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Yamaha DVD-S2700

DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio player with 1080p video upconversion

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by Loren Barstow
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Every aspect of Yamaha's DVD-S2700 was designed for outstanding picture and sound quality. It can upconvert regular DVD signals to 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels progressive-scan) resolution — making it a perfect match for today's popular 1080p-capable TVs. Its advanced video processing creates smooth, realistic images that are free from noise, jagged edges, and digital artifacts. You'll enjoy a clear, filmlike image with vibrant colors and rich detail.

Yamaha has a long-standing reputation for faithful sound reproduction, and they've designed a player that doesn't just provide a great picture but stellar audio performance as well. The 'S2700's audio section includes four top-class digital-to-analog converters for lifelike sound with a level of detail that most DVD players simply aren't capable of producing. The audio and video sections are isolated in separate blocks to eliminate interference between circuit boards. The blocks sit inside a reinforced chassis designed to resist vibrations that can hinder performance.

A large transformer exclusively for the audio section supplies a constant stream of clean power. Yamaha's Audio Direct mode lets you turn off the display and video circuits when playing music, so there's no chance of noise from these circuits affecting the sound quality. It all adds up to a player that you'll want to use for music just as much as you do for movies.

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Highlights:

  • selectable 480p/576p/720p/1080i/1080p output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
  • selectable progressive-scan playback for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • 3-step display dimmer
  • large power supply exclusively for audio section
  • Audio Direct mode turns off video circuits to eliminate interference when playing music
  • vibration-resistant chassis
  • aluminum front panel with aluminum-capped buttons
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding with 5.1 analog audio output
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • audio/video output (composite, S-video, and 480i/480p component video)
  • gold-plated terminals
  • RS-232C port for third-party controllers
  • IR port for custom installations
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, Video CD, and DivX® discs
  • plays DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3, and WMA discs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • simultaneous JPEG/MP3 playback for slide shows
  • remote control
  • NTSC/PAL video output
  • Faroudja DCDi® deinterlacer
  • 216MHz/12-bit video DAC
  • four 192kHz/24-bit audio DACs
  • audio signal-to-noise ratio 120 dB
  • 17-1/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 14"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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Features and Specs
General
Number of Discs
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1
Built-in Decoder
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Yes
THX Certified
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No
DVD Recorder
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No
Multibrand Remote
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable
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Yes
CD-R/W Capable
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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Yes
SACD Playback
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Multi-channel
DVD-Audio Playback
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Yes
Outputs
HDMI Outputs
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1
Composite Video Outputs
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1
S-Video Outputs
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1
Component Video Outputs
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1
RS-232C Port
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Yes
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What's in the box?

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  • Black single disc universal DVD/SA-CD player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • DVD15 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 40" Stereo RCA audio cable
  • 40" Composite video RCA cable
  • Owner's manual (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "Correction" sheet

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Multi-Format Player: The Yamaha DVD-S2700 is a universal player, which offers playback of the ultra high-resolution multi-channel audio formats SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) and DVD-Audio. Both, with their wide frequency responses, capture subtle details that make music sound richer and more real.

Disc Compatibility: The DVD-S2700 can play pre-recorded DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), Audio CD, Video CD, and Super Video CD discs. Additionally it is compatible with recordings on DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. MP3, WMA (except copyright protected WMA) and Kodak, JPEG files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW are also supported. The unit also supports all versions of DivX video on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs.

Note: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW discs must be finalized before playback is possible on this unit.

Multi-channel DVD-Audio Playback: DVD-Audio is a multi-channel format used for high resolution recording supporting up to six channels of PCM audio. This unit can decode and play DVD-Audio discs with a sampling rate up to 192 kHz with a 24-bit word length. Many DVD-Audio discs also offer photo galleries, artist biographies, lyrics, etc to accompany the music.

