Playback: For basic video
and high quality two channel stereo playback, this model can be used with
any television with RCA audio and video inputs.
Dolby Digital/DTS Playback: For
Dolby Digital or DTS playback, this player may be used with a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver, or you may
connect the outputs of the built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoder to a Dolby Digital
"ready" receiver or preamp with a 5.1 channel input.
can play the following discs:
- DVD: Plays both 12cm and 8cm
(5" and 3") DVDs. Plays both single and double sided DVDs, single
and double layer DVDs. Plays only Region Code 1 DVDs
- Video CDs: Plays both 12cm
and 8cm (5" and 3") video CDs. Plays Ver 1.1 discs (without PBC
functions) and Ver 2.0 discs (with PBC interactive functions).
- Audio CDs (except CD-Rs and CD-RWs):
Plays both 12cm and 8cm (5" and 3") audio CDs.
The manual states that this unit CANNOT
play CD-Rs, CD-RWs, CD-ROMs or Photo CDs.
However, the unit we tested was able to play a CD-RW disc. The
unit gives you a NO DISC message when you attempt to play a CD-R, CD-ROM or
Exchange: You can exchange up to 4 discs while
playing a fifth (must use disc skip after each one).
Digital/DTS Decoder: This
unit has a built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoder with bass management
features. When a Dolby Digital or DTS encoded disc is played, the decoded
signals are output through the 5.1 channel outputs on the back of the unit. The
5.1 channel outputs are for use with Dolby Digital "ready" receivers
and preamps. See "Speaker Setup" section below for more info on
Cinema Sound: This unit is equipped with DSP capabilities to
enhance the listening experience. You may select "Off", "VES
TV", "VES A", "VES B", "Virtual Semi Multi
Dimension", "Normal Surround", "Enhanced Surround",
"Virtual Rear Shift", "Virtual Multi Rear", "Virtual
Multi Dimension", or "Virtual Surround Headphones".
- "Off": Outputs all
channels recorded on the disc being played.
- "VES TV" (Virtual
Enhanced Surround TV): Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear
speakers from the TV speakers without actually having rear speakers; the
"virtual" rear speaker sound appears to come from the sides and
- "VES A" (Virtual
Enhanced Surround A): Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear
speakers from the front speakers without actually having rear speakers; the
"virtual" rear speaker sound appears to come from the sides and
- "VES B" (Virtual
Enhanced Surround B): Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear
surround sound from the front speakers without actually having rear
speakers; the "virtual" rear speaker sound appears to come from
- "Virtual Semi Multi
Dimension": Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear surround
sound from the front speakers without actually having rear speakers; the
"virtual" rear speaker sound appears to come from the rear. This
mode creates 5 sets of virtual speakers surrounding the listener at a 30
degree angle of elevation.
- "Normal Surround":
Applies Dolby Pro Logic processing to 2-channel audio signals to create
surround effects from signals that weren't Dolby Pro Logic encoded.
- "Enhanced Surround":
Produces a stereo-like effect in the rear channels while decoding a Pro
Logic encoded source.
- "Virtual Rear Shift":
Shifts the sound of the rear speakers away from the actual speaker position.
If the rear speakers are located to the side of the listening position, the
sound is shifted to the rear. If the rear speakers are located to the rear
of the listening position, the sound is shifted to the side.
- "Virtual Multi Rear":
Creates an array of virtual rear speakers from a single pair of speakers.
- "Virtual Multi
Dimension": Creates an array of virtual rear speakers from a single
pair of speakers. This mode creates 5 sets of virtual speakers surrounding
the listener at a 30 degree angle of elevation.
- "Virtual Surround
Headphones": Uses 3D sound imaging to place the listener in an
acoustically sophisticated movie studio by giving greater definition to the
allows you to set up the unit to automatically select the audio track with the
highest number of channels on DVDs containing multiple audio formats. For
instance, when the track selection feature has been set to AUTO and you play a
disc that has a 2-channel PCM audio track and a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio
track, the unit will automatically select the Dolby Digital track.
audio D/A converter: For 96kHz PCM audio DVDs. When playing a
96kHz/24-bit audio DVD, the unit's frequency response is rated at 2Hz-44kHz +/-
Video Outputs: These allow for better color rendition and
picture clarity when used with TV monitors equipped with component inputs.
