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Sony Subwoofer knacked
on: March 07, 2020, 21:14:54 PM
Bl**dy cheap sh*t Sony soundbar. 
I knew I shouldn't have listened to the missus.  Buy cheap, buy twice I said.  It'll be fine she said.

Sony HT-CT290 Soundbar itself is fine but the sub's gone.  Dead.  Kaput.  Seems it's common for it to go belly up after 14 months or so and of course it's out of warranty.

Any recommendations for a Bluetooth sub that'll work with the soundbar or will I need to buy a Sony compatible one?  Seems I can't just buy the sub on its own.  Quelle surprise.

I *could* add a spare Hi-Fi amp to power a standalone speaker but would using that deactivate the soundbar?  And of course there's the issue of simultaneous volume control...

Grrr.

How are you all anyway?  :D
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Re: Sony Subwoofer knacked
Reply #1 on: March 09, 2020, 04:04:39 AM
They normally are tied together and already have the bluetooth sync code locked in so you cant just put something else in place so when one bit goes its all pretty useless.
14 Months seems to be the running trend on nearly everything to break. One good thing in Australia is the fit for use law which basically covers 2 years - An item has to be fit for purpose within that period. So many store staff or companies will try to blank you or play dumb when you ever mention it but they all know it exists. I have mice posted in the post and still have the old one (broken of course) and just the proof of purchase sent etc.

Anyway...
I think your on for a replacement so it will be on what budget you have :(


What is your budget, I am taking it you need wireless?

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Re: Sony Subwoofer knacked
Reply #2 on: March 09, 2020, 07:34:56 AM
They will be tied together so you're unlikely to get a replacement and the cost of a Sony Centre repair will be more than its worth. Use it as an excuse to upgrade to something a bit better!

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Re: Sony Subwoofer knacked
Reply #3 on: March 09, 2020, 08:19:01 AM
I try and buy from John Lewis, at least you get a 2 year warranty as standard to mitigate everything being modern toss with a lifespan of 12 seconds :gag:

Can you not dismantle the sub, surely underneath the gadgets it has a speaker somewhere you can just replace? TBH given the use case if it's got any crap solder joints (most modern tech does :tinhat:) it'll rattle loose, worth checking maybe, depends if you cba.
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Reply #4 on: March 09, 2020, 11:59:09 AM
Or Richer Sounds, 6 year warranty (and generally keen pricing). You can also go in and demo if you have one local.

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Reply #5 on: March 09, 2020, 19:38:58 PM
Until January in the UK covered by EU warrantee stuff. Might be worth checking with citizen's advice.

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Reply #6 on: March 09, 2020, 22:52:41 PM
Thanks all.  Being the impatient type I bought a (Sony :o)  HTXF9000 today (I'm a tad brand-loyal unfortunately).  Similar design sub but surely lightning won't strike twice?  :worried:

Really happy with it too; miles better than HT-CT290.  Well worth the upgrade so, in some respects, I'm glad I was forced into it.

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Reply #7 on: March 09, 2020, 23:28:52 PM
I try and buy from John Lewis, at least you get a 2 year warranty as standard to mitigate everything being modern toss with a lifespan of 12 seconds :gag:

Can you not dismantle the sub, surely underneath the gadgets it has a speaker somewhere you can just replace? TBH given the use case if it's got any crap solder joints (most modern tech does :tinhat: ) it'll rattle loose, worth checking maybe, depends if you cba.
That's good. It is pretty much the consensus that companies basically make their products last 14-16 months and continue to look to have the new model even if it is only slightly different ready by then. With many of them fighting right to repair as well - It is clear they wont the fail and throw away and buy again life.

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Reply #8 on: March 09, 2020, 23:29:57 PM
Thanks all.  Being the impatient type I bought a (Sony :o )  HTXF9000 today (I'm a tad brand-loyal unfortunately).  Similar design sub but surely lightning won't strike twice?  :worried:

Really happy with it too; miles better than HT-CT290.  Well worth the upgrade so, in some respects, I'm glad I was forced into it.
Oh no, you fell into their web :(
Failed when they wanted it to and you bought the slightly better model that came out just in time for you to buy it... LOL

Hope it works well for you though. Nothing wrong with liking a Brand if it has been good to you mostly though.

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Re: Sony Subwoofer knacked
Reply #9 on: March 10, 2020, 06:35:32 AM
Sony still do make quality high-end, but like most brands now they outsource mid to low end to other manufacturers (e.g. cheap Panasonic tellys are now made by Vestel in Turkey I think).

If you buy quality you can still generally be rest assured of longevity. Glad you're happy Eagle, hopefully this one lasts a bit longer!

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Reply #10 on: March 10, 2020, 11:42:16 AM
I'd quite happily spend £1-2k on a soundbar without batting an eye.

The missus, however, would be wearing my balls for earrings!  ;D

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Reply #11 on: March 11, 2020, 02:07:52 AM
Sony still do make quality high-end, but like most brands now they outsource mid to low end to other manufacturers (e.g. cheap Panasonic tellys are now made by Vestel in Turkey I think).

If you buy quality you can still generally be rest assured of longevity. Glad you're happy Eagle, hopefully this one lasts a bit longer!


Spot on here. Their in ear noise canceling headphones are the best on the market and built so well!
But then the cheaper stuff just feels like garbage

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Re: Sony Subwoofer knacked
Reply #12 on: March 11, 2020, 17:18:01 PM

The missus, however, would be wearing my balls for earrings!  ;D

She might let you have them back when you needed to use them...  :w00t:

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