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      15.02.2003 16:54

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      The Sony DAV-S300 Digital Audio Video System provides a stylish, user-friendly all-in-one solution for your home entertainment, including a compact DVD Video/CD/Receiver and a full specification five-channel satellite speaker system complete with passive subwoofer. For those that wish to integrate DVD technology within their homes but are confused by the broad range of products and systems available, Sony has developed the ideal one-stop solution. Developed to provide an easy entry into the world of home entertainment, major design considerations of the DAV-S300 include living room ergonomics plus ease of installation and use. A compact (355 x 70 x 365mm) DVD Video/CD/Receiver with its stylish polished aluminium front panel fits neatly under the TV. The DAV-S300's five-channel satellite speaker system features Sony's colour-coded connecting terminals, claimed to be capable of installation by a novice within minutes. The satellite speaker system's compact (160 x 355 x 355mm) passive sub-woofer unit shares the same stylish design as the main player/receiver and looks completely at home in any living room. Once installed under the TV, users can control the DAV-S300 from their armchair using the traditional supplied remote commander or operate the unit through an on-screen menu system displayed on the TV. Using either mode, users can watch a DVD, access the additional information placed on the DVD video, adjust detail settings or just listen to a CD or the radio. This amazingly compact unit features a radio tuner with 30 pre-set FM and MW channel settings. The DAV-S300 integrates a unique, newly developed digital amplifier, which provides high-power efficiency and low signal distortion at all audio frequencies and output levels. A high signal-to-noise ratio from the digital amplifier provides a warm, natural sound in any domestic setting. Despite its high performance, Sony has succeeded in miniaturising the amplifier, enabling its board-level integr ation within the main receiver unit, whilst retaining a very slim and stylish profile. This board-mounted digital amplifier creates several advantages in the design of the DAV-S300--it features lower power consumption than traditional units, requiring a smaller transformer. Cooling fans are not required in the cabinet. The overall effect is to create an amazingly high sound quality from a very compact cabinet. Further, the DAV-S300 is fitted with Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital and DTS decoders. For those wishing to transform their living room into a miniature theatre, the DAV-S300 incorporates Sony's proprietary Digital Cinema Sound (DCS) technology. If, having installed the DAV-S300 system, users catch the AV bug and wish to develop still further the sound profile created by their loudspeaker speaker system they can do so easily. One of the features of Sony DCS is virtual 3-D technology, enabling a range of surround sound speaker arrays to be added to the system, further enhancing the film's "larger than life" audio experience.

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      11.02.2003 21:33

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      Dav s300 - Advantages: Loud Sound, VERY LOUD SUBWOOFER AND LFE EFFECTS, Sharp picture - Disadvantages: Lack of inputs, no dolby pro logic 2, no Dolby EX

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      13.06.2002 20:45
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      The DVAS300 makes for a superb entry-level combi into the world of DVD and cinema sound. It features DVD playback, Digital Cinema Sound with a number of sound fields, two auxillary in's and FM tuner. The playback and sound quality is faultless, with five high-powered satellite speakers and a subwoofer that would make the neighbours labrador jealous. It's aesthetically pleasing too with it's brushed aluminium outer casing and glass fronted display. Basically it oozes Sony quality. The remote control is straight forward too, with a lift-up flap revealing some of the more advanced controls to keep the unit a sensible size. As you might expect, much of the unit operates purely from the remote control, so best not lose it down the back of the sofa! It's not all good news though. Despite the fantastic price tag on this model there are some points to consider before handing over your credit card:- It doesn't read CDR/CD-RW. Presumably this was not so much of an undersight by Sony, more so an attempt to limit the use of pirate DVD's, which is a good thing, although if, like me, you enjoy the use of a CD writer, you can't playback your own recorded CDs on it. The units amplifier let's it down slightly too. Whilst you can expect Sony's usual brilliant sound reproduction and low-level bass, it doesn't exactly outpower some of it's rivals, such as Panasonics similar all-in-one unit. Sure it's loud enough for many, but for those who really like to 'bring the house down' you may find yourself slightly disappointed. Last moan - no SCART! It's arguable that as the unit doesn't need to send sound to the television (it actually can't as it has no auxillary out's) it doesn't need SCART capability. However, as I have only one SCART socket on my television I have to change between the DVD player and my VCR. Moaning aside, it's a great value for money player. It's reliable, sounds fantastic, looks good, and it's made by Sony. What more could you ask for...

