Sony DAV-S300 Mini Systems

3.52/5 (58 Reviews) MSRP : $600.00


Product Description

Complete mini theater system DVD player / surround receiver, 5.1 speakers. DD/DTS capability


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by abensour a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I was pleased with the product. I bought it to try DVD and Dolby digital a couple years ago, then to move it to the bedroom or in the office.
Today I have the infamous c:13:00 / No disk problem that plagued too many sony DVD player. I will not recommand to buy a DVD by Sony.
I'm still waiting for an answer from Sony.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chrisjaney a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2002

Bottom Line:   
It was great until the sound stopped working - I have no output to the speakers all of a sudden after 1.5 years of casual use. Now all I can do is plug headphones in when I want to watch a movie. I don't know enough to diagnose it as a blown amplifier, shorted circuit or what - I just know there isn't any output to the speakers.

I'm pretty mad, and probabaly won't purchase much from sony for awhile.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Sony Store (Michigan



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by aht a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
this system is adequate for playing dvds in a smaller room, where separate components and larger speakers are unwanted. for music, though, it is simply unacceptable. the speakers sound very thin, and the subwoofer is boomy. in addition, the dialogue on some movies is hard to hear. some movies attenuate the center channel, so that effects are more prominent, but i've never been annoyed by it on my main system, so the s300 may do some other signal processing that is making it worse. on the plus size, the dvd picture is very decent, esp if you use the s-video, and the component is small and not bad-looking. i just wish i'd waited until the newer models, which i'm told fixed many of these problems, and also play cdr, etc.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $500.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keenan Wong a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This review is actually for the new 2001 5 disc changer model DAV-C700. For those of you who's been complaining about the sound quality of the DAVS300, this is a major improvement when playing CD or listening to the radio. The 5 disc changer model has a total power of 350 watts, up from 180 watts in the DAVS300. The design of the DAV-C700 also looks better, and it can also play CDR/CDRW discs as well. This model can play multi-channel Super Audio CD (SACD) as well, but at this stage I don't think anyone care due to limited selection.

The remote control has been redesigned as well. Instead of the flip up remote, all buttons are now on top. However, this change makes the buttons so small that makes it sometimes hard to use. Labels for the buttons are also too small to read.

I have sold my DAVS300 and purchased this one, and I'm really glad of the upgrade. I think other people who owns the DAVS300 or planning to buy one should look at this model or the single disc model DAV-S500 and compare the sound quality.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   Employee purchase



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mihai Scortea a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is a convenience DVD kit. It does everything fine and does nothing wrong. It is meant to be an independent unit that is why there are only a few outputs for upgrading. The unit is quite easy to use and the DVD picture it provides is crisp-clear up to the point of being warm, without any trace of being digitalized. The sound is adequate; the amplifier does a fine job in separating the channels. This is a true Dolby Digital machine and no surrogate! The power and somewhat lack of mid-range frequencies are its only weaknesses. Don't get me wrong the speakers go loud enough to provoke complaints from other rooms. I only wish the bass were a bit more controlled, less inertia and boom. Overall this is a sleek system. If you want to get it louder, get an active sub.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   local shop




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