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Sony AVD-S50ES

Home theater receiver with built-in DVD/CD/SACD player

Item # 158AVS50ES

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Combining the premium performance standards of Sony's high-end ES line with all-in-one convenience, the AVD-S50ES delivers incredible home theater and music thrills in a remarkably easy-to-use package. Because it combines a full-featured home theater receiver and a DVD/CD/SACD player in one chassis, the only thing you'll need to add for enveloping surround sound is a 5.1 speaker system!

Combining the premium performance standards of Sony's high-end ES line with all-in-one convenience, the AVD-S50ES delivers incredible home theater and music thrills in a remarkably easy-to-use package. Because it combines a full-featured home theater receiver and a DVD/CD/SACD player in one chassis, the only thing you'll need to add for enveloping surround sound is a 5.1 speaker system!

The AVD-S50ES's receiver section teams up 100 watts x 5 channels of clean, all-digital amplification with precision Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and Pro Logic™ II decoding. You'll love the way this receiver delivers the dynamic power and the delicate nuances that are both essential ingredients for engrossing home theater sound.

The DVD player offers progressive-scan output for an incredibly filmlike picture with compatible TVs, and interlaced output for a great picture with standard TVs. It's also a disc-playing powerhouse, handling not only DVDs and standard CDs, but also your home-burned CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 discs. You can even surround yourself with ultra-high-resolution, multichannel music, thanks to SACD playback capability.

Sony designed the AVD-S50ES with today's advanced A/V components in mind. The DVD player offers component video output for connection to compatible TVs. All other video inputs and outputs are S-video for outstanding picture quality with compatible A/V sources and TVs.


    DVD/CD/SACD player:
  • plays DVD-Video discs, CDs, SACDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • selectable progressive/interlaced output (progressive output requires compatible TV)
  • DVD/CD/SACD Text display

  • Receiver:
  • built-in processing for Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II, and Digital Cinema Sound modes
  • 100 watts x 5 into 6 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.7% THD
  • all-digital amplifier design
  • 3 A/V inputs with S-video and RCA stereo audio (no composite video connections)
  • digital inputs: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
  • optical digital output
  • preamp-level subwoofer output
  • banana plug-compatible terminals for all speakers
  • 1 set of main speaker outputs
  • 20 FM/10 AM presets

  • General:
  • component video monitor output (DVD only)
  • S-video monitor output
  • on-screen display
  • multibrand-for-video remote
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-7/8"H x 18-1/2"D
  • warranty: 5 years

What's in the Box:

  • Silver-colored AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS Integrated Receiver and DVD/SACD player with attached 70" AC cord
  • Wireless remote control (RM-SP50)
  • 3 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • 58" S-Video cable
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Note on remote control
  • Important Safeguards
  • Warranty sheet

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Features and Specs

Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
THD in Stereo 0.7 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
Minimum Impedance L/R ---
Minimum Impedance Center ---
Minimum Impedance Surround ---
General Features
Internet-ready ---
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity Not Given
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control Yes
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17
Height (inches) 3-7/8
Depth (inches) 18-1/2
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 5 years
Labor Warranty 5 years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs ---
Audio-only Inputs 3
Component Video Inputs None
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
Optical Digital Outputs 1
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
Main Speaker Terminals Binding Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections ---
Removable Power Cord ---

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Receiver Features
DVD/SACD Player Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Receiver Features

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Decoding: This receiver has a built-in decoder for Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS playback.

