Excerpt: ‘Jack of all trades, master of none', goes the saying, one that all too often applies to all-in-one home cinema systems. It's not easy to cram all that technology into one box, and invariably the performance trips up as a result. But every so often there's an exception to the rule – and Sony has just delivered perhaps the best budget exception we've seen. Keeping up with the latest technology is no mean feat.
Pros: Full to bursting with features, superb sound and video performance for the money
Cons: HDMI inputs would be handy, no on-screen iPod control
Excerpt: Sony's entry-level Blu-ray system takes all the best bits from the superb BDP-S370 Blu-ray player, fuses them with an AV receiver and chucks them in a box with a set of 5.1 channel speakers - a convenient and cost-effective way of getting a complete high-def home cinema.
Pros: Picture quality, 3D support, networking features, ease of use
Cons: Main unit design, expensive Wi-Fi dongle, boomy subwoofer