The design of the speakers is amazing, with the sub looking so good its now on display, and the satellites look very inconspicuous, but the mid-range lacks large depth, and the treble is understated, but this is just nit-picking. The treble does however match my altec lansing im500s, but that is hardly a fair test as they are low powered and designed to be used off batteries. The bass is really what should set this system apart from other systems; as its almost big as a 200W KEF sub, but at any volume above a third, it starts to rattle, which in my books is unacceptable. (FIXED) Whether this is a fault or not; needless to say they are being returned as i like quite bass heavy songs. (I HAVE FIXED THE RATTLE: there was some hard foam like the stuff used for packing in the back of the air outlet of the sub. Once i removed it with hangars, the rattles completely disappeared even at maxx volume)
The docking unit is very well thought out, with the orange volume ring becoming extremely attractive in low light conditions. I suppose that this unit is the point of this system; a neat ipod docking station, with strong bass, but, the treble really is too disappointing to give these speakers anything above 4stars. If i was just rating the dock, the system would have got an easy 5 stars because of the excellent value. But because of the quality control (rattling sub), and the not in your face trebble, it will get only get a very good 4.
The included remote is excellent, with full control over the ipod (not just back next and volume but full menu, enter, up, down e.t.c), but you have to point it directly at the dock as the receiver points slightly down for some strange reason. Bass control is also very fun to mess around with !
They arrived overnight, so no quibbles with shipping at all.
-Design, easiness of use and setup .. THE DOCK (worth 5 stars) Sound quality is back up in the good after foam removal
-Those sony signs really shouldnt have been put where they are !, not much distortion, but slightly noticeable on bad quality mp3s - short cables, and finally, no dock adaptors for older ipods (2nd gen nano in my case).
After having numerous sound systems, (some 50quid sonys, some 150quid altec lansings, and some 600quid kefs,) these sonys easily make the most sense, and what they want to achieve is perfectly pulled off through the dock and sub. The satellites prevented a full 5 star rating.
If i was fully factoring in cost, they would definately recieve a 5 star rating, but i suppose im just like that!
the system also includes 'travel' adaptors for the whole of europe which is nice, although id highly doubt you'd take that monster sub in your suitcase.
Price: excellent for the money, blows ANYTHING away for the same price.
Conclusion : Perfection for the price, amazing dock and super beefy sub. A must buy.