Rated 5 out of 5
by Vnaidu85 Solid sound system, few minor quirks
I bought this system back in June of 2014. I took time time reviewing as I wanted to get completely familiar with the system and use it extensively. Once I got a few adjustments down it has become my favorite home theater system that I have owned. It does take a while to start up initially, but there is a quick start mode which shaves a few seconds. I did have a few issues at first, then I unplugged it and plugged it back in and no issues since. I tend to use the cinema studio sound setting the most, but even the default sound setting sounds pretty good.
Great blu ray player
Stylish system and speakers
wireless rear speakers, no wires to run across the top or floor of the room
Can be set up with all front facing speakers
Room shaking Cinema setting, great for action movies
Can take a while to start
inputs can switch on you if communications between devices are changed
No HVEC codec so no 4k streaming without a special 4k media box
March 13, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by glavewu Can't by pass 4k signal
The other parts are good although some times HDMI input can freeze the machine, unplug is a easy fix.
The biggest issue for me is that it can't pass 4k signal through the HDMI input.
I have a SONY X900a 4K TV, but as x900a can't decode h265 itself, I got a Shield Android TV box to do the job. But if I connect the tv box to the HDMI input port of this blu ray player, no matter what kind of settings I choose, TV is still 1080p resolution. If I directly connect the box to TV, then it is 4k resolution.
The screen setting of this blu ray player seems be able to pass 4K signal through HDMI, but actually it can't...
If you want it to work as an AV receiver and also need 4K like me, then it is not your choice.
Luckily this one has audio return, so even the box directly connect to TV, it still can send audio to this blu ray player, but my tv is mounted on the wall and my HDMI is hidden behind the wall, just don't want to have a cable be seen under my TV, so need an extra HDMI wire behind the wall...
May 31, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by AlanBedfordUK Excellent but let down by faulty wiring
This is a great looking home theatre system. It sounds great too
I have given it a 1 star rating because the system I purchased came with the wiring for the centre and left hand speaker switch over internally. This is easily remedied by ignoring the colour coding on the plugs but left me wondering what else could be wrong in the internal wiring
With such a basic fault, there cannot have been any quality checks prior to release and therefore cannot recommend it to a friend
On second thoughts I think 1 star is overgenerous
May 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by DaveL Super Sound
I bought this sound system in Nov 2014, and I definitely got the sound power and clarity I was looking for. I am a musician and this equipment definitely delivers. The 1200 watts of power takes the fear of blowing up your speakers away from your mind, and the subwoofer makes the room shake-awesome. It is thought out to handle the new 4K resolutions so it will keep me happy for a while.
The only complain I have is the CPU inside it; it can do everything like a smart device (Netflix, Hulu, etc..) but it is slow, you would think in this day and age with internet speeds of 100 mps, the systems would have a fast enough processor, specially a company as experienced and expensive as SONY. Also sometimes you have to reboot the machine to get it to do what you want. It has a speed mode that you can select to make it start faster but the switching between devices is still slow, and the internet browser is slow too.
One thing It's definitely worth mentioning is the home button on the remote; when pressed it will take you to a menu like a playstation console where you can select anything you want, I really like the channels they added on the Sony Entertainment mode, lots of interesting channels to watch that you won't find in Netflix. It is Bluetooth compatible, does fm/am radio, and it has 2hdmi in ports and one out port so you can add your consoles.
So overall a great! home theater system with enough power to handle everything. I would recommend it.
December 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Slick86 Spectacular product
I received this product as a birthday gift and i absolutely love it. It has great, even sound and multiple sound fields for different situations (movies, games, sports, etc). The speakers are sleek, discreet and the wireless rear speakers make setting up the system a breeze. The inputs and outputs are adequate for my two gaming systems and cable box. This system has great sound quality and great sounding base, I highly recommend it this surround sound system.
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Allegro Replacement for Failed Product
Our original Sony Surround Sound/Blu-Ray system failed one month past the year warranty. We shipped it back to Texas (had a heck of a time finding a box that fit it. Finally used a USPS "Game Box". There was a DVD stuck in the machine. The repair center could not repair the system and so, for $119. we were sent this brand new upgrade and they did ecover our DVD!. We purchased an extended warranty this time just in case. It works well the sound is great and the controls easy to understand and use (except for the fact that the DVD cover seems to only be accessible by manually pushing a button?
September 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by pgelliott Nice Sytem
Nice system with a lot of functionality for it's price. My only complaints are that sometimes i have to fiddle with the inputs(say, swith from HDMI1 to TV and back( to see/hearanything, and I haven't been able to make my headphones(MDR-ZX770BN) work with it. Are they not compatible?
May 29, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by BradNoSonyEverAgain What a horrendous hunk of junk
My first biggest complaints is that the device that holds the disk is extremely sensitive and has broken one disk already; I frequently have to take a disk in and out several times before it will play (which eventually cracked the inside of a disk which is now unplayable).
My second biggest complaint is that until I figured out how to turn off the device from communicating with my TV, it would sometimes take 20 minutes to get the sily thing to open. Wanna put a disk in or take it out? You'd think you would push the "open tray" button right? Nope - first you gotta switch it to BR/DVD setting; if the cable box OR tv is on, the device will keep switching to play TV sound through the stereo and not let you open the tray. So fricking annoying. Once I got the machine to stop being SMART, it only takes 5 to 7 minutes from power on to get the disk playing.
My third biggest complaint is the Sony no-service line. Wait on hold, then talk to some kid in another country who clearly doesn't give a flip if your device works or not. If you take too long, they will just make you reset the box which will require you to spend another 30 minutes to connect to the wifi and calibrate the speakers. If I hear "Sir, you must comply with my directions if I am able to help you" just one more time... because you're not helping me - you are just making me reset my system so you can hang up and work on your Average Handle Time - ugh.
I grew up on Sony - I loved Sony - for years and years and years, Sony was always #1 - after this device and the lack of service, it will be a LONG time before I even consider Sony again.
January 2, 2015