Pros I like the simplicity of it,its very easy to hook up and to disconect when rearanging the living room. the sound is very good,especially when watching dvd's. the intro to transformers comes to mind when in multi speaker mode & at volume 24.
Cons my only problem is the sound when listening to a cd or in my case using the bluetooth accesory to hear music files of of my sprint samsung instinct. i guess its just missing trebble and bass adjustments,if you ask me.the highs just arent clear enough
Summary bottom line is i do love my hdx-500. it completes my version of a sony dream system. i have had my hdx-500 for two years now with not a single hicup-flawless. and my resent purchase of the new sony 40' v series lcd makes dvd's that much better,not to mention old faithfull, my slim silver ps2 with component conections to my tv. fyi, grand turism 4 is best played loud through the hdx-500 and seen best when using component wires to a HD tv. to sum it all up id recomend this system to any one and to solve my problem with the lack of highs im looking to buy some newer sony tower speakers,i hear the7000 series are pretty awsome.
Pros Great Sound, Easy Set Up, HDMI, Great Look
Cons Odd Remote (It's a Sony thing), Slow Disc Change
Summary The system is great for the price. The sound and video upscaling are great with the HDMI. A lot of reviews comment on the bass, but I feel it has good sound during movies not so much with music. Looks great on the A/V rack and the front speakers look along side the large TV.
Pros good sound
Cons ALMOST BURNED MY HOUSE DOWN
Summary THIS IS A WARNING TO ANYONE WHO OWNS a SONY COMBINATION SURROUND SOUND/DVD PLAYER, it ALMOST BURNED DOWN OUR HOUSE!
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BUYING A SONY SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM, PLEASE CONSIDER YOU'RE FAMILY'S SAFETY AND BUY A DIFFERENT MANUFACTURER.
If I hadn't been in the room when it started arching and smoking, there is no doubt in my mind that my family and I would be out on the street...or even DEAD!
My wife and I were simply watching a DVD using the surround sound when we began to smell the distinct stench of melting metals/plastics. We were then startled by a few quick sparks, by then the system was smoking, so I made the decision to unplug it and place it in a safe area away from anything flammable. The stench stuck around for a few days too!
The system had plenty of ventilation, and this situation was not a result of consumer stupidity, as many times we find in the consumer world. I am an electronic engineer, and understand that these modules need proper airflow to keep them cool. This is simply a matter of poor manufacturing, and an issue that needs to be addressed before SOMEONE DIES!
The worst part of this story is that SONY DIDN'T SEEM TO CARE AT ALL!!!! After going around in circles with them for about a week they told me that they would send a package for us to ship them the damaged product, BUT COULDN'T ENSURE THAT IT WOULD BE REPAIRED OR REPLACED WITHOUT A CHARGE. Let's keep in mind that if someone had fallen asleep in that room, while watching the same movie on the same night, they could have BURNED TO DEATH....and so could have the rest of our family.
After a bout a month we still hadn't received any box to ship our component back to Sony in. So I reluctantly made another call to customer support, only to find out that THEY NEVER SENT US A BOX, AND NO ONE HAD EVER ENTERED OUR COMPLAINT INTO THEIR SYSTEM. TALK ABOUT POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE! YOU WOULD THINK THAT SUCH A BIG COMPANY WITH HIGH STANDARDS WOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS BURNING DOWN PEOPLE'S HOMES. BUT APPARENTLY NOT!
SO ANYONE WHO OWNS A SONY SURROUND SOUND/DVD PLAYER, YOU MAY WANT TO GET RID OF IT BEFORE IT BURNS DOWN YOUR HOUSE! WE WERE VERY LUCKY TO BE THERE AND BE AWAKE WHEN IT JUST ABOUT CAUGHT FIRE, YOU MAY NOT BE AS LUCKY.