System overview: This is an
integrated system that simplifies the task of assembling a Dolby Digital/DTS system
for a bedroom, vacation home or other small to medium size room by
providing an all in one solution consisting of a single DVD/CD
player/preamp/amplifier/tuner, passive sub/satellite
system and a multibrand wireless remote control for the unit. The only optional
item required is a Television.
Control unit front panel:
Headphone output (stereo minijack), plugging in
headphones automatically turns off the loudspeakers
Control unit rear panel:
- Antenna inputs: 75 ohm threaded coax FM input
and AM spring clip inputs
- Video 1 input and output: RCA stereo
audio and composite video input and output
- Video 2 input: RCA stereo audio and
composite video input
- Subwoofer preamp output: Mono RCA
output for use with an optional powered subwoofer. When using this
output, the supplied passive subwoofer should not be used.
- Digital input: Toslink input with
cover for use with a digital source such as a DBS receiver with a digital
- Monitor outputs: To connect the
optional television. One composite and one S-video output. Note that
the S-video output can only be used for the unit's internal DVD player,
since there are no S-video inputs provided.
- Loudspeaker outputs: For front right
and left, center, rear right and left and subwoofer. These are
non-standard molex connectors which are color coded for use with the
supplied speaker wire. (The supplied speaker wire terminates in bare
wires, so if a longer length is needed regular speaker wire can be spliced
on). These speaker outputs require a 3 ohm impedance.
- Remote Control: W=2.2" H=1.1"
- Satellites: W=3.83" H=4.125"
- Passive subwoofer: W=6.37"
Electronics unit: This is the
"control center" of the system and includes a single DVD/VideoCD/CD
player, amplifier for the supplied satellites and passive subwoofer, Dolby Digital and DTS decoder, digital AM/FM tuner,
and all inputs and outputs. The unit is metal, aluminum colored and has a blue
LCD display (in addition
to the On Screen Display) which shows the selected source, frequency when the tuner is
selected, and elapsed and remaining time information when a disc is played.
Digital Amplifier: This unit uses
a six-channel type "T" digital amplifier with high power efficiency
and low power consumption.
DVD/CD Player: The unit has a
single tray DVD player that will play back DVDs, Video CDs and audio CDs. This
model will not play recordable CDs ("CD-Rs"). The
sample we tested did play an audio CD-RW, however, the manual states
this unit is not CD-RW compatible. Note that DVDs must be Code 1 and NTSC. Both DTS and Dolby
Digital DVDs are playable on this unit.
and DTS capable (DTS CDs are also playable)
Allows you to resume playback, of a DVD, Video CD or CD, from last position;
functions even if power is off, as long as DVD or CD was not removed.
Program Play: You
can program up to 99 tracks (DVD/Video CD/CD)
Shuffle Play: DVD/Video
Repeat Play: You
can repeat a single or all tracks. You can also repeat tracks in program
or shuffle mode. A-B repeat allows you to repeat a specific portion of a
title, chapter or track.
You can choose from 5 speeds: NORMAL PLAY (high speed), SLOW 1, SLOW 2,
SCAN 1 (frame-by-frame), or SCAN 2 (frame-by-frame). Any speed can be
selected in forward or reverse.
Speaker Setup: Front
speaker and subwoofer are always set to "Yes". Center speaker
can be set to Yes or No; surround speakers can be set to None, Behind low,
Behind high, Side low or Side high. It is important to set the surround
speaker location correctly for proper functioning of the unit's virtual
modes. Front speaker distance can be set from 3 to 50 feet in 1 foot
steps; center speaker distance can be set in 1 foot steps from a distance equal
to the front speaker distance to a distance 5 feet closer to your listening
position and surround speaker distance can be set in 1 foot steps from a
distance equal to your front speaker distance to a distance 15 feet closer to
your listening position. You can adjust the balance between the front speakers
and the rear speakers by +/-6dB and the level of the center, rear and subwoofer
can be adjusted by +/-6 dB.
Bit Rate Display: Can
be set to display current bit rate, bit rate history, and layer information.
unit's LCD display illumination can be turned off.
Sleep Timer: Can
select from 2 hours to off in 1/2 hour increments.
Parental control: Allows
you to set playback limitations using a four digit password when using a DVD
which supports this function.
- Auto Format Decode:
Automatically detects if a signal is Dolby Digital, DTS, Pro Logic or standard
2 channel stereo and decodes it without adding any effects.
- Normal surround:
Multichannel software is played in multichannel mode and two channel software
is played in Dolby Pro Logic to create surround effects
- Cinema Studio A:
Reproduces the sound characteristics of Sony's Cary Grant Theater
- Cinema Studio B:
Reproduces the sound characteristics of Sony's Kim Novak Theater
- Cinema Studio C:
Reproduces the sound characteristics of Sony Picture Entertainment scoring
- V.Multi Dimension:
Creates 5 virtual sets of surround speakers from a single pair of surrounds
- V.Semi-M. DImension:
Creates 5 virtual sets of surround speakers without using any surround
- Jazz Club
- Live House
- 2 Channel Stereo: This
is a standard two channel stereo mode which completely bypasses sound field
- 20 FM and 10 AM presets
- Seek and manual
tuning (.1Mhz steps in FM, 10 or 9kHz steps in AM)
- Auto FM stereo: can select Mono FM if
desired to cut down on noise
- Names of up to 7 characters can be entered for each preset station
Remote Control: The
supplied remote controls this unit and is multibrand for televisions. The remote
is not illuminated and some of the keys are located behind a lid on the top of
the remote. In TV mode you can control TV power on/off, enter, direct
channel entry, TV volume and channel up and down, and TV/Video. The remote is
precoded for Sony televisions and is precoded for the following brands:
- Bass reflex (rear port) with silver colored poly enclosure
- Single 2-7/8 cone paper driver in each enclosure
- Video shielded, nonremovable dark gray cloth grille
- Weight per satellite: 1lb 4 oz. lbs.
- No mounting brackets are provided; however, there is a female thread in
the back of each speaker for optional mounting brackets.
- Spring clip connectors
- 3 ohms
- Gray poly and vinyl bass-reflex
- 7-1/8" side firing
(left) cone paper woofer with rubber surround
gray cloth grille
- Spring clip connectors
- 3 ohms
Power: With 3 ohm loads, both channels
driven, from 120-10,000 Hz rated 25 watts per channel minimum RMS with no more
than 10% THD, or 30 watts x 2 at 1kHz with 10% THD. In surround mode the
output is 30 watts x 6, 3 ohms at 1kHz with 10% THD.
CD/DVD Player Frequency
- DVD (PCM): 2Hz to 22 kHz (+/-1dB)
- CD: 2 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-1dB)
noise ratio: More than 80 dB
Less than 0.03%