Sony HT-G700 Sound Bar - Was I expecting too much?

spandexbullet

Active Member
I've just bought this sound bar and am a little disappointed. Not sure If I am expecting too much though?

A little background - I generally watch films in my dedicated home cinema with projector/AVR/ speakers all round/ twin ported subs. This Sound bar I bought for the lounge TV to replace an old Sony Bluray 5.1 surround system that gave up some years ago. I couldn't deal with the muffled dialogue coming out of my LG OLED TV any longer, so thought it was time to try a simple and tidy sound bar.

The HT-G700 has a wireless Sub which is very handy for placement and adds some reasonable bass. The muffled dialogue from the LG TV's internal speakers is now no issue. Speech is clear and loud. This though, is about all I can say that's particularly positive. I didn't believe that the Sony would produce anything close to the Atmos that it advertises it can do, but I expected at least a decent degree of space and separation - some faux surround. Nope. There's literally no perception of anything like that at all - barely any noticeable stereo. The sound, good as it is, is very clearly all coming from the bar (and the sub) and very much sounding like just a single centre channel. I have tried the various sound options in the menu but not much really changes.

I avoided the up-firing Atmos bars as I have an LG TV with a curved stand which makes placing the bar in front of it pretty difficult and daft looking. I have located the bar on the shelf below the screen. I tried positioning it in front of the screen to check that the shelf was not the issue but no.

Anyone else have any experience of this sound bar? Am I just expecting too much? Should I return it and get something else? Sound bars are new to me. Thanks!
 

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Clem_Dye

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It might a room/positioning issue. You could have a duff unit, but I doubt it. Have you got the TV settings correct? BTW, your first picture seems to be corrupt -- at least it is when I try and view it.
 

spandexbullet

Active Member
It might a room/positioning issue. You could have a duff unit, but I doubt it. Have you got the TV settings correct? BTW, your first picture seems to be corrupt -- at least it is when I try and view it.
Thanks Clem-Dye. I am stuck in where it can go - I guess that goes with the territory though, with Sound bars. I can move the Sub, but can't see that making much difference to the front stage. TV settings - I have tried it connected by bluetooth and also ARC - both give the same result. Having just read another review of the Sony, I am starting to think it's just not much good.
 

outoftheknow

Moderator
Hi, Unsure why. It's just an image of the bar sitting on the shelf below the TV
Is that what you see on the thumbnail and image when you open it? I’ll delete it and you can have another go f you like.
 

keithwiggins

Well-known Member
Thanks. Original image was corrupt.

Any suggestions for a better sound bar gratefully received!
How much would you like to spend? There are some great bars out there at the moment. Have you looked at Dali/Sonus,Arc/Samsung, certain Lgs, jbl, you can spend up to £2.5k for an ambeo, its really down to what features you really want and of course how much you are willing to spend. Some bars offer atmos ( room dependant) some such as the ambeo ( as well as the Stage) are single piece units that excel at dynamics and sq, others go more bells and whistles, they are still good units of course, just really down to budget and what you want feature set wise.
 

spandexbullet

Active Member
How much would you like to spend? There are some great bars out there at the moment. Have you looked at Dali/Sonus,Arc/Samsung, certain Lgs, jbl, you can spend up to £2.5k for an ambeo, its really down to what features you really want and of course how much you are willing to spend. Some bars offer atmos ( room dependant) some such as the ambeo ( as well as the Stage) are single piece units that excel at dynamics and sq, others go more bells and whistles, they are still good units of course, just really down to budget and what you want feature set wise.
Thank you. I spend most of my time in my home cinema for films and gaming where I have spent a lot. This is not so important to me. I guess really I don't want to spend more than £500
 

keithwiggins

Well-known Member
Thank you. I spend most of my time in my home cinema for films and gaming where I have spent a lot. This is not so important to me. I guess really I don't want to spend more than £500
I would have a series look at a Dali katch one soundbar
Not so much bells and whistles but great focus on great sound quality
I have seen them on a open box basis for your budget
You really won’t find anything that delivers such good sound quality from the other makes
 

Ripper83

Active Member
I too have just upgraded to this bar and finding myself somewhat underwhelmed.

