- Cheap price, satisfactory sound quality from the front speakers and particularly the subwoofer
- No presence in the back speakers, lack of S-Video inputs, confusing setup
A reasonable alternative for people who want 5.1 and already have a DVD player. It comes at a budget price but there are better options.
Price$ 699.00 (AUD)
Kenwood's SAT5100 Audio Visual Control Centre comes with the bare essentials: that is, a subwoofer, a set of speakers and a receiver/amplifier. This kind of kit is a good solution if you want to upgrade to a surround system but are happy with your existing DVD and VHS players.
Very few cables came with the system itself, apart from power cables and those to connect the speakers. We also found the manual a little confusing, and it would be even more so if you had little idea of the difference between optical, coaxial and component inputs.
Setting up the other components was a breeze, as the speakers and subwoofer were clearly colour coded and labelled. Made of brushed plastic with a few hints of metal, the system looks reasonable, if not particularly striking. The receiver unit is bulky and heavy, but as you just planting it in one spot and leave it there, this isn't a huge problem.
It has a reasonable series of inputs too, including two component inputs (and one output), three digital audio inputs (two coaxial, one optical), three composite inputs (and two outputs) plus the basic analog inputs. We would have like to see S-Video inputs included (they are available on the next model up, the SAT6100), and were also irritated by the optical audio input being limited to the CD/DVD setting when a second one, corresponding to the six-channel DVD setting, would have been useful.
The settings were easy to work out, and after a few minutes buried in the manual we were able to explore the full functionality of the system. It would have been easier to do this on screen instead of from the confines of the small LCD, which made navigating a little tough.
The system offers a wide variety of sound modes, including Dolby Digital and Pro Logic, and DTS and DTS-ES. You can also change the volume of the individual speakers and select from a few audio presets, including panorama and night, which we particularly liked. This function is essential as it goes some way to combating the biggest problem we had with the system: the volume of the rear speakers. In high-volume DVD scenes, they sounded quite reasonable, as did the whole system, but in normal or low volume situations, they were soft almost to the point of being inaudible. The front speakers on the other hand sounded great, and the subwoofer provided a rich, deep bass that resonated without becoming overbearing or distracting.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- AirTV's slick marriage of Sling TV and OTA channels isn't in the product yet
- Here's what's coming next from Sling TV
- The guts of Onkyo's SBT-A500 sound bar come in an external box to give the speaker an ultra-low profile
- Plex embraces Kodi as Plex Media Player becomes available to all
- 'Google Cast' is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTBrand Marketing Manager - Premium Entertainment BrandNSW
- CCProject SchedulerQLD
- CCProcess Business Analyst X 3VIC
- FTTechnology Testing Services ManagerQLD
- CCSCRUM MasterVIC
- TPSenior Test Analyst - TAFEQLD
- FTLevel 2 Service DeskNSW
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperVIC
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- TPAnsarada Data Room AdministratorNSW
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperVIC
- CCService ManagerACT
- TPBusiness Analyst - DataQLD
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- FTJnr Security SOC Analyst (Tier 1) - Permanent - North Ryde BasedNSW
- CCTest ManagerVIC
- FTSenior Java DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Murex DeveloperVIC
- CCSenior Technical Specialist - AIXVIC
- FTSAP BW ConsultantACT
- TPBI Data AnalystQLD
- CCChange and Communications AnalystQLD
- TPSenior PMO AnalystNSW
- FTChief ArchitectVIC