Manufacturer: Sony Part number: BDV-E770W
- Bottom Line:
- The Sony BDV-E770W is one of the best Blu-ray home theater systems we've tested, with excellent sound quality, tons of streaming-media options, 3D compatibility, and wireless rear speakers. The lack of HDMI inputs is the only big omission.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $520.11 - $546.64
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 07/28/2010
- Released on: 04/15/2010
The good: A 5.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray player; excellent sound quality for a home-theater-in-a-box system; Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Pandora, and Slacker media streaming; DLNA streaming of PC-based media; wireless rear speakers; Wi-Fi with included USB dongle; can connect iPod through USB port; 3D compatible; relatively speedy Blu-ray load times.
The bad: No HDMI inputs; required USB dongle for Wi-Fi is a hassle compared with other units; only three external devices can be connected at once.
The bottom line: The Sony BDV-E770W is one of the best Blu-ray home theater systems we've tested, with excellent sound quality, tons of streaming-media options, 3D compatibility, and wireless rear speakers. The lack of HDMI inputs is the only big omission.
Handsome compact unit: a nice array streaming options.
by brainburst on July 26, 2011
Pros: Good Streaming options.
Nice picture quality.
Decent sound up to a certain level.
Cons: Only sounds good within a certain volume range. It seems like the unit has a built in loudness tone shaping circuit which kicks in below a certain threshold. At lower volume levels the system sounds quite colored. At louder volume levels the system seems
Summary: This is no substitute for separate components. If you are starved for space, or aren't too critical about audio it is fine.
Summary: This is no substitute for separate components. If you are starved for space, or aren't too critical about audio it is fine.
Good all-around system with a few flaws
by scorpio1071 on April 18, 2011
Pros: Tons of media streaming options. Great for streaming music, movies, and photos from your PC to your T.V.
Cons: Some of the media streaming options are clunkers you'll never use and wish you could remove. Internet connection is fickle and easily dropped. "network error" is a phrase you'll see quite often. Can't use any other speakers with this system except those p
Summary: Not too great if your focus is music. There are better sounding options for that (choose a system with a receiver). But for the money, this is a pretty decent ...
Summary: Not too great if your focus is music. There are better sounding options for that (choose a system with a receiver). But for the money, this is a pretty decent system. Now if only I could get a stable network connection going....
Very fair price, Fair to Good sound, Dead components
by stephen553 on March 12, 2011
Pros: Price: $330 door buster vs. $2500 for true, theater-like sound. Only this and Samsung HT-6500 include bluray player & get Consumer Reports recc. Speaker auto-calibration good feature, especially for non-tech savvy customers.
Cons: Annoying, senseless to have proprietary wiring way too short; splicing= signal degradation. b/c very wide, remote signal may be blocked if in a stereo cabinet. Like others, I had dead components to exchange. Samsung reviews show the same, though.
Summary: I bought this almost a year ago, but was browsing reviews of consumer report (CR) picks again as I prepare to give my parents advice. At the time I purchased, ...
Summary: I bought this almost a year ago, but was browsing reviews of consumer report (CR) picks again as I prepare to give my parents advice. At the time I purchased, two different tech-savvy friends were helping a mutual friend research and purchase a truly exceptional system. This system indeed blows you away and feels like a movie-theater experience. However, it also cost near $2500 with the separate component speakers, bluray player, receiver/amp, high quality wiring and in-wall speaker install. They were cost-conscious and could not have gone much cheaper to get this quality level. I simply wasn't prepared to spend anywhere near this amount, even if the system then lasted 10-15 years.
I got a door-buster price of $330 a year ago, and $340-380 now seems like the regular price both for this system and competitor Samsung HT-C6500/C6600/C6900. These are the only two options CR recommends if you want a bluray player included. At the time, I believe the Samsung models were significantly more than this Sony model. This system gives about what I would expect for the price, though mine is connected to front L-R Infinity speakers, then the included speakers for center channel and rear L-R. It is not like a movie theater in your home, with sound that blows you away. It adds good bass for special effects, and generally is a good improvement over my prior connection to the L-R 2.1 Infinity speakers alone.
Exceptional HD video quality from HD satellite and Bluray (but this was true of ANY home theater system CR reviewed). Speaker auto-calibration was easy to do and helpful-- an especially good feature for non-tech savvy customers. This will automatically detect the distance to each speaker from your typical seat and then set each speaker's appropriate relative volume. However, we later boosted the rear speakers to max +6 db level because even at this max level sound coming from the rear is faint and rare.
