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Sony BDVN790W Blu-ray Home Theater System (2013 Model)

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  • 1000W, 5.1 channel, Wi-Fi, 3D1 Blu-ray disc home theater system
  • Premium 2-way front speakers, wireless rear speakers
  • Dual-HDMI Inputs; 1-HDMI output
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Technical Details

  • HD Compatible
  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Description

Product Description

Sony BDV-N790W 5.1 3D Home Theater System - 1000 W RMS - Blu-ray Disc Player - Black BDVN790W Home Theater Systems

From the Manufacturer

super sound unleashed

Dynamic, vibrant sound needs its freedom. With that in mind, this sleek,
fully integrated Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system features wireless
rear surround sound speakers. The convenience of fewer wires allows for
expanded placement options, and dual HDMI inputs make set up easier
and more flexible than ever.
For the Love of Sound. Full HD Even in 3D. The Power of Built-In Wi-Fi®.
Revel in a home theater system that provides vibrant 5.1 channel, 1000 Watts (167W x 5 + 165W) HD surround sound, and Full HD 1080p8 Blu-ray Disc movies. Coupled with the reduced clutter of wireless rear surround sound speakers, you will get the authentic cinematic experience that will make your living room come to life.
The combination of 3D movies2 and Full 1080p HD video will make you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. You can even enjoy standard DVDs in near HD quality, and convert those movies into 3D to enjoy an exciting, immersive world right at home6.
Stream your favorite movies, music, photos and shows wirelessly with the ease of built-in Wi-Fi1. Now you can connect to the Internet and enjoy your favorite content without the hassles of network cables1.
Full HD 3D

Magnetic Fluid Speakers
Watch a concert and hear subtle nuances in the music. Sony’s innovative speaker technology reduces noise for a more powerful, natural sound.
Now Streaming
With the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi, it's easier than ever to instantly stream an astonishing array of online movies, videos, TV shows, and music from Sony Entertainment Network, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, HuluPlus, and more1. Watch exactly what you want, when you want.
Stunning 3D in Full 1080p HD
Enjoy your favorite 2D and 3D Blu-ray movies2 in beautifully rich Full 1080p HD10. Upscale DVDs to near HD quality10 or use the 2D to 3D conversion6 feature to easily convert your DVDs and Blu-ray movies into exciting 3D entertainment adventures2.
Optimize with Ease
All rooms have unique acoustic properties – building materials, furniture layout and speaker placement options – to consider. With Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration technology, your sound is tailored to provide you with the optimum home theater
listening experience.
Rock the House
Do more than play your favorite movies. Add Sony HomeShare™ wireless network speakers (sold separately) to stream music from a CD, your personal music library or even the internet to virtually any area of your home4. Move from room to room without skipping a beat - it's perfect for your next party.
Convenient Wireless Rear Speakers
Say goodbye to unsightly wires. With the absence of tangled wires between the main unit and the rear speakers, you will experience crystal-clear surround sound in a clutter-free viewing environment for a true cinematic experience.

Product description and full feature list

The BDV-N790W Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.

Full HD Even in 3D
Revel in a home theater system that provides Full HD 1080p8 Blu-ray Disc movies and vibrant 5.1 channel HD surround sound, and 1000 Watts (167W x5 + 165W) HD surround sound that will make your living
room come to life.

For the Love of Sound
Indulge in a 5.1 channel surround sound listening experience with 2-way front speakers that capture high, mid and low frequencies. A pair of wireless rear surround sound speakers completes the picture for a clutter-free
theater experience.

The Ease of Built-in Wi-Fi
Enjoy your favorite Internet content without the clutter of network cables. Built-In Wi-Fi makes connecting to the Internet more convenient
than ever.

Life, Easily Shared
Bring your favorite videos, photos and music to the big screen with the easy-access USB input and iPod/iPhone dock9.

Everything You Look at Will Look Better
Watch Blu-ray 3D2 movies and standard Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p or upscale standard DVDs to near HD quality10. You can even upconvert 2D to 3D2,6,10.

