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. Kudos to the Costco guy who spent a large amount of time packing everything carefully in a box for me so nothing would get damaged.
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. I had to modify the ports by inserting two paper towel rolls to increase the port length for tuning to down to around 35 hertz so that the bass would be better. The only thing good about these are that it came free with the 60 inch TV.
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. I changed the power surge, I connected directly to outlet, I have checked and re-checked the wiring - nothing worked. I finally had a chance to call Sony to ask about this issue, they tried to help me, but nothing we did worked.
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 system). Interface is easy to use and setup. The inputs are minimal, but sufficient for the basic use.
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. When played on a system like this, with multi-channel speakers, it's like being in the recording studio or concert hall.
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. The system talks to my TV and knows when to turn on the TV when I place in a DVD and keeps the speaker and TV settings for "movie" that you manually set. I used the built-in Netflix everyday and did not see a lag in 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. The inputs constantly change and the sound drops out and you have to go back through the menu and try another setting even though you just used that same setting!
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. Only when I unplugged everything including the wireless antenna did it come back to life. I think the sound is pretty good with this system. But I have a Sony TV and still haven't figured how to sync the remotes.
Summary: GREAT VALUE. Definately no the best system out there, but i diddnt want to spend $1000. Sound is clear and crisp. Bass is good at loud volumes. Takes a little time to warm up, but not a big deal (I could change that setting if i wanted to). Easy to set up, just follow the instructions on the screen. The appearance of the unit is also very nice. Looks much more expensive than it was. I would definately reccommend this unit for your average TV/Music person.