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It boasts the same 5-CD/DVD changer, with 1080p upscaling HDMI output for HD content from any media.

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Pros

movies sound great through the system, excellent home cinema experience

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general use is simple and intuitive, integrates itself well with BRAVIA systems

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setup is fairly straightforward, can often work it out without the manual

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music is well fleshed out, lots of detail and warmth in the speakers

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Cons

uses proprietary connectors on the speaker wires, restricts you to whatever length they've decided you need

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takes a long time to switch between discs in the changer, would be easier to get up and change them manually

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remote control has lots of tiny buttons and you're still forced to work through on-screen menus a lot

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main unit has an awkward, non-uniform styling that doesn't match other AV equipment

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automatic calibration not as accurate as doing it manually

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The Sony BRAVIA DAV-HDX275 features the same quality components as more expensive products in the line, but scales back the features to deliver a price point that is almost half that of the top-of-the-line DAV-HDX576WF. It boasts the same 5-CD/DVD changer, with 1080p upscaling HDMI output for HD content from any media, and 1000 watts of full 5.1 surround sound, as well as the BRAVIA Sync feature for simplified playback when paired with a Sony BRAVIA HDTV, and Sony’s Digital Media Port digital media management system. The DAV-HDX275 also comes with an iPod dock, and supports all the same S-AIR wireless speaker technology as the other players in the DAV-HDX line.

 

Features
  • Supports S-AIR wireless speakers for multi-room playback (not included)
  • Upconverting 5-CD/DVD changer with HDMI output
  • Automatically calibrates audio to optimize sound quality
  • BRAVIA Sync feature for owners of Sony BRAVIA HDTVs
Post Review
Gwb
01/16/2009 09:16

This is a great unit for the price. It integrates seamlessly with Bravia LCD HDTVs. Great sound.
Setup is pretty straightforward. However, the manual does not really explain how to set it up for audio while watching TV. It took some trial and error on my part to get that working in full surround sound.

The "quick calibrate" of the surround speakers feature is a nice concept, but I got better results from doing a "custom calibrate." The default setting for the subwoofer is much too high: I had to turn it down a LOT to get it to a more realistic sound. Being an apartment dweller with kindly neighbors, I am not looking to entertain the entire building. However, I do want a setting that nicely fills in the lows. When I tested the iPod setup, I did crank it up, so at least I know the capability is there to shake the windows out of their frames.


The remote has a lot of tiny buttons densely packed onto it, yet some common features are buried deep in complex menus that can only be accessed by putting the receiver into DVD mode and accessing the on-screen menu system, or scrolling through functions.

The DAV-HDX275 will integrate with Bravia LCDs through the HDMI connections; I recommend using that over the component video connections. Most of the TV's functions can be accessed through the DAV-HDX275's remote. My cable provider's remote already could power on the TV and cable box with one touch and control the volume. Now, when the DAV-HDX275 senses the TV has been turned on, it will turn itself on and automatically set the mode to TV/Video. Turn off the cable and the TV and DAV-HDX275 turn off automatically as well.

That really pleased my wife. Not that she is technology-averse, but she does hate to memorize the "nuclear codes" on 3 different remotes just to watch a TV program. When she inserts a DVD, and the DAV-HDX275 switches to DVD mode. She does have to use the DAV-HDX275's remote to play, skip, pause, etc., but that's okay. And she does love the enhanced sound.

If the DAV-HDX275 had more inputs, it could even pass as a decent home entertainment controller. However, there are no HDMI inputs (and only one output), no component inputs, and only one audio input (not counting the iPod input.

All in all, for what it is, the DAV-HDX275 makes sense as an economical HTIB with great sound and a good set of components--especially if you want to integrate it with, or are thinking of getting, a Bravia LCD TV.

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