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This Sony dvd player is actually a complete system. It combines a dvd player, surround sound system, cd player and radio. All of these features are some how packaged into a silver aluminium case. The system has s master embossed into the top of the unit which is Sony's amplifier system. With an amplifier in the back as well the unit boasts a lot of potential, but does it work?
Well yes it does, but that's an understatement its actually brilliant.
The front of the unit has a sort of mirror finish to it where the cd drawer and display are situated. You also have the volume knob on the right hand side too. The other buttons on the front are for controlling the dvd/cd/radio, but the remote is what you do most of the controlling with. I am not sure why they put buttons on the actual machine as you hardly ever need to go near it except for putting in discs.
On the rear of the unit you have the 5.1 inputs, all colour coded so you know which speaker goes to which channel. The unit also had a scart socket and an optical out.
The speakers and bass all look quite funky, with a purple blue colour speaker cover and silver cases. They are quite chunky but are extremely well made and have a feel of real quality. The speaker wire that comes with the unit is more than adequate to get the rear speakers to the back of your room. The speakers at the front deliver I belive 40w which to be fair is enough. All the speakers combined produce an overall excellent experience, yes you can get more power but its not just about how loud you can make them, its about pure clarity without distortion. Who turns up their dvd player to full to watch a film? So these are perfect. It annoys me greatly when people moan about how little power speakers are given, but as I said above you cant actually turn them up full to watch stuff anyway so the point is?
So connect your player via scart to your television set and your off. The quality as you would expect is of the usual Sony standard, superior. The sound with the small speakers is actually amazing. You would find it hard to believe that the speakers could generate such clear crisp audio, but when coupled with the S-master amplifier the results you get, well wow!
The unit can play most discs, from multi channel super audio cd's, standard cd's and cd-rw.
Buying this system is great value for money, it combines everything you need for a surround unit without having a few remotes and lots of individual parts. You cant upgrade the unit however, but who cares when this unit does the job so well. A great stylish unit that delivers on both picture quality and sound. A real bargain, well done Sony.
You wouldn't think it to look at, but The Sony DAV-S500 Home Cinema System is a complete system in one, combining DVD player, surround sound system and hi-fi, plus some extra tricks. All this is squeezed into one modest silver box, a modern music centre. It'll play just about any optical disc you have including multi-channel SACD (Super Audio CD) and CD-RW. With tuner and amplifier also built into the system, this really does provide the lot. The speakers consist of five small cubes and one big box, the bass unit. The little speakers are certainly stylish but a lot is asked of them, especially when driving your music needs. Plug the main box into your television and you've a complete audio-visual entertainment system, radio and all. The picture quality is up to Sony's usual fine standard, the colour purity is patchy in places, but otherwise it's stable and crisp. There's no zoom or other fancy playback features, although few people use such trickery after the first week or two anyway. There is no SCART output, which is a disappointing omission, it's composite or S-VHS instead. Sound purists will complain that the tonal purity has been sacrificed a little to get a full sound from the modest speakers. The bass and mid ranges are a touch overly boosted. This does enable it to fill a room well, despite modest power. The front speaker channels are rated at 40 W, but it didn't feel like there was that much power available. Buying a music centre generally means you compromise in places and you can't upgrade any aspect of the system, something to bear in mind before you start. Where they score heavily is value for money. Just trying adding up what a comparable quality system would cost you in separates and you soon see why the DAV-S500 is such an attractive proposition. It does each job well and it makes for a clean and stylish installation, ideal if you don't want a mass of boxes and connectors and a small heap of
remote controls. It looks pretty cool too.