Sony HT-CT291, HT-CT290 Operating instructions

Sony HT-CT291, HT-CT290 Operating instructions
Sound Bar
Operating Instructions
HT-CT290/HT-CT291
For product with CE marking
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover
the ventilation opening of the appliance
with newspapers, tablecloths, curtains,
etc.
Do not expose the appliance to naked
flame sources (for example, lighted
candles).
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this appliance to
dripping or splashing, and do not place
objects filled with liquids, such as vases,
on the appliance.
Do not install the appliance in a
confined space, such as a bookcase or
built-in cabinet.
Do not expose batteries or appliances
with battery-installed to excessive heat,
such as sunshine and fire.
To prevent injury, this apparatus must
be securely placed on the cabinet or
attached to the floor/wall in accordance
with the installation instructions.
Indoor use only.
On power sources
• The unit is not disconnected from the
mains as long as it is connected to the
AC outlet, even if the unit itself has
been turned off.
• As the main plug is used to disconnect
the unit from the mains, connect the
unit to an easily accessible AC outlet.
Should you notice an abnormality in
the unit, disconnect the main plug
from the AC outlet immediately.
Recommended cables
Properly shielded and grounded cables
and connectors must be used for
connection to host computers and/or
peripherals.
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The validity of the CE marking is
restricted to only those countries where
it is legally enforced, mainly in the
countries EEA (European Economic
Area).
For customers in Europe
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hand over these products at end-of-life
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remove the battery from the product
safely. Hand the battery over to the
applicable collection point for the
recycling of waste batteries. For more
detailed information about recycling of
this product or battery, please contact
your local Civic Office, your household
waste disposal service or the shop
where you purchased the product or
battery.
This Sound Bar is intended for sound
playback from connected devices and
music streaming from a BLUETOOTH
device.
Notice for customers: the following
information is only applicable to
equipment sold in countries
applying EU directives.
For customers in Australia and
India
This product has been manufactured by
or on behalf of Sony Corporation, 1-7-1
Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075
Japan. Inquiries related to product
compliance based on European Union
legislation shall be addressed to the
authorized representative, Sony
Belgium, bijkantoor van Sony Europe
Limited, Da Vincilaan 7-D1, 1935
Zaventem, Belgium. For any service or
guarantee matters, please refer to the
addresses provided in the separate
service or guarantee documents.
Hereby, Sony Corporation declares that
this equipment is in compliance with
Directive 2014/53/EU.
The full text of the EU declaration of
conformity is available at the following
internet address:
http://www.compliance.sony.de/
This radio equipment is intended to be
used with the approved version(s) of
software/firmware that are indicated in
the EU Declaration of Conformity. The
software/firmware loaded on this radio
equipment is verified to comply with the
essential requirements of the Directive
2014/53/EU.
This equipment has been tested and
found to comply with the limits set out
in the EMC regulation using a
connection cable shorter than 3 meters.
Disposal of Old
Electrical & Electronic
Equipment (Applicable
in the European Union
and other European
countries with separate
collection systems)
Copyrights and Trademarks
•This system incorporates Dolby*
Digital.
* Manufactured under license from
Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Dolby
Audio, and the double-D symbol are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
•The BLUETOOTH® word mark and
logos are registered trademarks
owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any
use of such marks by Sony Corporation
is under license. Other trademarks and
trade names are those of their
respective owners.
•The terms HDMI and HDMI HighDefinition Multimedia Interface, and
the HDMI Logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of HDMI
Licensing Administrator, Inc. in the
United States and other countries.
•“BRAVIA” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
•“PlayStation” is a registered trademark
of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
•MPEG Layer-3 audio coding
technology and patents licensed from
Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
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• Windows Media is either a registered
trademark or trademark of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/
or other countries.
• This product is protected by certain
intellectual property rights of Microsoft
Corporation. Use or distribution of
such technology outside of this
product is prohibited without a license
from Microsoft or an authorized
Microsoft subsidiary.
• “ClearAudio+” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• Other system and product names are
generally trademarks or registered
trademarks of the manufacturers. ™
and  marks are not indicated in this
document.
About these operating
instructions
• The instructions in these Operating
Instructions describe the controls on
the remote control. You can also use
the controls on the Bar Speaker if they
have the same or similar names as
those on the remote control.
• Some illustrations are presented as
conceptual drawings, and may be
different from the actual products.
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Table of Contents
About these operating
instructions .......................... 4
Guide to parts and controls ...... 6
Installing the system
Basic
Startup Guide
connections and  (separate
preparation
document)
Mounting the Bar Speaker on a
wall ......................................10
Installing the subwoofer
horizontally ......................... 12
Additional Information
Precautions ............................... 21
Troubleshooting .......................22
Playable types of files ..............27
Supported audio formats .........27
LED indicators .......................... 28
Specifications .......................... 30
Radio Frequency Bands and
Maximum Output Power .... 31
On BLUETOOTH
communication .................. 31
Listening to the sound
Listening to sound from the
connected devices ............. 12
Listening to music from a USB
device .................................. 12
Sound Adjustment
Enjoying sound effects ............. 14
Adjusting the subwoofer
volume ................................ 16
BLUETOOTH Functions
Listening to music from a
BLUETOOTH device ............ 16
Setting the BLUETOOTH
standby mode .................... 17
Other Functions
Using the Control for HDMI
function ............................... 18
Using the “BRAVIA” Sync
function ............................... 19
Auto standby function ............ 20
Activating wireless transmission
between specific units
(Secure Link) ...................... 20
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Guide to parts and controls
For more information, refer to the pages indicated in parentheses.
Bar Speaker
Top and front panel
  (power) touch key
Turns on the system or sets it to
standby mode.
  (input) touch key (page 12)
Selects the device you want to
use.

