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400-disc DVD/CD/SACD changer with digital video output and upconversion

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Sony's DVP-CX995V delivers crisp, near-high-definition video — you'll enjoy smooth, clear playback from all your DVDs. This changer also gives you the ability to store and organize up to 400 discs. Load in your favorite DVDs, audio CDs, and MP3 mixes for access to tons of movies and music. You can also listen to espcecially precise, detailed music from high-resolution stereo or multichannel Super Audio CDs (SACDs).

The 'CX995V features advanced circuitry that enables it to upgrade or "upconvert" regular DVD signals to striking near-HD images. It can send these upconverted signals to any TV with a digital video input.

You can input titles for each disc using a PC keyboard (not included). The 'CX995V displays a list of loaded discs on your TV screen — alphabetically by title, or sorted by type — so you can easily find the one you're looking for.

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Highlights:

  • digital video upconversion
  • selectable 480p/720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
  • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • Precision Cinema Progressive de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • Disc Explorer™ on-screen display
  • built-in Dolby® Digital/DTS® decoder with 5.1-channel output
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • input for optional PC keyboard
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • 2 audio/video outputs (2 composite, 2 S-video, 1 480i/480p component video, 1 HDMI)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and Video CD
  • plays SACD, CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • plays picture CD (JPEG)
  • remote control (multibrand for TVs)
  • 108MHz/12-bit video digital-to-audio converter
  • video upconversion up to 1080p via HDMI output
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 & JPEG CDs
  • optical digital audio output
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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Features and Specs
General
Number of Discs
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400
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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Yes
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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No
Outputs
HDMI Outputs
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1
Composite Video Outputs
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2
S-Video Outputs
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2
Component Video Outputs
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1
RS-232C Port
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None
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  • 400-disc DVD/CD/SACD changer
  • RM-ASP001 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 5' Audio/Video cable (left and right RCA audio and an RCA composite video connectors on each end)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Important Safeguards
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line product registration information

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Direct Stream Digital (DSD) Encoding: Unlike PCM based technology (CD/MiniDisc/DVD/DVD Audio, etc.), Super Audio CD is based on 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.

2-Channel and Multi-Channel SACD Playback: In addition to standard 2-channel CD playback, this unit will play 2-channel and multi-channel Super Audio CDs. During SACD playback, the digital outputs do not operate; the analog outputs must be connected to listen to SACDs. There are two sets of stereo RCA outputs for standard 2-channel playback, and there is a set of 5.1-channel RCA for multi-channel playback. For multi-channel playback, the 5.1 channel outputs must be connected to a multi-channel input on a receiver or preamp. Multi-channel SACDs may have 3, 4, 5 or 6 channels of audio.

HDMI Output: The Sony DVP-CX995V features an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output, letting you enjoy superior quality digital picture and sound from one cable when connected to a TV or A/V receiver with an HDMI input. You can use the HDMI output to connect to a TV with a DVI input by using an HDMI-DVI adapter. Since DVI does not carry audio signals, a separate audio connection is needed from the DVD player to the TV. Note: The DVI jack must be HDCP compliant.

Video Upscaling: The player can upscale video signals to High Definition quality 720p or 1080i and output them through the HDMI jack. In the Screen Setup menu, you can select the HDMI output as 720x480p, 1280x720p, 1920x1080i, or Auto (player selects the highest resolution acceptable to your TV).

192kHz/24-bit Audio D/A Converter: This player features a 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter.

Digital Audio Output Capabilities: You can select a sampling frequency output setting of 48 kHz/16-bit or 96 kHz/24-bit. When set to 48 kHz/16-bit, the audio signals are always converted to 48 kHz/16-bit. When set to 96 kHz/24-bit, all types of signals, including 96 kHz/24-bit, are output in their original format. However, if the signal is encrypted for copyright protection purposes, the signal is only output as 48 kHz/16-bit.

