Product Type: Sony home cinemas
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Sexy lookin', sweet soundin' and £100 less than list price :o)
Sony DAV S300
Member Name: jeremy13
Sony DAV S300
Date: 23/03/01, updated on 23/03/01 (1051 review reads)
Advantages: All-in-one, impressing sound and great picture quality.
Disadvantages: Radio seems very loud compared with CD - need to remember to turn the volume down when switching!
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.