SACD: Unlike PCM based technology (CD, MiniDisc, DVD, DVD Audio, etc.), Super Audio CD is based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding, which does not require decimation and interpolation filters. DSD is much simpler and enables a 1-bit signal to be recorded directly. DSD encodes music at 2,822,400 samples per second (64 times that of standard CD) allowing you to hear sound with incredible detail and clarity. DSD combines the advantages of digital recording with the best characteristics of analog sound. The DVD-S2700 will play 2-channel and multi-channel Super Audio CDs recorded on single layer, dual layer, and hybrid discs. During SACD playback, neither the optical digital nor coaxial digital outputs operate.

DivX Certified: DivX is the video compression codec developed by DivX Networks and based on the MPEG-4 compression format. It uses a balance of high video quality and low bit rates. This compression technology has the potential for expanding the ways you view video media in much the way MP3 has given us many new ways to listen to music.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R (W), DVD-R (W) and DVD+R (W), discs using the ISO 9660 format. The player can recognize eight levels of nested directories, album numbers up to 99, and track numbers up to 999. The unit also recognizes ID3 tags and will display then on the screen.

Note: This unit will not playback copyright protected WMA files.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still image files recorded onto a CD-R (W), DVD-R (W) and DVD+R (W) using the ISO 9660 format. The player can recognize eight levels of nested directories, roll numbers up to 99, and picture numbers up to 999. JPEG files can be displayed one at a time or as a slideshow with picture durations of approximately 2 or 10 seconds. You can also rotate images in 90° steps (rotation not available during slide show).

Construction: The unit uses aluminum panels and cleanly finished aluminum caps on the operating buttons. The chassis is a highly rigid, reinforced frame that prevents any vibrations from affecting the sound. The interior has independent chambers for the power supply, operational and video circuits, as well as separate covers, preventing any chance of interference between sections. A large transformer exclusively for the audio section eliminates any possibility of sound degradation at the power supply level.

Audio Processing: This unit uses four 2-channel 24-bit/192 kHz audio D/A converters to maintain extraordinary sound quality. It has built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II, and MPEG decoders along with the 5.1-channel analog outputs for DVD-Audio and SACD. There is also an Audio Direct mode which turns off all the video circuitry and LCD display, so it doesn't generate any noise when you want the highest possible audio quality.

Video Circuit: The DVD-S2700 uses 12-bit/216 MHz video D/A converters to ensure highly accurate playback of delicate, low-level video signals and give you a vivid picture that is faithful in every detail.

DCDi By Faroudja: The DVD-S2700's progressive scan output is powered by Faroudja's DCDi (Directional Correction De-interlacing) engine for the finest processing of film, video, graphics, or mixed-mode content. This technology virtually eliminates jagged oblique lines that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan displays, enabling the reproduction of beautiful, natural-looking moving images.

NSV: Noise Shaped Video precision video technology uses oversampling and advanced techniques such as multi-bit sigma-delta processing and bitshuffling to improve converter performance by moving converter noise to an area of the spectrum where it can be removed by an analog filter. This improves the accuracy of signal representation, allowing images to be displayed at much higher resolutions.

HDMI Output: The HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying uncompressed SD or HD digital video and up to 8 channels of digital audio all in one cable. It conforms to HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device with an HDMI or DVI (with adapter) input. The DVD-S2700 features a built-in high quality video scaler that is capable of outputting video signals in a variety of formats. You can select the HDMI output as 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p or Auto (automatically set to match the monitor). The audio portion of the HDMI output must be turned off if you're using the optical or coaxial digital output, if the HDMI audio output is turned on, the other two are muted.

NTSC/PAL Compatible: The monitor type can be set to NTSC or Pal. If you have an NTSC TV, set the output to NTSC and PAL discs will be converted.

TV Display: This feature allows you to se the aspect ratio of this unit to match your TV. You can select from 4:3 Pan Scan, 4:3 Letter Box or 16:9.

Wide Screen Format: This feature allows you to set the aspect ratio of the projected images on the screen. This function is only available for progressive scan and HDMI output. You can choose from the following.

