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Ideal for a smaller house,
This review is from: Sony BDVE190 300W 3D Blu-ray Home Cinema System (Old model) (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This new blu ray system from Sony actually replaces a very similar DVD model for me, the Sony DAV-DZ330. From that perspective was it worth upgrading?
I would tend to agree with the other reviews that this system is designed for a smaller room. It is perfectly adapt for a living room situation but if you live in a particularly large house you may have issues with the coil lengths of the speakers being too short. Sound wise, I would agree that there are more impressive systems but when you unwrap a bass speaker that doesn't have it's own power supply I would kind of expect that. The speaker system is almost identical to my old Sony model. Sound volume and quality wasn't an issue for me with that and isn't an issue with this new system.
The picture quality was quite apparent right away when trying out a blu ray copy of Toy Story 3 and I was also impressed with the quality it manages to upscale regular DVDs. You do notice a bigger sound with the blu rays also which are mixed in 7.1 apposed to 5.1. I wondered if this was why a lot of people here are describing the sound as inadequate. Clearly this system is designed more with blu rays in mind.
Was very simple to navigate the internet function with an ethernet cable. The description does mislead you a little into thinking the player will connect to the internet 'wirelessly'. This facility requires additional equipment though. Other reviews implied to me that the 'wireless USB' adapter Sony makes for their DVD systems is not very efficient and also a bit pricey at £50. While maybe not ideal it is a much cheaper and reliable connection by purchasing an ethernet cable. If you're DVD system isn't close enough to your wireless router a 30m ethernet cable will only set you back around £3.
Plugging the player into the internet was quite revolutionary for me. I have tried out 'netflix' as you are able to access this through the player and I found it to be fantastic. Great to be able to watch content on the TV instead of at a laptop. Equally as impressed with the BBC iplayer function. For anyone without a set top box to record TV programs I can see this being a godsend for any programs you miss out on. YouTube was a bit hit or miss because the videos there aren't always in high quality but it was still great to be able to access that through the TV.
My conclusion is that this is a great blu ray system if you want something lightweight that doesn't take up too much space. If you want more of a system that will 'blow you out of your seat' I would look at other systems. Unfortunately, if big sound is what you are looking you'll need the big speakers to match it and that can't really be compromised.