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Sony DAV-FR1 5-Disc Progressive Scan DVD Dream System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
17 customer reviews

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  • Complete home theater system with a 5-disc DVD/receiver combo, 5 speakers, a biamplified subwoofer, and 110 watts per channel x 5, 100 wpc x 2
  • Features compact satellite speakers and a subwoofer with dual 6.5-inch drivers
  • Compatible with DVD-Video, MP3 CD, JPEG image CD, and high-resolution Super Audio CD (SACD); FM/AM tuner with 30 station presets
  • Dolby Digital, DTS ES, and Dolby Pro Logic II processing for dynamic, enveloping surround sound from movies and music
  • DVD/receiver: 17 x 2.8 x 15.6; satellites: 3.5 x 8.6 x 3; center speaker: 14 x 3.6 x 3; subwoofer: 8 x 15 x 14 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony

Product Description

DVD Dream System with 750 Total System Power- 110 x 5(F,C,R) + 100W x 2 Subwoofer

Product Details

Product Manual [1.91mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 46.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00022RV8K
  • Item model number: DAV-FR1
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,267 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at April 16, 2004
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By davidmbfonz on September 1, 2004
I was pretty skeptical about a home-theater-in-a-box until I got this new Sony system home and tried it out. I already had a really good component-based home theater, but this system was a promotional purchase along with my new Sony HDTV, and the price was too good to pass up. Set-up took about 45 minutes, but the resulting sound is awesome! The bass is wonderful - when the Norah Jones CD is playing, my living room sounds like a jazz club!

I had recently purchased the Sony NS-575P single-disc DVD player and was stunned by its video performance and slick operation. It looks as though the changer in the FR1 uses similar software, or atleast, the same user interface and it is great! I like how it displays the disc's artwork as a screen background. The reasons why I'm happy with this Sony changer are similar to why I am also so happy with the stand-alone player I had to move to the den - it decodes virtually EVERYTHING you can throw at it... mp3, SACD (!), and DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD with JPEGS, etc.

And, the all-in-one package means a minimum of wires. Quite frankly, I'm really impressed with this "dream system"... it delivers big sound and convenience for much less money than I expected to have to pay! Thanks, Sony!

Update: Just listened to/watched the Star Wars trilogy on DVD and the sound (and video) is very impressive. In particular, the dialogue was always audible, even when the music and other sound effects were active.

Also: There is one thing that bugs me about this player - this is my first carousel CD or DVD changer (I've had a magazine changer forever), so I don't know if this is par for the course or not, but it takes a fairly long amount of time to load a disc into an empty slot...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kaushik Lodh on June 9, 2005
The Sony DAV FR1 looks and sounds great, but it does not exactly set the standard for cutting edge technology for home theatre systems.

It comes with the 5 speakers and 1 woofer and the 5 disc DVD player.


They are 100 watts each. Powerful.. very powerful. I have a huge living room and the speakers filled the room with sound. But there are 2 aspects which bother me, viz.

1) The surround speakers should have had a system by which they could be connected wirelessly. Panasonic makes a similar home theatre system, which has that wireless feature. Although, Panasonic sells the wireless system to connect the surround speakers seperately. Nevertheless, it is comforting to know that when you have a few extra dollars lying around, you can avail that system and get rid of the wires lying around on the carpet. You have no way of doing that with this Sony model.

2) Stands. In this day and age, we simply dont have the time or resources to go out and fit fixtures on to the wall for the surround speakers. And I dont want to spend a penny more (let alone $40 for the Sanus stands) for additional stands for the speakers. The lack of this feature is indeed very irritating. I dont understand why some thing which can be made so cheaply (the stands) cant be provided with a system which is so expensive.

The DVD Player :
The DVD player is old technology. PERIOD!

1) It has a dot illumination type display system, which ruins the otherwise sleek appearance of the system. But it is better than an LCD Display because you can make out the information being displayed while seated at a distance of a few feet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Sarkar on December 13, 2004
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I don't why the previous reviewer gave this wonderful piece of sound engineering such a poor rating. I gifted this system to myself in Christmas, after lot of deliberation between this system, Sony DAV-BC150 and Panasonic HT-720. And I am eternally glad that I finally choose this system. DAV-FR1 is everything you can expect, and then some more. Let me jot them in a organized fashion before I get too carried away:

1. Quality: I am quite finicky about sound quality, and yet I have heard nothing like this baby. With good quality source material, DAV-FR1 can rival sound systems in theaters - seriously. Movies look wonderful with progressive scan/component video output.

2. Power: 750 W total power, S-Master digital amplifier, twin-driver subwoofer...need I say more? I can't use even the 20% of the total power.

3. Convenience: Can play DVDs(both +/- formats), CD (-R/-RW, even multisession), MP3 CDs (including ID3 tags), JPEG CDs (including EXIF data) - and other exotic formats like VCD and SACD. The software interface is not just good, it's well-thought and well-designed. 5 disk slot loading changer means you'll never get hit by faulty eject mechanisms any more. Speakers/connectors/receiver is color-matched for easy hookups.

4. Compatibility: Supports almost all the Dolby/DTS matrix and surround decoding formats.

5. Expansion option: For those of you who'd like to upgrade to 6.1 from 5.1 in the future - this receiver outputs a surround back channel, and supports 6.1 decoding options (Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES).

6. Looks: If you've ever drooled over a Apple PowerBook, you know what I'm referring to. DAV-FR1 is drop-dead sleek and gorgeous, with solid build quality and brushed-metal look.
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