You may choose from six video modes (Standard, Dynamic 1, Dynamic 2, Cinema 1,
Cinema 2, or Memory) and adjust the picture, brightness, color, and hue settings
of each mode to obtain the picture quality you want.
playback: Allows you to resume playback of a DVD or CD from
where you last stopped, even if you turned power off (so long as power is not
lost and the tray is not opened).
In DVD mode, the still picture is detailed and virtually noise-free.
Scan Picture Search: This allows high quality viewing in high
speed, slow speed, and frame by frame in both forward and reverse with almost no
pixilization. The speeds are FF2 (30X); FF1 (10X), X2, Normal play, SLOW 1, and
SLOW 2 (slower than SLOW 1). Any of these speeds may be selected in forward or
reverse direction. Note that during X2 forward and reverse play, audio will
still be heard through the analog output at a lower volume.
dial on unit remote: This allows you to access the various
picture search and to move frame by frame (jog/step function).
Control Panel: A flip-down panel, located below the disc tray
opening, contains Shuffle, Repeat, 1/All, Load, Title, DVD Menu and Return
Video Digital to Analog converter: The 10-bit decoder reduces
digital artifacts for a better picture.
meter: Lots of fun, it lets you monitor the average bit-rate
level on a DVD.
Saver Function: If left in pause or stop mode for 15 minutes, a
screen saver image appears to prevent your television from becoming damaged.
Headphone Output: The level is controlled with a rotary volume
knob on unit.
Play: This unit can be set for random playback of discs, titles,
chapters or tracks. By selecting "1/All Discs", you can have the
player shuffle one disc or all of the discs in the player.
and DVD Text: This unit can display the disc titles of CDs and
DVDs encoded with text data. CD and DVD Text disc titles are shown on the
display and a connected television. Only disc titles are displayed; track titles
and artist names are not displayed.
Up to 300 discs can be labeled with names of up to 20 characters; discs encoded
with CD Text or DVD Text cannot be labeled.
- You can control a
second Sony 5, 50, 200 or 300 CD changer with this unit IF it has a Control
A1 (S-Link) or Control A1 II jack.
- The 2nd Unit's RCA outputs must be
connected to the RCA inputs of this unit, and the Control A1 jack of the CD
changer must be connected to the Mega Control jack on this unit. When the
units are connected this way, the controls on both units will function. You
can control the normal CD functions (except audible search) including direct
disc and track access.
Selects on-screen display language (English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese)
- DVD Menu:
Selects language for DVD menu (if the DVD isn't recorded with the selected
language, another language is selected by the player)
Selects default DVD audio language
Selects subtitle language or "audio follow" which changes subtitle
language to match audio track
- TV Type:
Selects 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan Scan or 16:9/4:3 Wide Mode for widescreen
Turns screen saver feature on and off
Selects background color or picture shown on the TV screen when the player
is in stop mode or playing a CD. May be set to "Jacket Picture"
(jacket picture displayed when disc has been recorded with one),
"Picture Memory" (allows you to store a picture from a disc in
memory for display), "Graphics" (preset graphics), blue or black.
- Startup Screen: Selects the
startup screen. May be set to "Standard" (standard startup screen
in player's memory appears) or "Picture Memory" (Your favorite
picture appears in the startup screen).
- Auto Play:
Selects the setting of the Auto Play feature; may select "OFF",
Timer (allows you to play back using an external audio timer), DEMO1 or
Sets the unit's display to bright, dark or off
- Pause Mode
(for DVD only): May be set to AUTO (for jitter free display of a
picture containing moving subjects) or FRAME (for high resolution, jitter
free display of a picture containing stationary subject)
Reset: Allows you to reset all bookmarks
control: Allows you to enter a 4 digit password to limit
playback level on DVDs which support parental controls
Memory: You can have the unit store the Audio, Subtitle, Angle,
Virtual 3D Surround, Digital Video Enhancer, and Video EQ settings for up to
Selects OFF or ON (lowers analog output level for matching
to other audio equipment).
- Audio Dynamic
Selects Off or On (compresses sound for night listening)
- Center Speaker EQ:
Makes the spoken track clear by changing the frequency response when speech
is difficult to hear. You can select Flat (outputs the spoken track as it
was recorded), Enhanced (enhances the spoken track only), or Soft (makes the
sound softer by rounding out the sound frequency above 8 kHz)
Switches the mixing down methods for DVDs with Dolby Digital or DTS audio.
