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Sony BDV-N790W

Sony BDV-N790W
alaScore 86

603 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 603 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Sony BDV-N790W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 603 reviews)

1 expert reviews

User Reviews  

Showing 1 - 10 of 164 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (18)

Consumer review by:

Stay away


Do yourself a favor and skip this.. Not worth the headache. Maybe check on a more direct website.

It looked new, and was packed nicely

DOA! Turns on, but shuts down right away. I have no idea how this could possibly get past any competent quality control check. Called for RMA, but the lady rudely told me to do it online because she was busy. Have to pay for return shipping, which is...

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Great budget system


All in all unless you have a spare then buying an HDMI cable preferably one that is 6Ft is a must while getting this system as it does not come with one. If you are on a budget this is a great system at around the $280 pricetag not including the HDMI...

Easy to setup especially once you have the speakers placed where you want the auto calibration mic helps to adjust the system to provide the best decibel level from each speaker to provide an even sound around the room ; If you've used or own a PS3...

When you plug in two devices via HDMI cables to the two incoming ports there is an outgoing HDMI port to your TV but the system does not come with an HDMI port so you will have to buy one ; If you use the default video cable it will generate some...

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Use a Quality HDMI Cable


I was having issues after the first few days with picture going out, breaking up, sound going out and coming back again. I thought it might be my cable box. I looked here to see if others had similar problems. I did find at least one review that...

Sound is great, easy setup

Don't recall if high speed HDMI cables recommended


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Sony technology at its best, out of the box great. Great picture, terrific sound, set was a snap with absolutely no problems.

Out of the box outstanding

None yet

Consumer review by:

Very pleased


This system surprised me in its full, rich surround sound. It was fairly easy to set up, provided even an FM tuner which they hardly mention in their writeup. I am totally pleased. Paul



Consumer review by:

Good Product but lot to improve.


Pros: Sound Quality is good but it doesn't produce enough sound for a 1000W system.

Easy set up, sound quality is good, sound from rear speakers are aslo crisp and clear

Rear speakers are not really wireless, The cord for rear speakers are not long enough, HDMI/optical cable not included

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Puchased Tues PM and received Fri AM - Easy setup with exception of not getting TV sound thru speakers. Had to get digital optical cable. DVDs, CDs especially super audio CDs sound very good. Worth the price!

Excellent sound, ease of use

Cannot decode 5.1 from cable box

Consumer review by:

What a piece of JUNK!!!


Physical setup is relatively easy and straight forward. The application interface is ugly and not very straight forward. After initial setup and connecting to my wifi network, the system would not download application updates. It said it was not able...

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Unhelpful Customer Support


Out of the box, the unit caused continual screen flashing when connected with an HDMI input from a cable box. I tried it with a second HDTV in my house and had the exact same problem. Talked at length with Sony customer service, tried all kinds of...

Wireless rear speakers, good sound on Blu-Rays

Not able to support pass-thru from Cable box

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I could write a very well worded review of this product but I simple am too frustrated to spend any more time on this product. Where to start, the sound crackles when louder scenes occur, there is no physical user interface (sure when you press the...

Still searching for them

Sound crackles, user interface horrible. What happened to buttons

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
DLNA certified: Yes
Internet Radio: No
PC Streaming:Audio/Video
Progressive Scan: Yes
UPnP: Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Docking System:Apple Docking
Ethernet: Yes
iPod Control:Direct Control
Number of Output Channels:5 + Subwoofer (5.1)
USB Interface: Yes

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
2D to 3D Conversion: No
3D: Yes
CD Player / Recorder:CD Player
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player
Network Music System: No
Product Type:Home Theatre System
Sound Projector: No


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: Yes
DivX Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No


Dolby / DTS:Dolby Digital + DTS