Discover the Most Amazing Sound
With Digital Cinema Auto Calibration DX, simply place the included stereo microphone where you’ll be seated and settings are automatically optimized based on the distance, delays and placement of your speakers.

IP Sound Enhancer
Hear improved sound quality while watching movies from the internet as the IP Sound Enhancer restores sound lost during compression.

Multi-room Music with Party
Streaming Mode
Wirelessly stream music throughout the home to Sony wireless network speakers (sold separately).

Remote Control by Tablet or Smartphone
The free Media Remote app provides a full QWERTY keyboard and movie information search capabilities on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phone or Sony Tablet11.

Sound You Can Feel
Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD modes reproduce high-definition sound with 5.1 channels of discrete audio for uncompromised quality.
Socialize While You Watch TV
Share what you’re watching on Facebook and Twitter with a Socialize message.

Learn More About Your Movies
Get detailed movie information and search across internet apps, including YouTube and Video Unlimited for related entertainment with Gracenote1.

The New Look of the Sony Entertainment Network
It’s now easier than ever to instantly stream a wide variety of online movies, videos, TV shows, and music from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, HuluPlus, Pandora, and more1.

Throw Your Music
Photos and music from your Sony Tablet or other compatible Android device can be “thrown” directly to your Blu-ray Disc player for enjoyment on your TV11.

Compare Sony models
   BDV-N890W BDV-N790W BDV-E390W
  Premium 2-Way Tallboy Speakers    
  Wireless Rear Speakers    
  Wi-Fi Network Speaker Included    
  Premium 2-WayFront Speakers    
  Magnetic Fluid Speaker    
  Digital Cinema Auto Calibration with Included Microphone    
  1000 W (167Wx5+165W), 5.1 Channel
  Blu-ray Disc Home Theater
  HDMI Input / HDMI Output12 2 in / 1 Out   2 in / 1 Out   0 in / 1 Out
  Built-in Wi-Fi1    
  Dolby TrueHD & dts-HD Surround Sound Modes    
  Internet Video Content Noise Reduction    
  3D in Full HD 1080p2    
  DVD Up Conversion2,6    
  Universal Disc Playback    
  Front USB Slot7    
  Super Bit Mapping    
Stream & Control
  Sony Entertainment Network1
  (Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, HuluPlus & more)
  iPhone/iPod Dock9    
  Media Remote App11
  (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, or Sony Tablet)
  Sony Wi-Fi Network Speaker Compatible8    
  “Throw” Your Music and Photos11    
  Gracenote with Cross Search    

1. Broadband speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD). Content subject to change and may require fees.
    Wireless connectivity requires an 802.11 home network (802.11n recommended).

2. Requires 3D content, 3D HDTV, 3D glasses and HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps).

3. Applications must be downloaded from the iTunes or Android application store. Check Android market from your device for
    compatibility. Requires devices connected to the same wireless home network.

4. Requires Sony HomeShare compatible products and a home network.

5. Requires a home network with content stored on a DLNA compliant PC or server, and HomeShare network speaker, dock, or
    Blu-ray Disc player or home theater system. See dlna.org for compatibility. [Note: Adjust disclaimer as necessary depending
    on the device and context. Above is an example is shown.]

6. Simulated 3D image will vary based on source content.

7. Not all USB devices are supported. Please check Owner’s Manual for compatibility.

8. Requires compatible HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately.

9. iPod and iPhone support is limited to the following players: iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano 1st, 2nd & 3rd generation,
    iPod 4th& 5th generation & iPod mini and iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4G models.

10. Requires HDTV with equivalent display and HDMI cable sold sep.

11. Requires devices connected to the same wireless home network.

12. Requires HDMI cable sold sep.

13. Requires 802.11 home network and content stored on a DLNA compliant PC or server.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 18.1 x 8.8 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 27 pounds
Shipping Weight 36.5 pounds
Manufacturer Sony
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number BDVN790W
Batteries 1 12V batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 315 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #107 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Complete Home Theater Systems
#14,057 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com January 10, 2012

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By B. Brewer on May 14, 2012
Speaker Connections: This unit uses propitiatory plug-ins to the head unit, how ever the speakers them selves use the normal push-tab-insert-wire connection. While I understand why they uses funny custom connections, I suppose you could cut the cord and save the custom plug. I would not consider this a deal breaker.

