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★★★★☆
Sony DAV-S880

“I bought this system because the living room is...”

Written on: 24/04/2003 by Stuart Anderton. (1 review written)

I bought this system because the living room is definitely my wife's and she wasn't going to wear a separates system in there. With Sky and a TiVo, space under the TV was also at a premium.

Setup was very easy, with the the colour coded speaker wires helping an lot (plenty of cable provided).

The remote is hideously badly designed, with a large central button that controls the dimmer of the LED (???) and a tiny hidden one for input selection! There are limited TV control functions, but no… Read Full Review

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Sony DAV-S880

“This Sony DAV-S880 is rorth buying, All we need to...”

Written on: 22/04/2003 by Anbe Shivam. (1 review written)

This Sony DAV-S880 is rorth buying, All we need to have is good accoustics for a better performance… Read Full Review

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Sony DAV-S880

“Dear Sir, ”

Written on: 01/04/2003 by M. (1 review written)

Dear Sir,
I bought my multi-region DAV S880 from Home Cinema. After 2 months it developed an intermittent fault where the DVD picture froze and the player refused to read the disk - and went into a continuous repeat-read-fail mode. After cleaning the unit thoroughly and trying various disks to no avail (all the latter played on an alternative player without problems) I deduced it was a problem with the player itself and I contacted Home Cinema and returned the unit to them at their request… Read Full Review

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114422_Al.'s Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 09/07/2003

I have the same problem with my set and my waiting for Sony's analysis of the problem

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161700_Acharan's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 10/07/2004

I also have a sony DAV-S880 which I bought from Sony Central in Sydney Australia and it has similar problems as described by others. For the price I paid for the brand name of SONY, I am very disappointed. Regards A. Charan, Sydney-Australia.

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Shawn2000's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 26/05/2004

I have the Sony DAV-S880 player and have the same problems with reading DVDs. It does seem to be able to play audio CDs still though!
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<br>I am currently trying to seek compensation under the new Sale of Goods Act which states that goods should last for a reasonable amount of time. I have owned this player for 17 months and only played 15 DVDs on it in that time!

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Doodlesdog's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 07/04/2004

I reported the same hanging picture problem 4 weeks ago. Luckily my unit is under guarantee. The repair shop have replaced the laser and some 'integrated circuits, resistors and capacitors' but now it won't even play their test discs..... Very poor Sony!
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<br>I am now using my old Sony DSC-725 again.
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<br>Will let you all know if they ever fix it!

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Racolta's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 04/02/2004

I have an DAV 800 Sony bayed in 2003 in Germany
<br>but is just for Region 2
<br>How and where i can bye a multiregion decoder

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Ajapaneseengr's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 11/01/2004

The picture freezes - I agree. I now use it as a CD player and amplifier + speakers only when I watch DVDs. I now use one of Toshiba's as a DVD player connecting the audio signal to the 880 because the Toshiba player has no problem to play DVDs. Looking at the comments from other people, the pickups in the Sony's product range have obvious design faults.

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Swjs's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 21/12/2003

Fantastic! Answers to my kids moan.
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<br>"Dad the DVD won't work."
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<br>I have the Sony DAV-S550 and have got the message "can't read" after it spends some time with a message "reading" being displayed.
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<br>My bad luck is that my warranty ran out last week.
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<br>If this is a fault with the Sony DAV S*** range? Surely there should be a recall service for the product which is free of charge.
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<br>Come on Mr Sony - Sort your products out! Or I'll just buy Bose in the future.

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Mshari's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 04/12/2003

I have the same problem for the last three months with picture freezes, continuous read-fail mode followed by "can't play" message. Intermittently and mostly unable to read/play VCDs and DVDs. All these while I thought it was the VCDs and DVDs. Luckily I came across this website and found others are having the same problem. Try the VCDs and DVDs on other DVD player- no problem. Just sent my unit to Sony and was informed that they need to replaced a component and the diode (just wondering are these the main causes of the problem). They need to do some tests first before returning it to me. Hoped that everything is OK after this repair as my warranty ends 31 Dec 03.

