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Sony DAV-HDX576WF

5-disc BRAVIA® DVD home theater system with wireless rear speaker kit and second-room speaker

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    Wireless rear speaker amp (back)

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    With included iPod dock

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by Kristen Schaub
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Transform your TV experience

Enjoy rich, robust sound that puts you right in the middle of your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. Powered home theater systems come with speakers and a subwoofer plus the amplification to drive them. Many of these systems feature low-profile consoles and ultra-compact speakers for minimal visual clutter. Some include a built-in Blu-ray/DVD player for enjoying movie and concert discs.

Sony's feature-packed BRAVIA DAV-HDX576WF combines the excitement of home theater with cutting-edge wireless technology. Five speakers and a subwoofer deliver engaging surround sound with movies, TV shows, and music, powered by a receiver with a built-in five-disc DVD/CD changer. Plus, this system features an iPod® dock, a wireless rear speaker kit that simplifies installation, and an additional wireless powered speaker for music in a second room.

Wireless technology for added convenience
A separate rear-channel amplifier receives signals wirelessly from the system's main unit and powers the two surround speakers. You won't have to worry about running messy wires all the way to the back of your room. Plus, the amplifier features a convenient headphone output, so you can sit back on the couch and listen in private to music or movie soundtracks.

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Easy, wireless multi-room audio
The included Sony AIR-SA10 powered speaker lets you listen to music in a bedroom or basement, even while a friend enjoys a surround sound movie in the main home theater room. Expand your system with up to three additional AIR-SA10 powered speakers for music throughout your house.

Dock your iPod and browse your tunes
Place your iPod into the included dock, and you can listen to your tunes through the 'HDX576WF's speakers, or on the AirStation wireless speaker in another room. You can even browse through your songs using the system's remote.

Easy automatic setup
Sony's auto calibration technology makes it a snap to adjust the surround sound settings to your specific room and furnishings. Simply place the included microphone in your favorite listening position, and the system optimizes its own speaker distance and delay settings in about 30 seconds. The DAV-HDX576WF can also upconvert your standard DVDs to 1080p resolution through its HDMI output for a smoother picture with your compatible HDTV.

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Highlights:

  • home theater system with 5-disc DVD/CD changer/receiver, 5 speakers, and subwoofer
  • includes Sony's wireless rear speaker kit
  • includes 1 Sony AIR-SA10 wireless powered speaker
  • add up to 3 more AIR-SA10 powered speakers for easy expansion
  • includes Sony iPod dock
  • digital video upconversion for DVD playback
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p output via HDMI digital interface
  • plays DVD-Video discs, DVD-Rs & DVD-RWs
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, MP3 CDs and SACDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, & Dolby Pro Logic® II processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
  • 6-channel amplifier (143 watts x 5 for surround channel output, plus 285 watts for subwoofer)
  • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy setup
  • digital tuner with 30 AM/FM station presets
  • proprietary Digital Media Port for connecting included iPod dock, optional wireless PC music player, or other accessories
  • analog audio input
  • coaxial and optical digital audio input
  • front-panel minijack audio input
  • video output for TV (composite, component video, HDMI)
  • remote control
  • speaker wire and subwoofer cables included
  • floor stands for front speakers
  • DVD changer/receiver: 17"W x 3-3/8"H x 17-9/16"D
  • 2 front speakers: 11-7/16"W x 40-15/16"H x 11-7/16"D (each)
  • center channel speaker: 10-5/16"W x 3-5/8"H x 2-3/4"D
  • 2 rear speakers: 4-1/16"W x 6-3/8"H x 3-1/16"D (each)
  • subwoofer: 8-11/16"W x 15-7/16"H x 12-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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  • HCD-HDX576WF DVD receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RM-ADU007)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • TDM-iP10 Digital Media Port iPod Adapter with attached 38" media port adapter cable
  • 5 iPod adapter inserts
  • AIR-SA10 Multi-room receiver
  • TA-SA100WR surround amplifier
  • Three EZW-RT10 Wireless Transceivers
  • Plastic endcap assembly
  • 2 Front speakers (SS-TS82)
  • Center speaker (SS-CT80)
  • 2 Surround speakers (SS-TS80)
  • Subwoofer (SS-WS82)
  • Two 15' lengths of 22-gauge speaker wire with color-coded connector on one end (front left/right)
  • One 12' length of 22-gauge speaker wire with color-coded connector on one end (subwoofer)
  • One 10' length of 22-gauge speaker wire with color-coded connector on one end (center)
  • Two 16.5' lengths of 22-gauge speaker wire with color-coded connector on one end (surround left/right)
  • 2 Pedestal bases
  • 2 Pedestal base shafts
  • 2 Pedestal stand brackets
  • 2 Pedestal shaft plastic endcaps
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber foot pads
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • AM loop antenna
  • Calibration microphone with attached 18' cord (terminates in a 3.5mm miniplug)
  • 4' Composite video cord (with male RCA plugs on each end)
  • 4 Large machine screws with a flat and lock washer installed on each one
  • 6 Small machine screws
  • DVD Home Theater Operating Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (Spanish)
  • Speaker and TV connection guide
  • Digital Media Port Adapter Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • iPod Dock Adapters note
  • Compatible iPod Models sheet
  • Online Product Registration sheet
  • Limited Warranty information

