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Sony HT-IS100 BRAVIA Theater Micro-System (Set of Six, Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Price is for 1 system: 5 golf-ball size speakers and a sub
- S-AIR Multi-room wireless reciver/peaker capable
- HDMI Active Intelligence 3 in/1out
- 450 Watts (RMS) (50 x 5 + subwoofer 100 x 2)
- BRAVIA Sync
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My complaints are that I can only do 4 inputs, HDMI 1-3 are labeled the same as the component inputs and cannot be assigned as a different input. The Ipod dock puts out solid sound but the on screen UI looks like it comes from the 80's, no big deal just would expect more based on how freaking cool everything else is.
I really feel like anyone who says there's not enough power to this is either too picky, hearing impaired, or doesn't really own the system and just likes putting in there 2 cents where ever they can. This thing isn't overpowering, although it probably could be if my wife let me turn it up, but can easily fill my home (1 story) with sound. If you want a professional system your looking in the wrong spot with this system and you should probably not write a negative review saying this thing cant do something it was never intended to do. If you want something easy to set up, easy on the eyes, and impressively strong, especially strong for the size of the speakers (I guess size doesn't matter), then this will be an awesome choice for you. GO FOR IT!
Set up was a 30min breeze. I connected the speakers to the wall using 3M picture hanging strips, ( yes the speakers are that light, but seem very well made ) to avoid holes, and also you have to keep the sub inline with or very close to the fronts as its producing the mid range as well as some of the dialogue. Did auto calibrating, but did make adjustements to the bass,treble and mids. The bass really pumps on this system, especially when playing back High Def Audio so if you live in a apartment, remember the neighbors.
I know the audiophiles will tell you that you can't get a quality 5.1 surround sound with speakers this small, but I'm telling you that you can. If you make this purchase, be sure that when you set up the speakers though, try to keep all placement around or slighty above ear level, it makes a big difference.
Not gonna get too deep into everything else, since other reviewers have pretty much covered the rest.
DESIGN and AESTHETICS: 5/5 stars
The unit has a high quality finish and a sturdy feel that is not matched by 95% of the HTIB out there. It has a clean & simple design with a not-too-complicated remote.
SETUP & CONTROL: 4.5/5 stars
Lots of inputs. The included and color coded speaker wires are long enough for all but the largest of rooms. Surround setup is rather simple with the included mic. There are some canned surround tone presets but no detailed sound tailoring offered.
CONNECTIVITY: 4.5/5 stars
This unit accepts almost everything. You can use it as a switch between three HDMI inputs. It does not upsample, though. With the included Toslink cable I hooked up to my TV, I get 5.1 surround watching TV shows. My unit comes with an IPOD dock using the DMPORT. You can sift through your music collecting using the remote (on screen menu with song titles and all). The built-in AM/FM tuner is a nice touch.
SOUND 4/5 stars
It sounds much bigger than its size. In my family room I found that I am pushing this unit towards the upper end of the volume range. So it is better suited for smaller rooms. Not much custom tone tailoring is offered other than Treble/Mid/Bass. The sound is decent and good enough for movie watching. Listening to two-channel music leaves a bit to be desired. DTS/Dolby digital decoding is fine through PCM over the HDMI.
The biggest reason for me getting this unit is its design and compact size.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this thing for years and it still looks and sounds new. I will be looking for a wireless model when it finally comes time to upgrade. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike
I used this for years and eventually got rid of it, I wish I never did, it was a great surround.Published 9 months ago by Eric A.
I only used it a few times, it sounds great. The thing I don't like about it is that I thought it was wireless and it's not, and the black subwoofer is big and bulky for my place. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by J. Williams
I have a difficult time understanding how anyone could rate this system anything but 4 or 5 stars. Seriously, if they did they must have gotten a lemon. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Bryan E. Anderson
Speakers look like toys and when you first look at them you will definitely think over and over if you have done the right thing. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by V. Pampati
Overall, very pleased with the results I've received from such tiny size product; however, it turns into a powerful "phenomenon" the minute I press that power button on my remote. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Pedro F. Urena
The small speakers give out pleanty of great sound for a modest (12 X 16) open concept family room. The clarity of sound output for network programs (i.e. CSI) broadcast in 5. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Howard R. Brady
I had a need to install a HTIB (home theater in a box) unit in the bedroom to enjoy movies on my recently installed 40" LCD Sony Bravia flat panel TV. Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by TechGuy
Got this system from J&R for sub $300. This system is truely awesome, regardless of price. Sony hit a homerun with this unit, crystal clear sound, nice bumpin bass, super small... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by J. Long