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Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review – Don’t Break The Bank!

Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review

sony ht s350 soundbar review

I created this Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review because this soundbar is one of the most effective models from the Sony line that not only looks great, but won’t break the bank!

These days, it’s common to see a TV setup with an accompaniment of a soundbar. Not everyone does, but it seems that although TV’s are getting bigger and thinner, the audio component isn’t a TV company’s biggest focus. It’s almost like they know we are going to be purchasing a soundbar to go with it.

The Sony HT-S350 Soundbar is sleek, features a wireless subwoofer, as well as, delivers sound for a small apartment that would satisfy anyone. Connect it to any streaming service or smart phone for instant Bluetooth access to your favorite music.

This all sounds great, but is it the soundbar for you? Or is there something better out there?

Join me in my Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review where I’ll review exactly what this bar is all about, the design and specs that make this soundbar what it is, as well as my personal pros and cons about the product to help you make an informed decision!


Overview

I’d like to start my Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review by saying that this soundbar is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have a soundbar and is looking to get one for the first time. However, this soundbar is by no means an upgrade for someone who may already have a soundbar.

More: Looking for an upgrade? Check these soundbars out!

This is a simple soundbar to set up, requiring no more than a power connection to the bar and subwoofer, as well as an optical audio cord (included) or HDMI cord connected to your TV. The soundbar and subwoofer speak to each other through Bluetooth and require no connection to each other. Simply plug it all in and turn your TV on.

The Sony HT-S350 was released in 2019, adding a really good valued product to the Sony Soundbar line up. Featuring a wireless subwoofer, and simply crafted remote, this soundbar is sure to deliver decent sound, with a variety of sound modes and options.

sony ht s350 soundbar review

As you can see from pictures, this soundbar is sleek and designed in only the color/shade black, it is sure to match any furniture or TV set that you have.

This device is best suited for individuals who live in a small apartment or condo where they aren’t trying to fill an entire room, but would like to enhance their audio experience without disturbing your neighbors.

This Sony soundbar is built with 2.1 channel, meaning that the speaker is designed to have 2 speaker channels (one left, and one right) as well as a subwoofer channel. This is the most basic of stereo speakers and allows the speaker to separate the speakers and subwoofer to carry specific and different sounds. It then delivers it all in a fashion that immerses you in the audio.

Other, and more dynamic speakers can carry 5.1 or even 7.1 channels. These speakers are usually larger, and more powerful. Learn more about that here!

Specific Sony products, including the HT-S350, have what they call the “S Force Pro Front Surround”, which is virtual surround sound that emulates the cinematic experience without needing a rear speaker.

Design

To be honest, this speaker doesn’t have a “stand-out” design. It’s pretty basic and on-par with what you’d think you would be getting with a soundbar.

This soundbar features a metal grille along the front that protects the speakers inside. The rest of the exterior is made from faux leather, and adds a luxury feel. It measures 900mm x 64mm x 88mm and weighs approx 5 lbs.

Featured buttons along the top of the soundbar are power, mode, Bluetooth, and volume +/-.

The subwoofer is a bit more dynamic than the soundbar, featuring a 16cm speaker and 28 liter volume. The full subsont HT s350 soundbar review measures 190mm x 382mm x 390mm and weighs just over 17 lbs. This is a pretty intense size and weight.

The subwoofer is best placed next to your TV stand, or on the ground somewhere close to the soundbar. The bar is mountable, but does not come with a mounting bracket.

More: Purchase a mounting bracket here!

The remote features numerous audio modes and options, some of which would say are almost daunting because there’s such a variety. Things such as:

  • Cinema;
  • Audio sound;
  • Music;
  • Voice;
  • Night;
  • Game;
  • News;
  • Standard; and,
  • Sports.

Although the options may seem like an advantage, some who have owned this soundbar claim them to be redundant and have no significant difference between them.

You can also control your subwoofer volume, so if a certain audio mode has too much bass, you can tone it down to meet your needs.

Don’t lose the remote! There’s a lot of features on the remote that aren’t available on the soundbar itself.

Specs

The new exciting feature on the market these days has been Dolby Atmos, and unfortunately this soundbar pair does not include it.

However, it does include Dobly Digital and Dolby Dual Mono.

The soundbar has 6.3” drivers in it and are front firing. Being a 2.1 channel stereo soundbar, it has a driver on each end to push mid and high range sound, while the sub on the ground delivers those deep lows.

The pair together deliver on 320 watts of power, and are sure to satisfy that small room or living area you’re trying to fill.

If your TV isn’t compatible with an HDMI cord (not included), you can connect to your TV via an Optic cable (included) to ensure your TV knows which speaker to use.

Cons and Other Considerations

A few opportunities that I see, and what I want to make sure you are okay with before purchasing, are these:

This is an entry-level speaker. It won’t blow the socks off a huge home or giant living area, but for the small room or apartment sized living arrangement it will most definitely enhance your audio experience.

This is not a speaker to “upgrade” to…unless you’re using computer speakers to hear your audio! haha This is something you would purchase because you currently do not have a soundbar of any kind.

I love how simple this speaker is to set up. I have a model later than the HT – S350, and can speak even with my older one to the fact that it is VERY simple to set up and get going right out of the box.

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I suggest not bothering with the audio modes. Things like the Voice mode or Game modes may enhance some features, but in return you get a lackluster experience with the overall sound.

At the end of the day, this speaker on its own with no alteration isn’t a terrible sound, and will meet most needs.

However, if you purchase this soundbar, I encourage you to play around. You will need to adjust a bit, and there are no manual EQ options to work with.

My personal opinion on the EQ/audio modes is that I wish they went away with the remote, and allowed a downloadable app to control all of it, including manual EQ abilities.

I really like the wireless woofer, and with my older model I can say I have not had a single bit of trouble having the two automatically connect when I turn the TV on.

My Verdict: Great Beginner Soundbar

At the end of the day I would recommend this speaker to a soundbar beginner.

If you have a TV that has sucky audio, or perhaps you have a slightly bigger room than your TV can fill sound with, this could be a great product for you.

Simple to use, inexpensive compared with the majority of soundbar/subwoofer pairs, and delivers on Sony’s sound expectations.

This soundbar is great for apartment living, and will really elevate your audio experiences! Check it out here!

Let me know what you think below!

Until next time,

-B

 

 

2 Comments

  • Jim

    Hi Brooke. I have been looking for a sound bar for my tv for sometime now, the sound on the tv is very hollow and both my wife and I have trouble hearing the words of the actors on our favourite shows.It drives us crazy. I’m not very tech savage and, until now I had no idea what a 2.1 system even meant. No-one seems to be interested in explaining this to potential buyers, that is until now. Thanks to your review aI now understand what 2.1, 3.1 etc means. Because I am only a beginner when it comes to these systems I think the Soni HT-S350 will do for starters. Thank you for pointing out the pros and cons of this sound bar. Jim

    • Brooke

      Hey Jim,

      I appreciate that, for at one time in history I was completely illiterate when it came to speakers and their technology. I try and explain everything in layman’s terms as if someone was just learning.

      It can be a daunting task trying to find a new speaker. Let me know if you ever need help!

      -B

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