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General Features
Speakers
Multi-Room Receiver
Digital Media Port Adapter
Inputs and Outputs Notes

General Features

System Overview: The Sony DAV-HDX576WF is an integrated system which includes a single tray-loaded, 5-disc DVD/Video CD/Audio CD changer/receiver, and a 6-piece speaker system with a passive subwoofer. In addition, the system includes the TDM-iP10 Digital Media Port iPod Adapter which allows you to connect your iPod to the system and a S-AIR Wireless Surround Sound Rear Amplifier which allows you to place the pair of rear speakers in your room without running speaker wire from the DAV-HDX576WF to the speakers. In addition, they DAV-HDX576WF includes an S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver which allows you to share music from the DAV-HDX576WF wirelessly in another room of your house. The supplied remote control can control this unit, plus a Sony TV.

Disc Changer System: The DVD changer section of the integrated receiver/DVD changer consists of a playing unit and a 5 CD-changer stocker, which transports the discs to the disc slot and playing unit. When discs are not being played, they are stored in the stocker.

S-Master Digital Amplifier: This unit is powered by the S-Master Full Digital Amplifier. It is designed to be highly efficient, producing minimal heat, while taking up 1/4 of the space of conventional amplifiers.

Auto Calibration: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Calibration function to achieve ideal surround sound settings for your room. With the included microphone placed at the listening position, Sony's DSP automatically analyzes speaker placement and sets the delay times and output levels. The microphone has a threaded insert on the bottom so it's compatible with a tripod. Speakers configuration, speaker distances and output levels can also be manually set.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Auto Format Direct Standard: Presents sound as it was recorded/encoded.
  • Auto Format Direct Multi: Sound that is recorded in 2 channel (front left and right channel) is assigned to the surround left and right channel. This mode outputs sound from the front left and right speakers, surround left and right speakers an subwoofer. The center speaker does not output any sound.
  • Dolby Pro Logic: Performs Pro Logic decoding to the input signal and simulates surround sound from 2 channels sources. This mode outputs sound from all the speakers and subwoofer.
  • Dolby Pro Logic II Music: Performs Pro Logic II  music mode decoding to the input signal and produces five full-bandwidth output channels from 2 channels sources. This setting is ideal for normal stereo sources such as a CD. this mode outputs sound from all the speakers and the subwoofer.
  • Dolby Pro Logic II Movie: Performs Pro Logic II  music mode decoding to the input signal and produces five full-bandwidth output channels from 2 channels sources. This setting is ideal for watching videos of overdubbed or old movies. This mode outputs sound from all the speakers and the subwoofer.
  • Dolby Digital: In this format, the surround speakers output stereo sound with an expanded frequency range and a subwoofer channel for deep bass is independently provided. All six channels in this format are recorded separately for superior channel separation.
  • DTS: This format comprises of stereo rear channel and there is a discrete subwoofer channel in this format. DTS provides the same 5.1 discrete channels of high quality digital audio.
  • 2-Channel Stereo: In addition to the surround modes, you can select the 2-Channel Stereo mode. This mode outputs the sound from the front left and right speakers and subwoofer only. Standard stereo sources completely bypass the sound field processing. Multi-channel surround formats are down-mixed to two channels.
  • Headphone Virtual Theater: Outputs the sound a surround from headphone left and right. This mode is effective only when a multi-channel source is played.
  • Headphone 2-Channel Stereo: Outputs the sound from the left and right. Multi-channel surround formats are downmixed to 2 channels.