May be set to "Dolby Surround" (when unit is connected to a Dolby
Pro Logic receiver) or "Normal" (when used with a
two-channel, non-Pro Logic, stereo)
Out: May be set to ON or OFF. When set to ON, the Dolby Digital
and DTS settings (see below) can be made.
Digital: Determines the type of signal output by the digital
outputs when a Dolby Digital encoded disc is being played. May be set to
"D-PCM" (downmix PCM) or "Dolby Digital". When "D-PCM"
is selected, the digital outputs provide a two-channel stereo PCM digital
signal. When "Dolby Digital" is selected, the digital outputs will
pass Dolby Digital signals without down mixing.
Determines the type of signal output by the digital outputs when a DTS
encoded disc is being played. May be set to "D-PCM" (downmix PCM)
or "DTS". When "D-PCM" is selected, the digital outputs
provide a two-channel stereo PCM digital signal. When "DTS" is
selected, the digital outputs will pass DTS signals without down mixing.
- 48kHz/96kHz PCM (DVD Only):
Selects the sampling frequency of the audio signal to be output via the
digital outputs. You may select 48kHz/16bit (the audio signals of DVDs are
always converted to 48kHz/16bit) or 96kHz/24bit (all types of signals are
output in their original format). Note: If the signal is encrypted
for copyright protections purposes, the signal is only output as
Front may be set to LARGE or SMALL, center may be set to LARGE, SMALL or
NONE, rear may be set to LARGE, SMALL, or NONE, and subwoofer may be
set to NONE or YES.
cut off frequency for the subwoofer and small speakers is 120Hz.
The bass and/or signal which would have gone to channels set as SMALL or
NONE is redirected to LARGE speakers or, if connected, a subwoofer.
distance: For front, center and rear surround speakers, it
allows you to adjust for speaker positioning in feet (and meters) in 1 foot
(0.3 meter) increments.
- Test tone:
Allows you to set speaker levels (does not function for subwoofer out). May
be turned on or off.
Front speaker balance allows you to adjust front speaker balance (-6 to +6dB
in 0.5dB steps). Rear speaker balance allows you to adjust surround speaker
balance (-6 to +6dB in 0.5dB steps).
The center and rear speaker levels may be adjusted from -6 to +6dB in 0.5dB
steps, and the subwoofer level may be adjusted from -10 to +10dB in 0.5dB
The remote allows you to control all the features of the unit. A numeric keypad
(0-9) allows you to directly access tracks, and the remote has a jog/shuttle
dial. Many of the remote's buttons glow in the dark,
but there is no back lighting.
A/V Receiver Volume Control: The
remote is precoded to operate the main volume control of the following
This remote will
control the following TVs (controls Power; TV/Video, Volume +/-, Channel +/- and
direct channel entry):
- Headphone jack with variable rotary
- Line Out 1: RCA stereo audio, RCA
composite video and S-video out
- Line Out 2: RCA stereo audio, RCA
composite video and S-video out
- Component video output (3 RCA outputs
Y, PB/B-Y and PR/R-Y)
- 5.1 Output: For connecting to 5.1
ready receivers, there are 6 RCA outputs (left and right front, center,
subwoofer and left and right surround)
- S-Link (Control S In): Mono minijack
for connection to compatible Sony products
- Mega Control: Mono minijack for
connection to compatible Sony CD changers
- Audio In: stereo audio RCA line level
inputs for connection to a Mega Control compatible Sony CD changer
- Optical Digital Output: Standard
Toslink with cover; can be used with PCM or AC-3 (DTS Compatible)
- Coaxial digital output: Can be used
with PCM or AC-3 (DTS Compatible)
At the time of review, the unit included a special offer for 10 Free DVD movie
rentals from NetFlix.com (special offer for new NetFlix customers only-offer
expires 3/31/01) and a special offer for 2 Free DVDs (plus shipping and
handling) from Columbia House DVD Club (offer expires 8/01/01).The
included special offers may be available for a limited time only and may not be
available in outlet stock. Crutchfield cannot supply replacements for items
missing from outlet stock merchandise.