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The unit is quite slim line so you are able to place it nearly anywhere, and also the slim line makes it look good.
The speakers itself are quite attractive, and are really good, they perform quite well even at loud volumes. The sound quality is great. Also the speaker cables that you get in the box are fairly long, so I was really able to place the back speakers at the back of the room, and not use extra cable.
It has a HD upscale that increase the quality of normal DVD to much better quality on the HD output by a HDMI. The quality of the upscale is really good, when i compared it to my normal DVD player.
However the system does not have an optical cable output, and you really need this if you want to experience a full 5.1 surround effect!
But other than that the quality of the speakers is great, even the sub woofer has a great amount of bass! Really good at parties or just watching movies.
Not quite sure about the other review on this product saying that you cannot play iPod and mp3 players, as the unit has a 3.5mm audio in at the front, from which I am able to connect my iPod from, however it does miss the usb function.
Rated 4 starts due to not having an optical cable output.
Well it looks fantastic, sounds fantastic but it does have a flaw. Starting with this flaw, the problem with this system from Sony is the lack of inputs available on the main player. It does not accept components, just scart leads, so you need an adapter for RGB components to scart if you want to play a few things through this such as an MP3 player or an ipod. This leads to another sub problem which is that it does not have a port for an ipod- I found this quite disappointing.
On the plus side however, it sounds absolutely brilliant. The best film I have watched with this was actually Das Boot and the surround sound was sensational, really helping capture the atmosphere of a submarine. A really neat feature is that it comes shipped with a special microphone which lets it set up the appropriate sound levels for individual speakers.
Finally it looks extremely sleek and the speakers are inconspicuous whilst good looking at the same time.