(pairing) touch key (page 16)
 +/– (volume) touch key
 Input indicators* (page 12)
 BLUETOOTH indicator (blue)
• Flashes quickly: During
BLUETOOTH pairing
• Flashes: BLUETOOTH
connection is being attempted
• Lights up: BLUETOOTH
connection is established
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 Sound effect indicators*
(page 14)
 Remote control sensor
* LED indicators which light up or flash
depending on the function selected or
system status.
For details on the indications, refer to
“LED Indicators” (page 28).
About touch keys
The touch keys work when you touch
them lightly. Do not press on them with
excessive force.
Rear panel
 HDMI OUT TV (ARC) jack
 TV IN OPTICAL jack

(USB) port (page 13)
 AC power cord (mains lead)
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Subwoofer
 Power indicator
• Lights off: Power is off
• Lights up:
– Red: The subwoofer is in
standby mode
– Green: The subwoofer is
connected to the Bar Speaker
without Secure Link
– Orange: The subwoofer is
connected to the Bar Speaker
with Secure Link
• Flashes:
– Green (fast): The subwoofer is
searching for the Bar Speaker to
connect
– Green: The subwoofer is
attempting to connect with the
Bar Speaker without Secure Link
– Orange: The subwoofer is
attempting to connect with the
Bar Speaker with Secure Link
– Red: The subwoofer detects an
abnormality. See “Subwoofer
wireless sound” in
“Troubleshooting” (page 25).
 LINK (Secure Link) (page 20)
  (power)
Turns on the subwoofer or sets it
to standby mode.
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 AC power cord (mains lead)
About the standby mode
The subwoofer enters standby mode
automatically and the power indicator
turns red when the Bar Speaker is in
standby mode or wireless transmission
is deactivated. The subwoofer turns on
automatically when the Bar Speaker is
turned on and wireless transmission is
activated.
Remote control
 INPUT (page 12)
  (power)
Turns on the system or sets it to
standby mode.
 PLAY MODE (page 13)
Also used for turning on or off the
attenuation function (page 15).
 AUDIO* (page 15)
Also used for turning on or off the
Dolby DRC function (page 15).
 ENTER
Enters the selection.
/
Selects the folder or file in a USB
device.
BACK
Returns to the previous display.
Stops USB playback.
Also used for turning on or off the
LED indicators (page 28).
  (volume) +*/–
Adjusts the volume.
The current input indicator
flashes once each time you adjust
the volume.
The USB, TV and BT indicators
flash three times when you adjust
the volume to maximum or
minimum.
 SW  (subwoofer volume) +/–
(page 16)
The current input indicator
flashes once each time you adjust
the subwoofer volume.
The USB, TV and BT indicators
flash three times when you adjust
the subwoofer volume to
maximum or minimum.
  (muting)
Turns off the sound temporarily.
The USB, TV and BT indicators
flash continuously when the
muting function is on.
 * (play/pause)
Pauses or resumes playback.
 / (previous/next/
rewind/fast forward)
Press to select the previous/next
track or file.
Hold down to search backward or
forward.
 NIGHT (page 14)
Also used for turning on or off the
BLUETOOTH standby mode
(page 17).
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 VOICE (page 15)
Also used for turning on or off the
Control for HDMI function
(page 18).
 MOVIE/MUSIC (page 14)
Also used for turning on or off the
auto standby function (page 20).
 CLEAR AUDIO+ (page 14)
Also used for entering the Secure
Link mode (page 20).
* The AUDIO,  +, and  buttons have
a tactile dot. Use it as a guide during
operation.
Installing the system
Basic connections and
preparation
Refer to Startup Guide (separate
document).
Mounting the Bar
Speaker on a wall
You can mount the Bar Speaker on a
wall.
Note
• Prepare screws (not supplied) that are
suitable for the wall material and
strength. As a plasterboard wall is
especially fragile, attach the screws
securely to two studs in the wall beam.
Install the Bar Speaker horizontally, hung
by screws in studs in a continuous flat
section of the wall.
• Be sure to subcontract the installation to
Sony dealers or licensed contractors and
pay special attention to safety during the
installation.
• Sony shall not be held responsible for
accidents or damage caused by improper
installation, insufficient wall strength,
improper screw installation or natural
calamity, etc.
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Prepare screws (not supplied) that
are suitable for the holes on the
rear of the Bar Speaker.
3
More than 30 mm
365 mm
365 mm
5 mm
Screw position
10 mm
4
Hole on the rear of the Bar Speaker
2
Stick the WALL MOUNT TEMPLATE
(supplied) on a wall.
Fasten the screws into the marks.
The screws should protrude by
7.5 mm to 8.5 mm.
Center of the TV
7.5 mm to
8.5 mm
Adhesive tape,
etc.
WALL MOUNT
TEMPLATE
1
Align TV CENTER LINE () of the
WALL MOUNT TEMPLATE with the
center line of your TV.
2
Align TV BOTTOM LINE () of the
WALL MOUNT TEMPLATE with the
bottom of your TV.
3
Stick the WALL MOUNT TEMPLATE on
the wall using a commercially
available adhesive tape, etc.
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6
Remove the wall mount template.
Hang the Bar Speaker on the
screws.
Align the holes on the rear of the
Bar Speaker with the screws, then
hang the Bar Speaker on the two
screws.
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Installing the system
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Mark the screw positions on the
SCREW LINE () of the WALL
MOUNT TEMPLATE.
Measure the distance described
below with a scale, then mark using
a pencil, etc.
Note
• Smoothen the surface of the wall mount
template when sticking it on a wall.
• Keep sufficient space under the Bar
Speaker when you hang it on a wall for
easy access to the
(USB) port.
Installing the subwoofer
horizontally
Place the subwoofer on the right side
with the “SONY” logo facing front.
Listening to the sound
Listening to sound from
the connected devices
Press INPUT repeatedly.
When you press INPUT once, the current
input indicator flashes.
Press INPUT again to select the device
you want.
The indicator of the selected device
lights up.