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        24.05.2002 16:56
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        Last week, I moved into the world of home cinema, courtesy of the Sony DAVS300. After quite a lot of research, the best solution for my living room I thought would be the S300, and how right I was. Lots of people told me the sound quality isn't what you will get from a seperates system - but in a medium-sized room, that really doesn't matter. Having watched 3 DVDs, and listened to several CDs, I can vouch that the sound quality is simply amazing, for someone who hasn't heard good surround-sound before. I watched a Region 1 DTS enabled DVD which was simply incredible too - as someone said in one of the reviews, it may not be the loudest thing on the planet, but it's enough to create a minor public disturbance. Picture quality is as you would expect from a Sony, and nearly flawless. I would recommend this as an ideal starter package for people wanting a DVD player, surround sound, CD player and Hi-fi all in one, at a reasonable and affordable price.

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          08.11.2001 20:19
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          If you want to set up a home theater system without any hassle, the Sony DAV-S300 may be exactly what you want. All you need is a television; the system is perfectly sized for apartments and bedrooms. The Sony DAV-S300 includes a DVD player, AM/FM radio, a Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 receiver, five speakers, and a subwoofer. Why is the Sony DAV-S300 so great? --Well for the main role it is exceptional for playing DVDs. This system can decode both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio, so you'll never need to worry about incompatible discs. While speaker output is limited to only 30 watts per channel, the sound is as crisp and full as you'd expect for a small room system. Picture quality was also excellent, compared to other DVD players i have tried. Set up is simple, right out of the box. Each of the speaker wires is color coded, and it takes just a few minutes to plug them into the back of the unit. Space saving. Since everything is in one unit, there are not a lot of wires to mess around with, and it doesn't take up too much shelf space. What's not great? Low wattage. The speaker outputs are limited at just 30 watts per channel, a very low amount. For my apartment, this was no problem, since it was enough to disturb the neighbors during a showing of Braveheart. However, true audio afficionados looking to equip a larger room will find this unit to be a bit of a let down. Lacks an S-Video input. I tried to plug in my DIRECTV receiver's S-Video output in the Sony DAV-S300, but i couldn't do so. The unit does have an S-Video output, so that your DVD movies can look very sharp on an appropriately equipped television, but the satellite picture could only be passed through with standard analog RCA jacks. All in all, I am very pleased with this purchase. It's a quick, inexpensive way to add a complete home theater experience to your television, and it looks sexy too.

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          31.08.2001 02:42
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          Feeling the need to spend some money, we visited the Northampton Sony shop and walked out having bought a widescreen TV (another ***** review on it's way) and the DAV-S300 integrated home theatre / DVD system. Like most homes with a TV, VCR, Satellite set-top-box and Hi-fi, space is at a premium so the primary requirement for this purchase was size. The Sony unit scores highly on this as it integrates the Surround Amp and DVD into one extremely thin unit - around 7CM/3" high. This does away with the need for the usually huge surround amp (why do they need to be so large ?). Secondly, the speakers that are supplied are also small (10x10x10CM) which is tiny compared to most. The downside of such a compact system is that you will not get the output that you could with a bigger system but frankly unless your neighbours are deaf or you live miles from anywhere, there is a limit to how loud you can use any system. The system is fairly easy to install with a helpful quick start user guide - for those of you who only go to the instruction manual if all else fails. Each of the set of six speaker cables is colour coded so you don't have to work out which speaker connects to which socket on the back of the unit. It is a little confusing working out how you link the TV, VCR and Satellite to the system but in the end we took the easy option and just lifted the audio directly from the back of the TV so that whatever is playing on the TV will automatically get fed through the surround amp. One minor complaint is that some of the cables were too short for our relatively small room but it is not too difficult to extend using fairly standard speaker cable. The unit itself offers a number of different surround standards including Prologic (good for films broadcast via Sky) and Dolby DTS and Digital for most DVD's. It has an auto switching mode that detects the signal coming in and configures itself for that standard. You can also force the unit into other modes depending on how you like your films / Sport / Games to sound. The unit also contains a FM radio and will of course play audio CD's and if you are lucky Video CD's. If you are into digital video editing on your home PC and have a decent CD burner (I use Nero 5.x) then you can create your own VideoCD's (although the Sony player is quite fussy on the make of CD-R you use). One major gripe is that Sony seem to have built this unit without any obvious hack to allow you to play non-Europe region DVD's. I guess that this is probably what they are supposed to do but if you intend to buy cheap US region DVD's to play on the unit then check one of the many DVD hack sites on the web before doing so. As far as I can see the only way of doing this is to get the unit electronically modified (Chipped) which is not an option I want to pursue on a 500 quid player. The audio quality is very good, particularly off a Dolby digital DVD. Even with such small speakers it can really bring a film to life. The remote control is large and fairly confusing but it is the same format as most other Sony TV remotes so you can control the TV from the DVD remote and visa versa. The design of the unit is like most Sony products - visually superb. They do seem to be able to design a great looking product that is feature rich, sounds great and does not cost the earth. There is no doubt that you could go out and buy a much cheaper DVD player and a cheaper surround AMP and have a decent system but you then have the disadvantage of 15 miles of spaghetti round the back of your TV and the need for an extra hi-fi unit to hold all the additional boxes. I am really pleased with my system. I would recommend to anyone that wants to bring their DVD's to life.