Audio Filter: You can select a digital filter to reduce noise above 22.05 kHz (for sources with a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz), 24 kHz (for sources with a sampling frequency of 48 kHz), or 48 kHz (for sources with a sampling frequency above 96 kHz). The Audio Filter can be set to Sharp or Slow. Sharp provides a wide frequency range and spatial feeling. Slow provides smooth and warm sound.

Bass Management: This unit has built-in bass management that allows you to adjust the speaker size, delay time, and channel balance when using the 5.1-channel output.

Progressive Scan Component Video Output: Progressive-scan video has less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than the traditional interlaced-scanning method, resulting in a superior picture. To take advantage of this feature, you must have a television with component video inputs that supports the progressive scanning mode. This unit allows you to choose Interlace mode or Progressive mode.

Disc Explorer: This unit reads the disc information of all the discs and loads the information into memory so that it can be displayed on the TV screen. Disc Explorer has 8 folders (All, Video, Music, Photo, and subfolders A to D) and can display the contents of each folder. All the discs in the player are filed in the All folder. At the same time, DVDs and Video CDs are automatically filed in the Video folder, SACDs, audio CDs, and MP3 CDs are filed in the Music folder, and JPEGs are filed in the Photo folder. You can file your discs however you like in the A through D folders. Disc Explorer displays the jacket picture recorded on the disc (if none exists, you can capture one from a scene on the DVD), text information (you can also add text if none exists), the genre of your choosing, and the disc type (DVD, CD, etc).

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, or Joliet formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 500 albums and no more than 999 tracks per album.

Custom Picture Mode: You can choose from the following Custom Picture Mode settings:

  • Standard: Displays a standard picture
  • Dynamic 1: Produces a bold dynamic picture by increasing the picture contrast and the color intensity
  • Dynamic 2: Produces a more dynamic picture than Dynamic 1 by further increasing the picture contrast and the color intensity
  • Cinema 1: Enhances details in dark areas by increasing the black level
  • Cinema 2: White colors become brighter and black colors become richer, and the color contrast is increased
  • Memory: Allows you to individually adjust and store the following settings: picture, brightness, color, and hue

Picture Navigation: This feature allows you to view pictures of the disc's titles, chapters or tracks on a single screen divided into 9 sections and start playback from the chosen title, chapter or track.

Resume Play: The player stores the point where you stopped the disc and resumes playback from the same location the next time you start playback. The resume point is cleared when you change the play mode, open the front cover, change disc in the playback slot, or disconnect the power cord.

Multi-Disc Resume: You can store the point to resume playback for up to 40 DVDs and start playback at that point, even it the disc is removed from the player and reinserted in a different slot.

Instant Replay: The Instant Replay function is useful when you want to review a scene or dialogue that you missed. With a single press of the Instant Replay button, the player will go back 10 seconds and begin playing again.

JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, or Joliet formats. You can display pictures individually or in a slideshow.

Parental Control: This unit allows you to set two kinds of playback restrictions for DVDs using Parental Control and Custom Parental Control. Parental Control allows you to restrict playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password. Using the same registered password, Custom Parental Control allows you to set playback restrictions for a specific disc. You can set the same Custom Parental Control password for up to 400 discs.

Display Dimmer: You can set the display to Bright, Dark, or Auto Dark. When set to Auto Dark, if you do not operate the player or remote for a short while, the front panel display becomes dark.

Child Lock: You can lock the disc tray to prevent a child from opening it.

