Pionner BCS-300 reviews: 5.1 Surround Sound Home Cinema System

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This home cinema system is a good all rounder.

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4.0 out of 10 based on 1 review.
Pionner BCS-300 : CD Player, With HDMI See full product description
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Dan, Haverfordwest Music listener

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Appears to be good value for a well known brand.

Tiny speakers that can be tucked away unobtrusively.

Subwoofer slightly smaller and lighter than my previous system.

Prompt response to remote control button-pressing, by today's standards.
Bad points:
Poor sound quality: audible hiss from all speakers, weird faint chirpy noises from at least one. Audio generally tinny and harsh.

DVD and BRD occasionally intermittently stall as if paused. Seems to affect some disks more than others. Possibly an issue with CDs too.

Doesn't have all the features I'd consider to be too basic to list in the spec - can't switch audio channels during playback, for instance (have to go to menu instead). DVD/BRD play does not show chapter number in front-panel display.

DVD is region 2 only - and no straightforward multi-region conversion is available.

Has ethernet connection for your LAN, but no internet except (presumably) Blu-ray "live" content. No iPlayer or YouTube, for instance. Access to LAN is limited to Windows/Samba shares, where you can browse pictures or some types of video media, and dnla servers which I couldn't test because there are no Linux dnla servers.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 6.0
Ease of setting up 6.0
Surround sound effect 2.0
Clarity of instruction manual 5.0
Range of features 3.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2011

Product Features

Sound channels 5.1 surround sound
Wireless system Wired
Connections HDMI
Upscaling No

Also known as: PIONEER BCS-300

 

Manufacturer's Description

The BCS-303 5.1Ch Home Cinema System from Pioneer will give you the home theatre experience you’ve always dreamed of!

Supporting the latest Blu-ray Disc surrounding sound formats such as Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, the Pioneer BCS-303 5.1Ch Home Cinema System consists of a versatile Blu-ray player, four satellite speakers, a central speaker and a powerful subwoofer.

Able to play a wide range of media thanks to its USB port, Ethernet connection and iPod/iPhone dock, the BCS-303 5.1Ch Home Cinema System offers unlimited opportunities for creating the perfect home theatre experience. BD Live offers you special interactive features and downloadable bonus content from the Internet, while this system is already for FM radio and Bluetooth audio streaming!

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