Sony BRAVIA DAV-DZ170 Home Theater System
- 1000 watt (167x5+165 3ohm, 1kHz, 10%THD) 5.1 channel surround sound
- DVD upscaling to near HD picture quality via HDMI 1
- BRAVIA Sync controls compatible devices w/ one remote2
- Digital Cinema Audio Calibration for quick speaker set-up
- Easy Set-up Disc is included to guide you through the set-up process
- 1000 watt (167x5+165 3ohm, 1kHz, 10%THD) 5.1 channel surround sound
- BRAVIA Sync controls compatible devices with one remote
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Add the cinematic thrill of surround sound to your TV viewing experience with this 5.1-channel BRAVIA theater system. Fusing style with performance, this 5.1-channel surround sound system features a built-in DVD player and 1000 watts of home theater power. You can also connect your iPod or other digital music player via the front USB port. In addition to Digital Cinema Auto Calibration which optimizes speaker placement in just 30 seconds, you can use the HDMI interface to upscale your DVD media to near-1080p quality.Inputs and Outputs: Component Video Output(s) : 1, Composite Video Output(s) : 1 and HDMI Output(s) : 1,Auto Calibration Mic Input(s) : Yes, Coaxial Audio Input(s) : 1, Optical Audio Input(s) : 1 and USB Input(s) : 1.Power AC 120 V, Power Consumption Operational 170 Watt and Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.2 Watt.Center Speaker: Size (W x H x D) (approx.) : 10.4" x 3.7" x 2.8" (265 x 94 x 70mm),Weight (approx.) : 1.3Lbs (0.6kg).Surround Speaker: Size (W x H x D) (approx.) : 4.1" x 6.5" x 3.3" (103 x 164 x 85mm),Weight (approx.) : 1.1 Lbs (.5Kg), Front Speaker: Size (W x H x D) (approx.) : 4.1" x 6.5" x 3.3" (103 x 164 x 85mm), Weight (approx.) : 1.1 Lbs (.5kg).Subwoofer: Size (W x H x D) (approx.) : 8.9" x 15.6" x 12.8" (225x395x325mm),Weight (approx.) : 14.3 Lbs (6.5Kg).Power AC 120 V, Power Consumption Operational 170 Watt and Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.2 Watt.What’s in the box: Sony DAV-DZ170 5.1 Channel DVD Home Theater System, Remote Control With Batteries (AA x 2), 4 x Satellite Speakers, Center Speaker, Subwoofer, Video Cord, FM Wire Antenna, Calibration Microphone, Quick Setup Guide, Operating Instructions, Easy Setup Disc (DVD) and 2-Year Sony Parts and Labor Warranty.
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Add the cinematic thrill of surround sound to your TV viewing experience with this 5.1-channel BRAVIA theater system. Fusing style with performance, this 5.1-channel surround sound system features a built-in DVD player and 1000 watts of home theater power. You can also connect your iPod or other digital music player via the front USB port. In addition to Digital Cinema Auto Calibration which optimizes speaker placement in just 30 seconds, you can use the HDMI interface to upscale your DVD media to near 1080p quality.
Upscales DVDs to Near HD via HDMI
Play and upscale the quality of your DVDs to near HD quality when using an HDMI cable (sold separately) and compatible HDTV.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
Ensure you get the best sound experience from your surround sound system with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. Simply place the included microphone where you will be seated and settings are automatically optimized based on the distance, delays and placement of your speakers.
Multiple Format Disc Playback and CD Ripping
View movies and photos and listen to music using this DVD player with multiple format playback. The DAV-DZ170 supports DVD/DVD-RW/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL and CD-R/CD-RW discs plays WMA, AAC, and JPEG files.
Rip CDs to your USB drive using easy MP3 ripping to your USB drive so you can take your favorite songs on-the-go.
BRAVIA Sync Capable
Conveniently operate and control all your HDMI connected BRAVIA Sync devices with one remote including: Blu-ray Disc Players, BRAVIA HDTVs, home theater products, Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital cameras.
iPod Compatibility and Connectivity
Connect your iPod product to the front USB port and access all of your favorite music.
Smart Remote Control
The included remote control provides convenient, one-touch access for key activities like watching your TV, listening to the radio, watching a DVD, or playing back MP3s from the USB port.
Easy Setup DVD
The DAV-DZ170 comes with an easy setup DVD and a one page guide, that gives basic speaker set-up instructions and simple connection options.
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* A decent set of 5.1 surround-sound speakers to go with my new flat-panel HDTV, since in my experience, flat-panel TVs have less-than-stellar built-in speakers, due to their size
* A DVD player, since the one I had was old and crappy
* A setup that wouldn't break the bank
* A system that wasn't "smart" (i.e. internet-capable with apps for viewing online content), since the TV I ordered has that already
This system met all those requirements, and I'm pretty happy with it.
* Setup was easy, to the point where you don't really even need the instructions, since it's so intuitive
* The sound output is great, considering the price point this unit is being sold at. Yes, it's not a super-duper high-quality sound system that will blow away an audiophile, but for under $200 (I paid $179 for it, though I've seen the price fluctuate +/- $20 over time) it's a great system.
