Watching television is the favorite past time of many folks. It does not really matter what is on the television, the entire experience can be enhanced with a home theater system. Adding the element of surround sound to any room can result in a completely immersive experience, where viewers feel like they are part of the action, and not just watching it scroll by on screen. When it comes to choosing a home theater system, overall power of the system is not necessarily the most important factor. The components and speakers need to be the right size to fit into predetermined spots, and wires will likely need to be hidden, unless a wireless system has been purchased. However, the usual culprit in deciding which home theater system to buy is usually the budget. The best home theater for under $300 that I have come across is the Sony Bravia DAVDZ170.
The Sony Bravia DAVDZ170 is a 1000 watt 5.1 Channel DVD Home Theater System available at Best Buy for $249.99. The unit features a five speaker set up (two fronts, two backs, one center) along with a powered sub woofer. The speakers provide impressive sound in just about every size of room, and the subwoofer allows for dynamic lows that can really bring a movie to life. Plus, all of the speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent picture distortion if placed right next to the television, which grants a huge advantage to anyone pressed for space. The DVD player supports a wide range of formats, which means just about any disc burned on a computer or laptop will play. The Sony Bravia DAVDZ170 is also iPod compatible, so porting your portable music library into a 1000w of pulse pounding power is as easy as ever. In addition the Bravia Sync ability allows anyone with other Sony products to eliminate remote controls, plus the digital audio calibration of this unit helps owners get maximum sound custom matched for the position of the unit.
On the downside, this is really a bare bones home theater unit for anyone not looking to upgrade anytime soon. The lack of a Blu-Ray player means high definition playback is limited to DVD quality, which is not a big deal unless a Blu-Ray upgrade is on the horizon. The single HDMI out (cable not included) allows for easy connection to the television, but with only one component out and no component in jacks the system is fairly limited to television and DVD sound, which may disappoint anyone looking to port their game system through this bad boy.
All things considered though, for the price this a great unit. It provides some great sound and picture quality, and the different surround sound settings are easy to manipulate to get the experience for which you are looking. The Sony Bravia DAVDZ170 is one of the best home theater systems available under $300.