Pros What CNET said about it
Cons What CNET said about it
Summary Ignore the reviews from people who have never used this product and are freaking out because they misunderstood the CNET review and think it has no HDMI port. It does. They either didn't read the whole thing or are a little slow when it comes to tech.
Pros Less clutter for surround sound!!
-plays discs and online content easy
Cons --System update takes FOREVER.
--"Standby" mode takes a while to turn off.
Summary Good bluray/dvd player.
The S-Air unit works great, can be turned on or off manually (or automatically when the unit is turned on).
--Easy setup. My wife could probably do it, but she hates to mess with electronics, so I got to. :-) I plugged the HDMI OUT into the TV, the digital optical IN from the TV, and ran the sound calibration.
--Plays burnt discs without problems
--Plays most files (except avi) from the USB drive. (Including VOB files!)
--HD online content
--Oh and not least, sounds pretty good. The speakers can be setup automatically with the included microphone and/or you can adjust them manually.
--Chokes fairly regularly when watching netflix. My wii and PC don't have these issues from the same router/fiber internet. The Picture is FANTASTIC on the Sony Bluray player, true HD. However 9/10 of the time it will choke in the middle of a show or movie.
Pros - 3D compatibility
- Bravia Sync with a Sony TV
- Easy to setup
- Very good sound quality on all speakers
- Great UI (similar to PS3)
- Brief firmware update time
Cons - Absence of completely wireless speakers (front speakers, subwoofer)
- No HDMI inputs
- WiFi could have been built-in, dongle adds clutter
- No support or documentation about the DLNA compatibility
Summary Firstly, I am writing this review from Canada. My goals were clear around the purchase of a Home Theatre in a Box (HTiB). I wanted a Blu-ray and 3D compatible player with full set of wireless speakers and wifi compatibility. I had to compromise on the wireless speakers since this model only offers wireless rear speakers. The sound quality is great. Setup was very simple. I read the quick setup guide and followed the on-screen instructions to complete the speaker setup and installation of the HTiB in 30 minutes. I have a Sony KDL46EX400 LCD TV and the Bravia Sync works great with this model. As soon as I switch on the TV, the speakers automatically switch to the HTiB. Unfortunately, my TV is not compatible with Audio Return Channel so I did have to use a Digital Optical Audio Cable (not included with this model) from my TV to the HTiB Audio Input. If you have a TV compatible with Audio Return Channel, then there is bi-directional flow of information via the HDMI cables (not included with this model) and you wouldn't need any additional audio cable connection from the TV to the HTiB to watch cable. So you would need an HDMI cable connecting your HDPVR and your TV and another HDMI cable connecting the HTiB and your TV. Then, no matter what your watching, the system will always use your HTiB speakers. Anyway, I performed the calibration of the speakers automatically using the attached calibration microphone. It took about two minutes to complete. I also performed a network update to firmware M04.R.624 using the included WiFi USB key over my WiFi network (setup with Apple Extreme Base Station router). It took about twenty minutes to complete and I did not have any problems. Some people mentioned the Sony website is not user friendly, I would suggest using the Google search engine, use the model number, manufacturer name, and "support" as keywords. It is very easy to find the manuals and reviews.
The only downside to having the product in Canada is that I don't have Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, or Amazon VOD. I intend to use my Apple TV to stream from my iMac to my TV and use the HTiB speakers.
Good Luck in your purchase! I strongly recommend the Sony BDV-E770W if you're on a budget and you don't already own a blu-ray player or PS3.
Pros Great features, sound, and image quality for the price.
Cons Old style netflix layout
Summary I really hate when people "review" a product they've never used. Yes, it has HDMI out, you fools. No, it doesn't have HDMI in, but that shouldn't matter to most people. Just plug your devices into your TV with HDMI, then run the HDMI out of the E770W to your TV in, and an optical cord from your TV to the E770W. Done.
Great system, I'm really loving mine.
Pros Good enough sound quality
Cons Sony doesn't offer discrete input codes so it's next to impossible to have a single remote for all your devices.
Summary Great product if all you want to do is watch blu-ray and any of it's internet features. If you want to use this as your primary TV audio system and you want to watch cable or satellite be prepared to deal with multiple remotes.
For some reason, Sony refuses to offer discrete remote codes for switching the audio input source. All they offer is a code that switches to the "next" input so it takes timing and luck to get it working. And the unit is slow to startup further complicating things. So it's just unreliable trying to configure a programmable remote to control all your devices.
I tried for days to get it to work. Called Sony and Logitech. In the end, the lack of being able to set audio input discretely was the deal breaker. And the family was so accustomed to one remote that it was hard going back to multiple remotes. I ended up returning product.