Screen Setup:

  • TV Type: Set to the aspect ratio of your TV to 16:9 or 4:3, if 4:3, choose your preference between letter box and pan and scan
  • HDMI Resolution: The HDMI output supports several resolution settings; Auto, 1920x1080i, 1280x720p, and 720x480p
  • Screen Saver: The screen saver image appears when you leave the player in pause or stop mode for 15 minutes, or when you play back a Super Audio CD, CD or MP3 CD for more than 15 minutes, the screen saver can be turned On or Off
  • Background: You can select a background of Jacket Picture (shows the DVD jacket picture if supported by the DVD), Graphics (shows a preset graphic), Blue (background color is blue), or Black (background color is black)
  • Black Level: Lower or raise the black level relative to standard
  • Component Out: Select interlaced or progressive

Custom Setup:

  • Auto Power Off: When this feature is turned on, the player enters standby mode after being left in stop mode for more than 30 minutes
  • Auto Play: This functions is useful when the player is connected to a timer (not included). When Auto Play is turned on, playback automatically starts when the unit is turned on.
  • Dimmer: You can set the dimmer to Bright, Dark, and Auto Dark (front panel goes dark if you don't operate the player or remote for a short while)
  • Pause Mode: Choose from Auto (no jitter) or Frame (high resolution) for the type of picture output in pause mode
  • Multi-Disc Resume: You can store the point to resume playback for up to 40 DVDs and start playback at that point

  • JPEG Data: Change the data information order of a JPEG image; month/day/year, day/month/year, or year/month/day

Audio Setup:

  • Audio ATT: Turn on if the audio output level is too high and the speakers are distorted
  • Audio Filter: Choose between Sharp, wide frequency range and spatial feeling, and Slow, smooth and warm sound
  • Downmix: Select the sampling frequency of the audio signal, 96kHz, or downmixed to 48kHz
  • Digital Out: The Dolby Digital and DTS outputs are individually set to bitstream or PCM, or the digital audio output can be turned off

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on many brands of televisions and receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Keyboard Input: The front panel keyboard input lets you use an optional IBM PS/2-type keyboard to label discs and folders.

 
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4 out of 5

very good player

Written By Larry, State Road, NC on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
 
I really like this player, works great. Only complaint I have is the Auto-Play action. It doesn't matter if you turn it off or not in the settings. If you power up the system, it starts playing a movie. I would rather tell it to play when I am ready for it to play! It takes time to stop it, then pick the disc you want and hit play.
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4 out of 5

Sony 400 disc dvd

Written By Rich, Arnold Mo. on Thursday, February 19, 2009
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It plays a great picture in 1080i and that's the best part. Once I finish loading it I'm sure I'll like it better. But loading it and programing it well that's another story. First you have to figure out what to put into it not the machines problem but then you load it and scan everything in which is about 1/8th of what you put in. Then you have to program it by hand (use a keyboard it's easier). Can you leave it open while you load it NO you have to write down what's in there then load the information while it's closed and you can't load it til it reads them. You can't load by hand til the DVD player is finished reading all you have in. I load in sections let the machine read that section then enter that's why it takes me longer but it works for me. Other than that you get great picture and sound so hopefully it makes it all worth it.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Think before you buy!

Written By Ted, Roanoke,Va. on Friday, November 28, 2008
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Took two hours to load the dvd's and store the empty cases. The machine
then took 2.5 hours to read the discs and only displayed 26! Took another
8 hours to load the remaining disc info with the help of my wife who can
type! I then thought man, if this things ever breaks I will need to remove
the 400 discs before I can send it in for repairs! At an average of $10 per
disc I don't think I want to ship it with $4000 worth of DVD's inside! Seems
to work pretty good...a little slow in loading and reading the discs but the
picture and sound are great! Do you really want this machine...yes. Do you
really need this machine....well....?
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great DVD PLayer

