Sony HT-S40R review: A midrange soundbar with a nifty trick up its sleeve

Sony HT-S40R review: A midrange soundbar with a nifty trick up its sleeve

On paper, the Sony HT-S40R soundbar looks like a successor to the Sony HT-RT3. Its biggest advantage is the setup for the surround speakers. They connect to a wireless amplifier that connects to the subwoofer wirelessly, eliminating the need to connect the surround speakers physically to the subwoofer as we’ve seen on the Sony HT-S20R and the Sony HT-RT3. While the setup isn’t truly wireless, it is very convenient. The overall sound output from the soundbar is very good, considering the price point. It can produce punchy sounds for movies, is good for gaming and music lovers as well. Its build may feel a little plasticky, but it does not look cheap at all. It is convenient and easy to set up and comes with a 6ft HDMI cable in the box for ARC connectivity. While the front channel separation may be a bit weak, the overall surround sound effects are good. If you have a Sony HT-RT3, you don’t need to upgrade to this one. However, if you are looking for a good 5.1 soundbar under 30K to bring the theatre home, then you can definitely consider the Sony HT-S40R.

Read the review here:


(0:00): Introduction
(1:11): Build & Design
(1:55): Subwoofer
(2:26): Satellite Speakers
(3:20): Performance
(8:53): Verdict

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  1. Manideep Manepalli
    Manideep Manepalli 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Hi bro i purchased sony s40r one week ago and I am facing a issue that if we pause the video for about 5-10sec when this soundbar is connected to my Tv through HDMI ARC the sound was 10-20sec delay/muted and so,sound starts lately… After video paused

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  2. Surya Prakash Sharma
    Surya Prakash Sharma 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Hello sir Which is better sound bar between sony hts40r vs samsung hw- A670/xl for movie for better surround sound..

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  3. Arturs Freimanis
    Arturs Freimanis 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Does the rear speakers sounds as they should ? I mean they are working when there is an effect in the movie, or they are constantly working just their sound is a bit lower from front speakers ?

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  4. Pinoy Arkitekto
    Pinoy Arkitekto 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Is it good for gaming?

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  5. Daniel Roina
    Daniel Roina 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Great video 🙂 do you know if i can Bluetooth stream sound from a non-Sony tv/projector to this sound bar ? Thank you!

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  6. ninja neo
    ninja neo 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    great review. 👍 i plan to use it for gaming 😂..& 🍿 movies

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  7. Rajesh R
    Rajesh R 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    A 5.1 system must be reviewed with some good 5.1 movies for which people buy it for and not with some stupid games. Meaningless and useless review.

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  8. hari Krishnan
    hari Krishnan 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Hi sir, plz suggest me good Sound Bar with sub woofer under 20 k range. I have 55" inch VU 4k premium Tv

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  9. Arvind Selvaratnam
    Arvind Selvaratnam 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    This or Q700A ?

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  10. Abhishek sharma
    Abhishek sharma 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Can you please review Sony HT-IV300 and let us know how does it stand against the newer soundbars and sound systems with dolby atmos.
    Because i know a lot of people are using sony Ht-IV 300 and they want to know if they should upgrade or not.

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  11. Partha
    Partha 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Sir, is there any sound difference between Sony S40R and HT RT3?

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  12. Nishant
    Nishant 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Any recommendations for music listening under 20-25k? Something with good balanced sound not fake over-powering bass.

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  13. Cric4Fun
    Cric4Fun 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    After all my online research and watching reviews, I am stuck with this question. Sony HT-S40R vs Samsung A670. Which one is better among the two? My main purpose is watching movies in my living room which is 15 ft x 20 ft in size. So I am looking for that cinematic experience. Please advise and share your experience. Thanks!

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    PAWAN KUMAR 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Can you tell me what is the size of subwoofer 12 or 10 inch, and please tell about is size matters in more bass

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  15. disisjay1
    disisjay1 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    A pretty clean review that is. Would you recommend this one over RT40 or RT3?
    I have read few negative reviews of this one, especially for the surround speakers. Kindly suggest.

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  16. VeNkAtEsH
    VeNkAtEsH 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Why nowadays no fm tuner comes with soundbar?!

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  17. Jay Kumar
    Jay Kumar 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    I bought this recently, I noticed playing songs on spotify, youtube, movies on Normal Operator/Cable channels i can listen dialogues from soundbar, and rear speakers..but while playing movies on TV via netflix, i can only hear music frm rear speakers and not dialogues..please guide me

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  18. One All
    One All 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Outclass Sound Bar… i bought it today.

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  19. Jonathan Kimathi
    Jonathan Kimathi 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Good insights, thank you. Is the performance the same between HT-R3 and HT-S40R ?

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  20. Ketul Patel
    Ketul Patel 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Which one is best among SONY HT-S40R, Yamaha YAS 209, JBL Bar 5.1 and Samsung Q800A.
    I am looking for balanced crystal clear voice.

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  21. Motoholicup32
    Motoholicup32 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Bought Sony HT S40R yesterday ,but i am totally disappointed with it's sound quality specially bass , it's bass sounds boomy , which looks totally fake , as i have Logitech Z906 also , which is 500 WT RMS & Sony HT S40R is 600 WT RMS but i dosen't stand anywhere near to Logitech Z906 specially in bass department , Logitech bass is deep & punchy which hits you harder & also Logitech is way more louder than Sony , will sell sony in couple of months for sure

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  22. Krapendra Kushwaha
    Krapendra Kushwaha 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Yamaha 209 or sony ht s40r which is better….

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  23. Chintan Oza
    Chintan Oza 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Sony HT-S40R or HT-iv300 sir please guide which one is better it will helpful for my buying decision

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  24. Raghu
    Raghu 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Which one is better among sony HT S40R and samsung HW A67E/XL?

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  25. Sivakumar RV
    Sivakumar RV 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    How about samsung q800a soundbar when we get it for around 31K( market sale price is 47K)

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  26. Adarsh
    Adarsh 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    can this device play Dolby Atmos audio content from a Dolby atmos supported TV ?

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  27. DR. BRUSHH
    DR. BRUSHH 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    Does have e arc n dolby atmos ??

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  28. Rahul
    Rahul 15 May, 2022, 18:45

    20k-25k suggest a sound bar for music

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    Witch is the best sound bar rt3 or Rt40 or s40r

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    Witch is the best sony home theyater 30k

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