Televisions have changed greatly over the years, no longer do we all have great chunky TV`s sitting on big sturdy units built to hold their bulk. Most of us now have TV`s not much thicker than mirrors hanging from our walls, I personally see this as a huge improvement but there is one thing the new TV`s cannot do that the old box sets could and that is provide the room for big speakers to allow for great sound.
These days the plasma and LCD TV`s sport modern stream lined speakers designed to do the same job as the older larger ones but they rarely do, I personally have a 60 inch LED TV which is a beautiful sight to behold and the picture quality is simply awesome however the sound from it was a bit of a letdown which is why I went on to purchase the Sony HT AS5 satellite surround sound system.
Now my TV is Samsung and for a short time I was tempted to go for a Samsung surround sound system to match but I am a huge lover of Sony and after spending a bit of time looking at what was on offer I plumped for this Sony set and I am 100% happy with my choice.
The Sony components are very stylish looking as well as being very powerful and producing the most awesome of sound, you get 4 upright speakers designed to go into the corners of the room, a flat lying speaker designed to go on top of or under the actual TV itself and a bass unit which you can position absolutely anywhere, I have mine hidden behind the sofa and it rumbles away just nicely there.
These speakers have an integrated amplifier and they have a huge 1000 watt output power, the sound from them is best described s perfect, I rarely have them turned up past half way as they are very, very loud but I have had them almost full whilst listening to the music channels or if the lads have been round for the football and hearing the TV over the shouts has become difficult. Even at almost full volume there is no breakup of the sound, the bass is handled well and the sound is as crystal clear as it is at lower levels.
These speakers are wired and this is perhaps their only set back, on reflection I would probably have gone for a wireless set although the wires for these are very thin and very simple to hide. Having said these are wired I should point out that if you have a Sony Bravia TV these can be synched wirelessly to it.
With these speakers you are not just tied to them as TV speakers you can connect three devices to them via HDMI allowing your TV, Blu-ray player, games consoles, and much, much more to be connected and you can simply switch between devices with the touch of a button. The speakers are remote controlled too so you do not even need to leave the comfort of your seat to change what you use them for.
I have owned a few surround sound sets in the past and my brother in law has a very expensive Panasonic set right now but I can honestly say I have never heard high def sound reproduction the likes of what these Sony speakers can produce, it has changed movie watching in our house for sure and I would be quick to recommend these to others too.
It seems the cost of these can vary dramatically, I have seen them priced upwards of £370 but I personally paid only £199.99 for these from an online company called PRCdirect.co.uk and they were delivered within two days so if you are interested in a set of these then I would check out these guys first.
No one wants unsightly speakers all around their living room so these compact, sleek and very good looking speakers from Sony are a great choice in my opinion and if you have a local Comet and they have these in stock they will usually be happy to let you hear them in action, that is where I first heard these speakers but they were too expensive from Comet hence why I bought them online.
LOOKS - 10/10
BUILD QUALITY - 9/10
EASE OF USE - 9/10
SOUND QUALITY - 10/10
FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES - 8/10
EASE OF CONNECTION - 9/10
VALUE FOR MONEY - 9/10
OVERALL - 9/10
TO SUM UP:
These speakers look good, sound good and are simple to set up and to use, a simple one cable connection and a very easy to use remote control along with their excellent build quality and awesome sound make these the best surround sound speakers for the money in my opinion and I have raved about them to family and friends and all have agreed on hearing them that they are an excellent set of speakers that would enhance any home theatre system, don't settle for great pictures go for great sound too!
Thanks for reading.