Each time you press INPUT, the device
changes cyclically as follows.
“TV”  “BT”  “USB”
“TV”
• TV that is connected to the TV IN OPTICAL
jack
• TV compatible with the Audio Return
Channel (ARC) function that is connected to
the HDMI OUT TV (ARC) jack
“BT”
BLUETOOTH device that supports A2DP
(page 16)
“USB”
USB device that is connected to the
(USB) port (page 12)
Attach the speaker pads (supplied).
Listening to music from a
USB device
You can play music files stored on a
connected USB device.
For playable types of files, see “Playable
types of files” (page 27).
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Note
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• To view the USB content list on the TV
screen, make sure you connect the
system to the TV using HDMI cable.
• Change the input of the TV to the input
which the Bar Speaker is connected.
Connect the USB device to the
(USB) port.
Refer to the operating instructions
of the USB device before
connecting.
Other operations
To
Do this
Stop playback or return Press BACK
to previous display
Pause or resume
playback
Press 
Select the previous
or next track
Press /
Search backward or
forward (rewind/
fast forward)
Hold down
/
Note
The USB indicator flashes
continuously when reading the USB
device.
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3
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Press INPUT repeatedly to select
“USB”.
The USB content list appears on the
TV screen.
• Do not remove the USB device during
operation. To avoid data corruption or
damage to the USB device, turn off the
system before removing the USB device.
• The USB indicator flashes twice
continuously if you connect an
unsupported USB device.
Press / to select the content
you want, then press ENTER.
The selected content starts playing.
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly to
select the play mode you want.
• None: Plays back all tracks.
•
(Repeat One): Repeats one
track.
•
(Repeat Folder): Repeats all
tracks in a folder.
•
(Random): Repeats all tracks in
a folder in random order.
•
(Repeat All): Repeats all tracks.
The USB indicator flashes three
times each time you press PLAY
MODE.
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Listening to the sound
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Adjust the volume.
• Press  +/– to adjust the Bar
Speaker volume.
• Press SW  +/– to adjust the
subwoofer volume.
Information of USB device
on the TV screen
Sound Adjustment
Enjoying sound effects
You can easily enjoy pre-programmed
sound effects that are tailored to
different kinds of sound sources.
 Playing time
 Total playing time
 Bit rate
 Playback status
 Rewind/fast forward speed
Selecting the sound effect
Press MOVIE/MUSIC repeatedly or
CLEAR AUDIO+ during playback.
Note
CLEAR AUDIO+
You can enjoy the sound with Sonyrecommended sound field. Sound field is
automatically optimized according to
playback content and function.
The MOVIE and MUSIC indicators light up for
2 seconds, then light off.
• Depending on the playback source, some
information may not be displayed.
• Depending on the play mode, the
information displayed may be different.
MOVIE
Sound effects are optimized for movies. This
mode replicates the density and rich expanse
of sound.
The MOVIE indicator lights up.
 Repeat play status
 Selected file index/Total files in the
folder
MUSIC
Sound effects are optimized for music.
The MUSIC indicator lights up.
Using the Night mode
function (NIGHT)
This function is useful when watching
movies late at night. You will be able to
hear the dialog clearly even at a low
volume level.
Press NIGHT.
The MOVIE and MUSIC indicators flash
twice.
To turn off this function, press NIGHT
again.
The MOVIE indicator flashes twice.
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Note
This function is set to off automatically
when you turn off the system.
Using the Clear Voice
function (VOICE)
This function helps make dialogs
clearer.
To turn off this function, press VOICE
again.
The MOVIE indicator flashes twice.
Selecting multiplex
broadcast sound (Dual
Mono)
You can enjoy multiplex broadcast
sound when the system receives a
Dolby Digital multiplex broadcast signal.
Press AUDIO repeatedly.
The channel changes cyclically as
follows.
Main  Sub  Main/Sub
Main
Outputs only the main channel.
The MOVIE and MUSIC indicators flash twice.
Sub
Outputs only the sub channel.
The MOVIE indicator flashes twice.
Main/Sub
Main sound is output from the left speaker
and sub sound is output from the right
speaker.
The MUSIC indicator flashes twice.
Useful for enjoying movies at low sound
volume. DRC applies to Dolby Digital
sources.
Hold down AUDIO for 5 seconds to
turn on or off Dolby DRC.
On
Compresses sound in accordance with the
information contained in the content.
The USB and TV indicators flash twice.
Off
Sound is not compressed.
The USB indicator flashes twice.
Setting the Attenuation
function
Distortion may occur when you listen to
a device connected to the HDMI OUT TV
(ARC) or TV IN OPTICAL jack. You can
prevent distortion by attenuating the
input level on the system.
Hold down PLAY MODE for 5 seconds
to turn on or off the attenuation
function.
On
Attenuates the input level. The output level
will decrease at this setting.
The USB and TV indicators flash twice.
Off
Normal input level.
The USB indicator flashes twice.
Tip
Turn off this function if the sound output
from the system is low.
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Sound Adjustment
Press VOICE.
The MOVIE and MUSIC indicators flash
twice.
Setting Dolby DRC (Dynamic
Range Control)
Adjusting the subwoofer
volume
The subwoofer is designed for playback
of bass or low frequency sound.
BLUETOOTH Functions
Listening to music from a
BLUETOOTH device
Press SW  +/– to adjust the
subwoofer volume.
The current input indicator flashes once
each time you adjust the subwoofer
volume.
Note
When the input source does not contain
much of bass sound, such as in TV
programs, the sound from the subwoofer
may be difficult to hear.
Pairing this system with a
BLUETOOTH device
Pairing is an operation where
BLUETOOTH devices register with each
other beforehand. Once a pairing
operation is performed, it does not need
to be performed again.
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Place the BLUETOOTH device
within 1 meter from the Bar
Speaker.
Press
(pairing) on the Bar
Speaker.
