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Ho hum reviews scare me..
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4.3 out of 5 on google, however it appears the system is wired not wireless, including the rear speakers
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4.3 out of 5 on google, however it appears the system is wired not wireless, including the rear speakers
3.5 on Sony site-There are plenty of highly rated soundbars at this pricepoint on slickdeals. Having said that, I doubt they're a "5.1" like this system is.

https://www.sony.com/electronics/...ars/ht-rt3
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3.5 on Sony site-There are plenty of highly rated soundbars at this pricepoint on slickdeals. Having said that, I doubt they're a "5.1" like this system is.

https://www.sony.com/electronics/...ars/ht-rt3
I suspect those reviews on the manufacturer site relate to the cost people paid.... likely around MSRP. Here its $157 and if people have some staples rewards to burn it could be a pretty sweet setup for the price. That being said i wont be ordering one because i dont want to wire my surrounds...
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I bought this unit last month.
1. This is refurbished. "Item: 24288254Model: HT-RT3-RB", RB means for this. If you are OK with refurbished, you can get cheaper from Sears(http://www.sears.com/sony-refurbi...746700000P), especially if you have other points or offers from them.
2. It's 5.1 channel, but only support Dolby decoding. Only AC3, to other advanced DOLBY standards, if it is back compatible with AC3, then it is ok. No DTS decoding, which is widely used in Blu-ray. Of course, you can still get 2 channels. But since it is AC3 decoding, most DVDs support it.
To LPCM(LPCM is like CD format, to decode LPCM is easy and cheaper. Need other devices to decode compressed formats like DTS theatre to 5.1 LPCM) audio decoding, it only supports 2.0 LPCM, no 5.1 LPCM, which means even if your Blu-ray player can decode to 5.1 lpcm(like Ps3), you still can not get 5.1 channel. But it allows surrounding channels to duplicate 2 channel, so you can get fake 4 channel. (I don't remember whether subwoofer still work in such case.) On the other side, OTA are all using Dolby encoding, you can get great experience if you watch TV with OTA.
In short, it is far from perfect. But if you know its limits, you can use it happily. It is really heavy, about 30 pounds or more. Refurbished comes in brown box, but it is carefully handled.
HTRT3 supports Logitech Harmony. It also supports HDMI-ARC, so when you turn on TV, it also turns on. And you can use TV monitor to control it's volume. This feature needs your TV support HDMI-ARC, you can check your TV's HDMI ports to know whether it supports or not.
It supports bluetooth, and MP3 playback. Frankly with you, I have never used MP3 part. In theory, you can choose MP3 files from TV screen. I also don't remember whether it supports JPEG photo playback.

HTRT3 which is very similar to HTRT4. I guess it has potential to do all what HTRT4 can do. But no one release firmware, so just treat it as poor relative to HTRT4.
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I bought this unit last month. 1. This is refurbished. "Item: 24288254Model: HT-RT3-RB", RB means for this. If you are OK with refurbished, you can get cheaper from Sears. 2. It's 5.1 channel, but only support Dolby decoding. Only AC3, to other advanced standards, if it is back compatible, then it is ok. No DTS decoding, which is widely used in Blu-ray.
To audio decoding, it only supports 2.0 lpcm, no 5.1 lpcm, which means even your Blu-ray player can decode to 5.1lpcm(like Ps3), still no 5.1 channel. But it allows surrounding I channel to duplicate 2 channel, so you can get fake 4 channel. On the other side, ota are all using Dolby encoding, you can get great experience.
In short, it is far from perfect. But if you know its limits, you can use it happily. It is really heavy.
Oh They should have made it clear on the website
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