The DAV-DZ280 is the latest DVD based home cinema system from Sony which offers an impressive set of features to help you get the most from your movies and music. Although the price is slightly more (around £20) than the Panasonic SC-PT170, the Sony has the added benefit of offering an iPod/iPhone dock so you can easily play your digital music as well.
The Sony DAV-DZ280 is a futuristic looking system with its glossy black finish and pointy front fascia, and whilst not as understated as the Panasonic SC-PT170, it is a little more subtle than the LG HT762TZ. The speakers are smart looking and pump out a very respectable 142W (RMS) so there should be plenty of power there for all but the largest rooms. The subwoofer is fairly compact but the whole system still manages to output an impressive 850W.
Connecting the speakers is a simple affair as all the inputs are clearly marked, and the video connection is HDMI so you get the full high definition benefit of the DZ280’s 1080p upscaling capabilities. Setting up the DAV-DZ280 is easy as it comes complete with the DCAC (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) system which uses the supplied calibration microphone to set up the system automatically and optimise the sound for your particular room.
There are also neat little features like being able to rip CD’s to a USB device you have inserted into the ‘Digital Media Port’, and being able to play from your Walkman phone or other MP3 device. If you have a Sony television you will also appreciate the Bravia Sync which will make it easy to control both devices with the same remote.
What to consider before you buy the Sony DAV-DZ280
The connectivity options are a little sparse on this system with neither an HDMI nor optical input. Also, if you want tall front speakers, you should consider the Sony DAV-DZ680 instead.
Why you should buy the Sony DAV-DZ280 Home Cinema System
If you like to listen to music from your iPod and other MP3 devices, this system offers the flexibility you’ve been looking for, as well as good looks and great value. Rating: /5
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There is a newer version of this home cinema system available: Sony DAV-DZ330