Written on: 19/11/2002 by Mark.
First of all - I only payed 600 smackers for this system. - goto www.unbeatable.co.uk. they delivered it inside 18 hours of me ordering it. (not bad hah!!) Feels well built and stable. The silver and the smooth contour lines looks absolutely gorgeous, When I am watching TV - I find myself looking at the davs880 rather than bloody TV set. Did I mention it looks absolutely gorgeous,
Cheap speaker cables. (that some may find difficult to change) The worst looking and most unergonomic remote control you have ever seen. Don't be fooled by the glow in the dark effect on the remote, Yes it lights up in the dark but you still can't see the writing on the remote to tell you which button does what All disk take too long to start once it is in the player. If a component breaks 1 year after I bought it - I'll have to pay hundreds and wait months to get a new working system, but hey - that's how you get stung when you buy from Sony.
On screen displays are a little sparse (but I'm being a little picky)
Lacks just a little bit in mid range when you play Audio CD's compared to a standard 2 speakers HIFI, but it is bare noticeable if you are in the same room and a little more noticeable when your far away from the system.
The subwoofer looks like an expensive ashtray you may find in a flashy night club but hay - I love it. (or does that mean I love ashtrays)
Make sure you have the room to put the speakers in, they have quite a large base area so that they don't fall over.
If you get the davs880 from the net like I did then the chances are you wont get a European model meaning that you miss out on a few functions like RDS, but you'll find that you will be paying 200 to 300 pounds more for RDS (I say sod RDS - I'll type in the radio station names myself)
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 recommend it to anyone that want to replace their current HIFI stereo. I can guarantee that it's smaller, better looking and better performance than any HIFI stereo that you can pickup in you local Dixons, currys or standard electrical shop.
If you are a sound purest and like to spend £3000 on a CD player alone then you will probably think that system is a pile of pants but if you but from your local dixons, currys bla bla bla then I assure you, you won't hear any difference, I think that lots of small speakers is better than just 2 large speakers ( in terms of sound clarity)
SACD's just take your breath away
It plays all my VCDs' and MP3's without any problems (even the dodgy ones). The VCD's seems so much more clearer than on my PC.
Now my TV doesn't auto switch to an AV channel when my satellite is turned on, it did before I had the DAVs880 (ands its not because of my satellite decoder the menu function for this is enabled)
Overall, a brilliant system with quality sound, the DVD player absolute rocks in picture quality and sound. I have heard other home cinema system with more bas trembling sub woofers, but they are so powerful they over power the satellite subs, the DAVS880 sub woofer complements the satellite subs rather than drowning them out.
I played the first 15 minutes of saving private Ryan in full surround sound and dts. Gosh I thought I was actually there on the beach in France (good job I wasn't).