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Psmyth's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 27/11/2003

This is a followup to my previous posting.
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<br>We returned the unit to the Dealer we bought it from and after about a month we recieved it back only to find that the problem was still there. In fact just like one of the other commenters the problem was actually worse as the freezes occurred more often. No parts were replaced but the unit was reset and recalibrated. We returned the unit again and after a delay of three weeks recieved it back. This time two parts were replaced including the diode and so far the unit seems to be working correctly. In fact we have been able to watch parts of some DVDs we were unable to watch before. For example the closing credits of Monsters Inc. which always exhibited the problem. We are hoping that this is the end of the story but if the problem reappears we will be looking for a replacement or our money back. I certainly have little faith in Sony or their service agents at this stage. It is also interesting to note that Sony have already replaced this model with a newer one (DAVS888). I wonder why!?
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<br>Paul Smyth
<br>Ireland

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Col14's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 26/11/2003

I had the same problem with the DAVS800. Comet took it back but the model had been replaced by the 880. I exchanged it for the 880. So far, it's been OK - but for an expensive system, it's not what I would have expected.
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<br>I did find that Comet were very reluctant to replace the system - they wanted to repair it (it was less than 3 months old). Only persistence resulted in it being replaced and I had to pay the difference.

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Mccssmwg's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 26/08/2003

Following Sony's advice I took my original faulty DAV 880 unit to COMET/Curry's who were able to provide a replacement unit without any problem. Their service Dept. were unable to proceed with a repair (they said that Sony were unable to supply the spare part (the diode/reader assembly)in sufficient time and so they were happy to provide a replacement despite the item being purchased from another supplier. COMET/CURRY's customer service was excellent in this respect as opposed to the original supplier (see previous comments). However, due to this poor experience I have replaced the Sony unit with a Pioneer multi-region unit which as with all Pioneer units I have purchased over the years proved excellent. The replacement Sony unit has been relegated to the spare room and is not often used, however, it has frozen up on me once but I cannot confirm this is a repeat of the previous problem. It is interesting to hear that I am not alone in experiencing this problem.
<br>I anyone else has a problem I suggest you contact the Sony help desk and ask for a replacement or your money back.
<br>Moral of the story is - dont buy from certain suppliers over the web and be careful with all-in one home cinema units from Sony, stick to separates which are more reliable and easier to service/replace.
<br>Martin

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Psmyth's Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 26/08/2003

We too have the same problem with this unit. We do not use it very often and have not yet tried to return it for replacement. After using a disc for 90 mins or more the problem tends to appear. It is extremely annoying especially given that this is not just a basic model but is in fact quite an expensive one. You have usually just reached the most exciting part of a movie when the problem appears. You cannot imagine anything more furstrating or annoying.
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<br>Paul Smyth
<br>Ireland

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114678_Bob.'s Response to 85227_M.'s Review

Written on: 10/07/2003

I have similar problem with DAV S550. Disapointing from Sony!

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Sony DAV-S880

“I bought this Sony DAV-S880 system as a replacement of...”

Written on: 12/03/2003 by Steven Tucker. (1 review written)

I bought this Sony DAV-S880 system as a replacement of my old hifi separates. The reason I bought this system was because it was in my price range and has everything I require and looks the part in my living room.

When playing back DVD movies this system is faultless, the picture quality is perfect and the sound will blow you away. The system itself is a lesson in build quality and design. I can't find a single fault. This system has progressive scan so is a perfect match for plasma… Read Full Review

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90442_Chris.'s Response to Steven Tucker.'s Review

Written on: 20/04/2003

conflicting

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Sony DAV-S880

“I have had this Amp/DVD Player for about 3 months now...”

Written on: 10/03/2003 by Jay Harrison. (1 review written)

I have had this Amp/DVD Player for about 3 months now and am very happy with the Sound Quality.
As I metioned in the Bad points "Don't bother buying this if you want it for the DVD Player" It's awful!. I use the external optical out (Video 2) for my Pioneer DVD player and I use a mixer for Video 1 so that I can plug all my other sources in and use the Dolby ProLogic II Setting.

