A Blu-ray one-box system for £400? Really? Yep. And just look at that star-rating – we couldn’t wait to get this one out of its packaging.
The positive vibes start before you even turn the Sony BDV-E300 system on. The satellites are fairly nondescript, but the main unit is one of the best-looking and well-built we’ve seen.
It’s also god mic-driven speaker calibration, which is very accurate – so you can be confident you’re getting the best from your system. And the Sony’s best is simply superb.
Dynamically, it blew us away – percussive cracks from bullets have loads of impact and detail without masking what’s behind them, while low-down bass is grin-makingly filling-shaking.
Detail’s impressive, too, and the Sony’s drive and attack makes for a thrilling performance. The satellites are good and dispersive; the surrounds meet harmoniously with the fronts, and join up behind the listening position to create a really immersive, atmospheric experience.
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That slimline centre has a slightly different from the satellites, so it isn’t quite as unified across the front as it could be – but it’s close. Plus, the satellites dig deeper than we’d expect at this size, giving extra oomph to the midrange and making subwoofer integration easier.
It’s ace with sound, then. But the party doesn’t end there: because it shares DNA with Sony’s Blu-ray players, it’s also a master of video. Images from Blu-rays and DVDs have an extra degree of realism in colours and detail, and are more eye-popping as a result.
The BDV-E300 was well worth the wait.