Dynamic Bass: This feature reinforces the system's bass frequency output.

Audio DRC: You can compress the dynamic range of the sound track. This feature is useful for watching movies at low volume late at night. You can set the Audio DRC function to Standard, Max or Off. This function is only supported by Dolby Digital soundtracks.

Night Mode: This function allows you to enjoy sound effect or dialogue, as you would in a movie theater, even at low volume.

Volume Limiter: You can limit the maximum volume level of the system. It can be set to one of 4 different levels (1, 2, 3, Off).

A/V Sync: When the sound does not match pictures on the screen, you can adjust the delay between the picture and sound.

Dual Mono: You can enjoy multiplex broadcast sound when the system receives or plays the Dolby Digital multiplex broadcast signal. To receive the Dolby Digital signal, you need to connect a TV or other component to the unit with an optical or coaxial digital cable and set the digital output mode of the TV or other component to Dolby Digital.

Progressive Scan Output: This unit may be set to output a progressive scan or interlaced video signal from the component video output. Progressive-scan picture quality is more film-like, with more fine detail and less flicker. Progressive-scan viewing requires a TV with a progressive scan compatible component video or HDMI input.

HDMI Output With 1080p Upscaling: The DVD audio and video signals can be up-converted and output through the HDMI jack. The HDMI output can be set to 1080p, 1080i, 720p, or 480p.

Bravia Theatre Sync: When the DAV-HDX576WF is connected to a Sony TV via HDMI, you can operate the system with simplified controls. In addition to audio and video transmission, control functions are transmitted via the HDMI cable. This feature works with a select number of Sony Bravia TVs. The simplified controls include:

  • One-Touch Play: By pressing "Play" on the unit or the remote, the TV turns on and is set for the DVD input mode automatically.
  • System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can switch the sound to come out of either the TV or the HDX267W's speakers.
  • System Power Off: When you turn the TV off by using the "Power" button

Disc Playback: This unit will playback the following disc types - DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R/RW, DVD-ROM, Video CD, Super VCD, SACD, CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM.

SACD Playback: Super Audio CD is a high-quality audio disc standard where music is recorded in the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) format (conventional CD is record in the PCM format). The DSD format, using a sampling frequency 64 times higher than that of a conventional CD, and with 1-bit quantization, achieves both a wide frequency range and a wide dynamic range across the audible frequency, and thus provides music reproduction extremely faithful to the original sound.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-ROM discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, Joliet (CD) or Universal Disc Format (DVD) formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 150 albums and each album can have a maximum of 300 tracks.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-ROM discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, Joliet (CD) or Universal Disc Format (DVD) formats. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. Additionally, you can rotate any selected image in 90° increments. The maximum JPEG resolution supported is 1920 x 1080 pixels. Each disc can have a maximum of 200 albums and each album can have a maximum of 150 images.

PBC Playback: With PBC (Playback Control) functions, you can enjoy simple interactive operations, search functions and other such operations. PBC playback allows you to play a Video CD interactively by following the menu on your connected TV screen.

Resume Play: This feature allows you to resume playback of 40 DVDs from the point where you last stopped, even if you remove the disc from the player. The stopping point is cleared from memory if you press the Stop button a second time.

Program Play: You can play the contents of a disc in the order you want by arranging the order of the tracks on the disc to create your own program. You can program up to 99 tracks.

Parental Control: Playback of some DVD Videos can be limited according to a predetermined level such as the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes. You can set the playback restriction by registering a 4-digit password. Once you register this password, you need to enter the password to play a restricted disc.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the unit off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set from 10 to 90 minutes in 10 minute increments. If you use the System Menu to set the sleep timer, you can enter the number of minutes between 1 and 90 minutes in 1 minute increments.

