Advantages Is Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro 1 & 2, has optical & coaxial connections
Disadvantages Has no radio
When the system arrived I wasn't that sure the speakers are really tiny, but after I pluged it up to my DVD player with the Digital Coaxial surplied my breath was taken away.The small satellite speakers are pure little power blasters, there is no crackle from the speakers the sound quality is superb they pick up the slightest sound from the DVD's.
The HT-BE1 has a subwoofer built into the amp unit, it produces a rumble that will make the floor shake when watching films like 'Pearl Harbor'. Surfice to say this little unit packs out 105 watts and make your living room sound just like the cinema.The HT-BE1 comes with a built in Dolby Digital decoder this means that the two rear speakers can have seperate sounds sent to them unlike Dolby Pro which splits the sound between the two, this makes the films sound effects much more noticable as they don't just come from behind, but from behind you to the left or the right.
Is it easy to set up the sound fields?
So is the HT-BE1 easy to set up?
All the cables for the unit are colour coded for each of the speakers so you just plug in the correct colour into the correct socket.
Is The Manual Easy To Understand?
The manual is very straight forward giving you all the information you need to set up your system, there are precise diagrams on each page with simple to follow instructions for setting up via the remote or via the menu on the amp.
I can quite honestly say that I found the HT-BE1 easy to install with no hastle straight from the box, the quality is that of a £500-£700 system and for £299.99 you've got one hell of a bargin, you can probably get them cheaper direct from Sony, but not having the cash at the time I found Littlewoods were very fair on the price.For those with a technical mind here are the specs:
Front 15w + 15w
Rear 15w + 15w
Speaker system Closed box
Speaker unit 50mm dia cone
Impedane 6 ohms
Dimensions 61 x 82 x65.5mm
As I mainly watch films on DVD I haven't had much of a use for the Dolby Pro Logic II setting, but the other day whilst watching 'Star Wars: A New Hope' on video, I swithed the amps setting to Dolby Pro Logic II.
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