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Sony BDV-E370 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips


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Review Price £280.00

Video performance is solid as a rock. The BDV-E370 passes the Video Resolution and Film Resolution Loss tests on the Silicon Optix HQV disc with flying colours, converting the tricky cadences without any nagging artefacts. It masterfully reproduces the moving diagonal lines in the Jaggies test, keeping stepping and judder at bay. Superb.

Subjective testing reveals more terrific video reproduction. Hellboy II’s intricately detailed pictures are stunningly rendered over the HDMI connection, sending every last pixel to the screen without any distortion or break-up.

The BDV-E370’s sound isn’t as brash as recent systems from Samsung and Panasonic. It’s a little more laid back, which actually makes for a more enjoyable listen. And that’s not to say it lacks muscle – the system belts out Hellboy II’s DTS HD MA track with loud, gutsy fervour – but there seems to be more control and smoothness in the high-frequencies and greater midrange authority.

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Hellboy’s scrap with the Elemental is a wonderfully sparky encounter through this system, with crisp effects scattering around the expansive soundstage and plenty of attack behind the constant crashes and smashes. It doesn’t neglect subtle details either, from the gentle tinkling of broken glass to the musical nuances of the score.

Its weak link is bass reproduction. The subwoofer falls into the same trap as many passive all-in-one system subs, sounding too boomy and overpowering the other speakers during energetic action scenes. During quieter passages it’s much more sympathetic, offering extra depth and atmosphere, but when the action hots up you’ll be tempted to turn it down.

However, the BDV-E370 is better with music than you might expect. There’s an openness and clarity to the sound of stereo CD playback that makes for a rewarding listen, and the sub suddenly seems more nimble and responsive. Our reference separates blow it out of the water, but by one-box system standards it’s an impressive effort.


Taking the BDV-E370’s features, performance and ease of use into consideration, you can’t fail to be impressed. There’s a style and slickness behind everything it does, and most pleasingly it delivers better sound quality than most of its similarly priced rivals.

On the downside, it’s lacklustre in the looks department, the subwoofer is flawed and the need to buy optional extras for some of the most appealing features bumps up the price nearer to that of the Samsung HT-C6930W, another 3D-capable system that offers the same features as standard. But if you can do without Wi-Fi and wireless rears then this is great value, particularly if you’re hoping to join the 3D revolution sometime in the near future.

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Hamish Campbell

July 2, 2010, 1:25 pm

I would suggest, instead of buying the overpriced dongle, buy the Apple Express. Costs less, just plugs into the ethernet port, extends your wifi network, enables airtunes so you could stream music into the optical in and will enable all the internet goodies.

I've tried it into my Sony W5500 tv and worked a treat.....well except for the fact that tv has the most laughable online possibilities seen by man (...more exciting widgets coming ahhahaah yeah right). Maybe the downside could be that the express would use a bit more power.


July 2, 2010, 7:30 pm

Good review, thanks.

Haim, I have a Sony W5500. The network streaming works great with PS3 media server (free) or Wild Media Server. Both have transcoding so if you have a wired network, it doesn't matter about the TV's file support being limited - as the computer transcodes the content to MPG2 on the go, even mkvs and dvr-ms files. Try it out, there's still life in the 'old' W5500s!


July 4, 2010, 6:49 am

I bought the BDV E870 (1000w and front floorstanders but, I believe, otherwise the same as the E370) to pair with a new Sony 46NX703 TV and am very impressed with the Blu-Ray player and the improvement to the TV's sound system, rightly noted as a let-down in Trusted's review of 22 June. After downloading a software update, the E870 adds BBC iPlayer to the list of available services (iPlayer is not available on the TV's own list of services - a serious omission for me). I hooked up an NAS device (Lacie LaCinema HD) to the E870, filled with my music, film and photo collection and am seriously impressed with the whole set-up as a complete entertainment centre. The E870's subtle sounds matches the TV's subtle pictures and the pair reveal a classy feel too often heard and seen as brash in other brands I looked at. Having been a CRT stalwart for many years, this combo was the first to tempt me to make the jump to a modern LCD setup. Overall I am stunned by the quality of HD, Blu-Ray and surround sound offered here. The networking abilities of all the kit means I can actually enjoy all my media in my living room.

First thoughts were that this combo particularly suits quality transmissions of nature documentaries - the sequences of sights and room shaking rumbling as Old Faithfull geyser spurts in the HD Yellowstone documentary are fantastic. Ballads, classical and jazz music are a revelation for an all-in-one. However, broadcasts from Glastonbury, especially Muse and Faithless, showed that the combo handles modern music and stunning light shows pretty well too.

One thing I don't like is the very slight lag the E870 adds to broadcast sound - noticeable when a tennis player serves a ball at Wimbledon. Switching the TV's sound back to own speakers solves the problem but it shouldn't be there. Is this delay the result of surround signal processing in the E870?


July 16, 2010, 6:28 pm

Curious to know how this compares to the BDV-E300 which it replaces - that's got a better review here on TR (back in Feb?) and is What Hi-Fi?'s best all in one for under £400, so sounds like the E370 isn't quite as good?

Craig 1

August 26, 2010, 9:02 pm

Looks fantastic and was buying right up to no HDMI in. This is 2010 right? How am I supposed to connect my Revo Media PC (it has no optical). Looks like once again its a samsung (any of the new HT-Cxxxx range) you just cant add extra connections via a software update but 3d you can.


December 28, 2010, 10:20 pm

I recently purchased this unit, my first experience of home cinema, and it performs well.

As expected it transforms films like Avatar and Saving Private Ryan, making you wonder how you ever managed without surround sound.

The only complaint is that there does not appear to be any was to alter the tone (i.e bass/treble) You can of course turn the sub up and down, which effectively alters the low bass, but on some films the system seems to lack treble. The only way to compensate appears to be turning up the centre speaker level, which does help to some extent.

There are various modes (movie, game, theatre, etc) but these don't seem to do much.

Overall though, a very impressive system for under £300.


January 8, 2011, 12:06 am

Pretty disappointed! Huh, first, centre speaker is feather light. When you turn it up, centre speaker tends to fall off its place. If you really turn it up, the sound sharpness is lost, can not listen to it at all. Software, my God. When you start the system, and if you happenned to have listened to the radio, it first takes about 30sec to set up, then ...nothing. It says - tuner FM, for few seconds and then - HOME. This means you can not just press a green button and leave hoping your tuner will start playing, but have to wait, then press Function key repeteadly until u get Tuner FM again, and then it will play. One more thing, when you play MP3 from USB, you play a song, but instead of seeing the playlist, you enter the song details (totally unuseful). If you wand to play a specific song next, you need to stop the current song, return to the playlist screen and then scroll it to your next song. Also, it does not recognise formats automatically. You need to start a file from a specific program, eg, you can to play a video if you are at the Music program, and vice versa.

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