Pioneer DV-578A-S DVD Player with DVD-Audio / SACD
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- Universal media player compatible with DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD-RW, MP3/WMA CD, and JPEG/Fujicolor/Kodak Picture CDs
- Progressive-scan video output renders seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
- 24-bit/192 kHz audio digital/analog converter (DAC); 12-bit/108 MHz video digital/analog converter (DAC)
- Coaxial and optical digital-audio outputs (Dolby/DTS 5.1 passthrough), 5.1-channel analog outputs (Dolby/DTS/DVD-Audio/SACD decoding)
- Measures 16.6 by 2.1 by 9.6 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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DV578AS DVD Video and Audio Player - This single disc player is offers a lot more than many DVD players at this price range. In addition to regular DVDs and CDs, the DV578AS also plays DVD-Audio - DVD-A - and Super Audio CD - SACD - which represent the highest level of audio on disc. 7 Video Adjustments Disc Navigator with Moving Picture Continue Play Memory (Last Memory, Up to 5 DVDs) Repeat Mode (All/Title/Chapter A+B) / Still Play (Field/Frame) Multiple audio and video disc play modes 10-Key Direct Search and Play via Remote (Chapter/Track) Title Search, Track/Time Search On Screen Display On/Off Front FL Display with dimmer control Screen Saver mode Video Adjust Menu Unit Size - 16 9/16 x 2 1/8 x 9 9/16 / Unit Weight - 4.75 lbs Pioneer USA 1-Year parts/labor limited warranty
Pioneer's luscious DV-578A-S is not merely a slim, high-performance movie and music machine--it's a highly affordable movie and music machine, considering the plenitude of formats it's equipped to play. We're talking DVD-Video, video CD, DVD-R, and video-mode DVD-RW. Then there's the specialty formats: super-high-resolution DVD-Audio and SACD (stereo and multichannel), as well as--in the opposite direction--compressed audio files (MP3 and WMA) on recordable CD. Slideshows of digital photos? Sure. Just load your JPEG digital photo CDs, Fujicolor CDs, or Kodak Picture CDs and you're off and running.
For sensationally great video, the DV-578A-S features virtually twice the video processing power of previous Pioneer models with its 12-bit/108 MHz video digital-to-analog converter (DAC), as well as Pioneer's PureCinema 2:3 Progressive Scan feature, and a range of video output types, plus 7 video adjustments for maximum versatility and performance. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; reverse 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.
Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.
The deck is even outfitted for CPRM copy protection (Content Protection for Recordable Media). CPRM permits the recording of copy-once broadcast programs, but not copying of such recordings. CPRM recordings can only be made using DVD-RW discs in VR mode and can only be played on CPRM-compatible players such as the DV-578A-S.
DVD-Audio and SACD media both offer super-high-fidelity sound. DVD-Audio discs provide high storage capacity, unique bonus materials not available on commercial CDs, and 192 kHz/24-bit multichannel and stereo sound (with audio harmonics conceivably extending all the way to 96 kHz, two full octaves beyond the highest frequencies found on standard CDs). DVD-A discs often have compressed Dolby Digital soundtracks for listening on standard DVD players, but true DVD-A decoding is required for full sonic appreciation.
Depending on the disc, Sony's proprietary SACD format provides extended-bandwidth multichannel and/or stereo sound, often presented in a dual-layer format compatible with both standard CD players (at standard resolution) and SACD-equipped players like the DV-578A-S (for full-resolution playback). Most high-res audio players offer compatibility with one or the other format, DVD-Audio or SACD. This player is happy with both.
As an anti-piracy measure, the player performs its own decoding of both DVD-Audio and SACD signals (not to mention standard Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound), passing high-resolution analog, not digital, audio to your integrated amplifier or surround receiver. This means you'll need an audio/video receiver with multichannel analog-audio inputs to fully appreciate multichannel DVD-A and SACD releases.
If you're not planning to use the DVD-A/SACD capability for multichannel programming, both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (one each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for simpler connection with your receiver.
Other features include picture zoom, parental controls, disc resume, repeat, random play, track programming, dialog enhancement, a GUI disc navigator, a fluorescent display with 3-level dimmer, a screen saver, auto power off, track/time search, and 10-key direct search and play.
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About the audio, CD's sound great, also DVD audio and SACD discs perform with good fidelity. There's here one drawback. It's the subwoofer channel output which seems to be so much low on playing DVD audio and SACD discs using the 6 channel output of my digital receiver. The subwoofer itself is a Sony 100W active subwoofer producing great bass on DVD videos played on either new and old DVD player.Here's the trick to bypass this problem.
First the player must be adjusted to SMALL SPEAKERS and SUBWOOFER ON using the Initial Menu, and the subwoofer cut frequency adjusted to its maximum.
Second and the most important is that the digital receiver contains 2 different outputs: the first is the digital one, with the ability to play 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS encoded DVD videos through optical or coaxial connections, and the level output of the 6 speakers including the subwoofer must be carefully adjusted preferably using the Radio Shack analogue sound level meter. Also the analogue 6 channel output designed for DVDA and SACD playback must be SEPARETELY adjusted using the SLM (I use the Sound & Vision - Home theater tune up DVD by OVATION software)for speaker's calibration. It includes calibration tests for both 5.1 and 6 channel.
I found that the subwoofer must be adjusted to a level of 8-10db more than the main speakers on the analogue 6 channel output, while it's about the same level or only 2db more on the digital 5.1 output.
Now the problem is solved, and I can enjoy listening to the new audio formats with a reliable quality.
As a conclusion, The DV578A is a great universal player with an amazing affordable price comparing to other products of the same category. I'm very happy for owning such an amazing player.
I own a CRT television (36" Sony Wega), so i have only been able to use the unit in 480i. In that mode, the picture is excellent. It has no trouble with any burned disc. With a hardware mod it can be made region free, & there is also custom firmware on the internet that improves the player's versatility on picture adjustment & also solves some bugs the stock player had with hybrid DVD-a's.
The unit has been extremely reliable. I highly recommend it (especially with the region free mod) to anyone who has no need for Blu-ray & wants an inexpensive player that will play anything but blu & computer files & will do so quite well.
The best recommendation I can give is a couple months ago I had the opportunity to buy the OPPO DV-983H quite cheap, & after auditioning it I passed; I prefer this Pioneeer.
After buying and trying ~$100 players from Samsung and Panasonic, which I both promptly returned, I expanded my mindset. I looked at the Harmon/Kardon DVD22, which costs a hefty $200 and this great Pioneer DV-578A, which clocks in ~$50 less. I decided to take the Pioneer home and I am completely pleased.
It has a rich, clean 480p image with ample blacks and no unwanted imagery or need for excessive adjustment of my picture to compensate. The on-screen menus are more comprehensive than any other player I've plugged in, giving you lots of control and adjustability based on your system. It is SACD compatible, but I've not tried any of those yet. It has the optical and digital coax outputs, as well as built-in audio outs.
If you're like me, a mid-level A/V nut who's not ready for the ridiculous prices of Denon and the whole HiFi Buys crowd, the Pioneer is a great choice for a DVD player.
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