Written on: 09/05/2011
Used this for about 5 year with no problems. Now the sound cuts out for no reason - turning off then on or firm tap on the top of the unit restores. The unit has been returned for repair, but not sucessful. Repairer reportrd "dry joints". Would I ever purchase another Sony product? - over priced - poor price / quality ratio - NEVER !!!! (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2011
Had it since almost 10 years and never had any problems with it.
Run well, sounds awesome and nice looking stuff.
Set up is also easy in regards of the room configuration.
Ran lot of VCD ad SVCD home made without problem.
Written on: 28/12/2010
this is by far the worst electrical product i have never bought. although i have persevered with it for years it has been nothing but trouble from day 1. i have had 3 draw opening issues,2 power button failures and countless episodes of tempremental behaviour. i was lucky enough to find a deal online so didnt pay £800 but still feel very angry at sony for not recognising this product was a white elephant. people have the right to expect more from SONY. they need to be aware that there are... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2010
I have just found this system in the cupboard, amazing thing is, i didnt realise it was there untill a few days ago. When i first saw it, it thought it looked good and easy to set up, now there i was wrong, it took me about half a day to set up and get it running with my xbox. and the wires cannot be hidden easily around the room, But, on the good side, the sound quality is absolutley brilliant! and the surround is working fine, so you really do get the whole cinema feel. I think this is a... (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2009
Sony should be closed down. The second product that is a shoddy rip off.
I will NEVER buy Sony again and will use my blog to repeat this mantra too. (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2009
I will never buy Sony again
Bought this Sony DAV-S800 at the same time as I bought my Sony TV. The speaker system broke twice within 3 years - both times the sound went.
TV lasted 5 years - fortunatley it was the only time I've ever bought an extended warrenty and it was still in by 2 months!!
Left with useless speakers because you can't upgrade the DVD player to a newer model - all the connectors are proprietary and unique to this model - so the only option is to buy a complete new... (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2009
Having spent only £120 on the Sony DAV-S800 system (2nd hand) I have to admit..the sound quality is superb with my ps3. The optical input is definitely a major plus point. Is people can find this for around 150..I would say its a very good deal! (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2009
Over all, the Sony DAV-S800 is a great system, the look and feel of it give it that "waw" factor that alot of other "plastic feeling" units lack. I know alot of people have had problems with it, my systems about 6 years old now, maybe 7, and its on almost every day, it has never broke down. Altho the heat production is worrying. (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2008 by Pipe (1 review written)
going to cut my loss and "upgrade" to a media streamer! Cost me £800 a few years back Picky on what type of media it would play, ie home burnt movies etc. tesco dvd player ( £30) would play these no problems getting really peeved with it now. Really great sound though. (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2008
Despite the reviews on your site, (touch wood), I have had no problems with my system yet. The only problem (creaky DVD loading draw) was because my 2 year old daughter leant on it! I have found the build quality, performance and reliability perfect. No grumbles. It has withstood 3 house moves and several room layout changes, all with no problems. Did you know that 80% of dissatissfied people will tell someone about the problem, yet only 20% of people who are satisfied will tell anybody -... (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2008 by pushover0 (1 review written)
Reading all the poor reviews on the Sony DAV-S800 I can only agree this machine is over priced and hugely disappointing. Its totally unreliable and is too expensive too repair...too expensive to get rid of but now im tempted.. It obviously has design faults and Sony should have recalled the product. Like everyone else i would never buy a Sony product again. (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2008 by Disgruntled Sony Owner
At around £900 when I bought the Sony DAV-S800, I expected more of a Sony product. Over the years I have had several TVs and music centres for various rooms and have not been as disappointed with them as I have with this. That said, on the music centre I purchased about 10 years ago, 1 of the speakers failed after about 5 years which perhaps surprisingly led me to buy this unit which is now effectively a piece of contemporary furniture and little else. (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2008
Had the Sony DAV-S800 for over 5 years. LHF speaker connection went during first year, repaired under warranty. Then CDs refused to play! Repaired, but seriously came close to getting rid of it as it was not cheap to repair! Now, the RH rear speaker occasionally cuts out, although a "hiss" can still be heard. I just bang the unit and it comes back on! Not prepared to get this repaired and I'm just gonna run it into the ground. Never buy sony home cinema again. (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2007
Buying this product would lead me to believe that you do not always get what you pay for and that perhaps by paying less for a different brand you will not lose out on quality. Seems like Sony may be trading on it's name and not it's product. Definitely not recommended. (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2007 by pacfreeman (1 review written)
Overall I have been completely happy with my Sony S800 system. Just about to remove the speaker stands and wall mount as part of room decoration. (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2007 by Lucky Dick (1 review written)
I bought this very shortly after it first came out and paid a price to get a system that did it all. The test of time proved that I was a mug! This is not a great system and could be beaten by much cheaper systems. That said, this would be a great second hand bargain for anyone on a budget as they are as good as valueless. Engineered so you can't fix it yourself. This was my last new Sony product. (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2006 by snathalal (2 reviews written)
Sony could have done some more improvements with the DAV-S800. There are huge mechanical and software related problems with this unit.