If you like your cables "Get a good DJ Mixer" You can get them from under £30.

Also you can adjust the volume via… Read Full Review

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91753_Stuart Anderton.'s Response to Jay Harrison.'s Review

Written on: 24/04/2003

Two comments:
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<br>RGB is indeed not available, but Component Video is.
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<br>Widescreen switching seems disk dependent. I found, for example that Fellowship of the Rish swiched automatically, but Ice Age did not.

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Sony DAV-S880

“My wife likes it, so it was easier to justify the...”

Written on: 08/03/2003 by DarylGungadoo. (1 review written)

My wife likes it, so it was easier to justify the expense.
It plays most of my MP3 files (except for the MP3Pro files). Also, the Remote Control can be programmed to control any popular TV brands (Sony, Toshiba, Thompson, etc...).
It's well worth the upgrade (price difference) from the Sony DAV-S 550 (if you are an audiophile)… Read Full Review

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91745_James.'s Response to DarylGungadoo.'s Review

Written on: 24/04/2003

HONEST BUT GOOD. THE BASS IS POOR
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Sony DAV-S880

“I have a sony 32nx100u tv and a davs 880 together...”

Written on: 12/02/2003 by kevin. (1 review written)

I have a sony 32nx100u tv and a davs 880 together looks fantastic. I got the dvd from superfi it took about 6 days even though I went to the shop and got it for the £660 (online price) knowing it wasn't the cheapest but i know if i have problems i could take it back to the shop. Setting up was a bit time consuming but it was great end result. Sounds great when listening to music and mp3s if you leave it on auto decode the player would output in the way it was recorded..this dvd player is also a… Read Full Review

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Sony DAV-S880

“I had problems ordering my system from RGBdirect. But...”

Written on: 09/01/2003 by DAV. (1 review written)

I had problems ordering my system from RGBdirect. But it was £600 so never mind. It is multiregion. The setup is tricky but once you know it memorises settings for each media, eg 2 channel, pro logic, 5.1 and dts, it all makes sense. You just have to really try each sound field until you are happy. CDs are a good example, they play best with Pro logic2 but this only works in the normal surrond mode takes some fiddling. Controller is odd but better than my old one. Considering the price of 4… Read Full Review

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Sony DAV-S880

“When I took the sytem out of the box - WOW, it looks...”

Written on: 18/12/2002 by Alexander. (1 review written)

When I took the sytem out of the box - WOW, it looks perfect, aluminum speakers, sub, the system itself, I was astonished by its's look. Then the setup... hmm, what is this?... are these the right cables?... The cables look cheap. But it did not bother me much Having set up the sytem I plug in a music CD... At first it thought I did not plug in the subwoofer. Where is the sub?? I put in a video CD, to compare the sound with my PC, and where is the sub again? I have some speakers which I bought… Read Full Review

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Sony DAV-S880

“I bought the dav880 to replace my old sony stld system...”

Written on: 29/11/2002 by stevie d.. (1 review written)

I bought the dav880 to replace my old sony stld system and wasn't disappointed. It looks great, with great sound and pictures. I had new gold connections fitted and they make a difference. I was a bit cheesed off at the poor quality speaker cables but despite these the sound is still good.(try the Eagles dvd,Hell Freezes Over).Overall an excellent buy… Read Full Review

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58438_Aacm.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 16/12/2002

How can I replace the cables?