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            05.07.2001 18:51
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            For about a year and a half now, I have been in the market for a DVD player. When I first started my search, I was being very picky. I wanted something astonishing for very little cost. Impossible? Yes. I also thought to myself that this player _must_ be multi regional. So time passed and money got tight, so my DVD thoughts had to take a back seat. So, recently I started browsing again and started to think, well, why on earth do I need a multi-regional DVD player? I have a video, and do I ever buy videos?? No. Never, which is reason to believe that I would never buy a DVD movie! Multi-regional requirements out of the way, I wondered, well what do I get for my money, and why do some players cost an arm and a leg, and others cost just a few fingers? It was all a bit mind boggling. Last week though, I went in to a local department store who had a sale on, and, as usual, I was checking out the DVD players. I got chatting with one of the sales guys and he was explaining it all to me. Things started to make sense, and I soon realised that my surround sound stereo system may not be enough for a DVD player, if I chose to buy one. Then he showed me the Sony DAV-S300. This little player had five tiny speakers, a sub-woofer, an amplifier and dolby digital and all those other fabulous things that you get with a player. All for about 200 quid more than I'd spend on a standalone player. I was sold - almost. He explained how I could put the Sky Digital through it, my video through it, how it was a radio and a regular cd player too! Wow I thought. I knew that if I were to buy separates, I'd be paying close to 1000 quid for the bottom of the range equipment, yet here was a fantastic package, all-in-one, for IR£649. To be honest, it sounded a bit much to me, so I said I'd think about it and go check my finances to see if I could afford it. In I went the following week and bought it. I felt a bit odd actually, since I boug ht it from a different guy, I just went up to him and said, I'll take one of those, no questions. He looked at me quite oddly. Although it was sold, he still wanted to tell me all about it. Well....it was funny at the time. Home I went and proceeded to undo my original setup, which was the nicam video recorder feeding in to the surround sound stereo. I spent maybe 45 minutes setting the new machine up. The instructions were dead clear on how to set it up and what wires go where. All colour coded and simple. That's not where I had the problem though. I had the digibox and my video to plug in too and Sony didn't supply all the wires. Well even if they did supply the wires, I'd still be stuck. I just couldn't figure out how to put the video through the DVD player and how to put the digibox through it too. So basically, I've left it until I can get some lad with a bit more hi-fi knowledge to sort it for me. Anyway, I did get the picture and the sound of the DVD player, which is all I really cared about at the time. There were some setup functions you had to go through with the player, like set the level of the speakers and tell the DVD player where you have them situated and so on. All very well explained. In goes a DVD disc and I wait in anticipation. Wow. When I bought my Nicam Stereo video I thought the sound was amazing, but it couldn't even stand next to this little machine!! I put in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Not a great effects/sound movie, but at the start there was a little trailer for DVD movies with helicopters flying about and really demonstrating the DVD player's ability. I was blown away. The quality of the sound was amazing. Everything was so clear and crisp and the expert way in which the surround sounds were distributed really had me thinking, "yes, 649 quid well spent!". I don't know why I didn't purchase this sooner. It really is a great pr oduct, with supperb sound. Since you get the dolby digital decoder and all the other fancy bits too, definitely go and spend the extra few pounds on it, because to buy a player with as many features and then buy a speaker system that could match, would cost you a lot more. One thing I have been told is that the system would not be terribly effective for large rooms. So for those of you with town hall's as sitting rooms, maybe try something a bit upmarket like a Bose system. But for us regular Joe's, the Sony is the bee's knee's!!

