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Sony HT-SF150

Sony HT-SF150 Soundbar Review

True Score

83
81
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Experts

86
2,443

Consumers

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The Sony HT-SF150 is a basic soundbar that significantly improves TV sound, but it doesn’t have a lot of extra features, and at its entry-level price, it should be suitable for anyone who wants slightly better audio than what its TV is producing.

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar is a two-channel soundbar that is budget-friendly and very easy to install. The soundbar has an output of 120 watts, but in terms of wireless connectivity, it is limited to a Bluetooth connection. This makes it different from many highly rated speakers, as well as the TCL Alto R1 Roku TV, which supports Bluetooth and WiFi connections. We’ve covered it in our TCL Alto R1 Roku TV Wireless Soundbar review if you want to learn more about it.

The Sony soundbar offers support for Dolby Digital but not DTS: X. There’s also only one HDMI port, which places it at a disadvantage when compared to other top-ranking soundbars. The SF150 also has enhancement settings like night mode and vocal, which help keep dialogue clear, and it also ships with a remote for added convenience.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Sony HT-SF150 is a basic, entry-level soundbar with good enough sound quality for its price range courtesy of its clear vocals and instrumentals, but its bass range is quite limited, as it lacks a subwoofer. Still, the soundbar has good build quality and is pretty easy to set up, but owners must be content with Bluetooth as the only form of wireless connectivity. The soundbar can also render content in Dolby Digital format but doesn’t support DTS:X, so its sound experience is not the most immersive.

This 2-channel soundbar also ships with an easy-to-use remote, but you can’t customize the sound, and there’s no companion app to do that.

Reason to Buy

  • Has settings that enhance dialogue clarity
  • Multiple Sound Modes
  • User-friendly installation
  • Optical and HDMI options

Reason to Avoid

  • Lacks deep bass
  • Reports of Bluetooth and optical problems
  • HDMI cable not included
  • Compatibility varies by TV model

Sony HT-SF150 Soundbar Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.5"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Featurena
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certifiedn/a
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.5"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.0
SubwooferSubwooferNo
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Digital, Dolby Dual Mono
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight5.3 lbs
WidthWidth35.4"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityNo
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

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Product Comparison

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Sony HT-SF150 Soundbar Review

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Market Context

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar is a two-channel soundbar that is budget-friendly and very easy to install. The soundbar has an output of 120 watts, but…

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar is a two-channel soundbar that is budget-friendly and very easy to install. The soundbar has an output of 120 watts, but in terms of wireless connectivity, it is limited to a Bluetooth connection. This makes it different from many highly rated speakers, as well as the TCL Alto R1 Roku TV, which supports Bluetooth and WiFi connections. We’ve covered it in our TCL Alto R1 Roku TV Wireless Soundbar review if you want to learn more about it.

The Sony soundbar offers support for Dolby Digital but not DTS: X. There’s also only one HDMI port, which places it at a disadvantage when compared to other top-ranking soundbars. The SF150 also has enhancement settings like night mode and vocal, which help keep dialogue clear, and it also ships with a remote for added convenience.

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar stands out from the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar in terms of size, as it is more compact, making it ideal for users…

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar stands out from the Sony HT-X8500 soundbar in terms of size, as it is more compact, making it ideal for users who are short on space. On the other hand, the Sony HT-X8500 offers a slightly better port selection, with two HDMI ports instead of one. The X8500 is also a 7.1-channel soundbar, making its audio quality much more immersive than the Sony HT-S100F, which is a 2.1-channel soundbar. If you’d like to learn more about the HT-X8500, go ahead and check it out in our Sony HT-X8500 review.

Regarding wireless connectivity, the Sony HT-SF150 soundbar only allows for music streaming through Bluetooth. In contrast, the Sony HT-A5000 allows owners to stream their music…

Regarding wireless connectivity, the Sony HT-SF150 soundbar only allows for music streaming through Bluetooth. In contrast, the Sony HT-A5000 allows owners to stream their music through Spotify Connect, has Chromecast built-in, and works with Apple AirPlay. Additionally, the HT-A5000 can be integrated into a smart home setup courtesy of its support for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar is quite limited in its support for surround sound formats, and this gives the Samsung HW-Q700B a significant edge over it…

The Sony HT-SF150 soundbar is quite limited in its support for surround sound formats, and this gives the Samsung HW-Q700B a significant edge over it since the Samsung soundbar can render content both Dolby Atmos and DTS X for added immersion. The Sony HT-SF150 also misses out on a subwoofer, which the HW-Q700B ships with, giving it a more substantial bass range. We’ve also covered the Samsung soundbar in our Samsung HW-Q700B review if you’re interested.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

3.5"

2.62"

5.62"

4.5"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

na

Yes

Yes

na

Energy Star Certified

n/a

n/a

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.5"

3.87"

2.75"

2.4"

Number of Audio Channels

2.0

2.1

5.1.2

3.1.2

Subwoofer

No

Build-in

Optional (sold separately)

Included

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Score Card

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Expert Score

81

*.75

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Customer Score

86

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

83

Expert Score Breakdown

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    58.66

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  • What Hifi
    38.51

    Category Trust Score

    80
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