About the Sony ES DVP-NS999ES
Since DVD arrived on the scene in 1997, Sony's top models have been the benchmark against which other players are measured. The DVP-NS999ES part of the high-end "ES" line once again demonstrates Sony's total mastery of digital audio and video technology. DVD picture quality especially in progressive-scan mode is flawless, fluid and naturally filmlike. Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive system attacks video noise and distortion on all fronts so that what you see on your TV is as close as possible to the original film print. The player's 108MHz/14-bit video D/A converter ensures super-accurate color rendition and gray scale from the deepest blacks to the brightest highlights.
To take the full measure of what this amazing player can do, pair it with a large-screen HDTV-ready TV (check out Sony's Hi-Scan models). The DVP-NS999ES even includes an Audio-Video Alignment feature to eliminate any time delay between picture and sound (lip sync), which can sometimes occur when DVDs are viewed on an HDTV, or plasma or LCD TV.
This machine's DVD-playing prowess comes without compromising music reproduction. There are even front-panel buttons that let you switch off the video circuitry and fluorescent display to banish potential interference. Your standard CDs will have more sparkle and texture, and wait till you hear an SACD disc it's like HDTV for music! To enjoy multichannel SACDs in their full 5.1-channel splendor, simply connect the DVP-NS999ES's 5.1-channel analog output to a matching 5.1 input on your A/V receiver. For a clear demonstration of SACD's sonic superiority, pick up one of the recently remastered early Rolling Stones discs, like Let It Bleed, and compare the SACD layer with the standard CD layer. You'll hear more detail, dynamics, and raw energy.
The DVP-NS999ES is one of the most versatile players we've seen when it comes to playing the ever-widening variety of video and audio disc formats. And whatever type of disc you play, you'll appreciate the sturdy ES build quality, silky smooth operation, and intuitive controls. How confident is Sony about its durability? They back the DVP-NS999ES with a 5-year warranty!
In the January/February 2003 issue of The Perfect Vision, reviewer Shane Buettner was mighty impressed by this player's video and audio performance: "The DVP-NS999ES is the best DVD-Video player that Sony has built, a worthy successor to the DVP-9000ES as Sony's flagship. Not only is the new Sony worthy of my highest recommendation, it's an early front-runner for Product of the Year among DVD players."
- anti-resonant chassis with frame-and-beam construction
- plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
- plays SACD, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW
- 108MHz/14-bit video D/A converter
- selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output
(progressive-scan requires a compatible TV)
- Precision Cinema Progressive de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
- front-panel jog/shuttle control
- built-in Dolby® Digital/DTS® decoding with 5.1-channel output
- bass management for Dolby Digital, DTS, and SACD
- 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)
- remote control (multibrand for TVs)
- 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter
- audio signal-to-noise ratio 120 dB
- 16-15/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 14-15/16"D
- warranty: 5 years
- designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
What's in the box:
- Black DVD/CD/SACD player
- RMT-D150A Wireless remote
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 7.75' AC power cord
- 56" Audio/video cord (left and right RCA audio and RCA composite video connectors on each end)
- Sony Music Multichannel SACD Sampler
- Operating Instructions (English)
- Operating Instructions (French)
- Important Safeguards
- Warranty sheet
- "Welcome to the World of Super Audio CD" sheet
- Warranty registration/SACD questionnaire
- Netflix promo card
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Features & specs
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|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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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 audio.
Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion De-interlacer with 3-2 Pulldown Processing: Sony's Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion is an advanced de-interlacer design with the processing power to deliver flawless, fluid progressive-scan video.
192kHz/24-bit Audio D/A Converter: This player features a 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter.
108MHz/14-bit Video D/A Converter: The player's 108MHz/14-bit video D/A converter ensures super-accurate color rendition and gray scale from the deepest blacks to the brightest highlights.
Progressive Scan Output: The component video output on this unit can be used to send 480p progressive scan signals to a progressive scan capable television. In contrast to the 30 frames shown per second by the interlaced format, the progressive format displays 60 frames per second for more detailed images.
Component Video Output: In addition to the composite and S-video outputs, this unit is equipped with a set of component video outputs. When connected to a television with a component video input, the component video output of this unit will provide picture color and detail that is superior to video from composite and S-video outputs. The component video output may be set for interlaced or progressive scan operation.
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.
