About the Sony DVP-NS900V
The handsome DVP-NS900V will satisfy home theater fanatics who demand high-end movie and music playback. It's a versatile audio player, capable of playing CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and both stereo and multichannel SACDs. Hear the full glory of SACD sound in as many as 5.1 channels! This player uses three of Sony's new-generation Super Audio DACs (one for main right and left channels, one for center channel and subwoofer, and one for right/left surrounds). Sound quality on SACD and CD discs is phenomenal!
One of the most important parts of a progressive-scan DVD player is the "de-interlacer," and Sony's advanced Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion design has the processing power to deliver flawless, fluid progressive-scan video every time! The DVP-NS900V features composite and S-video outputs for easy connection to almost any TV, plus a selectable 480p/480i component video output. For progressive-scan (480p) you'll need an HDTV-ready TV, like Sony's Hi-Scan models. Or you can select interlaced mode (480i) for a terrific picture with a regular TV.
The DVD experience isn't complete until you've heard your favorite movie in wraparound 5.1-channel surround sound. The DVP-NS900V has built-in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding and a 5.1-channel output. Connect it to any A/V receiver with a 5.1-channel input for full-on home theater fun. Or connect the player's optical or coaxial digital output to a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver.
Like virtually all players with built-in decoding, the DVP-NS900V provides bass management for Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. It also has bass management for multichannel SACD. (Bass management ensures optimum sound quality from any 5.1-channel speaker configuration.) A headphone jack with volume control is included for high-quality private listening.
- plays DVD-Video discs, CDs, stereo and multichannel SACDs, and audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs
- 54MHz/12-bit video D/A converter
- selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output
(progressive-scan requires a compatible TV)
- Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
- Digital Video Enhancer
- DVD/CD Text
- Digital Cinema Sound modes
- 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 (96kHz/24-bit-capable)
- 2 sets of A/V outputs (2 composite, 2 S-video, and 1 480i/480p component video)
- headphone jack with volume control
- LCD remote control (multibrand for TVs)
- 3 Super Audio DACs (192kHz/24-bit)
- audio signal-to-noise ratio 115 dB
- 16-7/8"W x 4-7/16"H x 15-1/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
What's in the box:
- Black single DVD/Video CD/SACD/Audio CD player
- RMT-D140A Wireless remote
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 57" Stereo audio RCA/video RCA patch cord
- 57" S-Video cable
- Sampler SACD disc
- SACD title catalog
- Operating Instructions (English and French)
- Warranty sheet
- Owner registration card
- SACD registration survey (registers to win a 36" Wega series TV/enter by 7/31/02)
- Important Safeguards
- Netflix promo card
- Info on other Sony Home Theater products
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Features & specs
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|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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Compatibility: This unit can play the following discs:
- Single-Layer 2-channel and Multi-channel Super Audio CDs: these can hold up to 74 minutes of music and are playable ONLY on an SACD compatible unit such as this
- Dual-Layer 2-channel and Multi-channel Super Audio CDs: these discs hold dual layers of high density information for longer playing times (one side only, so the disc does not have to be turned). These discs are playable ONLY on an SACD compatible unit such as this.
- 2-channel and Multi-channel Super Audio CD + CD (Hybrid disc): these discs have a high-density SACD layer and a CD layer, allowing them to be played either on an SACD-compatible unit OR on a regular CD player that can read the CD layer
- DVD: 5" or 3", NTSC, "Region 1" or "All Region" discs
- DVD-RW: 5" or 3"
- DVD-R: 5" or 3"
- Video CD: 5" or 3"
- Audio CD: 5" or 3"
- CD-R: 5" or 3"
- CD-RW: 5" or 3"
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 allowing you to hear sound with incredible ease 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.
192kHz/24 bit D/A converter: This unit has a 192kHz/24 bit D/A converter. If the DVD is copyright-protected, no digital signal is output unless converted to 48kHz/16 bit. If the DVD is not copyright-protected, up to a 96kHz/24 bit digital signal can be output.
54Mhz/12-bit Video Digital to Analog Converter: The High-bit/High-sampling rate video digital-to-analog converter reduces digital artifacts for a better picture.
