Written on: 22/12/2011 by huy472003
Sorry .... I do not know English but ... I've been using since 2002. Currently, the S500 still works fine. The sound effects are wonderful connection with Bluray Player, Sony PS3 via optical. 5 stars for a simple device (I bought a Denon 1312XP, but bad sound effects than S500) (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2011 by louarias
Ive just seen the light or really had the light. I have just counted the number of years my Sony Dav S550 has been with me. A valued member of my movie and gaming society for a little less than a decade and still working and offering high quality 5.1 sound. Will Sony ever find the light again! (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2006 by dick dastardly (1 review written)
Sony was known for it's reliability, and I was prepared to pay a little extra for the piece of mind of purchasing a product with a long term lifespan.
I went out and bought a Sony TV, surround sound system and a VCR. Within 12 months my VCR processor failed (repaired under warranty). 12 months later my DVD controller board failed on the Sony DAV-S500 system, which costs a minimum of £120 to fix, plus labour costs and VAT.
I expected more from Sony products as they were regarded as the most... (read more)
Written on: 17/01/2009 by Simontp2000
I have (had) the Sony DAV-s500 and it was great! With no problems. Lots of connectivity. One day after about 5 YRS, not alot of use it died, no power lights or anything. So now I have a Panasonic TV and a Panasonic Cinema surround sound. I hope it outlast the Sony.
I think it the Sony should have lasted longer as I paid nearly £500 pounds back then.
Running cost i.e., 5YRS = £100 a year that's expensive. (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2008 by edinburghphoto (1 review written)
Just wanted to say that I got the left speaker problem with my Sony DAV-S500. I took the circuit board in order to resolder but couldn't see any problems., I checked the connections from the board to the socket with a multi meter. All seemed fine so I reassembled. But now it works!
Seems like there is some dodgy connection. This may get worse when it heats up. Anyway, it might be worth a try. (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2005 by hydrilboy (15 reviews written)
I love the Sony DAV-S550 DVD home cinema system. I have had it for 3 years, and now I am only upgrading the DVD player and keeping the Sony home cinema as the sound part via a optical cable. With my new plasma, now is the time for HIGH DEF. Nothing has ever come close to this for the price.
Well done Sony! (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2003 by nickdavy (2 reviews written)
Bought the Sony DAV-S500 on the back of reviews in magazines. Initially very pleased, it was simple to set up and displayed good picture quality with reasonable sound. However Sony build quality is not all that it once was or what the name instills. The tuner keeps forgetting the pre-set stations and one of the speakers (Front Left) works intermittantly.
My last Dolby B system was still performing faultlessly when I upgraded to the Sony (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2003 by bradley (1 review written)
I've had the Sony DAVS550 for about 6 months now, and am really pleased with it. It seems to handle everything that I can throw at it, although there are a few grumbles. Video to video2 - no surround sound. Sat to video1 - no 5.1 ( sky's fault not the 550). And now I've just tried it as a SACD. Popped in the Pink Floyd Dark Side 5.1 disc. Fantastic. Well worth the price alone. The only real annoyance that although I have the multi-region model,it doesn't handle NTSC to PAL. ( Although the... (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2003 by kenstorr (1 review written)
Bought system after checking out various mags for the best on the market. I wasnt dissappointed at all. Quality of sound, picture and build are superb. Only let down is that it is not multi region. Anyone know of a way to convert it? Let me know Susansstorr@aol.com (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2003 by Jimbolean (1 review written)
This is my first experience of a surround sound system, and I must say that I am reasonably impressed with it. I paid £300 from Richer Sounds for my Multi-Region Sony DAVS550. The volume needs to be cranked on some DVDs but others are fine, especially those with a DTS track (Terminator 2 Ultimate DVD DTS track is cracking).
The only real problem thatI have found is that I can hear some dialogue through the sub. This was especially noticable with Mel Gibson's voice on the DTS track on... (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2003 by Chris.
After reading 'What hi-fi' raving about the DAV-S550 being a star buy for £600. I decided that for £350 (multi-region) from 'Richer Sounds', it was too good an offer to let pass. And i have to agree with 'What Hi-fi'. The sound is impressive and weighty with action films, but still crystal clear enough for dialogue. I know that it could never compete with full-on separate A/V components and speaker packages, but in my room which is approx 4m x 4m i would never have the space for such... (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2003 by adrian.