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              13.06.2001 21:46
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              Working in a electrical store I get to see and play with some of Sony’s latest hardware, and when the Sony rep brought the new DAV-S300 home cinema kit in, it didn’t take me long to see it was a quality piece of kit. For any one who wants a cinema in their front living room for £500 then read on. It looks the business and does the business; the DAV-S300 is the last word in home entertainment. If you want the to solve all your home cinema and entertainment needs this is the system for you, easy to set up and install the system comes complete with amplifier, CD/DVD player, satellite speakers and a subwoofer. And if that wasn’t enough it has a built in FM AM tuner, so you can listen to the radio on it as well what more do you want! STYLE! Its not bulky either, it is very compact but don’t be fooled it still packs a punch. It is finished in very stylish gunmetal and comes with six satellite speakers but at 30W each it more than do the job. The subwoofer is bigger than the whole lot together, but this can be hidden out of site and still provide all the bass you need. The system is simple in cosmetic design, with few controls on the actual front of the system. SETUP! Setting up a fall scale home entertainment system sounds like a hell of a job, but the DAV-S300 is easy to set up I did it in a few minutes. All the wires and points where they go are colour coded just jack them in hook it up to the power and its party time. To control the settings of the system you have a graphical user interface that is brought up on your TV screen, and by the push of a few buttons on the remote you can control the settings of the system. DCS The system uses Sony’s unique Digital Cinema Sound (DCS), This system is apparently the result of studies into acoustics in large screen cinemas. And so it reproduces this effect in your home. And after demonstrating it several times it has never failed to impress. < br>SPEC  DVD/CD Player, AV Amplifier and tuner  Dolby Digital , Prologic and dts decoder built in  Digital Cinema sound with Cinema Studio Ex  5 satellite speakers and subwoofer  6 x 30W (RMS)  Remote control