Progressive Scan: 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 a progressive scan input.
Reverse 3-2 Conversion: DVD software can be divided into two types: film based software and video based software. Video based software displays images at 30 frames/60 fields per second and film based software displays images at 24 frames per second. In order for these images to appear natural on your screen when output in Progressive mode (60 frames per second), the progressive video signal needs to be converted from the type of software you are watching. You can select Auto or Video. When set to Video, the player will set the conversion mode to Video, regardless of the type of software that you are playing. When set to Auto, the player automatically detects if you are playing film based or video based software and converts the signal to the appropriately.
Component Video Output: In addition to the composite video outputs and the 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 color and detail that is improved relative to video from composite and S-video outputs. The component video output can be switched between Progressive and Interlaced. The Scan Select switch on the back panel of the player allows you to select Interlace, Progressive, or Selectable. When set to Interlace, the unit outputs the signal in interlace format. When set to Progressive, the unit outputs the signal in progressive (480p) format. When set to Selectable, the unit outputs the signal format according to the Component Out setting in the Custom Setup menu.
On-Screen Display: You can select the language for the setup display, the Control Menu display and the messages shown on the screen. The language can be set to English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
CD Direct: This feature allows you to turn off all unnecessary circuits to minimize interference, resulting in the cleanest possible sound. In addition, you can turn off the fluorescent display panel for a further reduction in noise.
Video On/Off: The video output of the player can be turned off, this further lessens the circuitry in use when playing a CD (which doesn't need the video signal).
Virtual Surround: When using only two speakers, the virtual surround modes simulate the surround effect of having multiple speakers. When using four speakers, the virtual surround modes simulate the enveloping effect of having multiple sets of rear speakers.
Built-in Surround Decoders: Both Dolby Digital and DTS decoders are built-in to this DVD player. This unit will also output the multi-channel information from multi channel SACDs. The 5.1 channel analog outputs on the player are used for these functions.
Smooth 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(1/4), and SLOW 2 (1/8). Any of these speeds may be selected in forward or reverse direction.
Resume Play: This feature allows you to resume playback of a DVD, Video CD, CD or SACD from where you last stopped, even if you turn the power off (so long as power is not lost and the tray is not opened).
CD Text, DVD Text and SACD Text: This unit can display CD Text, DVD Text and SACD Text information.
Disc Memo: Up to 200 discs can be labeled with names of up to 20 characters. If the disc is encoded with DVD Text, SACD Text or CD Text, it cannot be labeled.
Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
Video Equalizer: You can adjust each of these elements of the picture individually
- Picture: changes the contrast
- Brightness: changes the overall brightness
- Color: makes the color deeper or lighter
- Hue: changes the color balance
- Gamma: adjusts the washed out or darkened areas of an image
Block Noise Reduction (BNR): BNR reduces the "block noise" or the mosaic-like patterns that appear on your screen.
Digital Video Enhancer: This makes the picture appear more clear and crisp by enhancing the outlines of the images on the screen, it can also be used in reverse to soften the images.
Custom Parental Control: Using a registered password, you can set playback restrictions for a desired disc. You can set the same Custom Parental Control password for up to 200 discs.
Program Play: Up to 99 titles, chapters or tracks can be programmed and played in any order.
Shuffle Play: When playing a DVD, this unit plays the titles and chapters in random order. When playing a Video CD, CD or SACD, this unit plays the tracks in random order. In addition, the player will shuffle titles or tracks selected in Program Play and play them in random order.
Repeat Play: You can have the unit repeat a portion of a title, chapter or track by selecting the start and stop points for the section to be repeated (A-B repeat). When playing a DVD, this unit repeats the current title or the current chapter. When playing a Video CD, CD or SACD, this unit repeats the current track or all of the tracks on the disc. In addition, this unit repeats Program Play or Shuffle Play.
Screen Saver Function: If left in pause or stop mode for 15 minutes, a screen saver image appears to prevent your television from becoming damaged.
Track Selection: This 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.