Written By Jason, Iowa on Tuesday, November 11, 2008
 
Bought this to replace my aging Sony DVD player and wanted to get something to help me with storing my collection of DVDs. Picture and sound are great and I love the fact I don't have to scratch my DVDs putting them in and taking them out. Have had this player for a while and has proved to be a solid machine. I will definitly have to get another when my collection exceeds this one.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By Sergio, NJ on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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This is the second DVP-C995V I have purchased and is my 4th DVD changer. This is a very nice unit that is relatively quiet, accesses disc quickly and the picture quality is fantastic. There are however two things that keep this from being a great changer:
1. The unit does not memorize the TOC of the discs, so once you enter in the name of the disc you had better not remove it or it will be lost. My Onkyo changers memorize the TOC and the name assigned to it so once it reads the disc the name is displayed even if it is moved to another slot.
2 The unit does not allow itself to be daisy chained to another unit. This makes programming a universal remote a real headache. My Onkyo changers are daisy chained so I control only one virtual 602 disc changer instead of two 301 disc changers. This also reduces the number of inputs used on my receiver.
Other than that I think it is wonderful and the HDMI outputs are a real plus.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By george, royersford pa on Sunday, September 14, 2008
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I have no problems with this player I had a older modle and this is a better player . A keyboard is a great help It took me 10 hours to put in 300 dvd's
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By Bob, Corsicana, TX on Tuesday, March 04, 2008
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Everthing works fine except the keyboard. May have to use another keyboard but the only one I have with proper connection. Wish the DVD player didn't auto start the last DVD would like to select before starting. Picture quality is excellent and player performs as stated.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

I'm Spoiled

Written By William, Clearfield, UT on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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400-disc is the best way to store your entire movie collection. I keep a numbered list in Microsoft Word of each slot's contents and print out a new list periodically, updating in pencil as new discs are bought and added. I let my guests look at the printed list to decide with movie to watch and then dial the slot number in the player to watch it.

I also have older models DVP-CX875P (300 discs) and DVP-CX985 (400 discs) I also bought from Crutchfield in the past. The previous models you can turn off the power and the next day turn on the power and click play and it will resume where you left off. But new model (DVP-CX995V) will forget everything if you do that. You are required to hit stop before power off to remember where it left off in the middle of a long movie. As for music CDs, the old ones remember where you left off after powering down, but this new model can not ever do that. The old ones, as you turn the dial for a different CD/DVD, one click is one disc which is easy and intuitive, the new model if you turn more than one click without a pause, the numbers jump unpredictable number of discs which is irritating. The tray moves smoothly and quietly in the old models, the new one sounds like it has sand in it. I also have a two year old version of the 995V and it does not make the sand sound. Not sure if the sand sound is now normal or if it will lead to premature failure.

Nice to have two HD outputs, I hook the HDMI to TV and component video to projector. After years of experience, none of my DVDs have ever been scratched by any Sony disc changers.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

daustins

Written By daustins, Pecos, Texas on Friday, June 15, 2007
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I have several of these, as the latest in a series of megachangers and they are the best. Not perfect, but good.

I had some Sony 400-DVD changers which died early deaths, and at twice the price were not as good. But they did not have HDMI, a wonderful thing. I cannot evaluate the analog circuitry for I leave that to better signal processing down the line--and always have the best component in your system do the upconversion. Since HDMI, if you use it, and please do, the changer is essentially a byte-retrieval system and user interface.

The changer is not as fast as some but it will do. Only once has it gotten hung, requiring a power-down. It does not eat disks requiring surgery.

One reviewer stated that it has an internal library: not so. The title is encoded on the disk and if it is not there, it will not show up and you must label it.

This is the best user interface yet, giving you 32 characters, and you can sort by, inter alia, title and artist. It could use some tweaking though.

It remembers the position of the last 40 disks played; why not all 400? Other Sony products could be designated as Changer A, B, and so forth; this one cannot, which can be rectified with a Post-It over the infrared receptor.

When a disk has a title stored, you cannot override it, which is a large oversight. Some titles are stored with nonsense and you are stuck with them.

30 out of 30 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Umm remind me why I bought this...

Written By Nathan, KCMO on Tuesday, May 15, 2007
 
filled this thing up with 300+ CD's / DVDs and hit the catalog button expecting that I would get the title information for most CDs. It found a grand total of 5 in its internal library.
It's a good player but the titling thing is a gimmick and very annoying that it didn't work.
8 out of 21 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By Mikee, Virginia on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
 
I have had this player now for a year. It has problems playing some DVDs. It will window the entire picture so you have black bars top/bottom and left/right. It is also starting to have the same problems as my previous player did. It will randomly pause the movie. Hitting play won't do anything, but a quick rewind and play, and all is well. I also get a digital audio 'scratch' similar to what happens with satellite when a its stormy. Knock on wood, though, I haven't had the problem with all my titles disappearing, but that is out since I'll have to exchange this one and start all over again.