I will not recommend any one to buy this, or any other Sony products for that matter. (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2006 by powder monkey (1 review written)
Having saved for a new TV for 2 years, I finally collected it this week. I connected up my Sony DAV-S800 last night, and have for the first time in four years experienced the same problem as others. The machine is rarely used, as we have been waiting for a TV for this room. I notices that someone has just had theirs repaired for £60.00. Where did you get it fixed? There is no way I can scrap this system (£800.00) for something that has spent nearly two years in a box. It is outrageous!
Can... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2005 by uamyint
After 3 years home entertainment with the Sony DAV-S800 DVD Home Cinema System the power button started to fail. My local Sony Service center cannot fix it within the one year's period. Fortunately within a week's time one of repair shops can mend the problem.
For such expensive equipment it should last longer than this! (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2005 by OkanB (1 review written)
I got the C-81 error on my Sony DAV-S800 HE dvd home cinema system after playing a CD yesterday. I could not retrive the CD and it is still in the box! Can anyone advise me what to do? Repeated turn on/offs of the gadget gave no results and I was on the verge of breaking the damn thing! Is this Sony quality? I hope not! It's more than 3 years old now, and warranty does no longer cover it. (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2005 by Kalanisi (1 review written)
Please, please, please, can someone help me. The ddvd/cd door of my
Sony DAV-S800 goes on a "no go" after a while and c-81 error is shown on led. If I turn the system off, unplug and then turn it all back on it goes back to normal. However it happened over an hour and now the unplugging of system is not resolving the issue. Please can someone out there help me.
I too, am very much interested in complaining to Sony. This is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2005 by SonySUX (1 review written)
This product is a joke from Sony, They obviously know very well that it's a FIASCO and MUST offer all of us a FREE upgrade to a model that WORKS!
PLEASE WRITE HERE AND GATHER VOTES TO FORCE SONY TO RECOGNISE THIS MODEL DESIGN FAILURES.
Thanks (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2005 by alpolini (1 review written)
Very good sound decoding quality. Wathing a DVD with DTS or THX is very impressive.
Unfortunately the DAV-S800 system is not loud enough (volume is limited for over heating).
Front left speaker does not work time to time.
No sound input is possible due to a fault with my system.
I regret not extending the warranty when purchasing the system 3 years ago. (read more)
Written on: 09/11/2004 by stewbag (1 review written)
Bought the Sony DAV-S800 system a couple of years ago and initially had no problems. I had an S Video connection to my TV. The Video 1 setting to my VCR and the Video 2 (Digital Cable) connected to my XBOX to enable Dolby 5.1 surround on my games. This I highly reccomend - the quality of sound on some of the games is fantastic and obviously the DVD sound is superb as well.
After a while my problems started.. initially the unit stopped picking up sound from my XBOX, or would start... (read more)
Written on: 25/07/2004 by CanaryBoy (1 review written)
I've now owned the DAVS800 for 2 and a half years. My first DVD player, I purchased it also, to replace my bulky but excellent sounding 1985 Technics separates hi-fi set up in my living room.
First off, CD quality is nothing special. I was warned of this by the salesman but, as I don't have the volume too loud, this has not proved to be too much of a problem. Also, when playing CDs, I like to take the sub down a bit so as to avoid booming bass line in the music!
