Summary: It works. I bought one, and had to replace the speakers at least for the improvement with bigger 2way Full range-Hi-fi Pana***** used ones from the local store for 10$. The sound from the original speakers was awful (not realistic). Original center speaker is so small, that it gives out only bird tone voices (birds – the small ones). Bought the system for 300$ but it worth only 100$ mainly because of the amp. The design is great for the eye, but not for the ears.
Summary: I like our system but there is something missing in the sound. Watching TV shows versus movies. Either the conversations are too loud and the background noise isn't (doesn't match) or vice versa. It's hard to get it to work right for me and the auto tuning feature is all but useless IMHO. They're cheap and maybe that was my mistake. I don't trust CNET anymore after they're review.
Summary: This is exactly what I was looking for. Something with BIGGG sound!!! I had a 1000w Panasonic bluray surround sound that was not producing enough of it. I used to have a Sony DVD Dream System that was very loud so it only made sense for me to buy this Sony system. It does not have a bluray player but is actually an amp with hdmi ports for your current system that allows 3d bluray, dvd, game systems, etc... to pass through the sound system.
Summary: Overall I am very happy with my purchase of this system. The sound is amazing and the system is relatively easy to use once you've set it up. My review may sound negative overall, but I'm just pointing out some items you should be aware of. Overall I recommend this system. Physical Assembly: Sony is known for quality electronics, not necessarily easy assembly.