I purchased this system to replace an earlier Sony surround system which did not play all types of dvd disc.
This unit appeared to be built down to a price when unpacked, although to be fair it works well with my Sony Bravia TV. My main gripe is with the speaker wiring. This is hard wired into the speakers (ie the wire disappears into the speakers so has no external connectors) and has a colour coded plug on the other end for inserting in the colour matched socket on the rear of the player. This means the wires are either too long or too short and cannot be adjusted without 'surgery'. My earlier system had thicker and almost twice the length wires. Sony show the speakers all sitting on the floor in their instructions so presumably have adjusted the wiring lengths to suite and save money!
Easily set up, you will need to purchase an HDMI cable as Sony despite showing two options, actually pack in the box, phono plugged leads with a scart adaptor plug. Not ideal for best picture quality.
After setting up, the system works very well and the upscaling produces a very good picture. I have used pre recorded dvds as well as DVD-R home recordings and they run perfectly.
For the price therefore an excellent piece of equipment, only spoilt by the short cable lengths
SIX MONTHS LATER - SYSTEM GONE KAPUT. CANT GET THROUGH TO SONY (Their help line number has changed from manual to 0844 8466 555 and you are on hold for hours) So how do you optimise the guarantee?
If you want a budget system for a few months fine, but it looks like a different make next time. What has happened to quality in Sony products?