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Sony HT-S40R Sound Bar Review: Big Screen Sound in Your Home

Of the many things the pandemic has helped accelerate, one has to be the quest of middle-class households to recreate the big screen experience at home. For those who have decent large TVs in the home, a good surround sound setup can go a long way in bringing the movies home. The Sony HT-S40R aims to tap into this crowd.

The Sony HT-S40R is a 5.1 channel sound bar with a subwoofer and a pair of rear units that connect wirelessly to the main unit even though they need cables to connect to the unit that keeps them connected. This is perfect for a large entertainment room set up. I highlight the big one because the speakers are 600w and you really don’t want to push that into a small space.

I was more than impressed with how easy the units were to connect even though it has five. The sound bar and subwoofer connect to the TV together. While the rear units have a central unit which takes power and connects to the main unit wirelessly. This device can be placed at the back of your room.

The Sony HT-S40R is a 5.1 channel sound bar with a subwoofer and a pair of rear units. (Image Source: Indian Express / Nandagopal Rajan)

Yes, the HT S40R can play music from a USB dongle or via bluetooth from your phone. But basically, it is a home cinema installation. So when I had fun at The Chestnut Man you could feel the movie experience all over the place, the sound of the thriller really enveloped you and made the room fly. But that said, the soundbar up front guaranteed you crystal-clear dialogue when needed and when it did I could see the rear units going quiet.

And again, remember that this is 600W from Dolby Audio and you don’t want to crank up to full volume while watching an action movie unless you’re trying to get kicked out. of your housing company.

You can also play music from a TV app like Amazon Music and enjoy it without the interruptions you might have while playing through bluetooth from the phone. This is when the HT-S40R rises to remind you that this is a Sony speaker at the end of the day. Yes, I am referring to the extra bass that emanates from the subwoofers. Fortunately, you can adjust this level separately using the remote control. The remote also allows you to select from certain presets for cinema, voice and music. I was very impressed with the auto level preset and night mode.

You can also listen to music from a TV app such as Amazon Music and enjoy it without interruption when playing through bluetooth from the phone. (Image Source: Indian Express / Nandagopal Rajan)

There are also commands on the remote in case you want to change selected songs while playing via the USB dongle. There is assistance on the subwoofer’s LED display to help you find the right song. However, I didn’t test this as I really didn’t have a USB hanging around with songs loaded like before. It seemed like a very 2015 thing to do.

The only problem I found was how the volume levels kept changing as you change the inputs. Also, when streaming music via bluetooth from the phone, there seemed to be a bit too much interference for my link.

If you are looking to outfit a home theater at home with a projector or TV, the Sony HT-S40R is one of the best options for you right now. And the price of Rs 29,990 is not so much compared to the big screen effect offered with Dolby Audio 600w 5.1ch. Give this more than a thought.

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