Sony DAV-S880 Review

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stevie d..'s review of Sony DAV-S880

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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)

Good Points
Good looking, slimline, tremendous sound, easily connected together, easy to use, reasonably priced.

Bad Points
poor speaker cable, poor speaker connections for price.

General Comments
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.

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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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