It is extremely annoying and senseless that Sony made proprietary wiring plugs (making this the only connection option on one end) and then only includes the cable in lengths that are way too short. Even IN a small dorm-sized room, the rear speakers probably will not reach even if running directly under the carpet, rather than snaking around the walls. Even side and center speaker wires may not reach without splicing if either the room is slightly wide, or if the receiver is in a stereo cabinet adjacent to the TV rather than directly underneath. I wonder if audiophiles with better hearing than mine may even notice some signal degradation from having to splice some or all the speaker wires to make them long enough.
Remote compatibility is an annoyance, but I've found this true whenever mixing brands between your satellite, TV and DVD player. Using our Dish Network remote as our universal remote, only the power button and volume can be controlled on the player-- it cannot even control the pause or play buttons. Housed in a stereo cabinet, the unit is so wide that the cabinet door blocks the remote's signal unless you stand right in front of it and point it at the correct corner. So, housing it in something with an open front would be smarter if possible.
Overall the price was very fair for what you get, considering the Bluray is included. I likely would be slightly disappointed for the price if it did NOT include the Bluray. I rate overall sound fair to good-- not great-- and this again includes connecting to better front L-R speakers than what is included. Like the CR review, I find the center speaker for dialog a little nasal, but at this price point any system will have minor imperfections in sound and choosing which one you notice least may come down to personal preference. I would try to compare in the store with the Samsung (or with other CR recommended models if you don't need a Bluray player included).
Like several other customers, I had components dead upon arrival. In my case it was both the iPod dock and the receiver itself (which would not come out of mute after apparently shorting out in the first plug in). Return process was easy through the store and did not require returning all the functioning speakers, b/c they had another system in stock they could send back to Sony (now with my defective parts). Otherwise I would have been extremely angry to have spent so much time setting up the speakers and splicing additional wires only to have to undo all this work for the return. It still meant a lengthy trip to get to the store, a long wait in the return line, and a long wait on the receiving dock. Sadly, reviews of other brands make this seem almost normal now to have defective parts, or at least at this price point? This dead-on-arrival problem takes the rating down from 31/2 to 4 stars (considering the price) to a flat 3 stars.
Very Good Product
by mailman37645 on February 21, 2011
Pros: I really liked the easy setup and of course the wireless rear speaker system. The sound quality is quite good and using the "setup surround sound" plug in adjusts the surround sound to near perfect. I use Nexflix and am very happy with the stream.
Cons: Setting up Netflix, Youtube, Pandora requires that you go to each website and then enter a code to the Sony player to activate each service. I failed to see that in the manual (if it was there).
Summary: Have always liked Sony products. A word of advice to other users: you do need a fast internet connection so the updates and streaming will complete without problems. I currently ...
Summary: Have always liked Sony products. A word of advice to other users: you do need a fast internet connection so the updates and streaming will complete without problems. I currently have 16MB service and the updates go pretty fast and have had no problems. I use the wireless setup and the signal goes through two walls with no problem and receive 78-80 percent signal. I tried the audio CD function today and for some reason the "stop" button on the remote would not stop the play?? Had to just eject the disk. All the other functions of the remote worked. Will call Sony about this. Overall it is a very good product and does have an HDMI output along with USB. I had done several updates with no problems. When you begin the setup near the end you will have to do several updates which will take about 30 minutes at 16MB. It also has 3D capability which will help when we upgrade to a 3D TV. I have had the Sony for 3 months with zero problems except the small remote stop button. I do wish the front speakers had stands.
Best Blue Ray Home Theater Package
by skyreview on January 22, 2011
Pros: Fast Blue Ray, Excellent upscaling of regular DVD's (1080/60P), Great sound for a package, wireless rear speakers, Included Wifi, DLNA and HDMI 1.4, Reduces clutter in living room.
Cons: Very little so far, Remote could be better, it is not programmable. System could be a little faster when switching inputs (minor inconvenience though)
Summary: Switching from separate component systems and speakers to a home theater system was a difficult decision for me as I have been an audiophile and videophile for as long as ...