Video Control: You can choose from the following Video Control 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: Digital Video Enhancer, Block Noise Reduction, Luminance Noise Reduction, Chroma Noise Reduction, Chroma Delay, AV Alignment, picture, brightness, color, hue, and gamma
DVD/SACD/CD Text: When playing a DVD, SACD or CD encoded with text, this unit will display the text information.
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.
PBC (Playback Control) Playback: PBC playback allows you to play Video CDs interactively by following the menu on the TV screen.
Angle Viewer: If various angles for a scene are recorded on a DVD, you can display the angles at the same time. The player can display up to 9 different angles at once.
Strobe Play: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you can display 9 consecutive moving pictures on the screen. The pictures can also be paused.
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.
Multi-disc Resume: The player stores the point where you stopped the disc for up to 300 discs and resumes playback from the stored location the next time you insert 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. Note: This feature does not work for audio CDs, SACDs or MP3 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 Replay button, the player will go back 10 seconds and begin playing again.
Bookmark: Up to 9 bookmarks per disc for a total of 300 discs can be stored in memory.
Disc Memo: You can label a disc if no text is recorded on the disc. You can put a title up to 20 characters in length on each disc.
Program Play: Up to 99 titles, chapters and tracks can be programmed and played in any order.
Shuffle Play: When playing a DVD, you can play the titles or chapters in random order. When playing a Video CD, SACD or an audio CD, you can play the tracks in random order. In addition, you can play the titles/chapters or tracks in Program Play in random order.
Repeat Play: "A-B Repeat" allows you to select any portion of a title, chapter, or track and play that portion repeatedly. When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title, current chapter, or the entire disc. When playing a Video CD, SACD or an audio CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc. When playing an MP3 disc, you can repeat the current album, current track or the entire disc. In addition, you can repeat Program Play and Shuffle Play.
Scan Search: When playing a DVD, SACD or an audio CD, there are three fast-play speeds available in the playback direction. When playing a DVD, there are three fast-play speeds available in the reverse direction. When playing an SACD or audio CD, there are two fast-play speeds available in the reverse direction.
Slow Motion: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you may move forward through the program being played in one of two slow motion speeds. When playing a DVD, you may move backward through the program being played in one of two slow motion speeds.
Display Dimmer: You can set the display to Bright, Dark, Auto Dark, Auto Off, or 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.
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 300 discs.
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 CD, SACD 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, SACD or an MP3. You can choose Jacket Picture (shows the DVD jacket picture if supported by the DVD), Picture Memory (a favorite picture that you manually store using the Picture Memory button on the remote), 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.
- Playback Memory: This function allows you to store settings for up to 300 discs. The following settings are stored in memory by the Playback Memory function: Angle, Audio, Bookmark, Disc Memo, Video Control, and Subtitle.
- 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.
- Audio ATT (attenuation): You can select On or Off. When On is selected, the unit lowers the level of the analog audio outputs to prevent distortion.
- Audio Dynamic Range Control (DVD only): You can select Standard, TV Mode (compresses the dynamic range for late night listening), and Wide Range (no compression for the highest dynamic range).
- Audio Filter: selects the 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.
- Down Mix (DVD only): This functions switches the mixing method, so "Dolby Surround" sounds ideal when used with a Pro Logic/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver, and "Normal" sounds ideal when used with a normal stereo.
- Digital Out: You can select if audio signals are passed through the digital outputs. You can choose On or Off. When the digital outputs are turned On, you can adjust the Dolby Digital, and DTS settings.
- Dolby Digital: You can select D-PCM (outputs PCM only) or Dolby Digital (outputs a Dolby Digital signal when available).
- DTS: You can select D-PCM (outputs PCM only) or DTS (outputs a DTS signal when available).
- 48 kHz/96 kHz PCM (DVD only): selects the sampling frequency and word length of the audio signal to be output via the digital outputs. You can select 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.
- Size: the front speakers may be set to LARGE or SMALL. The center speaker may be set to LARGE, SMALL or NONE. The rear speakers may be set to LARGE, SMALL, or NONE. The subwoofer may be set to NONE or YES. Note: The 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 the subwoofer, front, center and rear surround speakers, this setting allows you to adjust for speaker positioning in 0.25 foot increments
- Level: allows you to adjust the level of each speaker independently
- Test Tone: a test tone is emitted from each speaker allowing you to set their levels. This feature can be turned On or Off.
Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on certain brands of A/V receivers and televisions. The remote has an LCD that is backlit with amber illumination.
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