DVD home theater system
Item #: 158DAVS300
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Item #: 158DAVS300
This item is no longer available.
When we first saw Sony's DAV-S300 system at the Consumer Electronics Show, we couldn't believe our eyes. The full-range, wraparound Dolby® Digital sound was like a magnet pulling us into the nearest chair to enjoy the movie. But where were the big speakers? Where was the Dolby Digital receiver? Could this robust sound possibly be coming from the 4" satellites and inconspicuous subwoofer? That's when the guy holding the remote control lowered the volume and filled us in on Sony's astonishing DAV-S300.
The heart of the system is the combination DVD player/receiver. A single slender, silver box plays your DVDs and music CDs, and provides Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic™ decoding for your DVDs, VHS tapes and stereo TV broadcasts. With 180 watts of power driving the efficient satellites and subwoofer, there's plenty of sound to fill any small- to medium-sized room. Setup and use is easy thanks to color-coded speaker connectors and a multibrand A/V remote control.
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:
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.
Dolby Digital and DTS capable (DTS CDs are also playable)
Resume Playback: 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 CD/CD
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.
Picture Search: 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.
Dimmer: The 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.
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:
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 Response:
- DVD (PCM): 2Hz to 22 kHz (+/-1dB)
- CD: 2 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-1dB)
Signal to noise ratio: More than 80 dB
Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.03%
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