbar. They make the most of the 2 channels and manage to simulate 3D surround sound, fully immersing you in what is onscreen.

If you are looking for an amazing, easy-to-use soundbar that isn’t complicated and has all the basic necessities such as a separate subwoofer and rich high-quality sound, then look no further than the Sony HT-CT80.

Curious about more Sony models? Read all about the Sony HT-CT290, next!

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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