I bought this a couple of months back because I needed a new DVD player as mine had given up the ghost. All I needed was that new DVD player but when I saw this on the display marked as closeout for only $30 or so more than the DVD player alone, I figured, why not? It is, after all, a Sony.
When I got it home and un-boxed it all and read through the owner's manual I began to wonder just how powerful this would be with a passive sub-woofer and five small, full range speakers.
Once it was all connected I installed the microphone in my sitting position and used the calibration feature of the system and it automatically adjusted the sound and surround. I stick in a movie and the picture, of course is crystal clear and the bass was booming much louder than I ever anticipated from such a small sub with no amplifier!
I got into the menu system and decreased the sub and balanced out the highs and mids and then restarted the movie. Great sound all around and just enough bass to know when something got hit or, better yet, blowed up! Yeah, baby!
I then tried a simple audio CD and was very pleased with the sound in the two channel mode. DVD-A and that was spectacular in DTS mode!
All in all I am very pleased with this little system for my apartment or even the old basement HT room in my house elsewhere!