Display Dimmer: You can set the display to one of two brightness levels.

Preset Label: You can store up to 20 FM and 10 AM station presets so that you always have easy access to your favorite stations without having to tune them in manually each time. You can assign a name for each preset. FM tuning is done in 0.1MHz steps and AM tuning is done in 9kHz or 10kHz steps.

Unified Remote: The DAV-HDX576WF comes with a remote (RM-ADU007) that is pre-programmed to operate this system and a number of functions on Sony TVs.

Speakers

Wireless Surround Kit: The TA-SA100WR Wireless Surround Amplifier Kit gives you a way to place your rear speakers in the back of your home theater room without having to run wires from the DVD/CD receiver. The kit includes a 2-channel amplifier and two wireless transceivers. One wireless transceiver plugs into the back of the TA-S100WR while the other plugs into the back of the DAV-HDX576WF. The DAV-HDX576WF is able to wirelessly transfer the rear audio signal to the TA-SA100WR surround amplifier by using a wireless 2.4GHz frequency connection. The surround amplifier has speaker terminals that match the speaker wires supplied with the home theater system. The TA-SA100WR must be plugged into an AC outlet and speaker wires run from the surround amplifier to the rear speakers. The surround amplifier is rated at 143 watts x 2-channel in 3-ohm at 1kHz with 10% THD. The TA-SA100WR measures 3.375" wide x 3.9375" tall x 13.4375" deep.

Surround Speakers: The surround speakers use a 2-5/8" full range cone driver in a bass-reflex enclosure. The speakers have rear-mounted spring-clip terminals and rubber feet for placing the speaker vertically on a shelf or table. For wall-mounting, you can use the single keyhole slot or the threaded M5 screw insert for optional brackets.

Front Speakers: The front left and right speakers use a 2-5/8" full range cone driver in a bass-reflex enclosure. The speakers have rear-mounted spring-clip terminals to attach the included speaker wire. Each front speaker includes a floor-standing pedestal base for easy installation and placement. The floor-standing pedestal base includes a hollow shaft which allows you to conceal the speaker wire connected to the front speakers. For wall-mounting, you can detach the floor-stands and you can use the dual keyhole slots or the two threaded M5 screw inserts for optional brackets. The speaker by itself, without the attached floor-stand measures 4.225" wide x  21.1875" tall x 3.0625" deep. The speaker alone weighs 2.6875 lbs.

Center Channel Speaker: The center channel speaker uses a 2-5/8" full range cone driver in a bass-reflex enclosure. The center speaker has rear-mounted spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire and rubber feet to sit horizontally on the TV or a shelf. There are also two keyhole slots that enable you to mount the speaker to the wall.

Subwoofer: The DAV-HDX576WF system is equipped with a Digital Direct Twin-Drive subwoofer, which features a 6-3/8" cone woofer in a bass-reflex enclosure. The main unit provides a 285-watt RMS amplifier for the subwoofer.

Video-shielding: The front speakers, center channel speaker, and surround speakers are video-shielded, allowing you to place them near your television without causing picture distortion.

Speaker Wiring: Each length of supplied speaker wire has tinned wire on one end, and a color-coded proprietary plug on the other for easy hookup. The color-coded plugs are white (Front Left), red (Front Right), blue (Surround Left), gray (Surround Right), green (Center), and purple (Subwoofer).

Multi-Room Receiver

S-AIR (Sony Audio Interactive Radio Frequency): The DAV-HDX576WF utilizes S-AIR technology for multi-zone operation. S-AIR technology is designed for radio transmission of digital audio signals with no compression. This technology transfer digital audio signal with no compression using the 2.4GHz band range of ISM band, such as wireless LANs and Bluetooth applications.

Wireless Speaker System: The Sony DAV-HDX576WF comes supplied with two S-AIR wireless transceivers (EZW-RT10) and comes supplied with a an AIR-SA10 Multi-Room Receiver. One wireless transceiver is inserted into the back of the DAV-HDX576WF and the other into the back of the AIR-SA10 Multi-Room Receiver. Simply by matching the ID of the DAV-HDX576WF (main unit) and the S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver (sub unit), you can establish a wireless audio sound transmission. You may connect up to three S-AIR Multi-Room Receivers to the DAV-HDX576WF.

