It Is What it Promises to Be!
from New York, NY on 12/29/2011
I received this system and a Bravia tv as a gift for Christmas. It replaced a 13 year old 200lb tv, and an old pioneer stereo set, equally old. If you want something modern, good quality, and affordable this is it. The setup won't take very long as long as you're using HDMI for both the tv and the cable box, maybe 10 minutes. Configuring it to your setup is what takes the real time. All of the pieces are small and light. Also a plus, both the tv and blu ray remotes work for both systems - I hate setting up remotes and I didn't have to. :) Being able to browse the internet, use my iPhone as a remote, and play my Pandora stations in my living room have all made this a fanastically usable product. I may even cancel cable and start using netflix and hulu instead. Maybe. It's just so very accessible for usage with everyday media! This isn't to say I'm not still looking at a Paradigm sound system for top notch audio, but until i have thousands to burn, this is just perfect for entertaining the average listener with above average sound. I will also be able to connect my macbook's minidisplay port to hdmi so I can play anything I download. I haven't tested it yet, though I trust it will work as it's a fairly simple connection. On the negative side - if I want to use the cable box setup in the instructions the bluray player has to be turned on and set to hdmi input 1. Not a lot of a work, but more work than other features. I may end up putting the cable box's hdmi right into the tv. Also, I didn't get a Harry Potter 3D discount?? Someone proofing this want to send that over? ;) The Bravia tv is also very good too - light, bright, and vivid. Overall this was a great gift! I'll be watching every movie I own as though I've never seen or heard it before. Good deal.
I received this as a gift ...
from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/26/2011
I received this as a gift to replace my 10 year old unit which had no HDMI. I hooked everything up and the unit displayed "protector/push power" and then went into standby. The book indicates this is some kind of short in the speakers or the cooling vents could be blocked. Although its not advised I took the cover off and checked the connections inside. I found a connector from the power board was partially unplugged and was most likely the cause. No problems since and I avoided having to pack up all the stuff and take it back. Other than the assembly mistake it works great. A lot better sound than what I had.