- OSD (On-Screen Display): 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)
- Audio: Selects default DVD audio language, can be set to original to play the disc's original language
- Subtitle: 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
- Screensaver: Turns screen saver feature On and Off
- Background: 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 startup image that appears when you turn the player on. May be set to "Standard" (the standard startup screen in the player's memory appears) or "Picture Memory" (your favorite picture appears in the startup screen)
- Component Out: This selects what type of signal is passed through the Component Video output. You can select Interlace or Progressive. When set to Interlace, the unit outputs the signal in interlace format which is appropriate if the unit is connected to a standard television without progressive scan inputs. When set to Progressive, the unit outputs the signal in progressive (480p) format. Use this mode if your television has a progressive scan input. Note: In order to use the Component Out setting, the Scan Select switch on the rear panel of the unit must be set to Selectable.
- Auto Play: Selects the setting of the Auto Play feature; may select OFF (start play manually), Timer (play starts when the power is turned on, this allows you to play back using an external audio timer), DEMO1 or DEMO2
- Dimmer: Allows you to select the brightness of the front panel 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
- 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)
- Playback Memory (DVD only): You can have the unit store the Audio, Subtitle, Angle, and Video Control settings for up to 200 discs
- Parental Control: Allows you to enter a 4 digit password to limit playback level on DVDs that support parental controls
- Track Selection (DVD only): Can select Auto or Off. When set to Auto, the track with the highest number of channels is given priority and automatically played
- Audio Attenuation: Can select Off or On (lowers analog output level for matching to other audio equipment)
- Audio Dynamic Range Control (DVD only): Can select Standard (slight compression of dynamic range), TV Mode (highest compression of dynamic range) or Wide Range (no compression)
- 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
- Downmix: Switches the mixing down methods for DVDs with Dolby Digital 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)
- Digital Out: May be set to On or Off. When set to On, the Dolby Digital and DTS settings (see below) are made
- Dolby Digital: 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 bitstream without down mixing
- DTS: Set to D-PCM (downmix PCM) or DTS, use D-PCM when connecting to a component lacking a built-in DTS decoder, when DTS is selected, the digital outputs will pass DTS bitstream without down mixing
- 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
Speaker Setup: The 5.1 channel output of this unit allows you to adjust the sound based on the size and location of the speakers
- Front: size set to large or small and distance set from 4 to 50 feet in one foot increments
- Center: size set to large, small, or none and distance set from 2 feet further to 5 feet closer than the front speakers, also in one foot increments
- Rear: size set to large rear, large side, small rear, small side, or none and distance set between 0 and 16 feet closer than the front speakers, also in one foot increments
- Subwoofer: set to yes or none
- Balance: can be adjusted between the front speakers and between the rear speakers
- Level: output level of each set of speakers can be adjusted in 0.5dB increments, the front from -6dB to 0dB, the center and rear from -12dB to 0dB, and the subwoofer from -10dB to +10dB (level can be set using the test tone generator)
RMT-D140A Remote: The remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on most brands of receivers and televisions. A jog/shuttle dial gives you fingertip control of frame advance, variable slow motion, multiple-speed search and menu navigation. Several of the remote's buttons glow in the dark and there is an LCD screen, which is illuminated. The LCD with its scroll key allows you to adjust many of the menu functions without having to access the on-screen menu.
- Audio/Video Out 1: stereo audio RCA jacks, RCA composite video jack and S-video jack (gold-plated)
- Audio/Video Out 2: stereo audio RCA jacks, RCA composite video jack and S-video jack (gold-plated)
- Component Video Output: component video jacks (3 gold-plated RCA jacks, Y/Pb/Pr)
- Coaxial Digital Output: standard coaxial digital output (gold-plated)
- Toslink Digital Output: standard Toslink digital output with plastic cover
- S-Link (Control S In): mono mini-jack for connection to compatible Sony products
- 5.1 Channel Output: RCA outputs for left, right, center, left rear, right rear, and subwoofer, used for the internal Dolby Digital or DTS decoders and when playing any SACD disc
- Scan Select Switch: sets the component video output to interlaced, progressive, or selectable (set in menu)