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                11.05.2001 04:58
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                If you think a home cinema costs £1000 plus, think again. This Sony DAV-S300 includes everything you need for home cinema. When I first got this I was very impressed, the first DVD I ran of it gave sharp vibrant images, and plenty of options for DVD's. The setup for this system is easy for anyone, the plugs are colour coded and easily connect. The sound is as impressive as any micro Hi fi out there. Bass comes flooding out the subwoofer, and the mid to high frequencies are handled by the satellite speakers. Yes the Dolby 5.1 decoding is included too, and gives great atmosphere. The system can also handle CD's and VCD's. From the size of it, its impressive how they have fitted an amplifier, radio tuner, DVD player, and Dolby decoding in the tiny silver box. Hook it up to a good TV and you'll be rewarded with excellent pictures, and excellent sound. The most impressive of all is the price, this is unbelievable value. If you went out and bought the surround kit separate; speakers, amplifier, Dolby decoder, radio tuner, DVD player, sub woofer, this would add up to £1000 minimum. So take my advice and buy it, its a great starting point for the DVD age. This is a Home cinema all in one, so what that means is you get enough equipment, which will launch you into cinema category sound and picture. What you need do is buy a TV or projector and connect it to this system, so lets go through what you get when you buy. Sub-Woofer This is what’s known as a low frequency sound producer, the design here is a passive type. The passive means it is powered by an external amplifier, and is a Bass Relfex type, meaning Bass frequencies come from a port at the front and also from the front of the bass woofer. The Sub woofer you’d get if you buy it is a 30w (watt) sub woofer, with a medium sized 7” (17.5cm) driver. This piece is especially important when produce the deep low down bass frequencies in music, radio and best of all movi es. The ideal place to put it is beside a TV, and not too close to a corner or a wall. Placing near a corner will enhance the bass incorrectly making it over powering and far too blurred. Its frequency range is 20Hz to 200Hz. Satellite Speakers You get five identical speakers with the package, each incorporates a 3” (7.5cm) driver and bass reflex port at rear. These are 4 x 3.75 x 4 inches in dimension and weigh 1 lb, so they’re almost cubicula. Each produces the lowest of mid range frequencies and the highest of 20000Hz. These drivers aren’t as fussy as where to be placed but require a good place to be heard; each speaker must be placed in the right place, right/left speakers must be placed the same distance from the centre channel speaker (which must be in the middle), each of the three speakers should be in a line. The surround speakers should be equal distance from the front three and at ear level. nd are well built, and feel like I can stand on them. The Unit This box is amazing in size as it holds, an amplifier, radio tuner, DVD drive/CD driver, Dolby and DTS decoding chipsets. And is 2.75 x 14 x 14.5 (HxWxD) a nice square, and has, Digital outputs, Scart output, composite video output, sound outputs and Coax output, and a few others. The front fascia is a silver/chrome affair with a dot matrix pixel display behind a 1cm glass plate, and the drive is on the left near a power button, beneath the display lies a number of buttons for basic functions such as play, skip, setting and volume control. Playback has incredible detail and DVD menus are quick and easy to navigate with the remote. The remote has a flip lid, which reveals a number of settings for the volume of each speaker. And a few other buttons for picture display. Unfortunately the output through Scart isn’t RGB compatible, so the S-Video output is the best option. Build quality is excellent although the remote buttons seem out of place in areas, but not so obvious. The casework is heavily shaped and will take the hardest of knock to bend. And apart from those you also get a scart to scart lead, and plenty and I do mean plenty of speaker wire, there’s 15 metre for the rear! Performance Picture Playback from the Mask Of Zorro reveals a very colourful presentation and the speedy DVD drive is capable of retrieving information within seconds. Pictures have brilliant detail and smoothness, while the onscreen menus are easy to navigate. Move over to Toy Story 2 and the pictures give a bright colourful picture detail and a dynamic look. Animations are filled with subtle surprises and smooth delivery, and then there’s the sound. Sound Power, precision and detail spring to mind here, playback of The Mask of Zorro reveal a crisp delivery of the vocals while sword fights have a shiny atmosphere. Move over to cartoon adventure Toy Story 2, and bass power arrives in brilliant style and punch, while voices and sound effects mould together very well. The combination and movement of bass to midrange reveal a smooth sound, and awesome sparkle and shine. Move over to CD’s and the stereo sound is as capable as most sub £150 Hi Fi’s while the stereo imaging isn’t as precise as most Hi Fi’s; from the cinema speakers, which are designed to perform in atmosphere, which they do in style. Playing Dolby Digital DVD’s give unbelievable atmosphere and dynamic moments from front to rear and rear right to left front. Just the intro to the Dolby 5.1 screen has brilliant punch, impact and precision. While capable, it couldn’t match a full separate system, but then, that would cost twice as much. It does also play DTS which is the AMD from Intel, or the Pepsi to Coca Cola… basically the rival to Dolby and seems to be slightly more spacious. Why I Bought It I was out in a electrical store one day, and was just wandering around, and decided to look at the TVs. In one corner was a surround home theatre system, all connected to a 52” Sony rear projecting TV. At that time I noticed five speakers, and a s ubwoofer around the room. Jurassic Park was playing, and I was wondering what DVD player they were using. I saw a small silver box with volume control. But where’s the DVD player? There’s sound but where’s the picture coming from. SO I asked the assistant, he said that the picture was coming from the Sony DAV-S300 under the TV, and I was quite amazed, it had no external amplifier and DVD player. It was basically all in-one! I thought, now that must cost a lot since its in here. So I went ver and saw, £530! No this can’t be right, but yes it only cost £530! But I was not yet fully convinced. So when I went home I decided to research the system. At the local newsagent, I bough a magazine which I liked, What Hi Fi (UK mag), and the system was in there, first page and what was the mags score? Five star. Well I was so convinced I bought it. And now it’s mine! I love it, though I am determined to get a bigger set, I’ll keep this until then and maybe put it in my bedroom! I thought about what to play, and have played various discs, among the ones I haven’t already named I played The lost World: Jurassic Park, Saving private Ryan, and a few others. All seem to work tremendously well. The only thing is, I won’t be using my PlayStation 2’s DVD playback when it goes in my room. Oh well… Overall You will say WOW out loud each time a movie ends, and why go to the cinema when you can watch in you own armchair. The precision of sound is brilliant while picture amazes even up against the £400 DVD rivals, but when you get all the above for a price of a DVD player only a year or so ago you can say this is a true bargain.

