"Good, but could be better."2.0 starson by rsmaudsley
Pros: Easy setup with the instructions and color coded connections. Play iPod or other external music and video via USB ports.
Cons: Lack of other video inputs, HDMI or otherwise. Lack of a headset plug. Remote control is VERY LIMITED in the brands of TV's you can use it with. Many internet "channels" you can watch cost extra.
Summary: Yes, I get it I can plug my other devices directly in to the TV, but this causes excess cables running behind my TV instead of inside the cabinet with the other equipment. The system I replaced, also a Sony didn't have HDMI, but it had many additional audio and video inputs. I've only got two things, a CATV/DVR and a Game system. I have to run the video from the game system to the TV, but the audio can go into the Sony receiver.
The lack of a headset input really boggles the mind. I like to watch TV and movies after the wife goes to be. But there is no way for me to use a headset. Since none of the sound actually goes to the TV, I can't even use the TV's extra audio out ports.
I also don't understand why the number of brands of TV's the remote control can be used with. And it isn't like I have an obscure TV brand, I have a Philips.
I do like the fact that it will play internet media, but the fees of $8 to $20 a month (PER CHANNEL) depending and the level of account you get is ridiculous. Hulu, for example can be free or $8 for the Plus account. The TV only offers the Plus viewing, therefore making the Hulu channel pointless to me.
Yes, it plays Blu-Ray disc great, the sound is great and setup was a breeze, but the above limitations make it kind of a poor system