The system enters the pairing
mode. The BLUETOOTH indicator
(blue) on the Bar Speaker flashes
quickly.
Turn on the BLUETOOTH function
on the BLUETOOTH device, search
for devices and select “HT-CT290/
291”.
If a Passkey is required, enter
“0000”.
Perform this step within 5 minutes,
otherwise pairing mode may be
canceled.
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Make sure that the BLUETOOTH
indicator on the Bar Speaker lights
up in blue.
Connection has been established.
Note
• Passkey may be called “Passcode”, “PIN
code”, “PIN number” or “Password”.
• You can pair up to 10 BLUETOOTH
devices. If the 11th BLUETOOTH device is
paired, the least recently connected
device will be replaced by the new one.
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Turn on the BLUETOOTH function
of the paired BLUETOOTH device.
Press INPUT repeatedly to select
“BT”.
The system automatically
reconnects to the BLUETOOTH
device it was most recently
connected to.
When the BLUETOOTH connection
is established, the BLUETOOTH
indicator on the Bar Speaker lights
up in blue.
Start playback on the BLUETOOTH
device.
Adjust the volume.
• Adjust the volume of the
BLUETOOTH device.
• Press  +/– to adjust the Bar
Speaker volume.
• Press SW  +/– to adjust the
subwoofer volume.
Note
• Once the system and the BLUETOOTH
device are connected, you can control
playback by pressing  and /.
To disconnect the BLUETOOTH
device
Perform any of the following items.
• Press
(pairing) on the Bar Speaker
again.
• Disable the BLUETOOTH function on
the BLUETOOTH device.
• Turn off the system or the BLUETOOTH
device.
Setting the BLUETOOTH
standby mode
When the system has pairing
information, you can turn on the system
and listen to music from a BLUETOOTH
device even when the system is in
standby mode by setting the
BLUETOOTH standby mode to on.
Hold down NIGHT for 5 seconds to
turn on or off the BLUETOOTH standby
mode.
On
The USB and TV indicators flash twice.
Off
The USB indicator flashes twice.
Note
During BLUETOOTH standby mode,
standby power consumption increases.
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BLUETOOTH Functions
Listening to music from the
paired device
• You can connect to the system from a
paired BLUETOOTH device even when the
system in standby mode, if you set the
BLUETOOTH standby mode to on
(page 17).
• The audio playback on this system may
be delayed from that on the BLUETOOTH
device because of the characteristics of
the BLUETOOTH wireless technology.
Tip
Other Functions
Using the Control for
HDMI function
Connecting a device such as a TV or
Blu-ray Disc player compatible with the
Control for HDMI function* by HDMI
cable (High Speed HDMI Cable with
Ethernet, not supplied) enables you to
easily operate the device by a TV remote
control.
The following functions can be used
with the Control for HDMI function.
• System Power Off function
• System Audio Control function
• Audio Return Channel
• One-Touch Play function
* Control for HDMI is a standard used by
CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) for
allowing HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) devices to control
each other.
Note
These functions may work with devices
other than those manufactured by Sony,
but operation is not guaranteed.
Preparing to use the Control
for HDMI function
Hold down VOICE for 5 seconds to turn
on or off the Control for HDMI
function.
On
The USB and TV indicators flash twice.
Off
The USB indicator flashes twice.
Enable the Control for HDMI function
settings for the TV and other device
connected to the system.
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If you enable the Control for HDMI
(“BRAVIA” sync) function when using a TV
manufactured by Sony, the Control for
HDMI function of the system is also
enabled automatically.
System Power Off function
When you turn off the TV, the system
will turn off automatically.
System Audio Control
function
If you turn on the system while you are
watching the TV, the TV sound will be
output from the speakers of the system.
The volume of the system can be
adjusted using the TV’s remote control.
If the TV sound was output from the
speakers of the system the previous
time you watched the TV, the system
will be turned on automatically when
you turn on the TV again.
Operations can also be made by the
TV’s menu. For details, refer to the
operating instructions of your TV.
Note
• Sound is only output from the TV if other
than “TV” input is selected when using
the Twin Picture function on the TV. When
you disable the Twin Picture function, the
sound is output from the system.
• Depending on the settings of the TV, the
System Audio Control function may not
be available. For details, refer to the
operating instructions of your TV.
Audio Return Channel
If the system is connected to a TV’s
HDMI IN jack compatible with Audio
Return Channel, you can listen to TV
sound from the speakers of the system
without connecting an optical digital
cable.
Note
If the TV is not compatible with Audio
Return Channel, an optical digital cable
needs to be connected (Refer to the
supplied Startup Guide).
Note
This function is proprietary function of
Sony. This function cannot operate with
products other than those manufactured
by Sony.
Scene Select function
The sound field of the system is
automatically switched according to the
TV’s Scene Select or Sound Mode
function settings. For details, refer to
the operating instructions of your TV.
Set the sound field to “CLEAR AUDIO+”
(page 14).
When you play content on a device
(Blu-ray Disc player, “PlayStation®4”,
etc.) connected to the TV, the system
and TV are turned on automatically, the
input of the system is switched to the
input for the TV, and sound is output
from the speakers of the system.
Note
• If the TV sound was output from the
speakers of the TV the previous time you
watched the TV, the system does not turn
on and the sound and picture are output
from the TV even if device content is
played.
• Depending on the TV, the beginning part
of content being played may not play
correctly.
Using the “BRAVIA” Sync
function
Notes on HDMI connections
• Use a High Speed HDMI cable. If you
use a Standard HDMI cable, 1080p
content may not be displayed
properly.
• Use an HDMI-authorized cable.
• Use a Sony High Speed HDMI cable
with the Cable Type Logo.
• We do not recommend using an
HDMI-DVI conversion cable.
• Check the setup of the connected
equipment if an image is poor or the
sound does not come out of the
equipment connected via the HDMI
cable.
• Audio signals (sampling frequency, bit
length, etc.) transmitted from an HDMI
jack may be suppressed by the
connected device.