Summary: Switching from separate component systems and speakers to a home theater system was a difficult decision for me as I have been an audiophile and videophile for as long as I remember. However, the home I am in now has all hardwood floors and I wanted a system for my living room that had good form factor, reduced clutter, and sounded and looked good. I researched all the options in the market with a budget of $1,000 for a quality home theater package. This was by far the best one out there. For anyone looking for a quality sound and video package that is also clutter free and has the latest technology, this is it. A lot of the prior reviews are shallow in that they don't explain the technology on this unit well. This unit features the latest HDMI, which allows yousound to return to the unit from the TV. As a result, it does not need to have several HDMI inputs that people are complaining about. The same HDMI cable used to send sound and video from the Bray player, receives any sound from any unit that is connected to the TV. So if you have a PS#, XBOX, etc connected to the TV, you will be able to play that sound thru the surround system. Picture quality from regular DVD and Blueray blew me away. Sound quality is very good for a package system, the wireless rear speakers are awesome - no more running wires to the back. Best of all, I do not have the 4 or so component systems cluttering up my entertainment center anymore. I would recommend this system without hesitation to anybody that is looking for an excellent home theater package for their living room/family room. Only reason to go the component route would be if you are building a real home theater in a large basement and want multiple subwoofers and real 7.2 or 9.2 sound.
So far so good. Sometimes my homeburned DVDs freeze up.
by RiverDr on January 4, 2011
Pros: Image and sound quality are excellent. Internet connectivity is also a plus.
Cons: The USB wireless dongle that's included is useless. I'm using a wired connection to an Airport Express Base Station to access online features.
Summary: The biggest issue so far is the above-mentioned freezing up of my own burned DVDs in the Blu-Ray player. Hopefully the firmware upgrade will have solved that. I was extremely ...
Summary: The biggest issue so far is the above-mentioned freezing up of my own burned DVDs in the Blu-Ray player. Hopefully the firmware upgrade will have solved that. I was extremely leery after reading other reviews that said the firmware upgrade bricked the unit. After some additional online research, I found someone who said not to upgrade via the online connection, but to download it from the Sony site, which can be found at this link: http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=BDVE770W
After burning the CD-R (not DVD, as the instructions state), the upgrade process froze at step 3 for a couple of hours. Alarmed, I called Sony's Tech Support line, and was told to unplug the unit. After plugging it back in, voila! Firmware upgrade installed.
HDMI is on this System
by computeu on January 4, 2011
Pros: overall an excellent system
Cons: transceivers fail repeatedly when system warms up and eliminate rear speaker and thus surround sound
Summary: good price and good system once you get past the transceiver issue which Sony still deniesI don't know the clutz that reviewed this ...
Updated on Jan 4, 2011
Summary: good price and good system once you get past the transceiver issue which Sony still deniesI don't know the clutz that reviewed this system but there is an HDMI connection available for the system and an optical sound port which, if you are seriously into your sound you will use anyway.
Updated on Jan 4, 2011
Good, but could be better.
by rsmaudsley on December 26, 2010
Pros: Easy setup with the instructions and color coded connections. Play iPod or other external music and video via USB ports.
Cons: Lack of other video inputs, HDMI or otherwise. Lack of a headset plug. Remote control is VERY LIMITED in the brands of TV's you can use it with. Many internet "channels" you can watch cost extra.
Summary: Yes, I get it I can plug my other devices directly in to the TV, but this causes excess cables running behind my TV instead of inside the cabinet with ...
Summary: Yes, I get it I can plug my other devices directly in to the TV, but this causes excess cables running behind my TV instead of inside the cabinet with the other equipment. The system I replaced, also a Sony didn't have HDMI, but it had many additional audio and video inputs. I've only got two things, a CATV/DVR and a Game system. I have to run the video from the game system to the TV, but the audio can go into the Sony receiver.
The lack of a headset input really boggles the mind. I like to watch TV and movies after the wife goes to be. But there is no way for me to use a headset. Since none of the sound actually goes to the TV, I can't even use the TV's extra audio out ports.
I also don't understand why the number of brands of TV's the remote control can be used with. And it isn't like I have an obscure TV brand, I have a Philips.
I do like the fact that it will play internet media, but the fees of $8 to $20 a month (PER CHANNEL) depending and the level of account you get is ridiculous. Hulu, for example can be free or $8 for the Plus account. The TV only offers the Plus viewing, therefore making the Hulu channel pointless to me.
Yes, it plays Blu-Ray disc great, the sound is great and setup was a breeze, but the above limitations make it kind of a poor system
Help! Wrong set up or lemon?
by smujwud on October 6, 2010
Pros: Sounds great
When it works
Cons: Function keeps switching automatically
Summary: I am new to setting up a sound system and am having a continuous problem when I'm watching TV. It sounds great and it's set to the Audio ...
Summary: I am new to setting up a sound system and am having a continuous problem when I'm watching TV. It sounds great and it's set to the Audio function, however, it randomly changes ITSELF to other functions, causing me to have to switch it manually back to Audio. This started happening as often as every 2 minutes. Is it auto-detecting something incorrectly or do I have a lemon? Please advise!
