I just compared the owners manual of the HTS-S360 online to the manual I have for my HT-SS2300. It looks like the S360 has had many features stripped down from the SS2300. The biggest cut was made by removing several music sound fields. The Hall, Jazz Club, Live Concert, and Stadium sound fields were eliminated and a "News" sound field was added. The Cinema Studio movie sound fields were also stripped down to a single conventional "Movie D.C.S." sound field. Other changes were made to the remote being basically stripped down but added more BD/DVD functionality. The front panel of the receiver also had most of the buttons eliminated except for the master volume and input selector buttons. The Auto Cal jack was placed in the back of the receiver this time. The AMP menu has had several changes, mostly with it being reorganized, but I thought it made it more complicated in my opinion. Some new things were added, but I thought they were irrelevent for the most part like a volume limit feature the Sleep Timer in the AMP menu. The only thing I liked was that Sony simplifed the HDMI settings in the AMP menu. Other than that, everything else has remained the same including the same speakers and subwoofer. Overall, it seems like Sony has stripped down this year's Blu-ray matching HTIB. I'm glad I got the HT-SS2300 and BDP-S550 when I did.
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5/26/09 at 4:53pm