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Sony SLV-D500P

Combination progressive-scan DVD/CD player + HiFi VCR

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It doesn't get any easier than this! DVD/VCR combos like Sony's SLV-D500P are the simplest way to bring DVD and VHS playback to your home theater, bedroom, office, or dorm room. The 'D500P plays not only videocassettes and DVD discs, but also audio CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3 and JPEG files burned to CD, and a host of recordable DVD formats. It's a whole lot of versatility in one box!

It doesn't get any easier than this! DVD/VCR combos like Sony's SLV-D500P are the simplest way to bring DVD and VHS playback to your home theater, bedroom, office, or dorm room. The 'D500P plays not only videocassettes and DVD discs, but also audio CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3 and JPEG files burned to CD, and a host of recordable DVD formats. It's a whole lot of versatility in one box!

The SLV-D500P is perfect for people who love to make timer recordings of their favorite TV shows, too. Its QuickSet® timer dial allows you to program a recording without even turning on your TV, while VCR Plus+® lets you use a show's code number (available in many TV listings) to set a timer recording.

If you've got an HD-capable TV, connect the SLV-D500P's component output and enjoy clear, smooth progressive-scan playback of DVD movies. If you don't have HDTV yet, just connect your regular analog TV to the 'D500P and get a great-looking interlaced-scan picture. Even TVs equipped with only an RF input can connect to this player!


    DVD player:
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD+R & DVD+RW
  • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3 CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output (progressive scan requires an HD-compatible TV)
  • 54MHz/10-bit video D/A converter
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • composite video output for DVD/VCR; S-video & component video outputs for DVD only
  • Virtual Surround Sound
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • VCR Plus+
  • QuickSet timer dial
  • HiFi stereo with MTS decoding
  • 4 video heads
  • Quasi S-VHS playback (VHS resolution)
  • auto clock set and channel set
  • front-panel A/V input
  • 181-channel tuner
  • 8-event/1-month timer
  • no internal dubbing from DVD to VHS
  • remote control with glow-in-the-dark buttons (multibrand for TVs)
  • RF in/out
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/4"H x 12-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor

Consumer Alert: This component has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at:

What's in the Box:

  • DVD/VCR combo deck
  • RMT-V501B Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 46" 75-ohm coaxial cable (has a slip-on "F" type connector on each end)
  • 46" Audio/video cord (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Operating Instructions
  • "Note on making connections" sheet
  • Correction sheet
  • Warranty sheet

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DVD Features
VCR Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

DVD Features

Video D/A Converter: This player uses a 54MHz/10-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 unit has a 96kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter.

Note: When the unit is playing a DVD recorded with a sampling rate of 96kHz, the signal is down-sampled and output through the Digital Out jacks as a 48kHz/16-bit signal.

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. The component outputs on this unit can be set to pass either progressive or interlaced video.

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. During MP3 playback, you can use track repeat, but you cannot perform the following functions: program play, shuffle play, fast forward, and rewind. The player can recognize up to 100 albums per disc and will not play any albums beyond the first 100. Of the first 100 albums, the unit will play no more than a combined total of 200 albums and tracks.

Note: This unit does not support ID3 tags.

JPEG 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. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. You can zoom in on any selected image (2x or 4x) or rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise.

Virtual Surround: This function lets you enjoy surround sound by using sound imaging to create virtual rear speakers.

Picture Zoom: The Picture Zoom feature allows you to get an increasingly close-up view of the image. Each press of the Zoom button increases the magnification for a total zoom of up to 4x. You can also move the zoomed image around the screen.

Resume Play: Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once or the disc tray is opened.

Bookmark: This function allows you to store bookmarks on a disc that can be easily recalled. You can bookmark up to 3 scenes at a time.

VCR Features

Recording Note: Internal dubbing from DVD to VHS is not possible.

Quasi S-VHS Playback: This feature allows you to play S-VHS recordings using a standard VHS VCR. When S-VHS recordings are played, they are displayed with standard VHS resolution.

VCR+: Whenever you want to record a TV program, all you need to do is locate the "PlusCode" number, a number assigned to each program in the television listings (newspaper, cable listing, TV Guide). Then, just enter the PlusCode number of the program you want and the VCR is automatically programmed to record the show.

Quickset Timer Dial: The Dial Timer allows you to make timer recordings of programs and set the clock without turning on your TV. Using the front-panel Dial Timer, you can set the recording timer to record up to eight programs that will be broadcast within a month. The recording start time and stop time can be set at one minute intervals.

Quick Timer Recording: After you have started recording, you can have the VCR stop recording automatically after a specified amount of time. You can choose from the following times: 0:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, or 4:00.

Timer Recording: You can program the VCR's timer to record up to 8 broadcasts, as far as a month in advance. You can also record programs on a weekly or daily basis.

Auto Tape Speed: When you are recording a program in SP mode and the remaining tape becomes shorter than the remaining recording time, the tape speed is automatically changed to EP mode.

Index Function: The VCR automatically marks the tape with an index signal at the point where each recording begins.

Scan and Play: Using this function, the VCR searches for an index mark and then plays the tape for approximately 5 seconds. If you do not press the Play button, the VCR searches for the next index mark and repeats the process until the end of the tape.

0:00:00 Point: To mark a point on the tape that you want to find later, you can reset the tape counter to 0:00:00. The VCR will automatically fast-forward or rewind to the 0:00:00 point on the tape counter.

Blank Search: Using this feature, the VCR automatically searches for the beginning of a blank portion.

Auto Play: When the Auto Play function is turned on, playback starts automatically when you insert a tape with the safety tab removed.

Auto Repeat: This feature allows you to play a tape repeatedly. Once a tape has finished playing, the VCR rewinds the tape to the beginning and restarts playback automatically.

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The remote is pre-programmed to fully operate this unit and the basic functions on other brands of TVs. The remote keys glow-in-the-dark for easy nighttime operation.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

"Alternative" Video Out: If you plan to connect the DVD/VCR to the TV using either the S-Video or Component Video outputs, you will need to select which output you are using in the "Video Out" section of the DVD Setup menu. The S-Video and Component Video outputs cannot be used simultaneously, and they work only during DVD playback; for VHS playback, the composite video or RF output connections must be used.

DVD Outputs: The DVD video signal is output through the RF, composite, S-video and component video outputs.

Rear-panel A/V Input: In addition to the front-panel A/V input, the unit has an A/V input on the back panel that consists of stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack.

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