Sony BDV-E370 - Set-up and Menus

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Rummaging around the Home menu unearths more treats, such as DLNA media streaming from a laptop or PC. Enable media sharing and your computer’s name appears in the music, video and photo menus – simply select it and you can search your PC’s media folders. The list of supported formats isn’t as wide-ranging as Samsung or LG’s systems, but all the common formats are covered.

Also under the Music menu is a service that allows you to watch concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker, although this is a premium service that requires online registration. It’s joined by the National Public Radio service, a series of radio programmes from stations around the world. Don’t forget that the network connection can also be used to stream or download BD Live content linked to Blu-ray discs. Chuck a built-in FM radio tuner into the mix and we don’t think you’ll be getting bored any time soon.

Elsewhere there are even more features to discover. The front and rear USB ports allow you to play digital media from MP3 players, iPods and other memory devices. The system supports a variety of formats including DivX, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV9, MP3, WMA, AAC and JPEG as well as AVCHD from discs.

Sony BDV-E370 remote control

There’s built-in decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, and the Entertainment Database Browser with Gracenote looks up track information and cover art when you insert a CD, although you have to be connected to the internet. You also get a range of sound EQ modes, D.Bass for boosting low frequencies and a selection of picture settings including various noise reduction modes.

Rig up the system for the first time and Easy Setup runs you through the key options to save you having to go back and set them later. Then you can plug the supplied microphone into the back of the main unit and launch the Auto Calibration mode, which tweaks the sound to suit your room’s acoustics.

The onscreen menus are beautifully presented in a slick, modern design. The Home menu uses the Xross Media Bar layout, used to great effect on Sony’s standalone players and the PS3, which is incredibly easy to follow and scrolls from option to option with pleasing urgency. It’s been around for a while now but the use of intersecting axes still feels fresh and innovative, even with the improvements made to rivals’ operating systems.

The Quick Start mode boots up the system in a few seconds, but when activated the system requires more power in standby. As for disc loading, it took an astonishing 35 seconds to close the tray and load Terminator Salvation, one of the fastest times we’ve clocked.

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.

Goodmane

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!

Powerful

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?

gdawg304

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.

lightning

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.

Lauffer17

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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