Inputs and Outputs Notes
Direct Stream Digital (DSD)
Encoding: Unlike PCM
based technology (CD/MiniDisc/DVD/Audio DVD, 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
Precision Drive 2 System:
Providing an improved mechanism for reading DVD discs that are in less than
perfect condition, Precision Drive 2 improves over last year's Precision Drive
to further eliminate errors in playback due to imperfect, scratched or warped
108MHz/12-bit Video D/A Converter:
The high-speed 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter employs 4X oversampling for
much more effective noise filtering. The result is smoother gradation and a more
96kHz/24-bit Audio D/A Converter: This
player features a 96kHz/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
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.
Digital 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.
Scan 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 disc type, titles, and other text information can be displayed on
the TV screen. Disc Explorer offers the following modes to help you search and
manage your discs:
- File Mode: The player has 7
folders (All, DVD, CD, and 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 are automatically filed in the DVD folder, and SACDs, audio CDs,
Video CDs, and MP3 CDs are filed in the CD folder. You can file up to 400
discs in one folder, and the same disc can be filed in different folders.
- Note: You can set
Program Play, Shuffle Play, and Repeat Play for discs within a single
- Edit Mode: You can label
discs with a 16-character title (Disc Memo) and folders with a 3-character
title. In addition, you can assign a genre label to each disc.
- Sort Mode: You can sort
discs in a folder by disc slot number, text information (DVD/SACD/CD Text or
Disc Memo), or genre.
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 499 albums
and the unit will play no more than a combined total of 999 albums and tracks.
Video Enhancer: The Digital Video Enhancer
makes the picture appear clear and crisp by enhancing the outlines of images on
your TV screen. You can select one of three levels; each level enhances the
outline more than the previous level. In addition, you can select
"Soft", which softens the image, or the Digital Video Enhancer can be
Reduction (BNR): The BNR function adjusts the
picture quality by reducing the "block noise" or mosaic-like patterns
that appear on your TV screen.
Picture Mode: You can choose from the following
Custom Picture Mode settings:
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
- Cinema 2:
white colors become brighter and black colors become
richer, and the color contrast is increased
allows you to individually adjust and store the
following settings: picture, brightness, color, and hue
Virtual Surround (TVS): TV Virtual Surround generates a
convincing surround sound effect using only 2 stereo speakers, with a stereo
receiver or directly out of the television speakers. You can turn this feature
Off or you can select one of the following settings:
- TVS Dynamic: uses sound
imaging to create a single set of virtual rear speakers. This mode is
effective when using speakers that are close together, such as on a
- TVS Wide: uses sound imaging
to create multiple virtual rear speakers. This
mode is effective when using speakers that are close together, such as on a
- TVS Night: large sounds,
such as explosions, are suppressed, but the quieter sounds are unaffected
- TVS Standard: uses sound
imaging to create multiple virtual rear speakers. This
mode is effective when using separate front speakers that are far apart.
Cinema Sound: Dolby Cinema Sound generates a convincing surround
sound effect using a 4 to 6 speaker system. You can select one of the following
playing a source with a monaural rear channel signal, this setting produces
a stereo-like effect in the rear channels
Rear Shift: this
setting shifts the sound of the rear speakers away from their actual
position. If the speakers are located in the rear, this setting shifts them
to the side. If the speakers are located on the side, this setting shifts
them to the rear.
Multi Rear: creates
an array of virtual rear speakers from a single pair of actual speakers
creates 5 sets of virtual speakers at about a 30-degree angle of elevation
Picture Navigation: You can
divide the screen into 9 subscreens and find the desired scene quickly.
Title/Chapter and Track
Viewer: 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.
Play: The player stores the point where you stopped the disc and
resumes playback from the stored location the next time you play the same disc.
The resume playback point is cleared for a disc when you change the play mode,
open the front cover, change the slot, or disconnect the power cord.
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.
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, Auto Dark, or Auto Off. When set to Auto Dark, if you
do not operate the player or remote for a short while, the front panel display
becomes dark. When set to Auto Off, if you do not operate the player or remote
for a short while, the front panel display turns off.
Child Lock: You can lock the
disc tray to prevent a child from opening it.
- 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
the background color in stop mode, or while playing a CD or an MP3. You can
choose 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).
- 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.
Memory: This function allows you to store
settings for up to 400 discs. The following settings are stored in memory by
the Playback Memory function: Angle, Audio, BNR, Picture Mode, Digital Video
Enhancer, and Subtitle.
- Pause Mode: You can select
from Auto (no jitter) or Frame (high resolution) for the type of picture
output in pause mode.
- Track Selection (DVD only):
You can select Auto or Off. When Auto is selected, priority is given to the
digital audio track with the largest number of channels.
Multibrand Remote: The supplied
remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on
certain brands of televisions and receivers.
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.
Some units come incorrectly packed with a Sony ES warranty sheet, which
offers a 5-year parts and labor warranty. Per Sony, this unit has a 1-year parts
and labor warranty.