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April 12, 2011

Sony BDVE370.CEK 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System Review

by Franz Bicar

Sony has arguably perfected their multimedia systems. So there’s no surprise in the Sony BDVE370.CEK 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System’s performance, features, and capabilities.

Out of the box, the E370 is packed with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from a great player of this caliber. The BDVE370.CEK is an all-in-one home theater system. Users can enjoy Blu-ray discs in full 1080p quality and standard DVDs in near HD quality thanks to the player’s upscale capabilities.

Aside from its video capabilities, the E370 also has a 5.1 channel setup. Its auto calibration feature lets users balance the output from the speakers according to your room’s layout and seating arrangements.

So how good is the Sony BDVE370.CEK? Let’s start on the E370’s video quality.

As can be expected from Sony, the Sony BDVE370.CEK 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System’s video quality is exceptional. It can’t get any better than what you can get from the E370. The colors pop right out of your TV screen and sharpness and the fluidity of the motions are excellent. This is both with Blu-ray discs and upscaled standard DVDs.

One of the best features of the E370 is its 5.1 channel speakers which produces fantastic sounds by the way. This is very surprising given that the speakers on the system is a bit small and unobtrusive. The system even comes with its own calibration mic which help to make it very easy to set up.

For connections, the system comes in with two digital inputs, one optical and one coaxial, and an HDMI port. An HDMI cable does not come with the system though, so if you plan on getting the E370, don’t forget to buy one. Rounding up the connections, you have Stereo RCA inputs, and two USB ports.

The USB ports, by the way, can be linked to your iPod or iPhone and can be controlled on the E370. It navigates the entire iPod music system, and not just the current album playing. You can even confidently say that the Sony BDVE370 handles and controls the iPod/iPhone better than other docks currently out in the market.

The E370 has adapted to the internet age. The player can play internet videos, and again, performs brilliantly. It integrates with the remote so it feels just like watching a DVD. In addition, it is also a DLNA device and can be hooked up to stream videos and music locally from your Desktop PCs. That way, you can play all your music on that booming 5.1 channel surround sound.

The Sony BDVE370.CEK 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System is almost perfect. But to nitpick, I’d like to mention the size of this device. It’s huge for a Blu-ray player. A system with these feature set also generates a lot of heat. So it has huge fans that has a pulsing effect, which can be slightly off-putting during quiet moments.

Straight out of the box, the Sony BDVE370.CEK 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System does an awful lot of things. Its features and capabilities makes its £279.99 price tag worth it. The sound is good, the Blu-ray & DVD playback is crisp and smooth. The internet video works well and is very well integrated and really feels a part of the TV experience. It has good connectivity options and overall, everything seems to work out very well.



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