The Sony BDV-E370 is a Blu-ray based home cinema system which continues Sony’s current ‘monolith’ design concept. Everything from the main Blu-ray unit to the speakers and subwoofer complement each other perfectly to give one of the most stunning looking home cinema systems we’ve seen – and believe us, it looks even better in the flesh.
In addition to its great looks, the Sony BDV-E370 is also fully loaded with the latest features which will help keep the it as the hub of your home entertainment system for years to come. The biggest talking point with the system is its ability to playback the new Blu-ray 3D movies, which will certainly be useful when they start to become more widely available. The other main headline with the BDVE370 is its wireless capabilities, but like the Sony BDP-S370 Blu-ray player, you’ll have to buy a separate USB Wireless dongle to take advantage. If you do though, the DNLA Ready device will be able to stream music, videos and photographs from your PC, and with ‘Gracenote’ technology built in, you’ll be able to browse and search your entertainment and see the album covers as well as full track and album information. Both these features will be available via a software update which you can download directly, or copy to the device using the built in USB ports.
Whilst we’re on the subject of connections, it is also quite pleasing to note that the Sony BDV-E370 is fairly well catered for with USB on the front and rear as well as HDMI and Component video out and optical inputs which will suit most needs.
The Sony BDV-E370 has DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD support, and the system itself should be easy to set up with the auto calibration feature ensuring that all 850W of the high definition audio is delivered in the correct balance to the right speakers to ensure you get the very best of the systems Blu-ray audio capabilities. The speakers are fairly lightweight for their size, and suprisingly less weighty than the smaller speakers of the Panasonic SC-BT230. The video side is of course well managed too with full 1080P Blu-ray playback and upscaling of standard DVDs, as well as the 3D Blu-ray support we mentioned earlier.
Other smaller features on the Sony BDV-E370 such as the portable music enhancer, RDS Tuner with 20 preset stations, BRAVIA Sync and S-AIR wireless rear speaker readiness just add to the overall value of the Sony BDVE370. And for many users, the downloadable App for your your iPhone/iPod Touch that lets you control playback will just be the icing on the cake!
You can also upgrade this to a 7.1 system with the optional Sony WAHT-SBP2 wireless speaker kit.
Things to consider…
For a system that boasts wireless capabilities, we would have liked to have seen the wireless dongle included. However, it does mean that the cost has been kept down and you can purchase later if you want to. Also if you want tallboy front speakers instead, you should consider the Sony BDV-E870, and if you want wireless rear speakers, the Sony BDV-E670W is your system.
Why you should buy the Sony BDV-E370
One of the truly great looking home cinema systems, the BDV-E370 has pretty much everything you need in a Blu-ray system, as well as some brand new features such as 3D support, that you didn’t know you did! Brilliant. Rating: /5
For more information and the full specification, visit the Sony website.