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Sony DVP-NS75H

DVD/CD player with digital video output and upconversion

9 Reviews

Item # 158NS75H

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Experience clear, detailed DVD playback with Sony's DVP-NS75H. This capable player can upconvert DVD video signals to better match your HDTV's high-resolution display. An HDMI digital video output sends the upconverted images to compatible TVs and ensures the cleanest possible transfer. Plus, the 'NS75H also has conventional analog video connections for TVs that don't have a digital video input, so you can enjoy a great DVD picture on just about any television.

Experience clear, detailed DVD playback with Sony's DVP-NS75H. This capable player can upconvert DVD video signals to better match your HDTV's high-resolution display. An HDMI digital video output sends the upconverted images to compatible TVs and ensures the cleanest possible transfer. Plus, the 'NS75H also has conventional analog video connections for TVs that don't have a digital video input, so you can enjoy a great DVD picture on just about any television.

This compact player does a nice job with your music discs, too. Listen to audio CDs or home-burned MP3 mix discs. Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs let you hook up this player to a home theater audio system and enjoy enveloping surround sound from your favorite movies.

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Product Highlights:

  • digital video upconversion
  • selectable 720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
  • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • 1 set of audio/video outputs (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video, and HDMI)
  • plays DVD-Video discs, DVD-Rs & DVD-RWs, and DVD+Rs & DVD+RWs
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • remote control (multibrand for TVs)
  • 108MHz/12-bit video DAC
  • 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC
  • 17"W x 1-3/4"H x 10-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

What a difference!!! The picture clarity, and the 5.1 seperation is wonderful! " Scares my girlfriend." he he he ...
Its just the begining of my HD changeover.

Dale, Baird, TX

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc DVD/CD player
  • RMT-D175A Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 45" Audio/Video cord (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration sheet

Sony DVP-NS75H Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Better Quality...

Cheryl from Southeastern Michigan on 4/5/2007

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Well...first of all better picture quality on most discs that I've tried so far. Near HD quality to me. But some DVD's seem to have slight affects by the HDMI upconversion. But only some. <BR><BR>I like the sleek design and switchable resolution. I also like the HDMI indicator light for some reason. Many other different picture and sound options too.<BR> <BR>Haven't had it to long, but it's selling out time after time. So if your thinking about it...don't wait. Pick one up(with a HDMI cable), and you won't regret it. Many great reviews. And its sony too! Great for price.



Sony DVP-NS75H

Dale from Baird, TX on 2/25/2007

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What a difference!!! The picture clarity, and the 5.1 seperation is wonderful! " Scares my girlfriend." he he he ...<BR>Its just the begining of my HD changeover.



We truly enjoy this unit

BTK from Kingwood, Texas on 2/19/2007

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After buying, and them breaking, several dvd players in the past. We decided to get one to go with our Pioneer 50" plasma. Truly amazing difference and the unit has some great features. I like the subtitle button. Be sure to use a HDMI cable it made a significant difference especially in the blacks. Buy with confidence and of course from Crutchfield.



Buy One (or more). The End.

Dan from Roswell (Atlanta), GA on 12/23/2006

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Bottom line: Buy (at least) one.<BR><BR>This does and will continue to do a rockin' job as the 'primary' DVD player until The Format War is over.<BR><BR>Don't let the low price cause you to be skeptical.<BR><BR>I am 39 and I will still use these words: It is killer.<BR><BR>It weighs about nothing, as does the remote.<BR><BR>I have a 65&quot; Toshiba and a pretty smokin' audio set up w lots of speakers. <BR><BR>It beats the brains out of its 2 predecessors. - which were both JVCs. This is actually the first Sony item that I have ever purchased. The two JVCs still work. This one just gives them a beatin'.<BR><BR>I have not discerned any difference on the audio side. It is very good and certainly not any worse than the JVCs.<BR><BR>The video is where it earns all of the stars.<BR><BR>The first DVD I tested told the tale: The Matrix.<BR>Blacks and other real dark stuff are perfect. The resolution is awesome. Two neighbors have come over to see it. One of them went home and got on this site and bought one that same day. (The other one is going to do the unthinkable: not follow my advice).



