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Sony HT-DDW840
8 Reviews
rating  4.25 of 5
MSRP  349.95
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by utahraptor a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased. I spent my entire tax return on this which is not much since I am a college student. The system works very well paired to my xbox via a optical cable. S-Video switching would be nice as well as a few more inputs as I have many video gaming systems. I love the blue light that comes on during multi channel decoding. I would say that the light is a key feature. The bass is very ample and more than I can enjoy due to my abode being an apartment so I am often forced to turn it down. But the sub does have a volume control which is nice. In a perfect world the surround speakers would have a wireless connection. I can dream can't I ;P

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Price Paid:    $349.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ariel a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Well I have for a long time felt the need to indulge myself in a 5.1 home theater system but could never make up my mind as to what to get. One day I finally decided this system over the Kenwood HT-205 because the Sony HT-DDW840 came with a better subwoofer and because of the countless posive reviews the Sony system received. When it came I proceded with installing it, which was rather easy. The one problem that I did have though was with the controller. Although I consider myself to be technologically knowledgeable, I could not get the darn controller to control my other electronic equiptment or the receiver which it came in. After finally figuring out what I needed to do and resetting the receiver, I tweaked the settings and popped in a movie. The sound coming from the small satellites is great and the subwoofer is just awesome, it made my whole room shake. The one letdown that I have is when music suchs as CDs or radio stations are played on this system. The subwoofer doesn't seem to hit as hard as it does in movies. The sound is still nice though, but I'm a bass fanatic so this is a minor quirk of sorts. Overall, if you're in the market for a moderately priced home theater system and aren't a die hard audiophile you should look into buying this system, you will definetely feel like you're getting more than what you paid for.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $309.00

Purchased At:   Etronics.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tenD a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Best sound "home theater in a box" I've heard for the price. Very nice bottom sound in surround (DVD's sound incredible). The little speakers are awesome for surround sound movies but if you want to get a more full sound (more midrange tones) but for listening to music, audiophiles will want to upgrade their front pair to a bigger more full speaker set (I got a pair of Infinity bookshelf speakers). It comes with all of the speaker wire and digital coax needed but audiophiles might want to get quality monster cable for this setup.

Oh, and by the way:
A reply to a previous review ...I had a issue with "proctection-mode" kicking in alot too until I figure (after reading those warnings in the manual about 100 times) that it was my speaker wires touching each other or metal. if you cut the wire ends to the shortest possible and stick them flush in the speaker connections you shouldn't have a problem anymore (work for me anyway). apparently the protection mode is preventing a short circuit from happening. hope this helps...

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $379.00

Purchased At:   Circuitcity



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dcumba a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is my third Home Theatre System - first was a cheap RCA system, next was my Kenwood (which I was very pleased with and had for years) and now this one...I was looking to buy a new system and was comparing quite a few...I looked at the Kenwood, Panasonic, Magnavox and I even considered going way out of my budget for the Bose...
...and then I went over to my friends house and heard his Sony! I could not believe the sound that was coming from that system...it was UNBELIEVABLE!! I walked into that living room and it truly felt as if I was in an actual Movie Theatre - INCREDIBLE!!
The Sound is Crystal Clear (so much sound from such small speakers - reminds me of the Bose) and the Bass was BOOMIN - SHOOK THE FREAKIN HOUSE - I LITERALLY SAW THE PICTURE FRAMES BOUNCIN OFF THE WALLS!!...and that was in 5.1 - then he turned on the DTS and I was completely blown away!!
A few days later, it turns out that he fell in love with a portable DVD Player that I had just bought for $275 and he had two of the same identical systems - one in his LR and one in his Basement - and he offered me an even trade - Needless to say - I TOOK HIM UP ON THAT OFFER!!
Brought it home, hooked it up and am completely in love with this system - this system is by far the best value for the money...and even beats those out that are even more expensive!
But there is something else that I would like to add: I have quite a few DVDs but I have many more VCDs - and the sound that comes off of a VCD is not Dolby Digital or DTS - it reads like a VHS - but when I played my VCDs on this system I was very impressed with the Dolby Pro Logic II!! I had never heard it before but it sounded very close to the Dolby Digital 5.1 because it will play it on all 5 speakers and the sub!! Very, Very Nice!! Get this one and you will not be disappointed!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Traded friend for Po



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CRZ a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Best bang for your bucks. I've had this system for 6 months and I'm extremely happy with it. The sound is crystal clear and thumping. Crank this baby up and enjoy. The bass is awesome when playing DVD's. My only compliant is the lacking bass when using normal sound mode. Also, I surround sound speakers are not accessible when listening to 2-channel mode. It's a shame since the bass is truly remarkable using the center and front speakers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy




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