• Sound may be interrupted when the
sampling frequency or the number of
channels of audio output signals from
the playback equipment is switched.
In addition to the Control for HDMI
function, you can also use the following
function on devices compatible with the
“BRAVIA” sync function.
• Scene Select function
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Other Functions
One-Touch Play function
• If the connected equipment is not
compatible with copyright-protection
technology (HDCP), the image and/or
the sound from the HDMI OUT jack of
this system may be distorted or may
not be output. In such a case, check
the specifications of the connected
equipment.
Auto standby function
The system enters standby mode
automatically when you do not operate
the system for about 20 minutes and
the system is not receiving an input
signal.
Hold down MOVIE/MUSIC for
5 seconds to turn on or off the auto
standby function.
On
The USB and TV indicators flash twice.
Off
The USB indicator flashes twice.
When the system enters standby mode,
all LED indicators except BLUETOOTH
indicator (blue) flash slowly.
Activating wireless
transmission between
specific units (Secure
Link)
You can specify the wireless connection
to link the Bar Speaker to the subwoofer
using the Secure Link function. This
function can help prevent interference if
you use multiple wireless products.
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2
Press LINK on the rear of the
subwoofer.
The power indicator on the
subwoofer flashes in orange.
Hold down CLEAR AUDIO+ for
5 seconds.
The USB and TV indicators flash two
times, then the MOVIE and MUSIC
indicators flash alternately.
When the Bar Speaker is linked to
the subwoofer, the indicators stop
flashing and the power indicator on
the subwoofer lights up in orange.
If it failed, the indicators light up for
5 seconds. Try again the above
operation.
To deactivate this function, hold
down CLEAR AUDIO+ for
5 seconds.
The USB indicator flashes twice.
On placement
Additional Information
Precautions
On safety
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into
the system, unplug the system and have
it checked by qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
• Do not touch the AC power cord (mains
lead) with wet hands. Doing so may cause
an electric shock.
• Do not climb on the Bar Speaker and
subwoofer, as you may fall down and
injure yourself, or system damage may
result.
• Before operating the system, check that
the operating voltage is identical to your
local power supply. The operating voltage
is indicated on the nameplate at the rear
of the Bar Speaker and the subwoofer.
• If you are not going to use the system for
a long time, be sure to disconnect the
system from the wall outlet (mains). To
disconnect the AC power cord (mains
lead), grasp the plug itself; never pull the
cord.
• AC power cord (mains lead) must be
changed only at a qualified service shop.
On heat buildup
Although the system heats up during
operation, this is not a malfunction.
If you continuously use this system at high
volume, the system temperature at the
rear and bottom rises considerably. To
avoid burning yourself, do not touch the
system.
On handling the subwoofer
Do not place your hand into the slit of the
subwoofer when lifting it. The speaker
driver may be damaged. When lifting it,
hold the bottom of the subwoofer.
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Additional Information
On power sources
• Sufficient space around the system is
needed to release heat. When placing the
subwoofer in a rack, leave more than 5 cm
space above the subwoofer, and more
than 5 cm space along the sides of the
subwoofer. The rack behind the
subwoofer should be open. If you place
the subwoofer with its back against the
wall, leave more than 10 cm space
between the subwoofer and the wall.
• Leave the front of the system open.
• Place the system in a location with
adequate ventilation to prevent heat
buildup and prolong the life of the
system.
• Do not place the system in locations that
are subject to vibration (for example,
unstable rack, etc.).
• Do not place the subwoofer in a rack that
could interfere with the wireless function
(for example, metal rack, etc.).
• Do not place the system near heat
sources or in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust, or mechanical
shock.
• Do not place anything at the rear of the
Bar Speaker and subwoofer that might
block the ventilation holes and cause
malfunctions.
• If the system is used with a TV, VCR, or
tape deck, noise may result and picture
quality may suffer. In this case, place the
system away from the TV, VCR, or tape
deck.
• Use caution when placing the system on a
surface that has been specially treated
(with wax, oil, polish, etc.), as staining or
discoloration of the surface may result.
• Take care to avoid any possible injury
from the corners of the Bar Speaker and
subwoofer.
On operation
Before connecting other device, be sure to
turn off and unplug the system.
If you encounter color irregularity
on a nearby TV screen
Color irregularities may be observed on
certain types of TV.
• If color irregularity is observed...
Turn off the TV, then turn it on again after
15 to 30 minutes.
• If color irregularity is observed again...
Place the system further away from the
TV.
On cleaning
Clean the system with a soft, dry cloth. Do
not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder, or solvent such as alcohol or
benzine.
If you have any question or problem
concerning your system, please consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
Troubleshooting
If you experience any of the following
difficulties while using the system, use
this troubleshooting guide to help
remedy the problem before requesting
repairs. Should any problem persist,
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Be sure to bring both your Bar Speaker
and subwoofer, even if it seems as
though only one has a problem, when
you request to repair.
General
The power does not turn on.
 Check that the AC power cord
(mains lead) is connected securely.
The system does not work normally.
 Disconnect the AC power cord
(mains lead) from the wall outlet
(mains), then reconnect after
several minutes.
The system is turned off automatically.
 The auto standby function is
working (page 20).
The system does not turn on even
when the TV is turned on.
 Activate the Control for HDMI
function (page 18). The TV must
support the Control for HDMI
function (page 18). For details, refer
to the operating instructions of your
TV.
 Check the speaker settings of the
TV. The system power syncs with
the speaker settings of the TV. For
details, refer to the operating
instructions of your TV.
 If the sound was output from the
speakers of the TV the previous
time, the system does not turn on
even when the TV is turned on.
Turn on the system and switch the
input of the system to “TV”
(page 12).
The system turns off when the TV is
turned off.
 The system turns off automatically
when you turn off the TV if the
system is in “TV” input.
The system does not turn off even
when the TV is turned off.
