Sony's DAV-F200 delivers clutter-free home cinema

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We don’t know about you, but our lounge is so cluttered with tech Indiana Jones would have trouble escaping it without losing his hat. There’s just no room for a surround-sound kit – unless it’s Sony’s new DAV-F200.

This sleek new Bravia promises to avoid the clutter associated with home-cinema kits with a few clever tricks. It’s only a 2.1 system, but the two satellite speakers and sub will apparently combine to create convincing ‘virtual surround’ effect, not to mention a forceful 405W total output.

The main control centre needn’t take up precious floor-space in your lounge either – it can be wall-mounted to keep it safe from the dangers of spilt coffee, or kept on a shelf with your DVD library.

We’re always mildly disappointed when a new Sony home theatre doesn’t support Blu-ray, but the DAV-F200 will upscale your DVDs to 1080p and has an HDMI output so you can fully enjoy Ratatouille on your hi-def telly.

The lack of wireless connectivity is also partially remedied by the presence of a modular digital adaptor, which means you can plug in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adaptors to keep it sweet with your laptop or PC.  

We’ll update you on pricing when we get it, but in the meantime check out our Home Cinema Top 10 to see how it stacks up.

Sony DAV-200

Price: £tba

On sale: June

Contact: Sony