Summary: At full volume we could still talk over it. It would get to an acceptable level for a movie at 70. If we had a party or even just 2 or 3 couples over, we would never be able to hear it. Very Dissappointed and thinking about just selling it new in open box for a loss.
Summary: It's meant to be small and discrete, yet the subwoofer is enormous. It isn't that hard to setup and the booming sound is fine for me as a nonaudiophile. However, if you have a 1080p HDTV, the DVD playback will look amazingly poor. It's great if you got the freebie deal that Best Buy had going, but think twice before shelling out the $ on this thing.
Summary: We were looking for aesthetics with good sound, but not willing to pay for great sound or sacrifice aesthetics. Looks terrific. Sounds good. But (the aesthetics thing) I wanted to install it right...single hole in the wall, cord up the wall into the attic and down the wall at the hanging speaker locations. Unfortunately, with high ceilings, Sony doesn't provide adequate cord for front left and right speakers.
Summary: I was very interested in this product when I first saw it at Circuit City. When you stand 2-3 feet away from the speakers the sound is thick and brilliant and it looks great. Step away, and it sounds terrible. The problem is that speakers of this size cannot generate low or mid range frequencies very well. So the subwoofer, which typically would run at 20-80hz is running closer to 20-250hz... possibly 20-400hz this causes problems with imaging and imbalance in the sound.
Summary: This is a beautiful system but it is more show than go. I didn't expect much in terms of sound quality so I'm not that disappointed. I AM very disppointed regarding the built quality. Within two weeks the remote sensor quit working. Sony authorized service center is just a joke. Took the system to 4 different service center and they either said they can't fix it or they are not "authorized to fixed this model".
Excerpt: Have just returned this system to the dealer after a week. I loved the concept of this compact 5.1 system , other reviews are right in that the quality is superb and it looks great. However having spent a long time setting up the system correctly, i found the sound was no better than, maybe worse, than a previously owned Creative 5.1 £50 system.
Summary: Diese Anlage ist optisch der Hammer auch der Klang ist klasse (ich bin doch nicht blöd na klar schau ich bevor ich zum realen Preis kaufe. Mittlerweile bekommt mann ja in jedem kleinen Hifi-Laden um die Ecke bessere Konditionen als bei Media Markt.) Zum Glück habe ich ein wenig in der Bedienungsanleitung, welche bei sony auf der Internetseite zum Download steht geschmökert.