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Sony DAV-X1 System

Sony DAV-X1 System
alaScore 80

291 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 291 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Sony DAV-X1 System is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 291 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by:

Sony DAV-X1


2.1-channel surround HTIB system; elegant design; tiny speakers; dual 6-inch subwoofer; HDMI output; plays SACDs; simplified cable hookup; includes setup DVD.

Virtual-surround effect limited to a small sweet spot; not a multidisc changer; movies sound better than music; high style comes with a high price.

Sony's DAV-X1 virtual-surround Dream System can unleash a full, enveloping sound from DVDs, but it's less satisfying with CDs.

Expert review by:

Sony DAV-X1 System


Sony's Dream Systems have set the pace for stylish home-theater-in-a-box systems (HTIBs) for years. Now, with its new DAV-X1 Platinum DVD Dream System, the company's designers have downsized the formula. Sony has added new features, such as...

Alot less money than the BOSE 2.1 System that cost $899.00!.. Excellent sound, great for HDTV's which don't have great built in speakers

The speakers are controlled by 1 wire

Consumer review by:

Sony DAV-X1


3 speakers, 1 sub 2 tweets, DVD upscaling for high def viewing HDMI out S-VIDEO out and in great system I love it.

I wanted a surround sound system without all the speakers, but with the same quality, I got it with the Sony DAV-x1. It looks perfect in my living room and when guest hear the sound quality they can not believe it iscoming from only three speakers

I would say the cord length, a little to long


Consumer review by:

Sony DAV-X1


I bought this 2.1 Surrround system because I have space constraints and did not want to run rear speakers of a conventional 5.1 system. Well I was totally disappointed in especially the controls for bass,treble and subwoofer tone. They are almost...

It looks good

Unit is underpowered

Consumer review by:

Sony DAV-X1


Really did my research with this one so believe me when I say that for $299 at Circuit City is is a STEAL of a DEAL!!!!! HDMI, up gradeing to 1080i, and really nice theater sound. For the money the BOSE or Harmon Kardon just wernt worth the extra money...



Consumer review by:

Sony DAV-X1


I have bought this system five days ago. The sound from DVDs is really awesome, particularly for such a minimal system with only three speakers. I have a small room for the HDTV and the volume is more than ample for the purpose. The hook-up is very...

Great sound from DVD

Less than satisfactory result from CD sound

Consumer review by:

Sony DAV-X1


I did a lot of research and checked out a lot of surround sound, HTIB, receivers, and speaker only systems. I wanted very good sound, no wires running under carpets or through walls, simple operation, and under $500 price. I chose the DAV-X1 because of...

Quick setup, few wires, very good DVD sound, small size

No HDMI pass thru, quirky function selection, more complex than you might think to use

Consumer review by:

Don't want to wire? Secondary room? Small Room? This is the system!


This is a good unit. I use in my smaller (12x14) TV room. It will not be a good unit for bigger rooms or if you lack a back wall. Carefully consider that. It does have a digital input, which was the deal buster on the Panasonic systems with rear...

No back speaker wiring! Sounds good in the RIGHT sized room. Upconvert DVD player. Has digital input and two high def outputs (component and HDMI)

Will not work in a large room or if you have no back wall. Consider your room first

Consumer review by:

Product a five, Support a Zero


Ok, the unit failed within a month, that can happen (more on that). Didn't like the narrow field of surround sound, nothing in the product information about the Surround effect being limited to people seated in a narrow area before I purchased it. The...

Unit size, and great if tough to wire rear speakers

Narrow field of Surround Sound, bad manual, worse support

Consumer review by:

A Beautiful, compact, sophisticated top-end system....


This System was purchased to replace A Panasonic 5.1 DVD player & Technics 5.1 sound system.

Good Looking, Compact, Superb Sound, Feature Packed, Easy To Set Up & Use

No Equaliser/mid/treble control. Speaker Stands Not Available Yet (05/06) & Cost �200 Pair

Product Specifications

The Sony DAV-X1V Platinum DVD Dream System is an all-in-one home theater system for customers who want big surround sound without a big system. The DAV-X1V simulates the surround sound of a traditional 5.1 ch. speaker system using just 2.1 speakers and is also very easy to set up. It has dedicated audio input for portable digital music players for customers who store music on these devices. It also offers 5 DVD/CD/SA-CD changer for hours of audio and video entertainment, HDMI interface to ensure compatibility with the latest digital television, and an auto calibration feature to create an optimum sound field for your listening environment.


Output Power / Total:480Watt

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Product Type: None

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder
Components:DVD player / Speaker system/SACD / DVD changer / AV receiver / Speaker system/SACD / DVD player / AV receiver / Speaker system
Functions (KA):AV receiver / DVD changer/AV receiver / DVD player
Sound Effects:Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB)
Sound Output Mode:Stereo/Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV systems
Surround Sound Effects:S-FORCE Front Surround Sound/S-FORCE Front Surround Sound / Virtual Enhanced Surround/S-FORCE Pro Surround Sound
Type:Home theater system

Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None
Type: None

Combined Device

Type:Home theater system with DVD recorder / HDD recorder

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive


CD Playback Modes:All disks repeat / All tracks repeat / One track repeat / Program play / Random play / shuffle/All tracks repeat / One track repeat / Program play / Random play / shuffle/Program play / Repeat all / Repeat shuffle
Changer Capacity:5
Type:DVD changer/DVD player/DVD recorder


Model:DAR-X1R/DAV-X1V/DAVX1 Platinum/X1G
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony DAV/Sony DVD Dream System/Sony Platinum DVD Dream System

MD System

Type: None


Device Type:Radio tuner
Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Remote control


Television Type: None


Type: None


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None