  • NL Stretch: displays 4:3 image on the 16:9 screen with non-linear stretching (the center position of the screen is stretched less than the sides)
  • Pillar Box: displays 4:3 image on the 16:9 screen without stretching
  • Off: makes no aspect ratio adjustment

Black Level: You can enhance the Black Level of your picture by selecting this function "on".

DVD Video Mode: Because some DVD-Audio discs have a DVD-Video section, this player gives you the option of specifying the DVD-Video mode.

Picture Quality Adjustments: The DVD-S2700 allows you to adjust numerous picture settings individually. They include the following.

  • Brightness: adjusts overall brightness from 0 to +6
  • Contrast: adjusts the bright areas (white level) in the image from -6 to +6
  • Hue: adjust the hue or phase of the image from -6 to +6
  • Sharpness Mid: adjust the sharpness of the image for the intermediate frequencies from -6 to +6
  • Sharpness High: adjust the sharpness of the image for the high frequencies from -6 to +6
  • DNR: reduces video noise from 0 to +6
  • Gamma: adjusts the intensity of the picture non-linearly from -6 to +6
  • Chroma Level: adjust the dimity of the color from -6 to +6
  • Chroma Delay: adjusts the advance delay of the chroma signal for perfectly clear picture from -2 to +2
  • True Life: produces more dynamic picture by increasing the picture contrast and color intensity from 0 to +6

Bass Management: When using the 5.1-channel analog outputs you can tailor the frequency, level, and delay to the bass handling capabilities and configuration of your speaker system. The front, center, and surround speakers can be set to Large or Small. The center and surround speakers can also be set to Off. The subwoofer is set to On or Off. The distance from the listening position can be set for the front, center, and rear speakers from 1 to 40 feet in 1 foot increments. You can also adjust the relative output level for each speaker and the subwoofer from 0 to 12dB in 1dB increments.

SACD Mode: Some SA-CD discs contain both a SA-CD layer and the standard CD layer. The SA-CD mode will allow you to playback both types.

SACD Configuration: You can also select from the following SACD preset speaker configurations when playing back your SA-CD discs.

  • Configure 1: all speakers are set to large and subwoofer is set to on
  • Configure 2: all speakers are set to small and subwoofer is set to on
  • Configure 3:  front speakers are set to large, center and surround speakers set to small and subwoofer is set to off

SACD Cut-Off Frequency: You can select a cut-off (cross-over) frequency for all low frequency signals. All frequencies below the selected frequency are sent to the subwoofer. You can choose from 60, 80, 100, or 120 Hz.

Digital Audio Output: Depending on the input capability of your pre-amp, set the digital output to 48kHz or 96kHz. When playing copyright-protected PCM signals, the digital output is automatically down-converted to 48kHz.

Night Listening Mode: The dynamic range is lowered in night mode, for listening at night without the loud peaks (compatible with Dolby Digital soundtracks only).

Resume Play Function: This function allows you to resume DVD playback at the point where you left off for the last five DVDs you've played.

Slow Motion Speeds: When playing a disc with video content, you can move forward or backward through the program in one of four slow-motion speeds. You must first hit the pause button and the slow/search buttons.

  • Forward Slow Motion: 1/2x, 1/4x, 1/8x, and 1/16x
  • Reverse Slow Motion: 1x, 1/2x, 1/4, and 1/8x

Scanning Speeds: There are six fast forward and reverse scanning speeds to use to search through your disc.

Direct Track Access: The DVD player allows you to go directly to a track or chapter on your disc by entering the corresponding number from the remote control's numeric key pad.

Program Playback: You can create a playlist of up to 20 video chapters or audio tracks to playback in the order you like.

Repeat Playback: The DVD player offers the following Repeat modes for the following discs.

  • DVD-Video: chapter and title repeat
  • DVD-Audio: track and group repeat
  • CD, SA-CD, VCD, SVCD: track and all repeat
  • MP3, WMA, JPEG, DivX: track, folder and all repeat

A-B Repeat: The DVD player allows you to repeat certain segments of your discs. You can choose from a certain starting and ending point on the disc and the DVD player will continue to repeat just this section you have selected. This function does not work for DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA, or JPEG discs.