All in all, I wish more manufacturers made large capacity DVD changers. Can you hear me Samsung????? :)
8 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Changer

Written By Vincent, Lompoc, California on Thursday, February 22, 2007
 
The best changer I ever had. Flawless operation. I have almost 300 DVD's in this unit and they all play without a hitch. I have had this unit about 6 months now and I have yet to have a DVD get jammed. I love the upscaling through the HDMI. I have this unit hooked up to a Sony 60in LCD Rear Projection TV (KDF-60XS955) and the near HD images look awesome. The only thing I could possibly say in a negative vein is that it is a tad bit slow in accessing a movie, about 20 seconds, but I really don't mind that because of the flawless operation. A really Great Product if you have an HDMI capable TV
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

DVD STORAGE

Written By xman0007, PIKESVILLE,MARYLAND on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
 
I Have Well Over 1200 DVDS Alone That Were In The Original Jewel Cases.I Have Purchased 3 Of These Players And Let Me Tell You,It Was The Best Thing I've Ever Done.I Now Have A Teriffic Filing System Through The DVD Player's Disc Explorers,And Now I Have Room For To Store Some Snacks In The Area Where I Had Stored My DVDs.One Of Them Is Hooked To A 60" Projection TV via Component Cable.The Picture Looks So Crystal Clear,That I Purchased A 5.1 Surround System To Go With It.Now Me And My Wife Are Closer Simply Because One Of Them Is Just For Her.I Love It!!!!!
7 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Who needs Blu-ray?

Written By ballsdeep, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, December 17, 2006
 
I hooked up this player to a 1080p Westinghouse with a Monster HDMI cable at 1080i. After watching several DVDs I can honestly say that I will not be purchasing an HD-DVD or Blu-ray player anytime in the near future...well not until recording in those formats become widely available. The picture sound and features of this player are simply amazing and to have SACD playback capability as well makes this player worthy of 6 stars in my book.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

this is a good changer/hdmi works very well

Written By WILL, chicago il on Sunday, December 03, 2006
 
I have had this changer for almost a year now and i have it loaded with music /movies and photos just on sunday dec.3 2006 i watched the matrix reloaded and with it being hooked up hdmi the sound and picture was very good if u walked in and saw for your self u would have thought it was hi def thats how good the picture was. trust me this is a good machine if u want good quality.and my thoughts on blu ray and hd dvd to be honest to me the picture is only 10% better than dvd
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Not The Best

Written By Marvin, Raleigh. MC on Thursday, November 16, 2006
 
The Good

I purchased this DVD because I have TONS of movies. The DVD itself looks very nice, and the lights and display can be turned off with just a push of a button. It plays all my DVDs and CDs smoothly. I love the connections it has. Plenty for everyones needs. I have mine on connecting through a component Cable and using the Optical source to my receiver. Another great feature is that you can plug in a regular type computer keyboard to enter the name of a DVD or CD and program it onto your DVD player. It comes very handy as well. I havent tried the SACD. The DVD player is very easy to use. It has a quick menu set up, and of course for you advanced users you an always go to custom menu mode.

It could have been 5 stars but...

