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Sony BDV-N590 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £379.95
inc VAT

a strong performer with plenty of features, but just lacking the comprehensive picture and sound controls that would make it perfect


Moving onto Blu-ray discs, the BDV-N590 had no trouble producing pin-sharp images with plenty of detail. Colours were accurate to our reference footage, there was plenty of shadow detail and motion was smooth. The system was also quick to load each disc, taking fewer than 20 seconds on average.

DVD up-scaling is automatic, with very few settings to adjust. It mostly focuses on edge smoothing, so images look softer than they might on other players, but it still coped well with our test discs – colours were faithful to the Blu-ray version of the same film and a reasonable amount of detail is preserved following the up-scaling process.

Sony BDV-N590

Sound quality was top notch, regardless of the volume setting. Even the most explosive action sequences sounded crisp and clear without becoming sharp and piercing, preserving subtle details amongst the chaos. Surround sound audio was enveloping, with no audible signs of gaps in the sound stage. Our only criticism was a lack of bass at the default settings, but a quick trip to the menus to increase its level soon sorted it out. Our only concern was the small range of picture and sound settings to tweak, meaning you’re limited to what your TV lets you change if you’re not happy with the Sony system’s defaults.

At £379, the BDV-N590 is one of the more expensive all-in-one systems we’ve seen this year, but it justifies the price with great sound quality, plenty of features and a gorgeous design. It lacks some of the more advanced picture and sound quality settings we saw from other manufacturers, so you’ll be reliant on your TV to adjust the image to suit your own taste, but with the right settings you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

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HDMI inputs2
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs0
Component outputs0
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs0
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs1
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs1
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Speaker configuration5.1
Main unit end speaker connection typeproprietary
Speaker end speaker connection typespring terminals
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n


Surround sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
Optical driveyes
Supported playback disc formatsBlu-ray, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format supportMP3, WAV, FLAC, WMA
Video playback formatsDivX HD, MKV, WMV, MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG4
Image viewing formatsJPEG, GIF, PNG


Speaker configuration5.1
RMS power output1000W
Wall mountableyes
Centre speaker cable length2.5m
Front speaker cable length3.0m
Surround speaker cable length10.0m


Extrasremote control, calibration mic, FM antenna, AM antenna
Subwoofer dimensions191x376x326mm
Centre speaker dimensions331x57x59mm
Front speaker dimensions98x91x255mm
Surround speaker dimensions98x91x255mm
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on39W

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Warrantyone year RTB

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