 The system does not turns off
automatically when you turn off the
TV if the system is in “USB” or “BT”
input.
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Sound
No sound or only a very low-level
sound of the device connected to the
system is heard.
 Press  + to increase the volume
level (page 9).
 Press  or  + to cancel the
muting function (page 9).
 Make sure the input source is
selected correctly. You should try
other input sources by pressing
INPUT repeatedly (page 12).
 Set the Attenuation function to off
(page 15).
 Check that all the cables and cords
of the system and the connected
device are firmly inserted.
No sound or only a very low-level
sound is heard from the subwoofer.
 Press SW + to increase the
subwoofer volume (page 9).
 Check that the power indicator on
the subwoofer lights up in green. If
not, refer to “No sound is heard
from the subwoofer.” in “Subwoofer
wireless sound” (page 25).
 A subwoofer is for reproducing bass
sound. If the input sources contain
very little bass sound components
(i.e., a TV broadcast), the sound
from the subwoofer may be difficult
to hear.
 When you play content compatible
with copyright protection
technology (HDCP), it is not output
from the subwoofer.
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Additional Information
No TV sound is output from the system.
 Check the type and connection of
the HDMI cable or optical digital
cable that is connected to the
system and the TV (refer to the
supplied Startup Guide).
 If your TV is compatible with Audio
Return Channel, make sure the
system is connected to an HDMI
(ARC) jack of a TV (refer to the
supplied Startup Guide). If sound is
still not output or if sound is
interrupted, connect the supplied
optical digital cable.
 If your TV is not compatible with
Audio Return Channel, TV sound will
not be output from the system even
if the system is connected to the
TV’s HDMI input jack. To output TV
sound from the system, connect the
supplied optical digital cable (refer
to the supplied Startup Guide).
 Switch input of the system to “TV”
(page 12).
 Increase the volume on the system
or cancel muting.
 Depending on the order in which
you connect the TV and the system,
the system may be muted. USB, TV
and BT indicators flash continuously
in this condition. If this happens,
turn on the TV first, then the system.
 Set the speakers setting of the TV
(BRAVIA) to Audio System. Refer to
the operating instructions of your
TV regarding how to set the TV.
 Depending on the TV and the
playback sources, sound may not
be output from the system. Set the
audio format setting of the TV to
“PCM”. For details, refer to the
operating instructions of your TV.
The sound is output from both the
system and the TV.
 Mute the sound of the system or the
TV.
The surround effect cannot be
obtained.
 Depending on the input signal and
the sound field setting, surround
sound processing may not work
effectively. The surround effect may
be subtle, depending on the
program or disc.
 To play multi-channel audio, check
the digital audio output setting on
the device connected to the system.
For details, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with the
connected device.
USB device
The USB device is not recognized.
 Try the following:
 Turn off the system.
 Remove and reconnect the USB
device.
 Turn on the system.
 Check that the USB device is
securely connected to the
(USB)
port.
 Check if the USB device or a cable is
damaged.
 Check if the USB device is on.
 If the USB device is connected via a
USB hub, disconnect it and connect
the USB device directly to the Bar
Speaker.
BLUETOOTH device
BLUETOOTH connection cannot be
completed.
 Check that the BLUETOOTH
indicator on the Bar Speaker lights
up in blue (page 6).
 Check that the BLUETOOTH device
to be connected is turned on and
the BLUETOOTH function is
enabled.
 Move the BLUETOOTH device closer
to the Bar Speaker.
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 Pair this system and the
BLUETOOTH device again. You may
need to cancel the pairing with this
system using your BLUETOOTH
device first.
Pairing cannot be done.
 Move the BLUETOOTH device closer
to the Bar Speaker.
 Check that this system is not
receiving interference from a
wireless LAN device, other 2.4 GHz
wireless devices, or a microwave
oven. If a device that generates
electromagnetic radiation is nearby,
move the device away from this
system.
 Pairing may not be possible if other
BLUETOOTH devices are present
around the Bar Speaker. In this case,
turn off the other BLUETOOTH
devices.
No sound is output from the connected
BLUETOOTH device.
 Check that the BLUETOOTH
indicator on the Bar Speaker lights
up in blue (page 6).
 Move the BLUETOOTH device closer
to the Bar Speaker.
 If a device that generates
electromagnetic radiation, such as a
wireless LAN device, other
BLUETOOTH devices, or a
microwave oven is nearby, move
the device away from this system.
 Remove any obstacle between this
system and the BLUETOOTH device
or move this system away from the
obstacle.
 Reposition the connected
BLUETOOTH device.
 Switch the wireless LAN frequency
of any nearby Wi-Fi router or PC to
5 GHz range.
 Increase the volume on the
connected BLUETOOTH device.
Subwoofer wireless sound
Sound skips or has noise.
 If there is a device nearby that
generates electromagnetic waves
like a wireless LAN or a microwave
oven in use, locate the system apart
from it.
 If there is an obstacle between the
Bar Speaker and the subwoofer,
move or remove it.
 Locate the Bar Speaker and the
subwoofer as close as possible.
Remote control
The remote control does not function.
 Point the remote control at the
remote control sensor on the Bar
Speaker (page 6).
 Remove any obstacles in the path
between the remote control and the
Bar Speaker.
 Replace both batteries in the
remote control with new ones, if
they are weak.
 Check that you are pressing the
correct button on the remote
control.
The TV remote control does not work.
 Install the Bar Speaker so that it
does not obstruct the remote
control sensor of the TV.
Others
The Control for HDMI function does not
work properly.
 Check the connection with the
system (refer to the supplied
Startup Guide).
 Enable the Control for HDMI
function on the TV. For details, refer
to the operating instructions of your
TV.
 Wait a while, and then try again. If
you unplug the system, it will take a
while before operations can be
made. Wait for 15 seconds or
longer, and then try again.
 Check that the devices connected to
the system support the Control for
HDMI function.