Great Item

Brian from Olathe, KS on 12/3/2006

Received this baby last night and had it up and running in no time. My reciever doesn't handle HDMI inputs so I had to run it directly into my 42" Westinghouse LCD (great product by the way). Ran digital optical to my receiver that had Dolby Digital Decoder built in.<BR><BR>I wasn't sure (being new) if getting the DVD to send the audio through the optical cable rather than the HDMI was going to be a big deal but the set up was extremely easy. <BR><BR>The 1080 output was amazing. The Quick setup was perfect to get you going in a hurry and only later did I play with the menu's and read through the whole manual. <BR><BR>What I liked best is that it automatically outputs the highest resolution your TV can handle. If you go into the menu and manually select 1080 and your TV can't handle it, the unit is smart enough to make the change for you.<BR><BR>Couldn't have been any easier and I'm very please. I watched Ice Age 2 and it seemed like every hair on the mammoth could be counted. <BR><BR>Great product, especially for the price.<BR><BR>As far as the blue light. It didn't bother me. I still put in on Auto Dark after reading all the reviews though. Really a non-issue.<BR><BR><BR>



Great picture quality

Benjamin from Hampden, ME on 8/15/2006

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I have had this player for a few weeks now and have tried several different DVD formats on it, and everything has played very well. I don't have any other equipment combinations to compare it too, (other upconvert DVD players or HDTV's), but the picture is very crisp at 1080i on my HP PL4260N. I'm very satisfied and look forward to re-watching my DVD collection. This will definitely hold me over until the format wars are over, (HD-DVD vs. BlueRay).<BR><BR>Some people have complained about the bright light emitted by the display and "HDMI" indicator light, but it is not as noticeable when set to "Auto Dark" which will dim the display and light after a few seconds. The only feature I don't care for is the little blue box that displays the amount of zoom you are using. I haven't discovered a way to turn this off, but it's not a big deal since I don't really use this feature. As noted on other reviews the upconvert will only work when used with HDMI. I recommend this player for anyone wanting a solid player, at a decent price, that isn't quite ready to jump on the new player format band wagon just yet.



Great upconverting DVD player via HDMI

Tom from Santa Fe, NM on 7/18/2006

I bought this player to upconvert my DVDs to almost HD quality to avoid buying an HD-DVD player for a while. I am very happy with the quality that I got. I tested it out on The Rock Criterion Edition and it almost looked like HD quality. The design is sleek and the unit weighs almost nothing.<BR><BR>From what I can tell, only use if you are utilizing the HDMI output for the upconversion. Obviously Sony made it for soley that purpose since the other features are pretty lacking. Make sure you run it through a receiver to decode the surround sound too, since it doesn't on its own. <BR><BR>Basically, for $130 you get great video quality that you will surely be satisfied with.




Marvin from Raleigh, NC on 7/17/2006

I wanted to purchase a DVD player that would give me HD picture, and not spend an outrages price on the ongoing battle of the HD DVD and Blue Ray. I had originally bought the Samsung DVD-HD860 (HDMI)(read my review on that one), but i was not pleased with it. It had too many Cons over Pros.<BR>This DVD is by far the BEST, DVD player i have ever owned. I have owned over 6 DVD players, ranging from $35 to $350, all different brands, and this is the second Sony DVD player i have owned. The older Sony was the first DVD player i owned, still works, but doesn't play CD-R's. <BR>First off this DVD player will play just about any DVD/CD, very smoothly. I own a couple of DVD-/+ R/RW, and it plays it cleanly, without out any freezing points and sound disruptions, like my older DVD players. I have it connected through the HDMI cable(NOT INCLUDED), up converted to 1080i, (which is the reason why i have bought this DVD player). The picture is amazing. I popped in Finding Nemo, you can ACTUALLY SEE THE SCALES OF THE FISH!!, which couldn't be seen on other DVD players. It has Two Digital Audio outputs, which is very helpful for me. The sound from the DVD player is great, but mainly has to do with my receiver. The menu is easy to navigate, and has a quick setup, which makes you customize your viewing and sound options freely. The display on the DVD player is very readable at a distance, and not too bright to distract you from viewing a movie. Another fantastic feature is that the DVD player can remember the stopping point of multi DVD's even if you take one out and place another one. <BR><BR>BOTTOM LINE - Highly Recommended BEST CHOICE YOU WILL EVER MAKE!