I rated it perfectly average and will change it up or down if I can fix it or not.
Top notch! Packed with every feature you can think of!
by RalphPaul51 on September 23, 2010
Pros: GREAT surround sound! Blu-ray, DVD, CD player, FM radio receiver, streaming media (Netflix, Pandora, & more), 3D capable, USB port for iPad or flash drive, wireless Internet, wireless rear speakers. Easy setup. Smart looking shiny black components.
Cons: Poor tech support. They were unable to troubleshoot and fix a setup problem. I had to figure it out myself. No HDMI inputs if you have extra components to connect.
Summary: This system has it all! Great Dolby 5.1 surround sound and high quality music from CDs, iPod, flash drive and FM radio tuner. Wireless Internet connection allows connection to ...
Summary: This system has it all! Great Dolby 5.1 surround sound and high quality music from CDs, iPod, flash drive and FM radio tuner. Wireless Internet connection allows connection to home network without Ethernet. Wireless rear speakers allow setup without snaking wires from front unit to back of the room. Internet firmware update (required for Blu-ray) is a snap. Watch movies via Netflix. Listen to your favorite music on Pandora Radio. View videos on YouTube. Streaming media capabilities constantly added with firmware updates.
Despite some setup issues and poor tech support, I heartily recommend this product. It is top notch!
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: BDV-E770W
- Description: Experience Full HD 1080p and powerful 5.1channel HD surround sound featuring wireless rear speakers with the Sony BDV-E770W 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System. This great system minimizes movie wait times so you can begin watching faster than ever. Wirelessly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos and music from: Netflix, Amazon on Demand, Pandora, Slacker, YouTube and more, plus wirelessly access music, videos and photos stored on compatible DLNA devices (like a PC) over your home network.
- Product Type Home theater system
- Dimensions (WxDxH) & Weight Speaker system : Satellite speaker : 3 in x 2.8 in x 8.9 in / 15.9 oz,
Speaker system : Center channel speaker : 11.6 in x 1.9 in x 1.9 in / 9.9 oz,
Speaker system : Subwoofer : 10.8 in x 10.8 in x 15.9 in / 16.5 lbs,
16.9 in x 13.2 in x 3.3 in / 10.4 lbs,
8.1 in x 10.1 in x 2.4 in / 2.9 lbs
- Components Speaker system,
Blu-ray disc player / AV receiver
- Surround System Class 5.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 167 Watt - 3 Ohm - THD 10 % - 5 channel(s) ( Surround ),
165 Watt - 3 Ohm - At 80 Hz - THD 10 % - 1 channel(s) ( Subwoofer )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic II,
- Surround Sound Effects Surround sound
- Sound Effects D-Bass
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- Output Power (Total) 1000 Watt
- Additional Features iPod ready,
Compressed music enhancer,
Auto sound calibration
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet)
- Internet Streaming Services Slacker Personal Radio ,
BRAVIA Internet Video,
- DLNA Yes
- USB features USB flash drive playback,
JPEG photo playback
- USB audio standards LPCM,
- Speaker(s) 2 x Right/left channel speaker - External - 3 Ohm - Wired,
1 x Center channel speaker - External - 3 Ohm - Wired,
1 x Subwoofer - External - 3 Ohm - Wired,
2 x Right/left rear channel speaker - External - 3 Ohm - Wireless
- Driver Details Subwoofer : 1 x Subwoofer driver - 180 mm,
Right/left channel speaker : 1 x Full-range driver,
Center channel speaker : 1 x Full-range driver,
Right/left rear channel speaker : 1 x Full-range driver
DVD / Blu-ray
- DVD/Blu-ray type Blu-ray player
- BD Profiles Profile 1.1 (Bonus View),
Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
- Media Format DVD-R DL ( NTSC ),
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-1,
- Output Resolution 480p,
- Additional Features Progressive scanning,
JPEG photo playback,
3D movie playback,
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - FM - Digital
- Tuner Frequency Range FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
- Preset Station Qty 20
- FM Preset Station Qty 20
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1xComponent video output-Rear,
1xComposite video output-Rear,
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- DVD/Bul-ray upscaling Yes
- Display dimmer Yes
- Type of remote control Universal remote control - Infrared
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] FM antenna,
Wireless receiver / amplifier,
Auto calibration microphone,
USB wireless network adapter
- Cables Included 1 day(s),
- Built-in clock Sleep timer
- Timer Sleep
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power AC 120 V
- Power Consumption Operational 130 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.3 Watt
- EPA Energy Star Compliant Yes