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Sony BDV-N7100W review




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Sony BDV-N7100W


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  • Powerful yet composed sound quality
  • Loads of features
  • Stunning design


  • No MKV, FLAC or WAV via DLNA
  • Lacks 4OD and ITV Player

Key Features

  • 5.1-channel system with Magnetic Fluid speakers
  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • 1000W power output
  • Internet content and DLNA file streaming
  • Built-in Bluetooth with NFC
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £649.99

What is the Sony BDV-N7100W?

It’s Sony’s latest range-topping all-in-one system, which includes 5.1-channel speakers and a 3D-ready Blu-ray receiver with 1000W of amplification. It’s the perfect route into home cinema for those daunted by the prospect of shopping for separates, as everything you need is crammed into a single box.

Sony BDV-N7100W

The Sony’s premium price tag means you’re getting a higher calibre of system, particularly where features are concerned – the BDV-N7100W is packed with nifty tricks like Bluetooth, on-demand internet content and 4K upscaling. Let’s hope it can follow suit in the performance stakes.

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Sony BDV-N7100W – Design

This is a system that really stands out from the crowd. Sony’s Sense of Quartz design concept is inspired by the multi-sided shapes of rock crystal, which explains the sharp angles and slopes on the stylish main unit.

Sony BDV-N7100W

The console’s forward-sloping top panel and moody black finish give it a funky, futuristic feel – a far cry from the boxy Blu-ray receivers we’re used to – but the real magic happens when you power it up. A white light spills out into a triangular section on the right hand side in between the LED display and touch-sensitive controls, while a motorised top panel slides sexily to the right to reveal the disc mechanism. It’s stunning.

Sony BDV-N7100W

The front and rear speakers didn’t fall from the ugly tree either – the flat front panel has a shimmering brushed black finish, complemented nicely by the exposed drivers. The glossy back end has more alluring angles and slopes, while the whole thing stands on a circular base with a clever cable tidy system. They’re a tad plasticky but as well made as you could expect for the money.

Also worth mentioning is their shallow depth, made possible by the use of Magnetic Fluid speaker technology. With regular speaker drivers, the diaphragm is driven by a coil with a damper at the rear for suspension. Sony’s drivers replace the damper with magnetic fluid (or ferrofluid) which not only allows the coil to move more freely but also makes the mechanism thinner and therefore easier to fit inside slim cabinets.

Anyone worried about cables snaking across the room will be pleased to hear that the Sony system comes with a wireless rear speaker kit. The receiver is a black box (not a particularly attractive or discreet one, to be honest) with terminals on the back for the surround speakers. You need to plug the supplied cards into the main unit and receiver.

Also in the package is a horizontal centre speaker and a passive subwoofer, both styled to match the other speakers. The sub is fairly large but clad in a pleasant black finish that won’t disgrace your living room if you can’t hide it away. The plinth on the bottom sports more of those crystal-like angles.

Sony BDV-N7100W – Connections

The main unit includes a generous range of sockets, including two HDMI inputs for playing external HD sources through the system and an HDMI output that supports 3D, ARC, 4K upscaling and BRAVIA Sync. You’ll also find optical digital and analogue stereo inputs, a minijack input for the supplied setup microphone, FM aerial input and an Ethernet port. The colour-coded speaker plugs make setup nice and simple. On the front, meanwhile, is a USB port for media playback from pen drives and external HDDs.

Sony BDV-N7100W

Massimiliano Adamo

October 21, 2013, 2:21 pm

it's not true that it doesn't run MKV files. Maybe because I've got software updates, but it runs those files.


February 11, 2014, 1:51 pm

....over the network or just from USB ?


May 25, 2014, 1:56 pm

I use DLNA most of the times.... and I think this was the case.
However, it's true that sometime - randomly, in very few cases - is not able to read some particular file, and I if I run this file directly on Linux I don't have problems. But for those MKV file it worked for me.

Massimiliano Adamo

May 25, 2014, 2:07 pm

Never used USB stick. I use DLNA most of the times.... and I think this was the case.
it's true that sometime - randomly, in very few cases - is not able to
read some particular file, and I if I run this file directly on Linux I
don't have problems. But for those MKV file it worked for me.
p.s.: but if the device is able to play a particular file over DLNA, why it shouldn't be able from the USB stick? ... there might be a reason, but right now I have no idea.

Massimiliano Adamo

June 22, 2014, 3:39 pm

I what happens is that file extensions are sometime wrong, and DLNA is not that smart. While the media player of your computer is able to open the file even if the extension is wrong, this device fails.
that's just easy to verify. On Linux you run: file .mkv... perhaps on windows you can see something on file properties.
It happened once to me...

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