Sony HT-6800DP Home Theater System

DVD Player, A/V Receiver, 5.1 Speakers - 5 Discs - Progressive Scan - 840W RMS - Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Dolby Pro Logic II - MPN: HT6800DP
Product Details
Description
The HT-6800DP brings home the power and features you need for a great home theater experience. This 840 Watt Home Theater System features 5 satellite speakers, a wood finish center speaker, and a 120 Watt Subwoofer. It includes a 5 Disc DVD changer and a tuner with 20 FM and 10 AM presets. Whatever the sound format, the HT-6800DP likely can handle it, with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, dts ES, dts, and Dolby Pro-Logic II Decoding built in. Includes 2 optical digital inputs and 2 component inputs, Custom Parental Control, Instant Replay, and SmoothScan and SmoothSlow modes.
Quick Glance
Sound Supported Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Dolby Pro Logic II
Interface Connection Component Video Yes
Product Type Home Theater System
Speaker Channels 5.1
Included Components DVD Player
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member leppa9 - Jan 17, 2005   

Strengths: 6.1 sound, 5-dvd changer, receiver included, extra component video input, optical&coax digital audio inputs, prese nce tweaks*, multi-chan in, supports most decoding formats and discs

Weakness: no S-video inputs, included speaker wire is somewhat flimsy, ac cords fixed to devices, device swap may not be jus t 1 button press, many many options to fool with creates a learning curve

The system is really good if you can find it under $500 (also if you buy a ~new Sony TV you can get another $100 off the pair). One of the big pluses for this system is that it includes a receiver in the package -- searching online audio forums you can see that most people favor this over the Sony Dream Systems (e.g. DAV-FR1) because the receiver allows you more options and future upgradeability. There are no S-video inputs (only composite and component) but let's face it if you are going to buy this then you should look towards component hookups (Monster or even the cheapie GE one will do). My box only included a YWR-composite cable and a digital coax cord (I think it was missing another composite video cable) but regardless you should expect to BUY at least a few more cables in order to hook everything up properly. The receiver also has an extra Video2 component hookup but things can get somewhat screwy if you are already running the TV audioOUT to these speakers (checkout the PDF manual on the Sony website if you are curious about this or if it will work with your desired setup). The 5-disc DVD player is okay and it LOADS pretty fast. However, although there are features to randomize or skip around the disc(s) SWAPPING between discs can be longer than one might like. So far I haven't had a problem reading CDs, DVD+/-R, DVD-RWs so I'm happy. The DVD player actually comes in its own separate box with manual and remote -- but the receiver remote can already control the DVD player with all the features -- so just pack the DVD player's remote away. Note: the DVD player has some additional palette features, aspect, an audio choice settings so make sure to at least go through the quick setup (the digital coax able is included by digital is turned off by default I think). The speaker wire included in the box are 3 20" wires and 3 10" wires and are pretty thin and not well insulated work well enough (I have no idea how much better you culd do with "better" speaker wire). Another thing the receiver does not have is a (manual) equalizer and also does not have independent treble and bass settings for each speaker, but lets face it this is a decent priced home-theatre-in-a-box so you can't have everything. One nice thing about the receiver is that you can specify the distance and altitude of each speaker as well as change dB increments if some speakers are farther away or asymmetric -- one quirk though is that the dB increments for FrontL and FrontR speakers is actually their balance and they cannot be sync'd up together resulting in the Surround Back speakers drowning them out if things are not setup correctly. There is a somewhat helpful TestTone feature that aids in setting up the levels and positioning but professional DVD tools or even a fav movie is probably a better calibrator. As for wattage output ... I don't know, I mean I have the volume set usually around 30-40 which supposedly is low (I can't recall what the max is) but its plenty loud. This leads up one of the key points of this system: there are tons of options, random little settings, and various decoding formats that things can get complicated fast or you'll wonder why things aren't sounding better and its because you forgot to turn on more speakers, you choose a format the shuts off usable speakers, or changed the AFD mode to/off Auto. The manual is helpful and in combination with the manual for the DVD player novices can quickly get up to speed (I'm not saying you have to read them cover to cover but it actually helps and probably makes you more informed when somebody mentions/asks about Dolby Digital/Dolby Surround/etc.). Of course a casual manual skim shows that there are many AUTO settings so there is some fool-proofing (e.g. the "movie studio" sound settings don't ever really seem to be bad). So yes its a home-theatre-in-a-box and you could get better sound by paying more for each specific individual component, BUT its pretty dang good for what you pay and you can always swap in or out new components when you want to. Like any kind of 'larger' electronics make sure you go visit a store first and play with all the options to find out if its really for you -- THEN go get it cheaper online or convince the store to pricematch the online deals**! (one final note: some rebates REQUIRE that you buy from authorized Sony resellers -- some online sites AREN'T but advertise the rebates anyway). **It goes without saying but, store pricematching can be done and its worth the hassle because if something goes wrong you don't have to deal with shipping problems and fees.