The Sony version of virtual surround I find good but it’s the sub that’s so disappointing, it’s just so weak compared to my 5 year old Sony ht-ct780 one.

Im past my 14 days of purchase with Hughes now so don’t know if my sub is just flawed or what I should do. It was too end of my budget but just expected more really.
 

spandexbullet

Active Member
I too have just upgraded to this bar and finding myself somewhat underwhelmed.

The Sony version of virtual surround I find good but it’s the sub that’s so disappointing, it’s just so weak compared to my 5 year old Sony ht-ct780 one.

Im past my 14 days of purchase with Hughes now so don’t know if my sub is just flawed or what I should do. It was too end of my budget but just expected more really.
I returned it and now have a Sonos Play bar inbound.
 

Ripper83

Active Member
I had a sound technician visit from Hughes last week who agreed the sub woofer performance was poor.

They are bringing a replacement unit this Wednesday which I hope solves the problem but I fear it might just be how it is.

If that’s the case they said I can swap it for the a different product by in my budget range I’d be looking at the Sonos beam or Yamaha yas209 and concerned I may be even less happy with those...it’s stick or twist really!
 

keithwiggins

Well-known Member
I had a sound technician visit from Hughes last week who agreed the sub woofer performance was poor.

They are bringing a replacement unit this Wednesday which I hope solves the problem but I fear it might just be how it is.

If that’s the case they said I can swap it for the a different product by in my budget range I’d be looking at the Sonos beam or Yamaha yas209 and concerned I may be even less happy with those...it’s stick or twist really!
well the beam is a very good soundbar for the money and of course upgradable should you wish as funds enthusiasm permits.
 

Ripper83

Active Member
well the beam is a very good soundbar for the money and of course upgradable should you wish as funds enthusiasm permits.
so ive had the unit swapped over this morning and it’s not made any difference. Don’t get me wrong it’s not terrible by any stretch, the performance from the Soundbar itself is pretty good with IAE on. Despite the sub being noticeable in louder action sequences it’s the low end which is just generally lacking and the sound technician agreed that he would expect a lot more.

Have a real dilemma now as I can swap it but I’m not really going to know what my alternatives sound like in comparison until I get them home and my fear is I end up with something I’m even less happy with.

From the stock on their site I’m realistically looking at the Yamaha yas 209 as a like for like replacement but not sure that will be any better.

The bigger gamble is the beam as it would be with no sub, ive read plenty on it and how good it is but worried it will lack low and high end bass after what I’m used to.

any advice welcome!!
 

keithwiggins

Well-known Member
so ive had the unit swapped over this morning and it’s not made any difference. Don’t get me wrong it’s not terrible by any stretch, the performance from the Soundbar itself is pretty good with IAE on. Despite the sub being noticeable in louder action sequences it’s the low end which is just generally lacking and the sound technician agreed that he would expect a lot more.

Have a real dilemma now as I can swap it but I’m not really going to know what my alternatives sound like in comparison until I get them home and my fear is I end up with something I’m even less happy with.

From the stock on their site I’m realistically looking at the Yamaha yas 209 as a like for like replacement but not sure that will be any better.

The bIgger gamble is the beam as it would be with no sub, ive read plenty on it and how good it is but worried it will lack low and high end bass after what I’m used to.

any advice welcome!!
Guess it comes down to having lousy bass or slightly less but better quality bass, most subs that come with these soundbars are frankly crap, more of a box ticking exercise, most really should not even be called subs as they are incapable of playing subsonic frequencies, just upper bass.
A decent sub is upwards of £1000, and will play down to 19hz, most packaged subs somewere between 50 to 40hz so not really a sub.
try a beam what you will get is accurate and clear bass, just less of it.
 

Ripper83

Active Member
Most frustrating part is my disappointment stems from the fact my 5 year old so y Soundbar I was replacing had a sub which was far superior, just super low end and high end feel...until my 2 year old filled it with toys and eventually broke it!

I will go and check the beam out again as I’m drawn to it but my budget won’t extend to adding anything else to it.
 

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