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                  18.04.2001 16:19
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                  when i decided to purchase a new DVD player, I didnt even look at the sony DVA S300 as I thought it was too expensive. But after a lot of arm twisting by the otherhalf, i decided to go ahead and buy it, and whoa....what a good choice, it is definately value for money as the sound quality is amazing and the picture quality is equally as good. I am very impressed and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to purchase a DVD player

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                    I amazed myself with my own restraint when we bought this product a few weeks before moving house and actually *left it boxed*! I'm usually right in there with a new toy and I'm pleased to say that now we've moved in, stripped the horrible wallpaper off etc., we finally took the plunge and got the Sony out of its box. It only took 10 minutes to wire up and program in the speaker distances relative to the seating position (believe me this does make a difference) and within no time we were sat watching Demi Moore in 'Striptease' (I have my needs)... delighted with the way it looked and sounded. ... but.... I realised the display said "Dolby Pro Logic" and not "Dolby Digital"..... oh, a dudd I thought - but looked into it a little more and discovered that it was simply a limitation of the disc itself. Eject... out comes Striptease and in goes Erin Brockevich (great film, third time through now!) and we didn't even have to wait for the film before we got a blast of cinema style wooshes and thumps as the teaser sequences played! It's a stylish box, very slim but very deep meaning I couldn't rest it on top of the video as I'd planned, but I'll sort out a shelf soon. The speakers are small but with the subwoofer sitting out of site but backing them up well, I must admit (bearing in mind a distinct lack of carpet at the moment) it's actually quite bass-heavy, to the extent that I've turned the subwoofer down 3dB for the time being... that suprised me! Oh - and the price? It's sold everywhere at £550, but I used Pricerunner.com to find it for me at £450 including delivery! So there :oP Bargain! We're delighted with our new toy and the fact that it plays CDs and radio perfectly well means she's banished my HiFi with it's "normal" sized speakers from the living room altogether. No problem though. Only one thing that *might* be a pro blem is that it can't play CDRs, but for me I leave the originals at home and carry the CDR copies in the car anyway - not a problem.

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                      This DVD player is class. It is an all in one system, which has radio; DVD and 2 other input functions such as anything like games consoles. The good thing about it is it comes with 6 surround speakers. These make the home cinema experience amazing and can sometimes scare the pooh out of you. It is a bit more expensive but is worth it because it is Sony and it has virtually everything that is possible for DVD players to have. It has loads of surround options and really produces a good atmosphere. It looks fantastic and is very slim line compared to the other players available on the market. The machine is silver and the display is green. The problem it has is it cannot play copied DVD’s without getting it chipped and only puts the output (pal, ntsc) the same as the input. This means if you haven’t got an ntsc compatible TV you will only get the picture in black and white. For all you dummies, (Just kidding!) this means you can’t play region 1 DVD’s (American) on this player. Overall this is one of the best machines on the market and if you have the money I would recommend you buy this system.

