Blu-ray Disc™ Player Home Entertainment System
Bought this sytem on advice from salesperson. So far it's exactly as he explained. Set up was easy and picture and sound is great.
July 18, 2012
While this system sounds great, there are two major gaps that you need to consider before making this purchase.
1) Can't stream your own content over the network
2) The Wi-Fi adapter is very expensive --some other systems include the feature for less than the cost of Sony's adapter.
The system was easy to set-up. It took me 10 mins with one hand --I was on a conference call at the same time.
The components look very nice. The Blue Ray player is classic while the speakers are small enough to be discreet through your living-room.
The first gripe that I have about the system is the network connectivity. I connected it to my home network but discovered that while it features oodles of online content (we like Netflix and Slacker radio), it will not let you stream content from your home network. I also find it rather ordinary that you need to purchase a wi-fi adapter to use wi-fi. Lucky for me, I had a wired connection near by.
The second quirk is that you cannot make adjustments, or even view settings without the system stopping whatever it is doing. This feels even more ackward giving that the interface is the same as the PS3, which, with the press of the PS button, allows you to navigate menus without interrupting the music or TV playing.
February 19, 2012
short cables and a/v sync issues
Bought it because it was cheap and i am an stereo virgin. Sony put super short cables on the "front" and center speakers. To elongate the cable you would need to cut the wire in the middle and splice it with traditional speaker wire. To make it work for my layout i used the "back speakers" for thefront and did not use thecenter. Why would sony not just put longer speaker wire on the back of all the speakers?
Also a/v sync issues on HDMI play back and the ms fix only pushes sound forward instead of puahing viseo forward, which is the issue. Probably will take back.
January 2, 2012
It Is What it Promises to Be!
I received this system and a Bravia tv as a gift for Christmas. It replaced a 13 year old 200lb tv, and an old pioneer stereo set, equally old. If you want something modern, good quality, and affordable this is it. The setup won't take very long as long as you're using HDMI for both the tv and the cable box, maybe 10 minutes. Configuring it to your setup is what takes the real time. All of the pieces are small and light. Also a plus, both the tv and blu ray remotes work for both systems - I hate setting up remotes and I didn't have to. :)
Being able to browse the internet, use my iPhone as a remote, and play my Pandora stations in my living room have all made this a fanastically usable product. I may even cancel cable and start using netflix and hulu instead. Maybe. It's just so very accessible for usage with everyday media! This isn't to say I'm not still looking at a Paradigm sound system for top notch audio, but until i have thousands to burn, this is just perfect for entertaining the average listener with above average sound.
I will also be able to connect my macbook's minidisplay port to hdmi so I can play anything I download. I haven't tested it yet, though I trust it will work as it's a fairly simple connection.
On the negative side - if I want to use the cable box setup in the instructions the bluray player has to be turned on and set to hdmi input 1. Not a lot of a work, but more work than other features. I may end up putting the cable box's hdmi right into the tv. Also, I didn't get a Harry Potter 3D discount?? Someone proofing this want to send that over? ;)
The Bravia tv is also very good too - light, bright, and vivid. Overall this was a great gift! I'll be watching every movie I own as though I've never seen or heard it before. Good deal.
December 29, 2011