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Sony BDV-E500W

Sony BDV-E500W
alaScore 78

24 reviews

Sep, 2014

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony BDV-E500W

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony BDV-E500W from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Home Theater Systems on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony BDVE500W 5.1-Channel High-Definition Blu-ray Disc Player/DVD Disc Home theater System (Black)

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Sony BDV-E500W

 

Now that Blu-ray players are officially a $100 commodity, it's no surprise that manufacturers are trying to cram the technology into home theater systems at the lowest price possible. Sony's BDV-E500W ($800) takes a decidedly more high-end approach,...

Built-in Blu-ray player; 5.1 home theater system; wireless rear speakers; included iPod dock; wireless speakers performed flawlessly in our setup

Expensive compared with competing systems; no streaming media services like Netflix or Pandora; should sound better, especially for the price; no video inputs; remote lacks an eject button

The Sony BDV-E500W is an attractive home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and wireless rear speakers, but it's too expensive and lacks streaming media services such as Netflix or Pandora found on cheaper competing systems.

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"Disappointed but not 100% sure what to do"

 

I've had this unit for about 2 weeks. I've made notes along the way and will just list them. (some repeated from Pro/Con because I had to)

DVD Playback video and sound is excellent although I did have component video before direct from Sat to TV.

Audio cuts out sometimes then unit freezes when I try to shut it down to correct issue.

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"9.5 out of 10..."

 

Best bang for the buck.... 1.5 years + and I get a banana on my face each time someone complements on the sound clarity comparing it to Bose.... Two thumbs up!

Compared it to many units in the same price/option range and after eliminating all others from Yamaha, Onkyo, Samsung, Denon, and others.... I couldn't be happier with the package/performance.... Lot of features when connected to other SONY units, absolut

Menus/remote bit quirky.... but just a matter of getting use to. Like with every 5.1 surround system setup must have an ample room space to enjoy the full potential of this setup.

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Sony doesn't stand behind their products that fail

 

The experience with this product has led me to not want to ever buy a Sony product again. Not only did the surround sound never sound right (muffled, staticy, cuts in and out), but Sony support's solution each time I called was to pair the wireless...

The picture quality is good, subwoofer has nice sound

I had problems getting this system to sound right from day 1. Multiple calls to Sony about rear speaker quality led to no resolution, until I called after the warranty expired and the suggested repair. Sure, now I have to pay for it. Done with Sony

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"Sony doesn't stand behind their products that fail"

 

The experience with this product has led me to not want to ever buy a Sony product again. Not only did the surround sound never sound right (muffled, staticy, cuts in and out), but Sony support's solution each time I called was to pair the wireless...

The picture quality is good, subwoofer has nice sound.

I had problems getting this system to sound right from day 1. Multiple calls to Sony about rear speaker quality led to no resolution, until I called after the warranty expired and the suggested repair. Sure, now I have to pay for it. Done with Sony.

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"BREAKS EASILY & sony doesn't stand behind their product"

 

A simple and necessary firmware update caused the unit to fail only one year into ownership. At first, when I contacted Sony, I was told to contact the extended warranty company. When I did that, I found out Sony Style store coded my warranty for the...

Great sound, looked good, wireless speakers, then when it was time to update the firmware so I could watch current Blu ray discs, BUSTED

After attempting a firmware update, the product failed. Even on Sony Style website people experience this problem with their newer products. Sony customer service is very ineffective, no avenues of escalation to someone who can/will help.

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BREAKS EASILY & sony doesn't stand behind their product

 

A simple and necessary firmware update caused the unit to fail only one year into ownership. At first, when I contacted Sony, I was told to contact the extended warranty company. When I did that, I found out Sony Style store coded my warranty for the...

Great sound, looked good, wireless speakers, then when it was time to update the firmware so I could watch current Blu ray discs, BUSTED

After attempting a firmware update, the product failed. Even on Sony Style website people experience this problem with their newer products. Sony customer service is very ineffective, no avenues of escalation to someone who can/will help

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9.5 out of 10...

 

Best bang for the buck.... 1.5 years + and I get a banana on my face each time someone complements on the sound clarity comparing it to Bose.... Two thumbs up!

Compared it to many units in the same price/option range and after eliminating all others from Yamaha, Onkyo, Samsung, Denon, and others.... I couldn't be happier with the package/performance.... Lot of features when connected to other SONY units, absolut

Menus/remote bit quirky.... but just a matter of getting use to. Like with every 5.1 surround system setup must have an ample room space to enjoy the full potential of this setup

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"Looks great, easy to set up, good value for BD HTIB"

 

If you are looking for a simple, all in one HT system that delivers the video and audio promise of BD- this is it!

Looks great in my living room. System delivered the sound from Blu-ray that I was expecting. Having rear wireless speakers saved having to run wires to the rear of the room. A big step up from my DVD HTIB.

Center speaker could be bigger to offer more detailed sound. Rear speakers are only satelite speakers.

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Disappointed but not 100% sure what to do

 

I've had this unit for about 2 weeks. I've made notes along the way and will just list them. (some repeated from Pro/Con because I had to) No particular order Pros: 1. DVD Playback video and sound is excellent although I did have component video...

DVD Playback video and sound is excellent although I did have component video before direct from Sat to TV

Audio cuts out sometimes then unit freezes when I try to shut it down to correct issue

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Product Specifications

Immerse yourself in a true cinema-like experience with this phenomenal all-in-one setup. Featuring a Blu-ray Disc and DVD player, 1080p upscaling of DVD media via HMDI cables and BD-Live technology for downloading additional features and network updates, the BDV-E500 takes entertainment to the next level. For powerful sound to enjoy the movie, 1000 watts of crisp audio and deep bass envelop you for one remarkable, cinema-like experience. You can also expand your listening pleasure through the included iPod cradle and rock out to your tunes in a big way.

Amplifier

Output Power / Total:1000Watt

Audio System

Built-in Cradle:iPod cradle
Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / Dolby TrueHD / DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES decoder / DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 / DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 / DTS-HD High Resolution / DTS-HD Master Audio
Components:Blu-Ray disc player / AV receiver / Speaker system
Functions (KA):AV receiver / Blu-Ray disc player
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV systems
Surround System Class:5.1 channel
Type:Home theater system

Connectors

Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes

DVD

Type:Blu-Ray disc player

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:BDV-E500W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Radio

Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control
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