Summary: I bought this back when Costco had it for $299, so probably 2011 I'd say? It was right at the time they were selling them out, and I ended up driving to a Costco 50 miles away so I could pick up the last display unit.
Summary: The speakers stink. I just use the amp to connect to Bose speakers for much better audio. The subwoofer also stinks because the port is tuned to like 60 hertz so it peaks between 60 to 80 hertz so that you get no deep bass at all.
Extremely dissappointed, going back to something other than Sony
R. Burdiez "RB", Amazon
11 February 2013
Summary: I purchased this item in Dec 2011 (not from Amazon). In April 2012 it started to blue screen and the error message on the sony box states to "Reset Power Surge" whenever I play a DVD or try to watch Netflix.
Summary: Obviously for the budget price of this system you won't get $1-2K sound compared to separate component speakers and receiver/amp, but for a compact all-in-one system this is well designed for folks looking for something simple for TV/satellite/cable + Blu-ray/DVD + one other source (maybe a game...
Summary: One feature of this unit that no one even mentions is that it plays multi-channel (5 discrete channels plus subwoofer) Super Audio CD's (SACD) - this is a disc format introduced about 10 years ago that never caught on with the general public, but is in high demand with the Audiophile community.
Summary: There are a lot of bells and whistles on this 3D system. I attached my system to a Toshiba 46WX800 since I knew the internal speakers on an LED system would not give me the theater feel that I wanted. I have had the system for 2 weeks and love it.
Summary: Had it for 16 months and had nothing but trouble with it. It is a nightmare to set up in the first place but you have to keep going though the process everytime you turn on the home theater, like the speakers have to be set each time and even then you may get no sound.
Summary: Thing thing shut off one day and wouldn't turn back on. I had it less than a year. EDIT: I am editing my review out a sense of fairness because I got it up and running again. I had tried to get it going several times by unplugging the power cord to no avail.
Disappointed and Annoyed - Boot time lag and other issues. 2.5 Stars
6 April 2011
Summary: I bought this from Costco a few months ago mainly for the Live Streaming and Netflix features but immediately started noticing little details that eventually led me to despise this system. I've devised a Pro/Con list to break it down: PROS - - The system looks great.
Summary: LIKES: It plays Blu-ray DVD's, and it has wireless access to streaming movies and music. DISLIKES: The dialogue in movies is hard to hear. It takes forever to get netflix to stream. The remote is unusable. The system takes an inordinate amount of time to boot up.