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91755_Stuart Anderton.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 24/04/2003

Re: Simon's questions.
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<br>It is certainly true that the manual is less than helpful if you are used to a SCART environment.
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<br>Simon, what you need to get are cables which have the connectors for the Sony at one end (ie, phonos or S-Video miniDINs) and SCARTs at the other. These cables are usually directional so make sure you get the right ones (ie, S-Video DIN to SCART for the TV connection, which must go into a S-Video aware SCART on the TV - check the TV manual but usually SCART 2), SCART to phono for the Sky box, and a fully wired 6 phono to SCART for the VCR)

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76821_Andy.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 02/03/2003

Gold speaker connectors and high quality speaker cable are available from monster cable www.monstercable.com they are called hcib. You get cable pre-terminated with gold connectors for all 6 speakers, 6 gold plated adapters so that you can plug them in to the DAV-S880 and a scart cable. The kit is not cheap at £99.00 but it makes a big difference in sound quality especially bass & in the rear speakers. The only downside is the connectors stick out of the bottom of the speakers, causing the speakers to lean, I got around this though by using speaker spikes to raise the speakers up.

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Simon Wilson.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 01/03/2003

I have all Philips units 32" TV £1200.00 High spec Video & Panasonic Sat Digi box... Could someone help me !!! How do I wire it up I am so totally confused they explain in just 2 pages 22&23 how to wire up component video Y,Pb/Cb /Ca,Pr/Cr what does it mean two tiny block at the back of the book as clear as mud I havent a clue !!! Quote " When using S video jack instead of video jacks Your TV monitor must also be connected via an s video jack I HAVE ONE ON THE FRONT so I have no monitor Jack on my tv & no s video without hanging a cable down the front I know it must be fairly easy But you dont say how. I feel you take it for granted every one is up to speed with these new products.... I own loads of Sony products My DCR-PC110E digital Camara is fine I know it inside out because the Manual explains it fully I quote
<br>" page 23 Connect the digital satellite receiver to the VIDEO IN and AUDIO IN L/R jacks only of the system" I have no Video in to plug in the Tv monitor cable so what do I do I have a Philips 32PW9616/05R Natural Motion TV it has 4 scarts, left & right front & rear Speaker plugs, Coaxial digital line in, Wireless Surround, Sub woofer output ... so it a good TV £ 1200.00 but no where to plug in TV monitor same page your Diagram shows the s880 with video,right,& Left, Line in & out My video only has line out
<br>I,m really fed up

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76339_Ramon.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 28/02/2003

Same as above, would be interested in how the gold contact were applied and recommended cable type/product

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Hifi Man.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 22/01/2003

If you have a plasma or componant tv (best) just plug in your componant wire from dvd to tv like me i dont have plasma so if you want to improve your picture use an S-Video to Scart (135av) for picture and a pair of Gamma Geometry™ audio interconnects (1002 or 1014) for improved sound. (135av)(s-video - scart)picture option (1002 or 1014)( rca - rca)sound from your tv
the reason this dvd hasn't got any scart socket is because information from a scart(av) is shared audio/video(av) this a very easy and basic way form of conection (not that impresive though)so don't be disapointed because it doesn't have scart. A better way of connecting is seperating the information altogether S-video lead just take the images to the tv rca for the sound I would use either monster cable or straightwire these are best gold plated wires and cost between £25-£60 each if you want pure gold it would cost you even more 100's it also depends on length

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66927_Jamie.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 21/01/2003

Could you let me know also how you put the gold connectors on and where to buy them.
Cheers :-)

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59219_Alexander.'s Response to stevie d..'s Review

Written on: 19/12/2002

Please share your experience on fitting the gold connectors! I have the same problem.

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★★★★★
Sony DAV-S880

“I bought this system to replace my old 2 speaker...”

Written on: 19/11/2002 by Mark. (1 review written)

I bought this system to replace my old 2 speaker HIFI I connected up my PS2, VHS and sky box equipment inside 1 hour of getting it, using the optical input cable for the PS2 sound connection. It loud enough for any large room in a standard 3/4 bedroom house, its not as loud as my old HIFI (pound for pound) but 10 times the quality and sound clarity, several times the bass and tops, just a very small lack in mid range tones when playing CD's and that depends on the CD you put in. I would… Read Full Review

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62358_Shawn.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 04/01/2003

A great review of what appears to be a great product.
I have a question though... my TV has only scart sockets (on back) (s-video on front). I have looked at sites selling this model and they specify component video as well as composite. Well my question is: how do I connect this to my TV? I don't want to have to plug it into the s-video on the front. Is there a scart on the DVD player? Please help!