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Additional Information
No sound is heard from the subwoofer.
 The power indicator on the
subwoofer does not light up.
• Check that the AC power cord
(mains lead) of the subwoofer is
connected properly.
• Press  on the subwoofer to turn
on the power.
 The power indicator on the
subwoofer flashes slowly in green
or lights up in red.
• Move the subwoofer to a location
near the Bar Speaker so that the
power indicator on the subwoofer
lights up in green.
• Follow the steps in “Activating
wireless transmission between
specific units (Secure Link)”
(page 20).
 If the power indicator on the
subwoofer flashes in red, press 
on the subwoofer to turn off the
power and check whether the
ventilation opening of the
subwoofer is blocked or not.
 The subwoofer is designed for
playback of bass sound. When the
input source does not contain much
bass sound, as is the case with most
TV programs, the bass sound may
not be audible.
 Press SW  + to increase the
subwoofer volume (page 16).
 Switch the wireless LAN frequency
of any nearby Wi-Fi router or PC to
5 GHz range.
 Switch the network connection of
the TV or Blu-ray Disc Player from
wireless to wired.
 Enable the Control for HDMI
function on the devices connected
to the system. For details, refer to
the operating instructions of your
device.
 The type and number of devices
that can be controlled by the
Control for HDMI function is
restricted by the HDMI CEC standard
as follows:
• Recording devices (Blu-ray Disc
recorder, DVD recorder, etc.): up
to 3 devices
• Playback devices (Blu-ray Disc
Player, DVD player, etc.): up to
3 devices
• Tuner-related devices: up to
4 devices
• Audio system (receiver/
headphone): up to 1 device (used
by this system)
If all input indicators and sound effect
indicators flash quickly (PROTECT
mode).
 Press  to turn off the system. After
the display turns off, disconnect the
AC power cord (mains lead) then
check that nothing is blocking the
ventilation holes of the Bar Speaker.
Sensors of the TV do not work properly.
 The Bar Speaker may block some
sensors (such as the brightness
sensor), the remote control receiver
of your TV, or the emitter for 3D
glasses (infrared transmission) of a
3D TV that supports the infrared 3D
glass system or the wireless
communication. Move the Bar
Speaker away from the TV within a
range that allow those parts to
operate properly. For the locations
of the sensors and remote control
receiver, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with the TV.
 does not work.
 The system may be in demo mode.
To cancel demo mode, perform
“Reset” (page 26).
Reset
If the system still does not operate
properly, reset the system as follows.
Be sure to use the touch keys on the Bar
Speaker to perform this operation.
1
All input indicators and sound effect
indicators do not light up.
 The indicators are off. Hold down
BACK for 5 seconds to turn on the
indicators.
2
3
4
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Hold down – (volume down) and
 simultaneously for 5 seconds.
All LED indicators flash three times,
then light off.
The settings of the menu and sound
fields, etc. return to their initial
status.
Disconnect the AC power cord
(mains lead).
Connect the AC power cord (mains
lead), then press  to turn on the
system.
Link the system to the subwoofer
(page 20).
Playable types of files
Codec
Extension
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio
Layer III)
.mp3
WMA9 Standard
.wma
LPCM
.wav
Note
Additional Information
• Some files may not play depending on
the file format, the file encoding, or the
recording condition.
• Some files edited on a PC may not play.
• The system does not play coded files such
as DRM and Lossless.
• The system can recognize the following
files or folders in USB devices:
– folder paths up to 128 characters long
– 200 folders (including the root folder)
– up to 200 files/folders in a single layer
• Some USB devices may not work with this
system.
• The system can recognize Mass Storage
Class (MSC) devices.
Supported audio formats
Audio formats supported by this system
are as follows.
• Dolby Digital
• LPCM 2ch
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LED indicators
You can turn on or off the LED indicators by holding down BACK for 5 seconds.
When you turn on this feature, the LED indicators light up or flash depending on the
function selected or system status.
If you turn off the LED indicators, only BLUETOOTH indicator (blue) lights up in “BT”
function.
Function/Status
Indication
Input (page 12)
• TV
• BT
• USB
TV indicator lights up
BT and BLUETOOTH indicator (blue) lights up
USB indicator lights up
USB input (page 12)
• Reading
• Unsupported USB device
USB indicator flashes continuously
USB indicator flashes two times continuously
Sound effect (page 14)
• MOVIE
• MUSIC
MOVIE indicator lights up
MUSIC indicator lights up
CLEAR AUDIO+ (page 14)
MOVIE and MUSIC indicators light up for 2 seconds, then light off
Volume maximum/minimum, USB, TV and BT indicators flash three times
Subwoofer volume
maximum/minimum (page 16)
Volume up/down,
Subwoofer volume up/down
Current input indicator flashes one time
Muting
USB, TV and BT indicators flash continuously
Dual Mono (page 15)
• Main
• Sub
• Main/Sub
MOVIE and MUSIC indicators flash two times
MOVIE indicator flashes two times
MUSIC indicator flashes two times
Dolby DRC (page 15),
Attenuation (page 15)
• On
• Off
USB and TV indicators flash two times
USB indicator flashes two times
Night Mode (page 14),
Clear Voice (page 15)
• On
• Off
MOVIE and MUSIC indicators flash two times
MOVIE indicator flashes two times
PLAY MODE (page 13)
USB indicator flashes three times
Control for HDMI (page 18),
BLUETOOTH Standby
(page 17),
Auto standby (page 20)
• On
• Off
USB and TV indicators flash two times
USB indicator flashes two times
Secure Link (page 20)
• On
• Off
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USB and TV indicators flash two times, then MOVIE and MUSIC
indicators flash alternately until connection is established
USB indicator flashes two times
Function/Status
Indication
PROTECT (page 26)
All LED indicators except BLUETOOTH indicator (blue) flash
quickly
Enters auto standby mode
(page 20)
All LED indicators except BLUETOOTH indicator (blue) flash
slowly
Reset (page 26)
All LED indicators flash three times, then light off.
