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sony dav-fx500 vs panasonic sc-ht940

by angel1891 / January 29, 2007 10:10 PM PST

hi, my family room is 14 x 12. i want a home theater audio.
my budget is $400-$600 for this price who is better model sony dav-fx500 or panasonic sc-ht940 please help me.

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Sony DAV FX-500
by shawnFmiller / February 6, 2007 2:24 PM PST

I won't lie:

It is AWESOME!!!!

Go to the store and check it out with your own DVD. I did.

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Here is what I see, . . . and hear.
by miatapete / February 6, 2007 10:38 PM PST

I have the sc-ht940 and it has plenty of power with 1200w to fill the room size you list and even larger. One thing it apparently does not have is hd upscaling for DVD's. How important is this? Once we all get used to HDTV quality after Feb 09 the picture quality playing DVD's may be apparent? I don't think you would notice right now.

The 1000w dav-fx500 has the upscaling and also has an auto set up that adjusts the speakers. The 940 has manual adjustments for a delay if you cannot place speakers where they should be and manual individual volume adjustments.

I saw mention that the speaker wires are thin on fx500 as well as the 940. But also stated was the fx500 speaker wires were proprietary? Not sure what that means? Wires are wires it seems to me but maybe not. I replaced the wires that came with the 940.

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go with the sony
by masterying01 / February 7, 2007 2:11 PM PST

the watt is max and not rms so it doesnt mean much.

both of them ARE upconvert dvd players so that is not a difference.

the ONLY reason i recommend the sony is because it has TWO digital audio inputs which means you can get true surround sound from other sources (cable box, video game system, etc). the panasonic has ZERO. you will get annoyed by that in the future. i get customers all the time complaining to me about it.

sound wise, i personally think the davfx500 is more clear. the panasonic can get loud with a lot of bass...but its not a clear clean sound.

the only downside about the sony would be the proprietary speaker wire connection as talked about before. a little solder will solve that problem.

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