Acoustic Solutions DS 535 Review

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Wozza.'s review of Acoustic Solutions DS 535

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“I've been looking to upgrade to Dolby Digital for...”

Written on: 24/01/2003 by Wozza. (1 review written)

Good Points
Less than £100 for Dolby Digital Decoder, Sub Woofer and 5 speakers. Not bad looking for the money.

Bad Points
Can only be used via tiny credit card style remote. No manual controls on the unit.

General Comments
I've been looking to upgrade to Dolby Digital for ages, but couldn't justify some of the prices that have been around for the amount of use I would get out of a Home cimema. Spotted this Acoustic Solutions DS535 home cinema system for under 100 notes and thought I'd give it a try. Bought from Argos, I had the 16 day return option if it was bad.



Got it home, everything that I needed was in the box. Easy to follow instructions, tried out the THX Optimiser on Attack of the Clones to make sure that everything was connected properly (no issues there) and then started the movie.



WOW. The floor shook as the Naboo transported flew on to the screen, the sound was clear from all the speakers and it sounds great for the money.



This is not going to win awards for its audio quality in the magazines, but for the average home, the system is loud enough and clear enough to enhance any dvd experience.



Looks are good with the only drawback being a small credit card style remote control that is just begging to get lost, and as there are no manual controls on the unit, you may need to get advanced replacement of the control sorted, especially if you have kids.



As a final word, more than you would expect for less than £100 - good looks, good sound, bad remote.

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76502_Simon.'s Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 01/03/2003

I haven't seen the speakers for myself but am very interested in buying them, but need to know something and this seems like the only place i can think of to do that!
<br>Can the system be connected up to the TV so that I get the nice sound one tv films and stuff as well as with DVD's? Thanks a lot

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Benjaminbappu's Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 25/11/2003

I got the system a few months ago from Argos too. Everything worked perfect, until the remote suddenly failed a few days ago! Strangely only the first two rows of the remote doesn't function and the rest are fine. This means no mute, power off, input select etc! The support team's line is always busy. :( I need a replacement remote urgently! If only they had manual functions for emergencies.

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Blackmarket's Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 18/08/2003

Plenty of high-end equipment uses a similar kind of titchy little remote, but considering there's zero controls actually on the unit here, it's not too clever if you lose it...

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95580_Paul.'s Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 07/05/2003

Bought this system at the weekend .. from Argos and you'd have to fight me to get me to take it back .. Great value for money. As others have seaid the remote is terrible !!! .. but apart from that TOP marks

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Capsule.'s Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 27/04/2003

Yup i fully agree! system cannot be beaten but the remote is rubbish!!

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82322_Geoff.'s Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 23/03/2003

I've just bought this setup - also from Argos, still £99.99. Brilliant build quality at this price, and excellent value for money.
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<br>It's actually called DS 533 (not 535!)
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<br>Pic and brief spec available at acousticsolutions.co.uk

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76737_Wozza.'s Response to 67751_Wozza.'s Review

Written on: 02/03/2003

The system allows Optical, Coaxial and phono connections. So while it will provide 5.1 from DVD, if you also hook up the phono leads you can get pro-logic from your TV or VCR.
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<br>It also has a number of sound effects including Hall, cinema ect allowing you to even taylor a bod-standard stereo or even mono output.I have had this is place for a few weeks now, and have not been disappointed in any way. (The remotes still crud though)

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