* The USB port in the front of the system is really convenient - it allows me to listen to music from my iPhone on the stereo, and it also charges the iPhone when it's plugged in. The remote control also works for the iPhone (play, pause, next, etc.), which is handy.
* The HDMI sync worked flawlessly, so the system turns on automatically when I turn on the TV (and not a Sony BRAVIA TV, for the record - it's an LG HDTV).
* The calibration mic included with the system makes it really easy to automatically calibrate the output of each of the speakers. Manually adjusting each individually after the fact if the auto calibration doesn't suit your needs is pretty easy, too. I live in a second-story apartment and bumped down the setting on the subwoofer to avoid irate downstairs neighbors. Doing so was a cinch.
* From the info found online and in the instruction booklet, I was led to believe that this system could receive audio input via HDMI (e.g. a single HDMI cable connecting the DVD player via an ARC HDMI port on the TV would provide DVD video and audio input to the TV, and return audio to the sound system from the TV when watching from some other source, like a cable box or broadcast television). This is not true. I realized after closely scrutinizing the documentation that it never explicitly says this, but it does make it look like this would be possible from the diagrams.
To send audio back to the stereo system, you MUST connect the TV to the DVD player with a digital optical audio TOSLINK cable (for a digital audio connection) or coaxial (for an analog audio connection). Since my TV only supports a digital audio output, I had to use the TOSLINK cable.
* The rear speakers are not wireless. I didn't expect them to be (especially not at the price this unit sells for), and it's not a big deal for me, since I have all my speakers set up in the front of the room, but it might be considered a negative for some people.
* The rear speaker wires are not very long. Again, not a big deal for me, since they're all up front anyway, but if I HAD wanted to put them in the back of the room, I might have had some difficulty. The speakers use a proprietary wire connection, so splicing them to make them longer would have been a little tricky (though I have read reports of people managing it).
* Adjusting the output settings on the individual speakers is easy (as stated in the pros section above), but it does require going into the settings menu, which can only be accessed when the system is NOT playing a DVD. So no adjusting anything but the main volume when you're in the middle of a movie. If you realize that a particular movie is really bass-heavy and you want to adjust the output of the sub, you have to stop the DVD, go into the system settings menu, tweak it, and then restart your DVD. I haven't encountered a time when I've needed to do this, but I can imagine it might irk some people if they had to go through that rigmarole.
None of the "cons" I've listed were deal-breakers for me, since most of them don't apply to my particular setup. But they are worth noting, since they may be deal-breakers for someone else.
Overall, I've been very happy with this system: it's suited my needs perfectly, and the price was excellent.
Amazon's picture is wrong. The system I received had all black pieces...no grey. The remote was different too. No big deal, and I think the black looks better anyway. - UPDATE 2/4/13: Amazon has since changed the picture. The system I received is EXACTLY like the one in the picture.
Setup was pretty easy. I followed the directions using the calibration microphone provided in the box, but ended up tuning each speaker to my ear's specifications instead. I recommend doing this or else you might be disappointed. I find the factory calibration seems to be on the conservative side.
Each speaker (and the sub) can be tweaked from -6.0 to +6.0 signal level for fine-tuning the system to suit anyone's needs. The only downside to this that I've found so far, is that this can't be done on-the-fly. It can be done in the Custom setup menu. You have to stop what you're doing, switch the unit to DVD mode (make sure the disc is stopped) and then tweak as necessary. A bit of a pain, but once it's set you shouldn't have to mess with it much other than to turn up the sub if you want to shake the plaster off the ceiling. For those people who stated that this system doesn't allow you to tweak each speaker, you're idiots. RTFM! Step-by-step directions are there.
That said, this system cranks. I had to turn the sub down to -4.0 because it was too much. Not a bad thing I guess. Grab a digital optical audio cable too. Much easier (and clearer) than RCA's. 6ft cables are <$10.
Unless you're a true audiophile (in which case you probably aren't shopping on Amazon anyway) you won't be disappointed. If you're on the fence about this system, don't be. It's a great bang for the buck.
So on to the product, First it showed up on time if not a day early, amazon had not put it in another box or wrapped it up so thank good it was left in the arctic entry way and not out side where someone could have taken it before I got home. It arrived and when opened everything was in great shape.
During installation I wished the subwoofer wiring was longer as well ass the front and center channel wiring. I mounted all speakers high on the walls about 9" down from ceiling and placed the subwoofer under the bed to conceal it and get great bass response while lying in bed.
Easy set up on the Menu to calibrate speakers, and the disc it came was just as easy to use as well. After set up and watching the first movie I was impressed with the system and its sound quality. Very happy with this product and purchase and Amazon. I would recommend Highly.
As a side note I know a little about Home Theater system, my living room has about $3500 worth of middle of the road products that make the house feel like an IMAX experience. With CV tower speaker and a center channel up front, and Paradigm surround, and definitive surround back all Being power by a Yamaha receiver. Plus 2 powered subwoofers under the coffee tables at each end of the couch. So ya, I like to think I have enough audio experience to say this product does very well for the price and can recommend it to anyone interested in getting one.