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I bought this surround sound system and have had it for 6 months now and i can say it was worth every penny! So if you are like me and have already bought a decent blu ray player or lots of other equipment this is defiantly for you!
I am pointing out the cost of this system first over specs and performance as with most medium to high end electrical items it is not always about cost. So i'll get this out of the way now...there are cheaper setups which are still good! I paid £320 for this system which you can probably get it at £275-£300 mark now. For this price you do get just about everything.
There are many features to this surround sound system, i won't list the whole spec just the useful info if i can...Basically this system acts like a central hub to all your electrical equipment. You can connect loads of things through different sockets on the amp unit. You have an inputs section and outputs, the outputs are simply the 5 speakers, 1 subwoofer and a HDMI out to your TV. The HDMI out to your TV is what i mean by being "a central hub" this system means you don't have loads of wiring to your TV, it all goes through the Amp. Except for your games console which for example i have an xbox 360 using component cables this has to go straight to my TV.
Ok now the inputs...It has 3 HDMI sockets labelled up as Sat, BluRay and DVD (you plug whatever you want in though) It has 2 optical in which is excellent if you have both an Xbox and PS3. It also has a Coax for old school equipment, a DM port and 3 sets of L&R phono connections for basic stereo items.
The system is Calibrated automatically, this i think is awesome basically you plug the centre mic in (included) and sit it in the middle of the room or where you might sit. You might want to put a load of books on your sofa so you can get the mic to ear level, then you go out of the room and let it play weird noises through each speaker, its madness you'll probably get some weird comments from your neighbours. Return to your room and its setup ready. You can fine tune too but this is usually good and saves messing.
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--Ditch all your other sony remotes as this has theatre setup to contral all Sony items through its own remote. Even the power button transfers! Bravia compatible
--there are like 8 modes of sound setup which you might want to change between depending on your preference or what you are listening to/watching on TV.
--It supports wireless rear speakers (optional extra is needed which may set you back £60-£70)
--The amp is silent, i have had systems in the past that hum on standby
--includes a radio tuner which is a nice extra, could have been DAB but not really what i bought it for.
--speakers and wiring is colour coded wiring sockets which is good when you move house and saves a lot of time tracing wires behind your TV.
--centre speaker is short and narrow and nicely fits on your stack (equipment pile under your TV) or you can perch it in front of your TV as it isn't tall enough to get in the way.
The sound quality is excellent it supports Dolby 5.1, prologic 1 & 2 , prologic MV (good for old DVDs), Prologic MS (good for music only), P audio (really good for music input from an ipod or other mp3 device) and there is (which i use the most) Movie DCS which is good for any DVD/ blu ray released since 2006.
The build quality is excellent each speaker is solid and doesn't feel cheap at all. All speakers have foam feet and have bolt holes on the back. The RMS output is 1000W with 143w per channel on each speaker and 285w on the sub. Which is excellent can't fault it its good at all volumes too.
Aside from all the good points listed above, there a very few bad points.
-Could have had a DAB radio included.
-Could have a power saving mode which a lot of new electrical items have now days. It old has low useage standby which runs at 40w according to my electric meter counter
-Component cable support for Xbox (this is very picky)
-The remote control is a little chunky but i suppose it is because of the many buttons.
Overall an excellent system for those who want quality and reliability at a little extra cost
This home theatre system adds multichannel surround to your set up. This provides 5.1 channels, this means 5 mid-high speakers and 1 subwoofer offering an impressive 1000w. The five channels are split between on centre speaker and four satellite speakers. These are typically placed left and right of the TV with the centre speaker below the TV and the remaining speakers behind to the left and right.
This product like many current Sony has a feature called Bravia sync which helps connect Bravia products together. You can also connect MP3 players and other media devices via blue-tooth and Wi-Fi there is also a radio tuner.
The sound quality is brilliant and actually seems to increase sound quality. Upon getting this system you probably won't use your old HI-FI system again. However 7.1 is becoming more common place now so this system won't cater to people who are fully up to date with entertainment technology.
This is a great Sony product which is best suited to the Bravia range. The word here is quality, so if you want a great professional sounding speaker system, look no further.