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Wireless Cinema speakers
on 27 July 2007
Just got my new DAVDZ830W home cinema system. Never had a home cinema system before. After opening the box, I quickly realised that it was a european model, with no english instruction manuals included- there was a french, german, italian and dutch manual but my GCSE French wasn't that good! I managed to find the English instructions online on the Sony website but was a bit of a nuisance as it was over 100 pages long.
Overall the setup of the system took a good 2-3 hours to screw all the stands together and wire it up correctly. I also had to buy an adapter plug because the plugs supplied were european 2 pin, not british 3 pin sockets! To be fair there was one converter plug included in the box but I needed a second one for the rear wireless speakers which have to be plugged into a power supply. Apart from the initial problems it is now up and running and the sound is pretty sweet!
I don't find the speaker system that great on TV signals- I've got sky and the sound is alright but a lot of Sky is just broadcast in normal signals, not dolby surround mode, so the sound system just sounds a bit louder than my TV (Also a new SONY KDL40W2000). (you will need to buy an audio out connector such as an optical cable to get sound from sky to the cinema system)
The real benefit of this system comes when you watch a DVD with 5.1 dolby digital on it. I watched the Brad Pitt flick Troy on DVD- top class picture- (recommend getting an HDMI-HDMI lead- also not included)and the sound was awesome! beats the TV alone sound hands down!
The speakers look good although my girlfreind thinks they are too big, the lowest height they stand is about 1 metre tall. so i've put them in the corners of the room to hide them slightly but the circular stands are quite big that the speakers attach to (probably 30cm diameter). You can put them on the wall if you like- then you don't need the stands.
The right rear wireless speaker connects via a wire to the left wireless speaker which you then have to plug into a socket. The wireless IR signal is pretty good. If you get up and stand completely in between the rear left speaker and the small IR transmitter then the signal is blocked but move out the way and it reconnects immediately. If you wave your hand about in between the speaker and transmitter this doesn't affect the signal.
Overall a very good system, shame about me being sent out a european version but apart from that I have no real complaints (apart from my grilfriend about the speaker size) top notch, recommend it.