S-AIR Wireless Transceiver (EZW-RT10): The two supplied S-AIR wireless transceiver simply plug into the back of the DAV-HDX576WF and the back of the AIR-SA10 Multi-Room Receiver. This allows the DAV-HDX576WF to wirelessly transfer audio signals to the AIR-SA10 Multi-Room Receiver in another room of your home.

S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver (AIR-SA10): The supplied S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver allows you to listen to the audio played back from the DAV-HDX576WF in another room of your home using a wireless 2.4GHz frequency connection. The S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver can receive audio from all sources and inputs of the DAV-HDX576WF including AM, FM, DVD, TV/Video Input, Audio Input, and DMPORT. The unit features two 65mm full-range drivers in a bass-reflex enclosure powered by an internal 4 watt x 2-channel amplifier with separate volume control. The Multi-Room Receiver also features a front-panel LCD display and top-panel controls.

Note: The AIR-SA10 is a receiver and can only receive audio from compatible S-AIR compatible components and cannot transmit audio to other S-AIR compatible components. The AIR-SA10 is not a stand alone unit and receives all its audio from the DAV-HDX576WF.

S-AIR Mode: You can set the S-AIR system to one of two audio playback modes.

  • Party: In this mode, the S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver outputs the sound according to the functions set on the DAV-HDX576WF.
  • Separate: In this mode, you can set the desired audio function for the S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver separate from the DAV-HDX576WF.
  • Standby Mode: In this mode, you can still listen to just the S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver while the DAV-HDX576WF is in standby mode.

Controls: The multi-room receiver features its own volume controls and offers playback controls for the DAV-HDX576WF's built-in DVD/CD player. You can control basic playback functions such as Play, Pause, Stop, or Track/Chapter/File search. The unit also allows you to select AM/FM stations from your saved presets on the DAV-HDX576WF (you cannot search the entire AM/FM band from the multi-room receiver. This unit does not allow control of any device connected through the DAV-HDX576WF's DMPORT, TV/Video Input or Audio Input.

Headphone Output: In addition to the unit's built-in speakers, the AIR-SA10 features a rear-panel 3.5mm headphone output. This allows you to listen to the audio transmitted from the DAV-HDX576WF to the multi-room receiver privately. The unit's speakers are muted when you connect a set of headphones.

Timers: The unit offer two timer functions - Sleep Timer and Play Timer.

  • Sleep Timer: This function allows you to fall asleep to music while the unit automatically shuts off after 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 , 70, 80 or 90 minutes.
  • Play Timer: This function allows you to wake up to the sound of the connected S-AIR main unit through the multi-room receiver at a preset time.

Multi-Room Receiver Dimensions: Width = 11.835", Height = 5.25", Depth = 4.585"

Digital Media Port Adapter

Digital Media Port iPod Adapter: The Sony TDM-iP10 Digital Media Port adapter for iPod lets you enjoy iPod audio content through the Sony Bravia Home Theater System.

iPod Compatibility: The TDM-iP10 comes supplied with five iPod adapter inserts which allows the unit to support the following models of iPod.

  • iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
  • iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation)
  • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
  • iPod video (5th generation)
  • iPod photo (4th generation)
  • iPod mini (1st/2nd generation)

Note: Make sure your iPod is update to latest firmware version. The Digital Media Port adapter for iPod does support video or photo playback. The TDM-iP10 is not compatible with the iPhone or iPhone 3G. The TDM-iP10 does not support charging of the iPod nano (4th generation) or iPod touch (2nd generation).

Connections: The Sony TDM-iP10 features an Apple dock connector for connection of your iPod. The TDM-iP10 Digital Media Port iPod adapter connects to the Digital Media Port (DMPORT) of the DAV-HDX576WF, which is located on the rear panel of the amplifier, via its attached 38" proprietary cable. This cable supplies audio and control from your iPod to the DAV-HDX576WF.

iPod Controls: You can operate your iPod by its own control buttons, the control buttons of the DAV-HDX576WF, or the Sony Bravia Home Theater System's IR wireless remote control.