When playing DVDs, the unit... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2003 by khaledabolnaga (1 review written)
after almost a year the Sony DAV-S800 dvd player started triggering its PROTECT feature (over heating protection mechanism) so it shuts itself off if the sound volume is over half ! ONLY using a loud DVD film in! say satwars at a climax scene
Now the left speaker goes on protect on its own after few seconds of playing from cold! status
may be its a bad soldering joint inside because if I play with the connector at back it works momentarily
but it is definitely a heat related... (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2003 by zukkster (1 review written)
I bought my Sony DAV-S800 home cinema system only 18 months ago. Just after I'd had it a year I had a few problems where I put a disc in and no sound came out, but this went away if you took the disc out and cleaned it. Then last month the sound wemt completely. My local store said they'd seen this problem before and were confident they could fix it. They can't, it's dead. (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2003 by ROLAND.
I was lured into buying this system when I heard it being demonstrated in the store. Then I realized that it could have been because of the demo DVD. I bought one, then after three months I noticed that I had a hard time playing audio cds (it paused/freezed). I need a small fan so it will not heat up. (read more)
Written on: 25/01/2003 by AvoidSony.
Got a DAV-C900 and it broke 2 months later. Had to send it in for repair (I had to pay the $25 shipping cost, that's wrong). A year later, it's dead again. While I loved it when it worked, it didn't work very well. Disc transport mechanism is slow, noisy and unreliable. This is the fourth Sony product I've had bad luck with. I didn't buy this one, but I feel bad that my Dad wasted so much money on a Christmas present for me that he thought was a quality product coming from a reputable... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2003 by Steve B.
It has dealt with every type of CD & DVD that I have fed to it (mine is the multiregion version). An excellent system all round. (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2002 by MrXofNY.
When I purchased this unit I was looking forward to getting it and setting it up. Then it broke down on me after on about 2 months more like 1 month and a half. The DVD/CD changer is noisy and that is what broke down on me. DVD/CD's would freeze after playing for only a few seconds and I could not eject the disc. Considering it was $999 at the time I was completely disappointed. I definitely would not recommend this unit. (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2002 by Keerthi W.
I am very happy that I bought this stylish and compact SONY DAV S800 Home Theatre System. It satisfies most of my expectations from a sound system. It does not eat-up much space and will nicely fit into a small/medium size room. And to mention the least, it's surround sound capabilities (Dolby Digital and Dolby Prologic) will definitely make you fall in love with this product.
Though it is still a very short time since I bought it, I think it is a good investment and I would be glad to... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2002 by fogi.
The Sony DAV-S800 DVD home cinema system is pretty good for DVD movies and watching films that are brodcast on terrestial TV and satellite. It really does bring Prologic to life. The 5.1 performance is extremely good. If it is on the disc, this system will deliver it with very pleasing results. Surround sound effect are fast and precise. The subwoofer surprisingly performs very well with movies. I have not noticed any bass boom.
If you are looking for a system to play your CDs on you might... (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2002 by Bulkybren.
I decided to buy one of these Sony DAV-S800 DVD player systems as a replacement for both my Hi Fi and existing DVD player. The setup was very easy, though as they have custom connectors I dread the speaker cables ever becoming damaged at the plug end. The unit itself is sleek and very sexy, compared to other home cinema systems it's very small.
It interfaces well with both my video and Minidisc player, though I will have to splash out quite a bit if I ever want to connect a turntable. ... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2002 by RichC.
Beware. I have the DAV-C900 and it has broken down after 3 months with the dreaded "no disc" error that seems to plague Sony players. It will not recognize DVDs into the system and Sony has done nothing to address this problem and does not acknowledge it. (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2002 by Simon.
The Sony DAV S800 DVD player is, on the whole, a desirable and well designed piece of kit.
The most striking thing about the system is its lovely silver speakers/stand design - however, I think this may be the reason for its one limitation. In my experience I find that mid-tone is quite lacking and thus the treble dominates - probably due to the small speaker design. This actually is not so noticeable when playing DVDs but is annoyingly obvious with audio CDs - one of my reasons for the... (read more)