Originally I was going to connect this to my projector through HDMI. IT WOULDNT WORK!.I tried it on my plasma it works.ONLY when its picture is 480p. When I change the resolution to 720P or 1080i, the DVD player will NOT output these resolutions! So dont plan on using the up scaling. The DVD player is very BIG!.its not SPACE SAVING! When changing CDs or DVDs it takes forever. When I turn the knob to search for my DVD title..it sometimes skips to random numbers, not in order, this gets frustrating. It may be hard for some people to put the DVD/CD into the Disc slot. Since it plays 400 DVDCD, the slots are very close, and you can easily make a mistake in putting the DVD in the incorrect slot. Also in order to upscale your picture to 720p/1080i it can only be done through HDMI cable. But that doesnt work since it wont output these resolutions

Recommended ONLY if it isnt used as an up scaling converter
7 out of 12 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

A Definite Improvement but not perfect

Written By Dennis, Longview, WA on Saturday, November 11, 2006
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Several years ago, I purchased the Sony DVP-CX985V disc changer. Although the video quality was great and the carousal worked smoothly, the software program for locating a disc was a nightmare. It was so frustrating that I purchased a Kenwood carousal disc player to replace it. The Kenwood gave me so much trouble with discs jamming that I have replaced it with this Sony unit. I am pleased to note that the hardware is essentially the same as the DVP-CX985V and I am looking forward to a mechanically reliable unit. More importantly, there has been a significant improvement in the software with most of the limitations of the old software eliminated. Scrolling through the list of discs is fast and efficient. There are enough characters in the title line to enter even the longest movie titles and a line entering artists' names gives an alternate route to finding discs. Some software problems, however, persist. You cannot override or edit titles downloaded from the disc which may be in error; alphabetizing treats upper case letters and lower case letters as different letters; and the unit downloads the last disc played every time you turn the unit on thus significantly delaying access to the disc menu until this needless process is complete. Also, you are not able to enter a letter from the remote to go to a particular point in the alphabetical listing of discs. Data entries do not label the slot but the disc and thus if you have to remove a disc, you will have to reenter the disc information. Overall, the player is mechanically sound and the upgrade of the picture quality gives a better picture than progressive DVD images but less than a high definition picture.Good purchase!
14 out of 15 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Top Knotch!

Written By ZYNE, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, August 28, 2006
 
The video upconversion to 1080i makes my DVD's look 10x better on my Samsung 61" DLP than it ever has. The features of the changer itself, I couldn't be happier with!
Many people appear to complain about loading disks. Keep in mind the changer can only read the information it is presented with. I have noticed a lot of my older DVD's needs to be added manually, a 10 second ordeal with the keyboard hooked up. 99% of all my DVD's purchased in the last year or 2 are added automatically with no issues.
I do not use this device for any kind of audio playback so I'm not sure about any potential issues with those functions.

All in all I could not be happier with this changer. If you are thinking about getting one, stop thinking and get it!
16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A Match For the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Written By bigmoneygrip, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, August 24, 2006
 
After reading some of the reviews I was hesitant to buy this model but since my experiences with Sony had been good I decided to give this model a chance. Let me say that 90% of why I buy a DVD player is it's picture quality. This model delivers jaw dropping picture quality at all levels 480p, 720p, and especially 1080i. This is why HDMI is a must feature for any new TV or projector purchase. I will admit that disc changing is a bit slow, but then again, with 400 discs loaded would you really want the carousel spinning that fast in changing disc to disc. I think Sony got it right on the design and simply because a player doesn't have the feature of another model doesn't make it inferior. Being able to load the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy (the director's cut version with 12 discs) was a pleasure and being able to catagorize it and come back to where I left off is a pleasure. I have used this player for over a month and have not experienced any SACD drop outs or any problems whatsoever. I could give this player a 5 star rating on picture quality alone but with all the other extras and upconverting to 1080i it is well deserved.
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3 out of 5

DVP-CX995V a step back?

