Conclusion: While the Sony BDV-E300 isn’t hugely impressive on the feature front, it hits its marks more than adequately when it comes to the nitty gritty of audiovisual performance. Factor in the easy setup and it makes for a truly solid all-round home cinema system.
Pros: Not a fan of tweaking speaker settings to get the best performance? No problem – Sony has included an automatic calibration mode on the BDV-E300, which tests the speaker placement using a series of bleeps and adjusts the settings accordingly, giving you optimum audio performance without the fuss. It also loads up Blu-ray movies fairly swiftly, and most importantly delivers on both the sound and picture fronts. The speakers supply a dynamic, distortion-free performance...
Cons: There really isn’t much to pick at here, although Sony’s use of the proprietary DM Port instead of standard USB for media file playback means you’ll have to shell out extra for its own brand of connector. It would also have been nice to have seen Wi-Fi included, both for BD-Live and media streaming, as you’ll find it on rival systems from LG and Samsung.
Summary: With its latest home cinema offerings (which should drop this June), Sony takes a step ahead of the competition by going past great image and sound to offer a bunch of cool new features. Among the stellar features on the Sony BDV-E300 are Wi-Fi connectivity, BD-Live capabilities and multiroom music playback .
Excerpt: The positive vibes start before you even turn the Sony BDV-E300 system on. The satellites are fairly nondescript, but the main unit has both good looks and build quality. This is also one of few systems with mic-driven speaker calibration. It's very accurate, too, so you can be confident you're getting the best from your system. And the Sony's best is simply superb. Playing Slumdog Millionaire , it's clear that dynamically this is the best at the price.
Pros: Scale and seamlessness combined with precision, detail and attack, stunning pictures by the standards of the class, great looks and sturdy build
Summary: A Blu-ray one-box system for £400? Really? Yep. And just look at that star-rating – we couldn’t wait to get this one out of its packaging. The positive vibes start before you even turn the Sony BDV-E300 system on. The satellites are fairly nondescript, but the main unit is one of the best-looking and well-built we’ve seen.