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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for sound, but...., 23 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Sony BDVE670W 5.1Channel 1000w Blu-ray Home Cinema System (Electronics)
I bought this based on the previous reviews of this and the 370 model (thanks!). As the others said, the sound quality if excellent for the price. The blu-ray player is also very good. And it does all that it says. The difference between this "wireless" model and the 370 model is that the back speakers for this kit is not connected to the rest of the system. They are connected to a back amplifier or some such thing, though, so you will have wires. The only wire this model negates it the one running from the blu-ray/amp unit to the back speakers (front to back of your room). So yes, that makes it a rather pricey difference. Also, do as the other reviewers say and get yourself an optical digital cable and an HDMI cable if you do not have a Sony Bravia TV (mine is a Samsung).

Now for the cons: The manual is not terribly helpful, but you must follow it, because it's not intuitive how the connections work (you can't just rely on AV in and AV out). The weirdest is how you get satellite TV to work. You have to run the HDMI cable from the sat box to the TV (not the Sony blu-ray/amp) to get the picture to your TV, and run the digital optical cable from the sat box to the Sony blu-ray/amp to get the sound to the speakers. So when I want to watch sat TV, I turn on the TV, my sat box, and the Sony unit. Then, I put the TV's source to the Sony unit so I can see what I'm doing there. Using the Sony remote, I select the sound source for the speakers (helpfully an icon in the shape of the cross-section of a digital optical cable plug). Then, I go back to the TV and change its source to the satellite (HDMI). I have to do this every time I change between sat TV, blu-ray, iPod, etc. So now you see the other disadvantage. It's not terribly user-friendly. What should be a twist of a knob (to change between Sat/Blu-ray/iPod) takes at least 30 seconds, if not a minute. More if you don't know what you're doing (like your guests). The most helpful modification Sony could do would be to have a little screen on the unit so you can see all the menu options on there rather than having to get it onto the TV screen.
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Initial post: 27 Nov 2010 09:18:52 GMT
P. Miller says:
Sounds like this needs an HDMI input for a Sat box etc.

Posted on 10 Jan 2011 09:51:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2011 09:54:14 GMT
gadgetman says:
i agree that the manual could be more informative/helpful but if you check the function button on the sony bdv 870 it scrolls between the different inputs with each press.
the input options are also displayed,when selected, along the upper section of the small screen on the sony bdv 870 so the choice of input should not require the tv screen at all.
hope this helps.

Posted on 11 Jan 2012 21:16:54 GMT
Why do you run the optical cable from your sat to your tv? Just connect the optical cable from your tv to your surround sound like i have then everything connected to your tv ( sat ps3 etc ) will go through the surround sound and avoid all the messing around that you have to do. You may have to go to your sound settings on your tv and change it to optical to achieve this
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