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Sony DAV-DZ720 DAV Home Theatre System review: Sony DAV-DZ720 DAV Home Theatre

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The Good HDMI output. Very loud. Reasonable price.

The Bad Poor bass response. Automatic calibration isn't always optimal. Too much cable.

The Bottom Line A powerful 5.1 home theatre package that follows Sony's trademark of style with performance but also includes handy features like a HDMI output and automatic calibration.

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8.1 Overall

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The DAV-DZ720 is a mid-level home theatre package from Sony's DAV Dream System range, which matches stylish design with decent functionality. Sony's new product comes with a 5.1 set of speakers, a DVD player with digital amplifier and even a HDMI connection.

For its DAV range, Sony has chosen a simple silver and black theme. The S-Master amplifier design allows for a very compact unit despite the 1000W RMS power output. Minimal heat is generated thanks to the power saving feature during idle moments, which also ensures that the unit remains energy efficient.

The DAV-DZ720's single disc loading tray, which is situated towards the left, is slow to start up with disc load times taking more than 10 seconds. The four free standing satellite speakers resemble black cricket bats and are marked only by a small Sony logo sitting at the top. The speakers themselves are mounted on thin silver poles with a flat circular base and stand 1200mm in height. The medium sized subwoofer measures 240mm by 374mm by 390mm and features a central black cover with silver sides. Its long design is obtrusive and takes up too much valuable floor space.

Thankfully, the quality of the construction and solid feel of the entire package was impressive. Build quality of Sony products have deteriorated considerably in recent years and were pleased to see a return to form the electronics maker.

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