Written By Marshall, Arlington, TX on Thursday, August 24, 2006
 
I purchased this model as an upgrade from the DVP-CX985V, mainly due to the new HDMI output and upscaling. I will say the picture is clearer and sharper. I do also like the new folder views, except that it doesn't show the jacket picture or saved scene by the title anymore.
Supposedly this player has the feature that allows you to turn off the autoplay, so a disc does not begin playing when the unit is turned on. However, that is not the case. The disc still will automatically play, and I agree with others the movements on this player are much slower than the previous.
Also, you are no longer able to type a disc number in on the remote and jump to that disc. That feature has been taken away, so now your only option is to use the face dial or disc skip on the remote.
The player doesn't load information for many discs, because the movie companies do not always have those files saved on the disc. So that is not Sony's fault. But what is a problem is how the player sorts the titles. It does not ignore the capitalization of the letters to sort by true alphabetical order. Since some companies have the titles in all caps, all lower case, or true typed, the sorting gets messed up.
I am pleased with the video and audio of the player. However, I believe Sony took a set backwards on user interface and speed.
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3 out of 5

SACD and HDMI are a problem for me...

Written By DLloyd, California, USA on Saturday, July 08, 2006
 
I purchased the Sony DVP-CX995V to replace an older DVP-CX985V. For us, the main differences between the two were the reasons for upgrading to the newer model; digital HDMI video output with upscaling of DVD movies to high-definition, the new version of Sonys Disc Explorer, and 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter (the same specification as the DVP-CX777ES model) for SACD playback. There are two problems I am experiencing with the DVP-CX995V: SACD playback and HDMI>DVI upscaling.
For reasons unknown, I experience random audio dropouts when listening to SACDs. I have over 30 titles, all of which are brand new, with no scratches/dust/fingerprints. The player is installed on an isolation platform, is supplied with clean power, and is connected to my preamplifier using two high quality analog interconnect cables with locking RCA connectors. I have tried cleaning the lens of the DVP-CX995V several times, but I still get random audio dropouts regardless of which SACD I play....
Also, I cant get SACD surround sound, as the analog inputs on my preamplifier are two channel (stereo) only.
I really wish Sony would get their act together and make digital output standard for all SACD playback. Currently a few of the ES receivers have iLink inputs for digital SACD playback, and only a few ES models of single disc players have iLink output. Having to use analog audio connections between components is far from ideal, and vastly limits the potential of this format. The HDMI upscaling on my DVP-CX995V does not work, period. The reason why? Because it is connected to a Sony high definition screen using HDMI output from the player into a DVI-D input on monitor. I get 640p only.
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2 out of 5

Sony missed the boat

Written By glenn, Michigan on Thursday, June 15, 2006
 
I have had this unit for over a year. I am very unhappy with it. It's video and audio are OK, but the control is so slow it is all but impossible to find any disc that is stored. I have removed it from my setup and replaced it with a 5 disc changer from Yahama
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2 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By ionutz, Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday, March 21, 2006
 
I am very disapointed with this product. First of all is very slow. It takes to much time to change from one cd to another. Even when you press for a function from remote control takes time.
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2 out of 5

Mediocre Product

Written By Adam12, Urbana, IL on Monday, February 06, 2006
 
This changer takes 45 seconds to switch from song to song when in random play. 30 seconds of that is just reading the disc, and 10 to 15 seconds are spent swapping the disc and carousel rotation.

The primary interface for this changer is through the TV, which many people would prefer since it is a DVD player. However, if you plan to use this as a CD player as well, be aware that most of the controls have to go through the TV.

Many of the controls that you would expect to access on the front panel of the player are only accessible with the remote control, so if you lose the remote, run out of batteries or break it you are stuck.

Catagorizing CDs that do not have text burnt into the disc is a hassle. The information is erased once the disc is removed from the slot it was catagorized in, and the player loses all information if the power goes out.

I was on the fence about keeping this product until a disc jammed, and that made up my mind very quickly with these other problems in mind.