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                      A month ago, when I begun to look some home theatre packages, I started looking at some big systems like Onkyo, Pioneer and Yamaha, all composed by the DVD reader, the AV receiver and the kit of high speakers. I asked for some demos of these devices, and I was very impressed by them. One day I discovered this little wonder, the Sony DAV-S300, with an all-in-one solution packed in a small silver box. My first reaction was bad, so I thought that this was not a serious device. "This little box cannot produce a good quality sound as the other systems I had seen before" I said. Next, I revised all the technical documentation and I was very impressed to discover that it already includes the DTS decoder, so there are other more expensive systems that only have Dolby surround and Dolby digital. The speakers are little, but they belong to the Pascal family from Sony, so it means good sound quality. The DAV-S300 also includes an AM-FM radio tuner, and it can also play music CDs. Not CD-R's according the documentation. It has a lot of built-in sound modes, so you are able to create virtual sound environments and assign them to the different audio sources the device can process to improve the final sound sensation. The only negative thing I seen was the speakers power, so they only have 30 watts each, and the subwoofer is passive and it's only 30 watts too, so I was a bit worried about it. But all of this was only theory, so I decided to test it in the real life and started a search on my city until I found a vendor who has a DAV-S300 with all the set mounted on their shop, and I asked for a demo. Believe, guys, the acoustic environment of the shop was not in the state of the art, but the sound produced by this little marvel is fantastic. Even the theoretically limited 30 watts, it sounds very well. The subwoofer performs very well too, and if you have a larger room (or a house without neighbors) you can attach an active subwoofer, so the DAV-S300 has a connector for it. Of course, I bought the DAV-S300 and in a couple of hours it was mounted on home. I tested it for the first time with the DVD of Matrix, putting the volume just until 50%, and it was amazing. I'm still impressed. I checked it with some audio CDs and I can see that it is very good as Cd reader. And, surprise, I checked with some CDRs and I can see that someone is detected and played but it doesn't detect the others. This is not a serious problem if you don't have a big collection of CDR's. The device hasn't a lot of inputs and outputs, but they was all I need to attach the video and the TV cable decoder. I believe that this device is excellent for all average users and for all average rooms, and in cases as mine, it is perfect and enough to take the first steps in the home theatre world and I recommend it for all of you. Of course, if you're a high-tech pro and you have a very large room, then perhaps you will need a more complex solution, as the Onkyo or Yamaha ones, with more inputs-outputs and more watts.

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                      24.12.2000 08:08
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                      I have been lucky enough to have been bought the Sony DVD Player (dav-s300).It is an entertainment system allowing me to experience the cinema experience in the luxury of my own living room Complete with 5 small speakers and a sub-woofer the sound produced is phenomenal. Not only can I watch DVD's, I can also watch videos and the television through the sound system. The advantage of having a DVD player is that you are given the oppurtunity to watch deleted scenes and speacial related features associated with the film. You can also have the choice to listen to the radio and preset up2 15 stations!!!!!

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                        07.12.2000 16:00
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                        Last week, I moved into the world of home cinema, courtesy of the Sony DAVS300. After quite a lot of research, the best solution for my living room I thought would be the S300, and how right I was. Lots of people told me the sound quality isn't what you will get from a seperates system - but in a medium-sized room, that really doesn't matter. Having watched 3 DVDs, and listened to several CDs, I can vouch that the sound quality is simply amazing, for someone who hasn't heard good surround-sound before. I watched a Region 1 DTS enabled DVD which was simply incredible too - as someone said in one of the reviews, it may not be the loudest thing on the planet, but it's enough to create a minor public disturbance. Picture quality is as you would expect from a Sony, and nearly flawless. I would recommend this as an ideal starter package for people wanting a DVD player, surround sound, CD player and Hi-fi all in one, at a reasonable and affordable price.

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                        Called the DAV-S300 or the "Dream System", this all-in-one wonder comprises an AV receiver with a built-in DVD player (or vice versa) that features both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 channel processing, 5 micro satellite speakers, and a passive subwoofer. This all-in-one solution means that setup is fuss-free and worry-free. Detailed explanations, via easily understood color charts, are provided on the proper connections to the speakers. To further highlight the ease-of-connection of this system, speaker cables with color-coded connectors are provided to facilitate this function.

                        To complement both the Dolby Digital and DTS formats, Sony's proprietary technology, Digital Cinema Sound, is also featured on the DAV-S300. Digital Cinema Sound effectively uses 3-D sound imaging to create the feel of sound emanating from points where no physical speakers exist. It allows the rear speakers (or even the front speakers) to recreate the same form of sound radiation achieved by multiple speakers. The result is a true theatre-like surround sound experience. The DAV-S300 also sports a slim, stylish design that seduces you, with its sleek chassis profile and svelte speaker design. As such, it is the perfect complement for those who strive for balance between aesthetics and performance in their home theatre equipment. Underneath its gorgeous exterior, the DAV-S300 sports the heart of a beast, with its pure 30 watt per channel power output into each of the five discrete channels (including the passive subwoofer). The key to achieving this power rating coupled with the unit's slim design is the utilization of a unique Class-T amplification design. This breakthrough design successfully provide the signal fidelity of sophisticated discrete-component linear Class-A and -AB designs, while offering high power efficiencies and the potential to need less exotic engineering to achieve high-end audiophile performance.