Written on: 09/11/2010
Just wanted to start of by saying that form one review, if you have bought this system withing the last 5yrs, & by it from a shop take the warrenty.
As these are now dis-continued.
Mind you, Iv have mine for over 5yrs & i cannot fault it.
Before blu-ray this was & still is the bomb.
Spend a fiver & get the 5.1 demo disks...they will upset the neighbours.
Pitty its not a passive system, but who cares.
Only reason for my move was to upgrade to blu-ray.
I remember seeing this in France when i... (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2010
I bought the S880 at the end of 2002 from comet and it's worked a treat for me with none of the problems that have been described. The only problem with it now is the power button which turns off from time to time. But that's not bad after just over 7 years of use.
The sound quality is superb, especially when used to listen to super audio cds. The reason i've given the image quality a 3 is only because I never had a great TV to test it on.
Overall i'd say this was one of the best buys... (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2009 by rugbyboy24 (1 review written)
This was a top of the range 5.1 when purchased it has had this read/can't play message for a long time SONY you have made a pile of rubbish!!! (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2009
I have a Sony DAV-S880. I had the DVD playback issues a while back, and had it fixed at 100 pounds. Recently, the same problem has surfaced again - the disc would cycle between reading and a blank screen, eventually giving up with a 'Can't Play' message. I'm quite disappointed, as I was under the impression that Sony would have made a better player than this. Now I use it as a speaker set only. (read more)
Written on: 21/12/2008
I love it and question those who have had problems. They most likely stacked it on top of other units and wonder why it over heats, (As did I to start). They also comment on dust, which suggests to me they need to keep their homes cleaner. Mine is great! (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2008
We spent a lot of time researching which model to buy, after owning for 6 months the machine burnt out, was fixed under warranty, after another 12 months the DVD's started skipping so we took it back for repair to be told there was an upgrade to be done the parts were free and we had to pay labour, also the laser needed replacing, after another 18 months the same problem is occurring, this machine would be used about 3 hours per month, an absolute piece of rubbish the sony never stood... (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2008 by jamesehw (3 reviews written)
Bought the Sony DAV-S880 kit to go with my Sony tv, and wish I hadn't.
It overheats badly and stops mid film as a consequence.
In addition it broke down completely after 3 years, and having had the laser assembly replace it has broken again. Not worth fixing as I can get a decent receiver for the cost of a sony repair. (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2008
Sensitive to dust, scratches and sometimes it just don't like the disk even out the wrapper new. Overheats easily @ 2.5 hours and needs turning off to work again. This old player better finish and picture/sound than latest sony's cheap plastic rubbish. (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2007 by pprejit (1 review written)
Sony , we trusted so much and continue trusting you, Why is that if it had been problem identified, no steps have been taken to equip your service centres across world in addressing the same.
You could have earned the loyalty of your trusted customers. (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2006 by britboyhk
The Sony DAV-S880 is an excellent DVD home cinema system. I bought it about three years ago now, and I have not had one problem.
The PQ into my Pioneer HDTV is astounding, and it beats many newer "up-scaling" models. (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2005 by frankgardiner
I was unaware of the problems with this product. However, I have been looking at many reports regarding the Sony DVD S880 system.
I purchased mine about 18 months ago, but did not take out the extended warranty. Like many, I bought this system because Sony sell their name, and it looked good.
I did not use the unit for longer than 5 hours at the weekend and I would estimate the total use over this period above, about 400 - 500 hours (MAX)
My unit failed whilst on stand by. I contacted... (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2005 by Gizzo (2 reviews written)
I have had the S880 for two years and has cost me over £100 in repairs for multiple faults that a retailer told me are common on this model. (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2004 by Baldytwo (1 review written)
This Sony DAVS-880 is an all in one, Home Cinema (DVD Player/Radio/Surround Sound/CD/MP3 etc)system. I bought mine off the net ready chipped for Multi Region, as Sony shops only supply Region 2(and are more expensive!!).
Once set up, the DVD system is easy to operate.
The picture quality is excellent, but a few MR DVD's (cheap one's from China) did not play.
The sound quality is very good, however I would recommend an ACTIVE Sub Woofer if you want really good (deep) bass.(Sony DAVS 888 just... (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2004 by wes (1 review written)
The Sony DAV-S880's top class sounds and good looks gets the thumbs up from me. when it comes to entertaining, film, music of any format, this unit delivers! (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2004 by tonygrewal (1 review written)
I have the Sony DAV-S880 and I can't seem to play any DVDs. I recently played a region 1 DVD without any problems but when I tried the following day with the same DVD, the system said 'Reading' followed by 'Can't Play' after a few minutes. Unfortunately, my warranty ran out in Dec 2003.
Please can some help by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2003 by Ali.
After 3 month, my DAV-S880 had failed in the Stand-by mode, ie after a few minuts folowed by pressing the stand-by mode, the system freezes and needs full restarting. I have sent the system to the authourized Sony center for replacing, but they anouned that we can repair it, not replacing...now after 1 months, thay are telling me that we need more time for spare parts. Now i am very disapointed for the costomer servise and also i have hesitate for the perfect desinging of the system. (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2003 by Moo.
I shopped around for about 6 months before diving in and buying an all in one setup.
What can I say, it does what it says on the tin!
The unit looks lovely, as do the speakers, the setup couldnt be simpler with the colour coded sockets, and the sound and image quality are (to my eyes and ears) fantastic.
I managed to find this for £550 (including 3 dvds regionfree'd) from techtronics, I've not had any problems at all with it.
well worth it.
Written on: 01/06/2003 by Jeff.
I bought this system at Christmas to replace a selection of large speakers and separates that had taken over my front room. As has been identified in the other reviews the installation is easy enough, well that is if you can cope with out a scart lead. I needed to go to the shops to buy some decent leads to make the connection from the unit to the TV. The speaker leads and connections are not what you expect with equipment at this price. Once I had everything connected and fired up, the... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2003 by Stuart Anderton.
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 more)
Written on: 22/04/2003 by Anbe Shivam.
This Sony DAV-S880 is rorth buying, All we need to have is good accoustics for a better performance. (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2003 by M.
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 more)
Written on: 12/03/2003 by Steven Tucker.
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 more)
Written on: 10/03/2003 by Jay Harrison.
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 more)
Written on: 08/03/2003 by DarylGungadoo.
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 more)
Written on: 12/02/2003 by kevin.
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... (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2003 by DAV.
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 more)
Written on: 18/12/2002 by Alexander.
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... (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2002 by stevie d..
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 more)
Written on: 19/11/2002 by Mark.
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 more)
Written on: 15/11/2002 by Phil moore.
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 more)