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Sony DAV-F200 Home Cinema System review

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  • Sony DAV-F200 Home Cinema System
  • Sony DAV-F200 Home Cinema System
  • Sony DAV-F200 Home Cinema System
  • Sony DAV-F200 Home Cinema System
  • DAVF200 Home Theater System (DVD Player, 2.1 Speakers - Progressive Scan - 405 W RMS - Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II)

Summary

Our Score:

8

Our growing obsession with design and aesthetics has created a huge demand for 2.1-channel systems, because they offer you high-quality home cinema sound without having to clutter up your living room with speakers and cables. Such is their allure that people are willing to sacrifice the thrill of true 5.1-channel surround sound for the sake of minimalism and domestic harmony.

And freed from the shackles of the traditional 5.1-system approach, most manufacturers take it as a green light to let their creative juices flow freely and come up with some of the most gorgeous-looking home cinema kit on the market.

A perfect example of this is Sony's latest 2.1-channel system, the DAV-F200. The main unit, which houses a DVD player, radio tuner and audio processing electronics, oozes 21st century chic with a vertical stand-mounted arrangement (it's also wall-mountable with an optional bracket) and a sleek black finish that takes up most of the front panel. A very cool white light illuminates the playback controls on the silver section underneath, while the discreet disc slot is located on the right hand side. Pure class.

The black finished front speakers are slim, compact and fit in nicely with the overall look, while the bulky subwoofer is attractive by usual subwoofer standards despite being bigger than the other components put together.

On the back of the main unit is a removable panel that conceals a very useful array of connections. The HDMI port offers 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p output thanks to the unit's video upscaling capabilities, but for non-HDMI equipped displays you'll also find component and composite outputs.

On the audio side, it's very pleasing to see that Sony has provided an optical digital audio input, enabling you to feed in a signal from your Sky + box and enjoy Dolby Digital sound (albeit in 2.1). Also on board are coaxial input and output, plus a pair of analogue phonos for other external audio gear.

The unit's connectivity expands further with a USB port that lets you connect memory devices, mobile phones or audio players and play MP3, WMA or AAC audio files, as well as JPEG photos. You'll also find Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters as well as Sony's DMPORT on the rear for connecting modular adapters for external devices like Walkman, iPod and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

GL7

June 24, 2008, 5:02 pm

HD format war is over. I liked this DAV system from the first sight, but lucks Blu-ray support. Slow reaction/respond from SONY...

Danny P

June 25, 2008, 6:44 pm

Yes but there's a still a huge market for DVD players and systems - Blu-ray is miniscule in comparison. Most people have big DVD collections and the F200's 1080p upscaling helps people make the most of them. I imagine Sony will continue making DVD systems for years to come. But in any case, if you want a Blu-ray system, then Sony has launched one (the HTP-BD2RSF).

Amit

June 26, 2008, 12:01 am

What are the actual dimensions of the sub-woofer? I cant find these details anywhere...

Andrew 17

July 18, 2009, 3:17 pm

After a bit of research and your review, I purchased the Sony DAVF200. No buyers' remorse here. I replaced my space hogging, 5.1 LG LH-W760IA, which just turned three years old. What really sold me on the Sony was the the S-Master Digital Amplifier. A couple of years ago I bought a Sony CMT-CPZ2 micro system stereo powered by the S-Master@2X75 watts, simply excellent sound. The DAVF200@405 watts is even better. Playing A DVD, Listening to FM or a CD is pleasing both to the eye and ear. The LG system was good, but not in any way better, in playing a DVD, But it's purported 700 watts, couldn't hold a candle to the Sony DAVF200 when it came to listening to a CD, FM radio or The television. There is simply no comparison to the depth and clarity of sound.





No, I no longer have 5.1 sounds behind my head(only a hint of 5.1), but the trade off, at least for me, is totally in my favour. Watching a DVD is crystal clear, with great sound and listening to a CD or FM is once again enjoyable.





Negligible drawbacks I had to adjust to, were adjusting my TV bank to compensate for the vertical height of the main panel and the CD,DVD ejector being on the right side of the unit. Also, I gave up trying to gather in the wires and cable in the back of the unit and securing them with the ties and bracket.





All in all, an incredibly good system at an affordable price. through the years I've found that rarely can you go wrong with Sony products. No, I don't work for them. In apology to LG, while my LG 5.1 looked good but performed poorly, my LG 42" LCD Looks good and performs wonderfully.





In closing, I'd like to thank you folks, at Trusted Reviews for helping me, in making a sensible and non-regrettable purchase.

Satko

May 6, 2010, 4:59 pm

Hi.


You asked for sub-woofer measure Amit.


They are 200 x 640 x 640 mm (aproks.).

sime5555

August 25, 2010, 1:23 am

I see that everyone is delighted with the system; from my experience it significantly lacks in power (bas especially) and sound details. I have to say that after reading your opinions I am beginning to think mine should be taken to the dealer to see if everything is OK with it.

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