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95622_Spidermanalf.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 07/05/2003

Cd-wow.co.uk have it now multi region 600 quid inc del!!

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79624_Shawn.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 13/03/2003

my remote is the same, I find it a real pain. Also it is very sensitive, so pausing a movie or whatever sometimes becomes difficult. It pauses and pauses again, resulting in the movie to remain playing.
<br>Shawn

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79602_Matt.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 13/03/2003

I bought one of these a few months ago with a sony tv and matching cabinet - the remote doesn't work unless you point it straight at the unit. I thought it was the smoked glass doors but my sky & vcr remotes work perfectly well, infact I can point them anywhere in the room. Do I have a faulty remote or ir receiver or are they all like that? (yes I have brand new batteries, inserted correctly!)

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76218_Shawn.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 27/02/2003

take a look at http://www.techtronics.com, this is where I purchased my unit and they offer an upgrade to make them multi-region etc... they have all the info that you require on the site. (and they are usually much cheaper than Comet etc! Hope that helps. Oh, and sorry I can't help with the component video in the previous post, maybe check that the output device accepts component-I believe that plasma TVs do?, I just use the s-video on mine. Shawn

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76146_Dav.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 27/02/2003

There is a physical switch on the back of the base unit, when this is switch it changes the output, there will be no S Vid output it will be a progressive scan from the Componant outputs.
<br>Hope this helps.

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75411_Robroy.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 25/02/2003

I'm seriously thinking about buying this kit to replace my 18 year old much loved Technics HiFi and rubbish Accoustic Solutions DVD player. Comet are doing an Internet special of £630, sound good?.
Couple of questions, I have an old Panasonic TV (90s) Will I be able to intergrate it through the DAVS880?
Is the DAVs880 DVD player multi-region and RCE compatable?

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Mil.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 21/02/2003

just bought DAVS880 and it is great. However, having problems getting the Component out channel working for the DVD.
The manual says 'When mode is DVD and PROGRESSIVE is selected on SCREEN SETUP the signal is output only from the COMPONENT OUT jacks'
I did this but the output is still only comming from the S-Video.
Any ideas

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65927_Jonathan.'s Response to 51920_Mark.'s Review

Written on: 17/01/2003

Shawn,
There is not scart on the Dav s880. The system has a yellow video out cable that comes with a scart adaptor so you have both options for connection to the TV.
The system is fabulous for DVD, however if your main priority is music I would take your 700 pounds and buy a separates sytem that you can add to over time!

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★★★★★
Sony DAV-S880

“I decided to buy one of these Sony DAV-S880 DVD player...”

Written on: 15/11/2002 by Phil moore. (1 review written)

I decided to buy one of these Sony DAV-S880 DVD player systems as a replacement for both my Hi Fi and existing DVD player. The setup was very easy as they have custom connectors. The unit itself is very good looking, compared to other home cinema systems it's very small, but I am not too sure about the push in front loading (just picturing myself trying to get a stuck disk out with a knife).
It interfaces well with both my video and satellite. The MP3 feature on this is great as I have over… Read Full Review

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63452_Gareth.'s Response to Phil moore.'s Review

Written on: 08/01/2003

I sort of agree - I love the look of mine, but it feels like I havent plugged the sub in right - I seem to have hardly and bass/mid range when watching TV through it. DVDs are very detailed, but again sound quite bass light..... any suggestions anyone?

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91426_Anbe Shivam.'s Response to Phil moore.'s Review

Written on: 23/04/2003

Yeah Even my only fear after buying this system is the push in front loading , this seems to be bit critical for such good model of Sony...I fear whether this might damage my DVD's...
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<br>Otherwise I feel good with this system.

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Mr Bullfinch.'s Response to Phil moore.'s Review

Written on: 01/02/2003

yeah, like i said before. play the lord of the rings dvd "the first fight sceen" . just after that fella gets he's finger cut off and the ring falls to the ground, you should be able to "feel" and wave of base come from the sub.

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