Sony HT-SS360: An Inexpensive HTIB from the house of Sony
Sure thing, Sony has been the leader in the world of home theater systems, and the Sony HT S360 is a powerful contender in the arena. The HT SS360 comes with four identical speakers, a subwoofer, as well as a tiny center channel.
When you consider the looks, probably you may not like the idea of your front speakers having plastic cabinets, but you can’t expect too much in this price range. All the speakers come in dimensions of 4.1 x 6.5 x 3.1 inches and house a 2.6-inch cone driver.
It comes with 3 HDMI inputs, which means it has an extra input slot in comparison to its close competitor Panasonic SC-HT56. But, unfortunately it can’t be used as the main video switching hub for analog video devices, due to lack of analog video inputs (bad news for Nintendo Wii users!).
Sony HT-SS360 lacks the onboard decoding for latest Blu-ray soundtrack formats, DTS-HD Master Audio & Dolby TrueHD, but it doesn’t make too much of a difference, as your Blu-ray player is most likely to have the onboard decoding feature, isn’t it?
All in all, the Sony HT-SS360 is a lightweight Blu-ray-ready 5.1 home theater system that plays some serious walloping sound, and its subwoofer simply delivers the best oomph! The super svelte center speaker hardly weighs 14 ounces, but it means serious business in terms of music playback.
It also comes with automatic speaker calibration, three stereo analog audio, and three digital audio inputs. Overall, it is an inexpensive home theater system but it lacks onscreen display, and doesn’t come with iPod dock either.
Price range: $224.99 - $349.99
Sony HT-SS360 is available at Amazon around $300 mark.