Wanting a all in one systen that wouldn't take up a lot of room and also something that would play allsorts of formats, the Sony DAVS550 was in the frount running from the start.
Having shopped around, we found that Richer sounds had the best deal, Once home the system was very simple to set up and we were watching a DVD with in half an hour of taken it out of the box, the picture quality is stunning the sound is ample for most living rooms, it looks very smart with neat speakers, the only... (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2003 by SpaceCowboy.
This is a amazing setup piece of kit. The Sony DAVS550 is a bargain at only £350.00 from Richer Sounds Multi-Region Sony shop still selling at 450 region 2. The sound of this kit is awesome full of kicking bass at low volume. The picture quality is good with standard leads.
Completely recommend this system as after listening to my friends Bose Lifestyle 12, this matches the sound but at a cheaper price.
You can save yourself some money too by buying the speaker wall brackets from Currys... (read more)
Written on: 13/03/2003 by Wideboy.
Having just received the DAVS550 and never having had a full surrond sound system before, the sound quality and effects are awsome! No complaints about the product as yet.
Set everything up last night, and it's very easy with the user-friendly colour coded wiring.
Be warned that the unit has no scart output and you will need to buy a S/video to scart lead in order to conect to your TV. There is a normal video cable supplied, but when you've spent so much, you might as well get the proper... (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2002 by Chocolate Chip.
I'm pretty happy with the Sony DAVS550 home cinema system. I found that the five 80W speakers does a pretty good job at giving out the bass, where as some other home entertainment system doesn't (Many only with 30W to 40W). I tested the clarity and the blast, both were exceptionally good. You can still hear people talking clearly behind explosion, where as many other system I tested couldn't. You don't get those squashed sound from some other systems. Overall, I'm quite happy with this... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2002 by Andy.
Upgraded..well I thought I was upgrading from my old Sony dav s300 which I loved, entry level, I agree but hey !..and I have to say, after testing it with what I believe to be the test of tests .. the opening battle scene in Saving Private Ryan, I was gutted by the lack of something which I can't put my finger on, plenty bass, just seems to lack the sound quality of the 300. Also It is almost double the power of the 300 50w pc as opposed to 30wpc with the 300 but you wouldn't know it .. you... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2002 by Horace.
Sony seem to have looked to the future in their latest models of home cinema. The 550 includes the latest Dolby support prologic II. Unless your a game fan you might not of heard about the new format. Dolby Pro Logic II allows for a standard stereo input to be plugged in to give full 5.1 Surround sound! Obviously there is one small catch that the bass level is very low! But it shows how the Dolby Labs are thinking of new ideas. So far only the New Nintendo GameCube is the only piece of... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2002 by Andy.
The system has a Tuner & C.D but no T.V function so how do you get all your T.V broadcasts to go through the sony system ? (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2002 by overton26.
I just purchased a Sony DAV-S500 home cinema kit. I think it's great. Sony have really got a winner. It's very compact and has built in tuner. The picture is very clear and the sound's fantastic. Great value for money at £399 on the net. It does not have a scart, but comes with the cable you need which is s video to scart (read more)
Written on: 22/07/2002 by chris.
THE SONY DAV-S500 DVD HOME CINEMA SYSTEM IS VERY EASY TO USE AND SETUP. PLAYS CDR DISCS AND ALSO SACD (SUPER AUDIO CD). SOUNDS GREAT, LOOKS GREAT AND VERY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A BETTER SYSTEM AT A REASONABLE PRICE I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PIONEER NSDV77 (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2002 by Alan Harris.
Bought this Sony DAV-S500 DVD player after several weeks of looking at different products. In the end I went for it because Comet were doing a half price deal if I bought a certain TV and seeing as my old TV had packed up I bought it. All I can say is that I would have happily paid the full price for it, it is that good. (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2002 by Amazon Customer.
The Sony DAV-S500 is is a superb piece of home entertainment electronics.
It simple to install with a easy to follow comprehensive intruction manual and on screen setup options.
The picture quality produced is very good but the Sound output is superb from the small speakers assisted marvelously by the powerful Subwoofer.
Each of the functions (DVD, Video1, Video2 and Tuner)can be set with one of 14 different sound fields.
In fact the Tuner stores the sound field for each one of the 20 FM... (read more)