Battery Charger: The TDM-iP10 will charge your iPod while the unit is docked.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Speaker Outputs: The changer/receiver uses color-coded 2-pin proprietary jacks for all 5 channels and the subwoofer output. Speaker wires, terminated with color-coded plugs, are supplied.

Inputs: The receiver has the following inputs:

  • Rear Panel:
    • TV/Video Analog IN: includes RCA analog audio inputs (no video inputs)
    • TV/Video Digital IN: includes a coaxial and optical digital audio input (no video inputs)
    • Digital Media Port: Proprietary input for use with supplied Digital Media Port  iPod adapter and other optional Digital Media port adapters.
  • Front Panel:
    • Audio In/A.CAL MIC: 3.5mm mini-jack for plugging in the supplied auto calibration microphone, or for connecting an auxiliary portable audio device.

Video Monitor Outputs: You can connect your TV to the system via composite, component video, or HDMI cables, depending upon the type of video input on the TV. The component video jacks can output a progressive signal for a better picture if the connected TV is compatible with HDTV signals. The HDMI output can be set to output a 1080p,1080i, 720p, or 480p video signal. You can select the aspect ratio of the unit's monitor output to match your television's screen size. You can choose from 16:9 Wide, 4:3 Letter Box, or 4:3 Pan Scan. When you use a 16:9 aspect ratio TV, you can adjust the aspect ratio to watch 4:3 aspect ratio video signals. You can choose from Full or Normal. You can also adjust the black level of the unit's component video and HDMI output.

EAW-RT10 Port: Proprietary connection for supplied Wireless Transceiver so the DAV-HDX576WF can communicate with the supplied S-AIR Surround Amplifier and S-AIR Multi-Room Receiver.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm mini-jack is provided on the front panel for plugging in headphones for private listening. When you plug in headphones, the main speakers are muted.

 
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5 out of 5

Easy Setup - Great Sound

Written By Michael, El Paso, TX on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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This surround sound was a perfect complement to my Sony 52" V series LCD HDTV. The two make a excellent pair. Buying it in conjunction with the TV saved 10% which made the deal comparable to others I found online. The wireless rear speakers were by far the easiest surround sound setup I've ever installed. The microphone that came with the unit tuned each speaker perfectly to where we sit for optimal listening. the additional SAIR unit is great too! I'm able to leave the room and get something from the kitchen and still hear what's broadcasting, plus I can control the DVD from it too. I can hit rewind and by the time I get back to couch the movie is back where I left off, great feature.
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4 out of 5

Good System a little confusing

Written By Ben, Lexington Park Md. on Sunday, March 29, 2009
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Wanted a system I could experience the full pleasure of my 50 in.DLP & Playstation/Blu Ray, still trying to get it to work together as a unit, I was told it was a matter of hooking a couple of HDMI cables to units & I'm good to go! Not that easy!! I'm going to call tech line & try again, The front speakers work great, problem is in the back wireless speakers, hopefully it's my lack of technology..
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4 out of 5

Sony DAV-HDX576WF

Written By missilemonger, Beatrice NE on Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Great sound, especially when factoring in price, does all I want, includeing AM/FM and was not too difficult to assemble. The specifications on the front and rear speakers are the same (even though different sizes) so they can be switched if you want to use the stands for the rear speakers.
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2 out of 5

Severe Limitation re: Wireless Operation !

Written By JRLF, Reno, NV on Tuesday, January 13, 2009
 
One of the severe limitations of SONY's HDX576WF HTIB system is the fact that the wireless Surround Amplifier - which is AC powered- and which feeds audio to the 2 rear Surround Speakers - can only operate provided the Surround Amplifier is no more than 15 ft ( per Sony) from the DVD Player which contains the S-band transceiver. In practice, the maximum operating distance was found to be more on the order of 9 to 10 ft ! Thus, the Microwave Engineers at SONY did a very poor job of not designing enough S-Band ( 2.4 GHZ) power out of their transceivers to close the link from the DVD Player to the Surround Amplifier. Hence, if you have a family room that is - say 18 Ft wide- forget it. On the otherhand if your FR is only
9 ft. wide, the Surround Amplifier has a good chance of picking up the wireless S-band signal. Panasonic engineers on the otherhand designed their wireless systems to operate over 10 meters, i.e. 30 ft. In sum, it was disappointing to find this out, after I purchased this system - as I was looking forward to using its Bravia Synch feature with our 52" SONY LCD Bravia HDTV.

