|Item Weight||4.5 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||18.2 x 10.2 x 2.9 inches|
|Item model number||DVPNS775V|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
Sony DVP-NS775V DVD/CD/SACD Player
- Playback support for DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, stereo/multichannel SACD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG CD, and MP3 CD
- Precision Cinema Progressive video output renders seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
- Precision Drive 3 with Dynamic Tilt Compensation improves readability of damaged discs
- 12-bit video DAC with 108 MHz processing for pristine video (through component-video, S-video, and composite-video outputs)
- Measures 17 x 2.2 x 9.3 inches (W x H x D)
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Sony's DVP-NS775V DVD Player offers you the chance to relive the excitement of the movies in your very own living room. Enjoy the benefits this DVD/CD player brings home.
Tantalizingly affordable and stocked to the gills with great features and innovative technology, Sony's DVP-NS775V DVD player handles DVD-Video, audio CD, and Super Audio CD (SACD) media--including playback of recordable CDs filled with MP3 music and JPEG image files.
Onboard processing technologies, like Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive de-interlacer and 3:2 pulldown reversal, make every format shine, whether DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, or DVD+RW. 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.
Precision Cinema Progressive technology uses a 12-bit video DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with high-bandwidth, 108 MHz processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than at the level of whole scan lines. That makes this player's picture more faithful to the source--whether film or video--because it uses separate, optimized algorithms to handle different pixel behaviors. Separate algorithms are also used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.
DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 reverse pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture. Composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.
Depending on the disc, SACD music releases provide super high-fidelity multichannel and/or stereo sound. As an anti-piracy measure, the DVP-NS775V performs its own decoding of SACD signals, 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 appreciate multichannel SACD releases.
If you're not planning to use the SACD capability for multichannel programming, both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can also be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (1 each RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for simpler connection to a compatible receiver (multichannel analog and digital-audio interconnects are not supplied).
Precision Drive 3 provides a mechanism for reading DVDs that are in less than perfect condition, eliminating errors in playback due to imperfect, scratched, or warped discs.
DVD resume memory kicks in whenever you stop a DVD. Later, when you come back to it, the player will pick up right where you left off before. The player holds resume points for an impressive 40 discs. Other playback features include 10-second instant replay, DVD/CD Text display (with applicable discs), a digital video enhancer, digital video EQ (equalization), custom parental control memory for 40 discs, as well as Advanced SmoothScan and SmoothSlow Modes.
What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control (RMT-D153A), 2 AA remote batteries, a stereo analog audio/composite-video interconnect, a user's manual, and warranty information.
Top customer reviews
I do not understand why two reviewers has reading problems with the unit, mine ran flawlessly.
However, the (redbook CD) audio from the SONY leaves very much to be desired: it is tonally dry, texturally flat, harmonically bland and emotionally uninvolving. Compared with the Panasonic, there is, to my ears, no contest. (The Panasonic's 24/192 audio DACs, and its "Multi-Remaster" feature, make listening a true pleasure, giving redbook CD's an "analogue" richness, and adding believable presence to movie soundtracks.)
For me, the audio contribution is at least equivalent to the video contribution in terms of generating a satisfying
"cinematic" experience. It seems that the Panasonic better provides the former, and the SONY the latter.
The dilemna for me is whether I am willing to make a significant (negative) tradeoff in audio quality for the sake of a better picture. Since, on average, I use my A/V system more for music listening than for movie watching, I lean more toward sacrificing better video for a the sake of gaining (much) better audio. If the SONY even came close in audio performance relative to the Panasonic, I would consider keeping it. But I would say that the disparity in audio performance between the two units is greater than their disparity in video performance. (I guess I've learned, too, through this experience that I'm more of an audiophile than I am a videophile.)
Even after 30-40 hours of break-in, the redbook CD performance of the NS775V is extremely disappointing: the music sounds choked and utterly lifeless. The cold and distant nature of the audio while one is sitting down to watch a DVD takes a great deal of pleasure away from the movie experience, too. In addition, during my audition, the SONY did freeze up on, and eventually was unable to play, a DVD which had been no problem at all for my Panasonic S47.
I'll probably end up getting the Panasonic S97, which is about 2x the price of the NS775V, but has Faroudja processing and an 11-bit/216MHz video DAC. The "best of both worlds" may indeed be possible, but will necessitate my spending the extra money.
If you are restricted to the $100-125 price range, the following is advised:
(a) If you have decidedly preferential, videophile tendencies, then get the SONY NS775V.
(b) If you have preferential, audiophile tendencies (like me), then get the Panasonic S47.
After 50+ hours of break-in, and sustained absence of the Panasonic, the NS775V sounds better, although it is never rid of that trademark, stark and overly candid sonic signature indicative of Sony. In addition, the SACD performance is respectable (again, after 50+ hours of break-in). Bottom line is that the video playback on the NS775V is VERY special for the price, and makes this unit well worth its salt. I will therefore add another star to my rating. 4-stars ****
Fortunately I got a chance to see them both in action! I asked a salesperson in BestBuy if she could hook them up for me and she... very surprisingly... obliged. Even got component cables and asked me what size TV i had. Then went and got a demo DVD disc and hooked both the Pioneer and Sony to a TV that was the same size as the one I have.
Well, after about 10 minutes of viewing, pausing and switching, I realised that the Pioneer's image was a little sharper than the Sony. But what made me purchase the Sony instead were the vibrant colors and the solid blacks. I know that the TV was not calibrated properly, but that was exactly what sold me on the Sony. Even with a TV that was not calibrated, the Sony's PQ was better than the Pioneer.
I did not have the opportunity to check the settings on the Pioneer, but the Sony does come with basic SACD control that include Distance Settings. Bass crossover is set at 120khz for small speaker settings. I purchased a Diana Krall multi-channel SACD and tested the sound quality at home with my Denon/B&W setup. She sounds... live.
DVD sound is good, not great. But then I'm comparing to a Denon universal DVD player that I had auditioned ( I think it was the 2900). The Sony does not separate the sounds as much I'd like it to, but it does a commendable job. I tested the sound with chapter 4 (??) from Master and Commander. The sound effects in the scene where Russel Crowe's ship gets hit by a double whammy of cannon balls has a lot of information and will overpower most receivers and dvd players. The Denon does a great job of separation while the Sony does about 85% of the Denon's. But compare the price and I'm sure you'll be perfectly happy with the Sony.
Picture quality has been great (at this price level). The images are smooth and clean and I've yet to see any pixelation or layer-change delays. The Sony has two advantages over the Pioneer. It has Black Level setting for both component and s-video. And Block Noise Reduction. Both the Pioneer and the Sony have 3:2 pulldown. I wish that the Sony played DVD-A disc, but it's never going to happen. (Sony is part of the SACD group along with Philips.) I have checked both DVD-A and SACD titles and I find that most of the music I like is available on SACD. Plus the SACD camp does have a great idea with Hybrid SACD. It will play on both regular CD players (like the one in your car) and SACD players. Now that is a very cool idea.
All in all I am very satisfied with my purchase and I don't think anyone will regret purchasing the Sony NS775. Unless you want DVD-A capability. I believe Toshiba also has a universal player out at this price point, but I have never really liked Toshiba's players. That reminds me of the build quality of the Sony. Its very solid compared to either the Pioneer or Toshiba.