DLNA: Works as it should, but I really wish it would simply support a network shared folder. But you have to have a DLNA server on your home computer (or compliant device), what a bummer, that just one extra process I need to have running on my server. I have had some audio codec issues Dolby DTS is sometimes trans-coded to base stereo (2.0) or just regular Dolby Surround 5.1. It plays .MKVs good at 1080 and file sizes > 9GB. (I use serviio as my DNLA server on my PC's)

Apps: There are a load of useless apps, and only have a handful of useful apps. Pandora oddly does not have a thumbs up or thumbs down option. I do wish it had Revision 3, but sadly it doesn't.

Remote: The included remote is slow, but the Android app is pretty good, however the qwerty seems flaky and does not work with Netflix, so searching Netflix is a pain!

Sound: Is robust for these little speakers and appears clean at full volume. However given that this is a 1000w system - it is not that loud at full volume, and the sub-woofer is not 'heart thumping' - I would say the sub-woofer is mostly there to make up for the lack of bass the left and right channels can't produce, and doesn't add too much 'rumble'. Despite the manual saying that it delivers 250w is VERY questionable. I have owned lesser woofers (100w) that delivered much better performance.

Setup: Easy - because of the custom connectors.
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Our family has moved into a new condo, and we wanted to upgrade our sound system to include wireless rear speakers, both for aesthetic and childproofing reasons. So this system sat atop the list of HTIBs to get. I've had it up and running for a week or so, and the following are my thoughts.


This was a breeze to set up. The speaker wires have color coded plugs, the rear speaker unit has a wireless dongle which is easy to insert (though why it isn't built in is beyond me) and the onscreen menus for setting up internet functions are user friendly. I can't imagine anyone but the most technophobic having any issues.

Audio: The audio is clean and crisp, and the bass response from the included unpowered subwoofer is good. You may not be used to such clean sound, and think it somewhat anemic. My previous (also unpowered) sub had kicked in on everything, which certainly made everything bassy, but I now realize it had muddied things up considerably. Rest assured, on media files that require deep bass (for instance, Lord of the Rings) it is there in spades. The included surround speakers are also clear and clean sounding. Overall, it's a very good surround experience. There is no room to expand into 7.1 channel territory from 5.1, but really I don't think most users will care a whole lot.

Video: When I first put in a Blu-Ray, I thought to myself, "why is this so mushy and soft?" Well, it became clear that Sony has chosen to enable default settings that smooth and otherwise tinker with the video output. These sorts of cheats are unnecessary with a source like Blu-Ray.
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Bought this unit May of 2012. It doesn't get a lot of use. I average maybe two movies a week on it. I put a movie in yesterday and it started acting like the video and audio was in slow motion except it was choppy. Tried a couple more DVDs, same thing. Checked for firmware update and it was up to date. I did an online return and sent it out today. I had to send it from Seattle to Texas which cost me $30.00.

I have always been a Sony fan except laptops. This unit is matched up to a Sony big screen that was bought at the same time.

The unit did work very good prior to this issue and was good for what it is.

I will update this as I go through the warranty process.

Got an email from Sony saying they received the unit about five days after sending it. Five days after that 11/15/12 I got an email from tech group saying that nothing is wrong with it. I sent the following response (the first part being what I put on the Sony website for return);

"I was watching a DVD (non Blue Ray) and after a few minutes the video and audio became very choppy and like slow motion. I put in a different DVD to make sure it wasn't the DVD. It did the same thing with the second DVD. I then put in a Blue Ray DVD to see if it would do it with it and it did. I checked to see if there was firmware update for it via wifi and there was none. Trust me, I would not pay $30.00 for shipping and go with out my home theater for weeks."

On 11/20/12, I got an email that my unit was being shipped to me. I received the unit about a week later. It was not the one I sent. I checked the serial number. The unit sent to me looked like it had been used for a wheel chock. It had deep scratches in it and was covered in "cheese". I guess some people don't wash their hands.
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