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Product Details
Description
The HT-6800DP brings home the power and features you need for a great home theater experience. This 840 Watt Home Theater System features 5 satellite speakers, a wood finish center speaker, and a 120 Watt Subwoofer. It includes a 5 Disc DVD changer and a tuner with 20 FM and 10 AM presets. Whatever the sound format, the HT-6800DP likely can handle it, with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, dts ES, dts, and Dolby Pro-Logic II Decoding built in. Includes 2 optical digital inputs and 2 component inputs, Custom Parental Control, Instant Replay, and SmoothScan and SmoothSlow modes.
Quick Glance
Sound Supported Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Dolby Pro Logic II
Interface Connection Component Video Yes
Product Type Home Theater System
Speaker Channels 5.1
Included Components DVD Player
Summary
Product Title Sony HT-6800DP Home Theater System
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.0 | 1 Review
Amplification
Power Output: 840 W (RMS)
Watts per Channel: 120 W/channel
Included Devices
Number of Discs Supported: 5
Compatibility
Audio Codecs Supported: CD-DA, MP3
Video Format: DVD Video
System Features
Audio DAC: 24 Bit
Audio Features: Headphone Jack
Video DAC: 12 Bit
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1-channel, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS Digital Surround
Number of Station Presets: 30
Media Format Support: DVD Video, CD-DA, MP3
Output: Component Video, Composite (RCA), S-Video, RCA, Digital Optical
Number of DVDs Supported: 5
Overall Max Frequency Response: 20 kHz
Other Media Supported: DVD-RW - Play, DVD+R - Play, CD-RW - Play
Number of CDs Supported: 5
Remote Control: Basic Remote, Universal Remote
Virtual Surround Sound Technology: Dolby Pro Logic II
DVD Features: Dolby Digital Output, DTS Output, Progressive Scan
Tuner Display: Digital
Overall Min Frequency Response: 28 Hz
Included Speakers: Yes
Speaker Configuration: Six Speakers and Sub-Woofer (6.1)
CD Features: CD Text Display
Total Number of Speakers (Includes Subwoofer): 7
Video Output: Component Video, Composite (RCA), S-Video
Audio Output: Digital Optical, RCA
User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member leppa9 - Jan 17, 2005   

Strengths: 6.1 sound, 5-dvd changer, receiver included, extra component video input, optical&coax digital audio inputs, prese nce tweaks*, multi-chan in, supports most decoding formats and discs

Weakness: no S-video inputs, included speaker wire is somewhat flimsy, ac cords fixed to devices, device swap may not be jus t 1 button press, many many options to fool with creates a learning curve

The system is really good if you can find it under $500 (also if you buy a ~new Sony TV you can get another $100 off the pair). One of the big pluses for this system is that it includes a receiver in the package -- searching online audio forums you can see that most people favor this over the Sony Dream Systems (e.g. DAV-FR1) because the receiver allows you more options and future upgradeability. There are no S-video inputs (only composite and component) but let's face it if you are going to buy this then you should look towards component hookups (Monster or even the cheapie GE one will do). My box only included a YWR-composite cable and a digital coax cord (I think it was missing another composite video cable) but regardless you should expect to BUY at least a few more cables in order to hook everything up properly. The receiver also has an extra Video2 component hookup but things can get somewhat screwy if you are already running the TV audioOUT to these speakers (checkout the PDF manual on the Sony website if you are curious about this or if it will work with your desired setup). The 5-disc DVD player is okay and it LOADS pretty fast. However, although there are features to randomize or skip around the disc(s) SWAPPING between discs can be longer than one might like. So far I haven't had a problem reading CDs, DVD+/-R, DVD-RWs so I'm happy. The DVD player actually comes in its own separate box with manual and remote -- but the receiver remote can already control the DVD player with all the features -- so just pack the DVD player's remote away. Note: the DVD player has some additional palette features, aspect, an audio choice settings so make sure to at least go through the quick setup (the digital coax able is included by digital is turned off by default I think). The speaker wire included in the box are 3 20" wires and 3 10" wires and are pretty thin and not well insulated work well enough (I have no idea how much better you culd do with "better" speaker wire). Another thing the receiver does not have is a (manual) equalizer and also does not have independent treble and bass settings for each speaker, but lets face it this is a decent priced home-theatre-in-a-box so you can't have everything. One nice thing about the receiver is that you can specify the distance and altitude of each speaker as well as change dB increments if some speakers are farther away or asymmetric -- one quirk though is that the dB increments for FrontL and FrontR speakers is actually their balance and they cannot be sync'd up together resulting in the Surround Back speakers drowning them out if things are not setup correctly. There is a somewhat helpful TestTone feature that aids in setting up the levels and positioning but professional DVD tools or even a fav movie is probably a better calibrator. As for wattage output ... I don't know, I mean I have the volume set usually around 30-40 which supposedly is low (I can't recall what the max is) but its plenty loud. This leads up one of the key points of this system: there are tons of options, random little settings, and various decoding formats that things can get complicated fast or you'll wonder why things aren't sounding better and its because you forgot to turn on more speakers, you choose a format the shuts off usable speakers, or changed the AFD mode to/off Auto. The manual is helpful and in combination with the manual for the DVD player novices can quickly get up to speed (I'm not saying you have to read them cover to cover but it actually helps and probably makes you more informed when somebody mentions/asks about Dolby Digital/Dolby Surround/etc.). Of course a casual manual skim shows that there are many AUTO settings so there is some fool-proofing (e.g. the "movie studio" sound settings don't ever really seem to be bad). So yes its a home-theatre-in-a-box and you could get better sound by paying more for each specific individual component, BUT its pretty dang good for what you pay and you can always swap in or out new components when you want to. Like any kind of 'larger' electronics make sure you go visit a store first and play with all the options to find out if its really for you -- THEN go get it cheaper online or convince the store to pricematch the online deals**! (one final note: some rebates REQUIRE that you buy from authorized Sony resellers -- some online sites AREN'T but advertise the rebates anyway). **It goes without saying but, store pricematching can be done and its worth the hassle because if something goes wrong you don't have to deal with shipping problems and fees.

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