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Great Machine to Own!
Member Name: MrGiles2
Advantages: Internet Access, Great Pictures and Sound
Disadvantages: Wireless connection via Dongle which is expensive
With prices of blu-ray players and discs coming down fast as the market becomes even more competitive, now is the time to have a look at this wonderful machine, the latest in a long line of Sony achievements.
The machine, very easy to set up, attaching an HDMI lead to my Sony Bravia TV and an optical lead to my Yamaha Home Cinema amplifier, it is ready to be switched on in minutes. The first thing I noticed was the speed which it loaded a disc. It is the quickest I have ever come across, literally seconds. The second thing I noticed was the picture quality. Using a blu-ray disc, Terminator Salvation in this case, picture quality is absolutely stunning. Although I did use the Vivid Picture Mode on my Sony Bravia which does make colour and detail that much brighter and sharper. Some viewers may find this mode a little too bright for their taste, so you may have to adjust the mode for whatever suits you. There is no denying however, that picture is quite simply awesome. Moreover, ordinary DVDs are automatically upscaled and look pretty good too.
As for sound, I use the Yamaha Amplifier which is capable of transmitting 7:1 sound, and it does not disappoint. The sound is expansive, sharp, with clear dialogue and good surround effects depending on the disc of course.
The machine is also capable of playing Music CDs, and since I tend to listen to classical and opera music mainly, the sound is very good indeed.
Now, the interesting bit. As technology advances, the ability to access Internet services becomes more accessible. There is an ethernet connection on the rear of the machine. I use Homeplugs Ethernet cables for Home Networking rather than wireless, (you can use a wireless dongle which is expensive though) and it works very well indeed. Since I am a member of Lovefilm I can access Lovefilm Library (you will be given a code which you will need to confirm online before you can download any films etc) and can pick and choose from quite a long list. Moreover, there are other internet channels such as YouTube and Sony Entertainment just to mention a couple which you can access without extra charge. Welcome to the world of Home Entertainment Online!!
All told then, this is a marvellous machine to own. Prices are falling very quickly these days, so shop around because I am sure you will pick up this machine for around £150 or less in some places.
Summary: Must Own Machine for Home Entertainment
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