Among the many things the pandemic has accelerated is the desire of middle-class families to recreate the experience on the big screen at home. For those with decent, large TVs at home, a good surround sound setup can go a long way in playing movies. V Sony The HT-S40R targets exactly this crowd.
The Sony HT-S40R is a 5.1ch soundbar with a subwoofer and a pair of rear units that connect wirelessly to the main unit, even if they need cables to connect to the device that supports them. This is ideal for creating a large entertainment room. I stress the large size because the speakers are 600W and you really don’t want to use this in a small space.
I was more than impressed with how easy it was to connect the devices, although there are five of them. The soundbar and subwoofer are connected to the TV together. Whereas the rear units have a central unit that takes power and connects to the main unit wirelessly. This block can be placed at the back of the room.
Yes, HT S40R can play music from USB dongle or via Bluetooth from your phone. But in essence it is a home theater. So when I ate Chestnut Man, you could have a cinematic experience in every sense, the thriller sound really enveloped you and was eye-catching. But with that, the soundbar on the front ensured you had crystal clear dialogue when needed, and when it did I could see the rear devices go silent.
And again, remember that this is 600W Dolby Audio, and you don’t want to use full volume when watching an action movie, unless you’re trying to throw it out of your housing society.
You can also play music from a TV application such as Amazon Music and enjoy it without the interruptions that can occur when playing via Bluetooth from your phone. This is when the HT-S40R gets up to remind you that this is a Sony speaker at the end of the day. Yes, I mean the extra bass coming from the subwoofers. Fortunately, you can adjust this level separately using your remote control. The remote control also lets you choose from some movie, voice and music presets. I was very impressed with the Auto level preset and night mode.
The remote also has controls in case you want to change selected songs while playing via a USB dongle. There is a hint on the LED display of the subwoofer to help you find the song you want. However, I didn’t test this because I didn’t really have a USB stick with the songs loaded like I did before. It looked like what needed to be done in 2015.
The only problem I found was that the volume levels changed when switching inputs. Also, when streaming music over Bluetooth from my phone, it felt like there was too much interference for my connection.
If you are looking to equip your home theater with a projector or TV, then the Sony HT-S40R is one of the best options for you right now. And the price tag of Rs 29,990 is not that much to compare the proposed big screen effect to the 600W Dolby Audio 5.1 channel. Give it more than you think.