About the Sony DVP-NC685V
The DVP-NC685V is Sony's latest DVD changer with SACD playback capability. If you're not familiar with SACD (Super Audio CD), it's a high-resolution music format co-developed by Sony (with Philips). SACD uses an ultra-high sampling rate to more faithfully reproduce the original source material. If you have a 5.1-channnel speaker system and a receiver with a 5.1 analog input, you can now enjoy high-resolution wraparound sound on multichannel SACDs. Actually, whether they're multichannel or stereo, you'll love the added realism that SACD brings to music listening.
These days, most high-quality DVD players offer progressive-scan output, but that doesn't mean that all progressive models perform the same. Sony's advanced Precision Cinema Progressive design has the processing power to deliver flawless, fluid progressive-scan video on every DVD!
Of course, to enjoy the benefits of progressive-scan video more subtle detail and color gradations, and a natural filmlike smoothness you'll need to connect the DVP-NC685V to an HD-compatible TV (like Sony's Hi-Scan models). Or, select interlaced scan for the best picture you've ever seen on your standard TV.
Since you'll probably want to use the player's 5.1-channel analog output to enjoy multichannel SACDs, you can let the player's built-in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoders handle DVD movie soundtracks, too (or do like most folks, and make a one-cable digital connection to an A/V receiver with Dolby Digital/DTS decoding).
The convenience of a 5-disc changer really comes in handy for the growing number of multi-disc DVD titles. And it's great to be able to keep a couple of your favorite music CDs or SACDs loaded and ready to go at any time. Speaking of music, the 'NC685V's ultra-precise audio section can add sparkle and clarity to your collection of standard CDs, too.
- change 4 discs while the 5th keeps playing
- plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and Video CD
- plays SACD, CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW
- 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter
- selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output (progressive scan requires a TV that's 480p-compatible)
- Precision Cinema Progressive de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
- TV Virtual Surround for enhanced 2-speaker sound
- Digital Cinema Sound surround modes
- built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoder with 5.1-channel output
- digital bass management (speaker size, delay time, and channel balance adjustments)
- optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
- 2 sets of A/V outputs (2 composite, 2 S-video, and 1 480i/480p component video)
- multibrand remote control (operates most TVs)
- 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter
- audio signal-to-noise ratio 115 dB
- 16-15/16"W x 3-13/16"H x 17-1/4"D
- warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
- MFR # DVP-NC685V
What's in the box:
- 5-disc DVD/Audio CD changer
- RMT-D159A Wireless remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 57" Audio/video cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
- Operating Instructions
- Important Safeguards
- Warranty sheet
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Features & specs
|Number of Discs||5|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
|Composite Video Outputs||2|
|Component Video Outputs||1|
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 Multichannel SACD Playback: In addition to standard 2-channel CD playback, this unit will play 2-channel and multichannel 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 multichannel playback. For multichannel playback, the 5.1-channel outputs must be connected to a multichannel input on a receiver or preamp. multichannel SACDs may have 3, 4, 5 or 6 channels of audio.
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 years Precision Drive to further eliminate errors in playback due to imperfect, scratched or warped DVD discs.
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 realistic picture.
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 the sampling frequency and word length of the audio signal to be output via the digital outputs. You can select 48kHz/16-bit or 96kHz/24-bit. When set to 48kHz/16-bit, the audio signals are always converted to 48kHz/16-bit. When set to 96kHz/24-bit, all types of signals, including 96kHz/24-bit, are output in their original format. However, if the signal is encrypted for copyright protection purposes, the signal is only output as 48kHz/16-bit.
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.
Progressive Scan Output: Progressive-scan video has less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than the traditional interlaced-scanning method, resulting in a superior picture. This unit allows you to choose Interlace mode or one of the following Progressive modes:
- Progressive Video: optimizes output for video-based software
- Progressive Film: optimizes output for film-based software
- Progressive Auto: When this setting is chosen, the unit will automatically detect if you are playing video-based or film-based software and convert the signal using the appropriate setting.
Note: To take advantage of this feature, you must have a television with component video inputs that supports the progressive scanning mode.
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.
Digital 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 turned off.
Block Noise Reduction (BNR): The BNR function adjusts the picture quality by reducing the "block noise" or mosaic-like patterns that appear on your TV screen.
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
TV Virtual Surround (TVS): TV Virtual Surround generates a convincing surround sound effect using only two 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 television.
- 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 television.
- 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.
Digital Cinema Sound: Dolby Cinema Sound generates a convincing surround sound effect using a four to 6 speaker system. You can select one of the following settings:
- Normal Surround: standard surround mode
- Enhanced Surround: when playing a source with a monaural rear channel signal, this setting produces a stereo-like effect in the rear channels
- Virtual 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.
- Virtual Multi Rear: creates an array of virtual rear speakers from a single pair of actual speakers
- Virtual Multi Dimension: 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.
Resume 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 or you change the settings on the Setup Display while the disc is playing.
Multi-disc Resume: The player stores the point where you stopped the disc for up to 6 discs and resumes playback from the stored location the next time you insert the same disc. This feature can only be used with DVDs and Video CDs.
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.
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 40 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 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 Super Audio CD, 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).
- Black Level: You can set the black level for the video signals output from the composite and S-Video jacks.
- Black Level (Component Out): You can separately set the black level for the video signal output from the component video jacks. This function is not available when the player outputs a progressive scan signal.
- 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.
- 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 A/V receivers.