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4 out of 5

Great with one BIG problem

Written By Michael, Kingsport, TN on Friday, January 27, 2006
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Great overall. Picture quality is excellent and now I don't have DVDs laying everywhere. Great feature is the ability to lock the door so the kids can't get to the discs. Excellent connections and the remote is very user friendly.
The BIG PROBLEM... I know what Sony says about the cataloging system, "...insert a disc and the system will read the title data". It will but only about 20% of the time. I loaded over 300 DVDs and the player only cataloged about 70 of them. I had to input the titles manually for the rest. A very time consuming process even with a full size keyboard attached. These were both old and new DVDs. Once the data is input the cataloging and file system is great. Very easy to find any disc and play it.
Overall I'm very pleased. Sony however, shouldn't advertise a capability for this system that works only 20% of the time.
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4 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By Richard, Bronx, NY on Tuesday, November 01, 2005
 
I just upgraded to this unit from my Pioneer F727 301-disc unit. The video quality is much better with the Sony, but it seems my 6 year old Pioneer had a better disc management system. After loading all 350 of my movies into the Sony, I had to play each one individually to load the discs info onto the unit. Then you can enter title info. On my Pioneer, there was an "update new disc/all discs" feature. This allowed you to let the unit to load all or new discs automatically, and save their data until you enter a title, or read the title off the disc if it had that feature. Also, the unit seems "slow" to respond to remote commands. One you start playing a disc, you can't stop it until the disc has loaded and the movie's menu screen is shown. You have to wait through the "FBI warning" screens. My old Pioneer allowed you to stop a disc at anytime, regardless of its status. The Sony does allow you to create folders, though.......Just my 2 cents...
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4 out of 5

Sony DVP-CX995V

Written By Christopher, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, October 22, 2005
 
In response to those who think that the changer can't read the text information, this is not the fault of the changer but the DVDs themselves. It is up to whoever authors the DVD (Move studio) to include the DVD text info on the disc but sadly most discs do not have dvd text info but anyone interested in backing up thier DVD collection can add the text info to the copy with available software. Oh and yes I am quite happy with the changer in general although I don't really like the newer digital display as compared to the older models.
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4 out of 5

Great DVD changer

Written By panther, Chino Hills, CA on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
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I bought the changer upon learning that it has an upconversion feature to 720p and 1080i. I've seen the process which does wonders to regular DVDs viewed on a hi-def TV set. Video quality is smooth, excellent with various tweaks available. The Disc Explorer menu is much better than its predecessor the 985. It is easier to navigate with nicer presentation. You can add more info per line along with a variety of genres with the bonus of having a screen capture. The only gripe I have is that the navigation feature can't be activated without sliding the Disc Explorer switch. I wish it was a button that you can just press at any time. I also wish that the OSD during functions [i.e. skip, pause, play etc.] would not show on the screen. The letters are way big for my taste. If they were smaller, it wouldn't be so distracting. To have all your discs in one place without having to fiddle about is convenient. Super value for its price. I recommend this unit.
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2 out of 5

Mega Chanager

Written By Jim, Huntsville, AL on Saturday, September 24, 2005
 
I needed a mega changer to accommodate my large collection of DVD's and ultimately waited for this unit to come out because of all the problems manufactures have had with previous mega changers.

Considering Sony as a leader in electronics' and my previous experience with them I honestly expected better. Especially since they had such poor results with their previous models and I assumed they had read the reviews from their customers and others.

Picture is good, features are good except one which is very important to me and that is the ability to read disc information and load it into the machine and store it. Out of 400 disc's the machine recorded only about 20-25. This is didgtal information stored on every DVD. If it can play the disc it should be able to read the information about the DVD, right? NOT! I contacted Sony Tech support,(which is excellent), returned the machine and agreed to exchange it based on their statement that machine will read and record ALL disc's. Unfortunately, Not True. I'll have to enter all the remaining disc's manually which is a royal pain and very time consuming.
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5 out of 5

Great DVD Player!

Written By Bjorn, Tampa, Florida on Thursday, August 25, 2005
 
I jsut got this DVD player recently. I waited for it since I have the need for a large changer like this. THe 985 was available, buthis player has upconverison to 720p and 1080i. I'm very happy with the picture quality; it makes DVD's look stunning on my Samsung DLP. Sony also updated the Disc Explorer interface, and it is easier to use now. THe 985 was good, but hte 995 is better in every way.
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