Random: The unit allows you play tracks in random order on your disc. This function does not work for DVD, DivX and SA-CD discs.

Zoom: During video playback, you can enlarge the picture by 1.5x, 2x, 3x, or 4x. You can then use the cursor buttons to move the enlarged viewing area up, down, left, or right.

Parental Control: This unit allows you to set playback restrictions for DVDs. You can select a parental control rating level from 0 to 8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Sleep Timer: You can set the DVD player to turn off after a certain period of elapsed time. You can choose from 30, 60, 90, 120 or 150 minutes.

Auto Power: You can choose from the following Auto standby modes.

  • Off: disables the auto power off function
  • Mode 1: sets the unit to the standby mode automatically when disc playback is stopped for more than 30 minutes or disc playback is continued for more than six hours without operation
  • Mode 2: select this to set this unit to the standby mode automatically when disc playback is stopped for more than 30 minutes

Remote Control: The DVD player comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control with luminescent buttons to make it easy to see and use in the dark. The remote is designed to work only this DVD player. The remote offers standard playback features such as Play, Pause, Stop and Search functions as well as menu functions. The unit also includes a numeric keypad.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): Output digital video and multi-channel audio using one cable.

Component Video Output: The DVD-S2700 features a component video output, capable of passing a progressive scan signal or an interlaced video signal. If the component output is to be used, the HDMI output must be turned off.

Composite/S-Video: For connecting to TVs with only composite or S-Video inputs, this unit provides one composite video and one S-Video output jack.

Digital Audio Outputs: This unit features two digital audio outputs, one optical and one coaxial. These can be connected to an A/V receiver, amplifier, surround decoder (Dolby Digital, DTS), or other component.

5.1-Channel Audio Outputs: The DVD-S2700 offers multi-channel analog output for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD playback as well as when using the built-in Dolby Digital or DTS decoder.

2-Channel Audio Outputs: In addition to the 5.1-channel analog outputs, the unit features a stereo audio output for connecting to a stereo analog input on a TV or receiver. Even when the source audio is multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-Audio, SACD), these jacks will output a down-mixed 2-channel signal.

Remote: 3.5mm jacks are included for remote input and remote output, for use with other compatible Yamaha components.

RS-232C Port: Connects to the RS-232 port on a compatible external controller, allowing control of this player using outboard remote systems. There is a switch next to this port that can turn this function of the unit "on" or "off". When not using this port keep the switch set to Off.

 
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Written By jerry, Romeoville IL on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
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I owned the Yamaha DVD-S2700 player for about a week and really watched a lot of DVD's and listened to a fair amount of cds before I decided to send it back.

I have a Pioneer Elite Pro-1140HD 50" plasma, a home theater system with all separate component pieces including 3 2-channel 200watt amplifiers for my surrounds and main floor standing speakers.

During the ownership of the Yamaha DVD-2700 I noticed that the video was very clear, however, lacked deep blacks and the ability to display subtle details. I also did not like the HDMI output as it lacked features noted in the owners manual only to work with the component output, such as black level enhancement, sharpness low + high, Gamma, True Life enhancement, and chroma delay which are not available on the HDMI side which is a shame. The component side is pretty good, however, it only outputs a 480p signal. These features probably would have made this player on the video side as strong as some of the bigger names like Denon and the Sony ES line if available on the HDMI output.

As for the audio capabilities of this player I was not impressed. The bass was at times sloppy and the highs were a bit over exaggerated. The audio also lacked subtle details and clarity that make the artists performance more enjoyable.

The audio for movies was also surprisingly not too great either. I noticed a lack of bass in movies like Mission Impossible 3.

In the end I purchased a Sony 9100ES which has superb video and audio performance and does not sacrifice feaures to the HDMI or component outputs.Although a bit sluggish the Sony is a well made piece that performs exceptionally
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