i've recently bought the DX1 HCP and teamed it up with a Sony STR DH820 and have been totally impressed. I'm quite a novice when it comes to all the technical jargon with the ohms impedience and cross wiring etc. but from a professional performing musicians point of view I really can't fault the system's performance. I've been into hi-fi shops over a number of years dreaming of purchasing some descent equipment and heard all the top name brands combined with different av amplifiers and it may be down to the acoustics of the room, or that i'm listening out for the wrong things, but I find the my system delivers such a clear sound and appropriate balance through all the media I have played. I bought the system for the main purpose of watching films. I'm so impressed with the system's ability to fill the room with lifelike and dynamic effects from soundtracks, even convincing the family dog that whatever was played was actually in the room (luckily he does'nt get the terminator thing!). However, I was soon to be totally stunned and even more impressed by the performances it gave of my classical music collection-even through my ipod, which in close examination, seems to sound quite dry and shallow in sound played on other systems. Out of curiosity I played some contemporary chart stuff and once again- totally impressed with the clarity and repoduction. To name but a few tracks:- check out the start of Delius's Brigg Fair, sounding so warm and sonourous (the first music I played to test the systems ability to bring perform a thinly orchestrated idiosyncratic passage, so often heard without depth in other systems. Luke and Leias theme in star wars- an ideal opportunity to hear the individaul timbres and qualitys of each instrument within each section of the orchestra, and a climax with full tutti and strings singing one of the great cinematic tunes.
I hope this is of some help to those who, like myself, are not up to scratch on all the technical knowhow, but just want a system which sings the music and impresses the listener with dynamic audio sounds in films.
I purchased this product for SACD playback....to find there are no analogue multi channel inputs ! Although the sound is impressive, i feel i've wasted my money ! ( and if returned now, three months down the line, i would be charged a restocking fee )
Why do Sony produce the latest products, ( Blu Ray players as well ) with no multi channel connections ! ?
Pro: Does what it says on the tin, Control for HDMI works really well, haven't needed TV/BD remotes since using the 820, £240 brand new
Con: The GUI settings mode doesn't have the same Sony XBar experience as other kit, feels more like a Commodore 64 interface
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