Cheers from a Ph.D in E.E. !
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5 out of 5

The Best for the money

Written By garysmusic, Moses Lake, Washington on Monday, October 13, 2008
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This system is the greatest...very easy to get setup and working and sounds GREAT...My brother and son are planning to also buy this system..I will continue to buy thru Crutchfield....
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5 out of 5

So good I ordered a 2nd one

Written By Lawrence, Seminole, Fl on Sunday, July 20, 2008
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This Sony is one of the best yet in terms of set-up anf functionality. The
wireless rear speakers and second room speaker make it a snap to set up.
This unit is used in our theather room. I just ordered a 2nd unit to replace
our ageing Yamaha ent. system. An excelent value for the price.
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5 out of 5

Great System

Written By Brenda, Everett, WA on Sunday, June 01, 2008
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This is definitely a great system in this price range. It was very easy to hook up with all the color coded wire connectors and the best part for me was not having to run wires across my hardwoods to the rear speakers. Yes they are wired but to a separate junction box of sorts and those wires tuck away nicely into the box. The speaker calibration mic was very nice to have -- it takes away all of that measuring you have to do with the older systems.
The ONLY thing that would have made this system even better for me to hook up was if I had a Bravia TV. I have a Samsung and it was still a simple procedure.
I would recommend this system to anyone who might be looking for a higher end system without paying the higher end dollars. They included a couple of really nice extras, the I-Pod dock and the S-Air speaker and it put this system at the top of my list when researching and it should for you as well.
It looks great with my piano finish Samsung 52" LCD and the other components too since it's mostly black with small silver detailing.
Again, this is a great system....I'm glad I bought it and I have no doubts you will too.
Enjoy!!

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4 out of 5

Good Value

Written By andrewsj3c2, Colorado Springs on Thursday, May 29, 2008
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The "wireless" rear speakers work well. The additional wireless speaker is a great deal and sounds good. Really easy to set the whole thing up. Color coded speaker connections. The microphone/automatic setup feature for the 5.1 sound is fun to do but I have no idea if it makes a difference from the default sound settings.

Not thrilled with the specialized speaker connectors that limit use of my own speaker wires. I don't need to load more than one disc at a time so the five disk trays is a waste. It would be nice if the unit were not as deep as it is. Some day I'll buy an LCD TV and at 18 inches deep (with the wireless card in back) this unit is is likely 3 to 4 times as deep as a new tv.

This is my first purchase of home audio equipment since 1995. That's right, 13 years. I've been looking for an HTIB for about the last two years and finally found one with the right mix of features at the right price. Crutchfield site made it easy to sift through all the different equipment. Crutchfield provided several sheets of cable labels. I haven't used them but it is a nice touch none the less.
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4 out of 5

Sony DAV-HDX576WF

Written By Jason, San Diego, Ca on Monday, May 12, 2008
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Great sound for a great price. The system was very easy to set up and the calibration tool makes it easy to have a true theater experience. Plays most DVD-R discs.
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4 out of 5

Great System

Written By Jeff, Austin, TX on Thursday, May 08, 2008
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This is a great
system. I went from
having an old
receiver with 2
speakers and no sub
woofer to this and
cannot complain. I
also went to a local store and listened to
a variety of their
compact systems and
this was by far the
best in this price
range. The setup was
really easy with
color coded wire
brackets. Popped in
saving private ryan
and the sound was
crisp and the sub
woofer hit hard. If
you live in a condo
I would recommend
buying a subdude
stand for your sub
woofer. This
prevents the floors
and walls from
vibrating. I really
like the air station
and the fact that I
don't have to run
wire across the room
to the back
speakers.

Highly recommeded!
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