Sony HT-S100F Review (2 Ch Soundbar)

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Sony HT-S100F Review (2 Ch Soundbar)


In this Sony HT-S100F review, we go over an interesting 2 channel sound bar system that while compact, performative, and even a great value, has a few notable caveats that might make this a somewhat divisive system for some.

Why is that, and is this actually the right soundbar for you?

We’ll go over all of that and more in this comprehensive review!

Appearance


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When talking about the about appearance of the HT S100F, it can be described best as very simplistic.

There’s a metal grille that wraps around the front and stops mid way on the sides.

On top of the device is a textured material with the Sony logo off to the left and controls for the unit in the middle.

On the back you have the HDMI output, optical input, and a USB input.

As for the size of the sound bar itself, it’s relatively small about 37.8 x 14.7 x 9.2 inches so finding space for it shouldn’t be an issue.

Other than that, there’s really not much else to say about the appearance of this soundbar. It’s slim, compact, and forgoes any fancy touches that would make it stand out.

That means if you’re looking for something that’ll blend in rather than call attention to itself, this would be a good soundbar to consider.

 

Features


2 Channel Soundbar That  Incorporates A Tweeter


2 hidden drivers with an integrated tweeter provide clear surround sound

 

Added Bass With A Bass Reflex Speaker


There’s an integrated bass reflex speaker for additional bass output

 

Surround Sound Emulation


Surround sound emulation through what Sony calls S-Force Pro allows the HT S100F to output quality surround sound envelops the listener with rich sound.

 

Bluetooth Capability


Stream your favorite music wirelessly through bluetooth

 

Can Be Wall Mounted


Mounting key holes on the back of the device allow it to be wall mounted for added placement flexibility

 

Easy TV Set Up


Setup with this soundbar is easy thanks to HDMI ARC

 

How To Set Up The Sony HT S100F


Setting up the Sony HT S100F soundbar is extremely simple. In fact you only need a single HDMI cable to do so.

It doesn’t come with one though unfortunately, only the optical cable.

This is the HDMI cable I personally use.

But all you have to do is plug the HDMI cable into the the HDMI ARC input on your TV, connect the power cord, and you’re good to go.

 

Sound Quality Of The Sony HT S100F


Now when it comes to what matters, the sound quality of the Sony HT S100F, I’m honestly of 2 minds when it comes to what I think.

What I mean is while there’s a lot to like about this soundbar, there are some things that could be a drawback for some.

Starting with the good, what I found to be really noteworthy was the S100F’s clarity.

Despite being a budget soundbar, the audio quality in terms of it’s presence and even volume was certainly there.

Just watching TV, you’ll notice an immediate jump in the sound quality compared with the TV’s speakers.

Voices were audible and crisp, and sound effects sounded good.

This soundbar is also capable of getting respectably loud, and holds its composure quite well at those higher volumes.

It retains its clarity without distortion which is definitely something to commend

The S-Force Pro feature that emulates surround sound I found to be pretty good, but didn’t think it was a true substitute for something like an Atmos emulation or even a traditional surround setup.

But that being said there was some semblance of an enhanced soundstage that added to the experience for sure, it just would have been nice to have those things included too.

The one thing I really liked was the device’s slim form factor which makes it really easy to place or even wall mount.

Plus it’s subdued aesthetic allows it to blend in to wherever you place it.

Setup again was extremely easy, only requiring a single HDMI cable, and what was really cool was being able to control the TV and soundbar with the same remote.

Speaking of remotes, the remote it came with had a beginner friendly layout, and felt solid in the hand (even came with batteries!)

Bluetooth connectivity worked without issue, and it easily found whatever device it was paired to.

But there were some things I noticed about this soundbar that you’ll want to consider in your decision process.

For example, there isn’t support for the DTS format, and there aren’t any HDMI inputs, only outputs.

Also there’s no integrated subwoofer, so it reaching those thunderous lows that dedicated subs are known for isn’t probable.

There is a bass reflex speaker, and it performs reasonably well for what it does; its just that sometimes the bass seemed a little lacking when there was a really action heavy sequence or a bass drop for example.

But for what bass is there actually sounds really good.

Long story short, If you’re looking for a soundbar for heavily watching movies & or intense gaming, then the HT-S100F might not be for you and the Sony HT S350 might be more your speed.

However if you’re just looking for something for the bedroom or a small room to simply watch TV or the occasional movie on, then this is a solid choice to go with honestly.

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Pros/Likes


  • Great clarity
  • Low profile design
  • Really easy to set up
  • Bluetooth works well
  • S-Force Pro enhances soundstage
  • Can be wall mounted

 

Cons/Dislikes


  • Only HDMI Output
  • Lack Of Dolby Atmos
  • Missing support DTS format
  • Would like more bass

 

Final Thoughts


Summing up my thoughts on the HT S100F, it’s a massive step up from your typical television speakers that delivers clear and concise sound without breaking the bank.

If you’re having trouble with hearing dialogue in your shows, or just looking for a casual system to watch movies with, this is a good choice to go with.

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But that’s all for now. Hopefully you found the review helpful and If you have questions or comments, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Until next time, make it easy, keep it simple! 😁

 

 


The specs of the Sony HT-S100F are as follows:


Soundbar
Channel Configuration 2.0-Channel
Enclosure Type Ported
Low-Frequency Drivers 2 x 1.9 x 3.5″ / 48 x 90 mm Oval Cone
High-Frequency Drivers 2 x 1″ / 25.4 mm Tweeter
Amplifier Output 120 W
Connectivity
Inputs 1 x Optical TOSLINK
USB Ports 1 x USB (Version Unspecified)
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Codec Support SBC
Compatibility
Audio Decoding Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual Mono, LPCM
HDMI Compliance ARC
Supported File Formats MP3, WAV, WMA
Supported File Systems FAT16, FAT32, NTFS
Power
Power Consumption 30 W
2 W (Standby)
AC Input Power 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Physical
Wall Mountable Yes
Dimensions 35.5 x 2.5 x 3.5″ / 90.2 x 3.4 x 8.9 cm
Weight 5.3 lb / 2.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.5 x 6 x 6″

 

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