Digital Cinema Sound: This is a collaboration between Sony Electronics and Sony Pictures where the actual measurements of the sound acoustics in these studios are taken. This information is programmed into this receiver so as to simulate the actual theater in your home environment. These modes are especially effective with movie software encoded with multi-channel formats. There are three DCS soundfields to choose from:
  • Cinema Studio EX A: reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony Pictures Entertainment "Cary Grant Theater" cinema production studio.
  • Cinema Studio EX B: reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony Pictures Entertainment "Kim Novak Theater" cinema production studio.
  • Cinema Studio EX C: reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony Pictures Entertainment scoring stage

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:

  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie and Music)
  • DTS
  • Cinema Studio EX A
  • Cinema Studio EX B
  • Cinema Studio EX C
  • Hall
  • Jazz Club
  • Live Concert
  • Game

Headphone Theater: While the above listed surround modes are primarily for use with speakers, you can also experience a theater-like environment while listening through a pair of headphones. Selecting any Sound Field selection (except 2-channel stereo or Auto Decoding) will activate the Headphone Theater mode.

Auto Decoding: The Auto Decoding function automatically detects the type of audio signal being input (Dolby Digital, DTS, or standard 2-channel stereo) and performs the proper decoding if necessary. This mode presents the sound as it was recorded/encoded, without adding any effects. If there are no low frequency signals, such as Dolby Digital LFE, it will generate a low frequency signal for output to the subwoofer.

Preset Station Naming: You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for any of the 20 FM and 10 AM preset stations. When the preset station is selected, the name will appear in the receiver's front panel display.

DVD/SACD Player Features

Disc Compatibility: This unit will play DVD-Video, Video CDs, Audio CDs (including CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3), and Super Audio CDs (SACD).

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, or Joliet formats. If the MP3 file you play back has an ID3 tag, the ID3 tag information will be displayed as a track name. While playing MP3 discs, the unit can perform Program Play, Repeat Play, or Random Play functions.

Progressive Scan Output: The component video output on this unit can be used to send 480p progressive scan signals to a progressive scan capable television. In contrast to the 30 frames shown per second by the interlaced format, the progressive format displays 60 frames per second for more detailed images.

Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Speaker Setup Menu: During Speaker Setup, you can select the presence, size, distance and level of the front, center, and rear speakers. You can also indicate the presence of a powered subwoofer, independently adjust the balance of the front and rear speakers (in 6 steps left or right), and activate a test tone.

Screen Setup Menu: During Screen Setup, you can select the TV type (16:9, 4:3 Letter Box, or 4:3 Pan Scan), Screen Saver (on or off), Background type (Jacket, Picture, Graphics, Blue or Black), and Component Out (interlace or progressive).

Parental Control: This unit allows you to set two kinds of playback restrictions for DVDs using Parental Control and Custom Parental Control. Parental Control allows you to restrict playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password. Using the same registered password, Custom Parental Control allows you to set playback restrictions for a specific disc. You can set the same Custom Parental Control password for up to 25 discs.

Remote Control

RM-SP50 Remote: The supplied remote can operate all of the receiver and disc player functions, as well as control the basic functions of multiple brands of TVs and Satellite Receivers. It operates on 2 "AA" batteries (supplied).

Dimensions: Width= 1.909", Length= 8.268", Height= 1.027"

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Speaker Outputs: There are binding post connectors for the speakers. They are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs, and are spaced too far apart to use with dual banana plugs.

A/V Inputs/Outputs: This unit has three A/V inputs and one A/V output with RCA stereo audio and S-video connections, plus an S-video monitor output. There are no composite video connections on this unit. The TV must have S-video or component video inputs to be compatible with this unit.

Component Video Connections: There are no component video inputs on this unit. There is one component video monitor output for the DVD player. When the mode of the unit is not set to "DVD", no signal is output through the component video out jacks.

Progressive/Interlace Output: If the mode is set to "DVD" and "Interlace" in the Screen Setup menu, the signal is output from both the S-video monitor out jacks and the component video out jacks. If the mode of the unit is set to "DVD" and "Progressive", the signal is output only from the component video monitor out jacks. Note: There is a switch on the unit's rear panel to allow you to choose an "Interlace" signal or "Selectable" signal. You can choose the type of output you desire from the Screen Setup menu only if the switch is in the "Selectable" position.

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