Additional Information
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1)
Specifications
Bar Speaker (SA-CT290/
SA-CT291)
Amplifier section
POWER OUTPUT (rated)
Front L + Front R:
30 W + 30 W (at 4 ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
POWER OUTPUT (reference)
Front L/Front R: 100 W (per channel at
4 ohms, 1 kHz)
Inputs
USB
TV IN OPTICAL
Output
HDMI OUT TV (ARC)
HDMI section
Connector
Type A (19pin)
USB section
(USB) port
Type A
BLUETOOTH section
Communication system
BLUETOOTH Specification version 4.2
Output
BLUETOOTH Specification Power
Class 1
Maximum communication range
Line of sight approx. 25 m1)
Frequency band
2.4 GHz band (2.4000 GHz –
2.4835 GHz)
Modulation method
FHSS (Freq Hopping Spread Spectrum)
Compatible BLUETOOTH profiles2)
A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile)
AVRCP 1.6 (Audio Video Remote
Control Profile)
Supported Codecs3)
SBC4)
Transmission range (A2DP)
20 Hz – 20,000 Hz (Sampling
frequency 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz)
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The actual range will vary depending on
factors such as obstacles between
devices, magnetic fields around a
microwave oven, static electricity,
cordless phone, reception sensitivity,
antenna’s performance, operating
system, software application, etc.
2)
BLUETOOTH standard profiles indicate
the purpose of BLUETOOTH
communication between devices.
3) Codec: Audio signal compression and
conversion format
4)
Subband Codec
Front L/Front R speaker section
Speaker system
Full range speaker system, Acoustic
suspension
Speaker
40 mm × 100 mm cone type × 2
General
Power requirements
Taiwan models only:
120 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Other models:
220 V – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption
On: 40 W
Standby: 0.5 W or less (Power saving
mode)
(When Control for HDMI function and
BLUETOOTH Standby mode are set to
off)
Standby: 2.8 W or less5)
(When Control for HDMI function and
BLUETOOTH standby mode are set to
on)
Dimensions (w/h/d) (approx.)
900 mm × 52 mm × 86 mm
Mass (approx.)
2.3 kg
5)
The system will automatically enter
Power saving mode when there is no
HDMI connection and no BLUETOOTH
pairing history.
Subwoofer (SA-WCT290/
SA-WCT291)
Wireless transmitter/
receiver section
Frequency band
2.4 GHz (2.4000 GHz – 2.4835 GHz)
Modulation method
FHSS (Freq Hopping Spread Spectrum)
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
Radio Frequency Bands
and Maximum Output
Power
Wireless LAN/BLUETOOTH
Frequency band
2,400 MHz - 2,483.5 MHz
Maximum output power
< 6.0 dBm
Supported BLUETOOTH version
and profiles
Profile refers to a standard set of
functions for various BLUETOOTH
product features. See “BLUETOOTH
section” in “Specifications” (page 30) for
the BLUETOOTH version and profiles
supported by this system.
Effective communication range
BLUETOOTH devices should be used
within approximately 10 meters
(unobstructed distance) of each other.
The effective communication range may
become shorter under the following
conditions.
• When a person, metal object, wall or
other obstruction is between the
devices with a BLUETOOTH
connection.
• Locations where a wireless LAN is
installed.
• Around microwave ovens that are in
use.
• Locations where other
electromagnetic waves are generated.
Effects of other devices
BLUETOOTH devices and wireless LAN
(IEEE 802.11b/g) use the same frequency
band (2.4 GHz). When you use
BLUETOOTH device near a device with
wireless LAN capability,
electromagnetic interference may
occur. This could result in lower data
transfer rates, noise, or inability to
connect. If this happens, try the
following remedies:
• Use this system at least 10 meters
away from the wireless LAN device.
• Turn off the power to the wireless LAN
device when you use BLUETOOTH
device within 10 meters.
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Additional Information
POWER OUTPUT (reference)
100 W (per channel at 4 ohms, 100 Hz)
Speaker system
Subwoofer system, Bass reflex
Speaker
130 mm cone type
Power requirements
Taiwan models only:
120 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Other models:
220 V – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption
On: 15 W
Standby: 0.5 W or less
Dimensions (w/h/d) (approx.)
170 mm × 342 mm × 362 mm
(vertical installation)
342 mm × 172 mm × 362 mm
(horizontal installation)
Mass (approx.)
6.3 kg
On BLUETOOTH
communication
• Install this system and BLUETOOTH
device as close to each other as
possible.
Effects on other devices
The radio waves broadcast by this
system may interfere with the operation
of some medical devices. Since this
interference may result in malfunction,
always turn off the power on this system
and BLUETOOTH device in the following
locations:
• In hospitals, on trains, in airplanes, at
gas stations, and any place where
flammable gasses may be present.
• Near automatic doors or fire alarms.
Note
• This system supports security functions
that comply with the BLUETOOTH
specification to ensure secure connection
during communication using BLUETOOTH
technology. However, this security may
be insufficient depending on the setting
contents and other factors, so always be
careful when performing communication
using BLUETOOTH technology.
• Sony cannot be held liable in any way for
damages or other loss resulting from
information leaks during communication
using BLUETOOTH technology.
• BLUETOOTH communication is not
necessarily guaranteed with all
BLUETOOTH devices that have the same
profile as this system.
• BLUETOOTH devices connected with this
system must comply with the
BLUETOOTH specification prescribed by
the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and must be
certified to comply. However, even when
a device complies with the BLUETOOTH
specification, there may be cases where
the characteristics or specifications of the
BLUETOOTH device make it impossible to
connect, or may result in different control
methods, display or operation.
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• Noise may occur or the audio may cut off
depending on the BLUETOOTH device
connected with this system, the
communications environment, or
surrounding conditions.
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