Amazing Performance for the price

Tony from Napa Valley CA on 4/22/2006

To be blunt, at this low price at this writing (April 2006) you won't find a better upconversion DVD player (720p, 1080i) than this Sony. De-interlacing performance on film based material is amazing at this price. Videophiles beware, there are very tiny picture issues with video based (30fps) material. <BR><BR>load times are a bit slow, also had no problem playing DVD-R + & - and all of my dual layer DVD-R+s. The picture issue via HDMI on the last model (NS70H) has been fixed on this new model.<BR><BR>There is no onboard DD or DTS decoders, but this shouldn't be an issue with surround sound systems as 99% of receivers out there will decode both.<BR><BR>The pro-scan picture via component output is really good, but the best picture is through HDMI, virtually free of grain, dot crawl, and other artifacts. <BR><BR>AV sync (for dialog) basically won't work if you use surround sound? Huh? So DLP owners that use surround, it won't help you. Yeah it's a joke really, from what I can tell, the audio can only be delayed if DD and DTS are OFF. So only the analog outputs or HDMI going to your flat panel for example will effect the sound.<BR><BR><BR>There have been some complaints of the HDMI blue light being too bright, but I don't get it. Dimming the display takes care of that. The light is at full brightness only when the player accepts commands.




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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Video Upconversion: The DVP-NS75H has the ability to upconvert a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p or 1080i and pass it through the HDMI output; upconverted signals are not passed by the component video output.

Precision Drive 3 System: Providing an improved mechanism for reading DVD discs that are in less than perfect condition, Precision Drive 3 improves over previous Precision Drive versions to further eliminate errors in playback due to imperfect, scratched or warped DVD discs.

Video D/A Converter: This player uses a 108MHz/12-bit video digital-to-analog converter. This high-bit, high sampling D/A converter helps to reduce digital artifacts to give you a better picture.

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.

Precision Cinema Progressive: While other DVD players detect image changes at the scan line level, Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive (PCP) system detects them at the pixel level. The picture is more faithful to the source, whether film or video, because separate optimized algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving object that are virtually free from motion artifacts.

Progressive 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 one of the following Progressive modes:

  • Progressive Video: optimizes output for video-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.

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. This unit will also play MP3 files recorded onto DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs using the Universal Disk Format (UDF). Each disc can have a maximum of 200 albums.

JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, or Joliet formats. This unit will also play JPEG files recorded onto DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs using the Universal Disk Format (UDF). JPEG files up to 3072 x 2048 in Normal mode, and Progressive JPEGs with up to 3.3 million dots are supported. The following functions are available during JPEG disc playback: slideshow (with or without audio), zoom (2x, 4x), and image rotation, which allows you to rotate the current image 90-degrees counterclockwise.

Slideshow Playback: The DVP-NS75H lets you display images in a slideshow with or without sound. If you want to play a slideshow with sound, you'll need to place the JPEG files and MP3 files in the same folder. During a slideshow, you can adjust the amount of time each image is displayed. You can choose one of the following duration settings: Normal (6 to 9 seconds), Fast (shorter than Normal), Slow 1 (longer than Normal), or Slow 2 (longer than Slow 1). In addition, you can select one of the following effects to be used when viewing a slideshow:

  • Mode 1: image sweeps in from top to bottom
  • Mode 2: image sweeps in from left to right
  • Mode 3: image stretches out from the center of the screen
  • Mode 4: images randomly cycle through the effects
  • Mode 5: next image slides over the previous image

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: lets you adjust each element of the picture in greater detail: picture (contrast), brightness, color, hue

Sharpness: This function sharpens the outlines of images on the TV screen. You can select one of two levels of sharpness.

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 Theater: uses sound imaging to create a large set of virtual rear speakers and a virtual subwoofer. This mode is effective when using speakers that are close together, such as on a television.
  • 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.

Picture Navigation: You can divide the screen into 9 subscreens and find the desired scene quickly. You can view DVD video chapters or titles, or Video CD/Super VCD tracks in this manner.

Instant Replay/Instant Advance: 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. Likewise, the Instant Advance function is useful when you want to pass over a scene that you don't want to watch.

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: The display illumination can be set to Bright, Dark or Auto Dark, which makes the display dark if you do not operate the player or remote for a short while.

Child Lock: You can lock the disc tray to prevent a child from opening it.

Screen Setup:

  • TV Type: Selects the aspect ratio of the connected TV: 4:3 Letter box, 4:3 Pan scan, or 16:9.
  • HDMI Resolution: You can choose one of the following HDMI resolutions: 1920 x 1080i, 1280 x 720p, or 720 x 480p.
  • 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 or MP3 disc 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 disc. 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.
  • 4:3 Output: When TV type is set to 16:9, you can set the 4:3 output to Full or Normal when watching 480p signals broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Custom Setup:

  • 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.
  • 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. You must set the Multi-Disc resume feature to "on" in the custom setup menu.

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on certain brands of televisions.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only interface.

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