Pros It stores 400 DVD's (but so could my microwave oven).
Cons Everything about this unit
Summary 1. Everytime you power it on, it will play the last disc you were watching (FBI warning and all)...very frustrating
2. Don't even bother typing in titles via the remote control...use the keyboard
3. Last, but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, it WILL forget the titles you worked so hard to type in....even if you don't remove the DVD from the slot...even if you don't remove power from the unit....EVEN IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO SHUT THE THING OFF FOR A MONTH STRAIGHT!!! It seems to always forget the beginning of the list...starting with Disk #1. Typically, I lose the first 5 to 10 titles in the list...but NOT ALWAYS! Sometimes I lose other random titles in the 200's or 300's.
4. The player's physical depth is HUGE!
I have literally spent hours of my life typing in the same titles I have typed in before....hoping that SONY will come out with a firmware update to fix this....NO SUCH LUCK! I can honestly tell you, after owning this unit for 4 years, it's not worth the money or aggravation. If you want to save space in your bookshelf (like I did), just buy some slim sleeves for your DVD's and throw away the original retail jewel cases. Place some folder tabs on the edge of the sleeves to show you where the DVD's are in the alphabet. Believe it or not, you will spend less time using this methodology than using the SONY unit by itself!
Pros 400 disc capacity.
Cons HDMI and SACD issues.
Summary I recently purchased the Sony DVP-CX995V to replace our older DVP-CX985V. For us, the main differences between the two were the reasons for upgrading to the newer model; digital HDMI video output with upscaling of DVD movies to high-definition, the new version of Sony's Disc Explorer, and 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter (the same specification as the DVP-CX777ES model) for SACD playback.
The new Disc Explorer is faster, mainly because it does not display the jacket cover pictures for each disc in the main menu as did the previous versions. Other than that the two players are fairly similar.
Video and digital audio quality is very good (I'm using an HDMI-DVI cable for the video and a high quality DH Labs D-75 coaxial cable for the digital audio). The player also plays back JPEG pictures and MP3 audio (burnt onto CD-R discs in this case). MP3 audio is output as 44.1 kHz PCM. The DVP-CX995V does not have any external control ports (such as Sony Control S or Control A1II).
A few general points to note about previous and current Sony DVD/SACD changers:
- SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) playback is analog output only.
- DVD-audio discs cannot be played.
This model, like most others, cannot play the second side of a dual-sided DVD disc (the only model which did this was the now discontinued DVP-CX875P).
The majority of DVD video discs do not have title information (which is displayed in the Disc Explorer menu). For this you will have to type in the information by attaching a keyboard to the player. This can be tedious if you have a large number of DVD movies, but it works very well. I have never experienced loosing the title information which I have entered.
All of the SACD discs we own already have title information on the disc. For discs which do contain title information, the text cannot be edited.
Actually, out of the four Sony DVD magachangers we have owned, I by far preferred the design of the DVP-CX875P to the other models.
There are two problems I am experiencing with the DVP-CX995V:
- SACD playback.
For reasons unknown, I experience random audio dropouts when listening to SACDs. I have over 30 titles, all of which are brand new, with no scratches/dust/fingerprints. The DVP-CX995V is installed on an isolation platform (using four isolation bearings for vibration dampening), is supplied with clean power (as is all of the other AV equipment), and is connected to my preamplifier using two high quality DH Labs analog interconnect cables with locking RCA connectors. I have tried cleaning the lens of the DVP-CX995V several times, but I still get random audio dropouts regardless of which SACD title I play...
I have never experienced any problems with digital audio from the player.
Also, I can't get SACD surround sound, as the analog inputs on my preamplifier are two channel (stereo) only. (5.1 surround output needs six inputs).
I really wish Sony would get their act together and make digital output standard for all SACD playback. Currently a few of the ES receivers have iLink inputs for digital SACD playback, and only a few ES models of single disc players have iLink output. Having to use analog audio connections between components is far from ideal, and vastly limits the potential of this audio format.
- HDMI upscaling.
The HDMI upscaling on my DVP-CX995V does not work, period.
The reason why ? Because it is connected to a Sony high definition screen (PFM-42X1/B) using HDMI output from the player into a DVI input on the display. The player recognizes an HDMI connection, but will only output 640p. Even the Disk Explorer menu is displayed as 4:3 on a 16:9 screen (automatically switching between 16:9 and 4:3 for DVD movie playback does work).
Calling Sony support didn't provide a solution.
The thing that really worries me is that Sony are moving towards HDMI output on all of their consumer video products, and it is highly likely that they won't work with DVI either.
"OK overall product"on by kurtrh
Pros onscreen CD collection sorting
Cons video/audio quality
Summary I bought the Sony 400 disc DVD changer originaly to house my DVD collection. And went through the long and tedious process of entering disc titles and pictures with a PS2 keyboard ( just too time consuming with the remote ) and playing DVDs with this unit I was not impressed with the progressive scan video quality even using a Monster Component Silver Series cable. The Audio was OK using the Optical output to my Denon 3805 Receiver. But after a few months I found I just needed better video quality with my Mitsubishi 65" Diamond Series CRT HDTV. And so bought the Denon 2910 single disc DVD player. The Denon has a much better video quality which was my reason for purchase , but I did not think the audio would be so much better , it is. The audio of the 2910 is MUCH smoother and transparent than the Sony playing through the optical output into the Denon 3805 and using the line outs to feed my B&K Series II 5 channel Home Theater amp and Klipsh Forte' speakers. In both video and audio the Denon surpassed the Sony. So I had to give up the 400 disc player for DVD use and decided to use it only for 2 channel CDs because it gives me onscreen sorting. The player has worked fine , I don't think it takes too long to start disc play , it is a 400 disc unit after all. I just think it would be a great player if Sony raised the audio/video quality even if it came with a higher cost. I would love to be using it to store my DVDs even though I have since passed the 500+ disc mark in my collection. In summary:
1)With a smaller TV the video quality issue may be less visible.
2)With a common small 5.1 speaker set-up the audio quality issue will be less audible.
3)Overall its a good unit for the price , but I would pay more for better audio/video , at least equal to the Denon.
I recommend the Sony given these limitations.
Pros Capacity, onboard menu dvd selection, price
Cons To be perfect it would program itself with the disk info
Summary This unit is awesome! Some potato-heads are unfairly giving this fantastic device a very low score for their own lack of understanding. It does an excellent job of storing, selecting, and playing back a library of 400 disks. Some of the reviews made me cautious about buying it. I paid more to get it from the local Circuit City so that I could buy the extended warranty and have a local store to deal with for return or service issues. Here's what I found about the problems cited in the reviews:
1. plays a disk when you turn it on and you can't stop it
-> So what? That may be what you want, --to resume the previous disk, if not I have found that you just select the FOLDER button on the remote. The play is terminated and you get the menu. Perhaps the complainers never tried this?
2. Pioneer DV-F07 is so much better
-> Hmmm... Retail price of the Pioneer is $1,100 and supports only 301 disks. I paid $355, have support for 400 disks & it works like a charm. Tough call?
3. Pioneer hooked up to the same TV looked 10 times better...
-> Really? I had the same problem at first. I unplugged by dvd player and plugged in the library to the S-vid that I was using. (I have ordered an hdmi interface for my 42" plasma but that hasn't come yet.) It did look washed out and muddy, however, a few adjustments on the panel and it looked great. Each device puts out a video signal with its own characteristics and the display must be adjusted for the device and interface used. This is precisely why I gave up on using my A/V receiver as a video switch for all my vid gear. Every time I changed devices the settings on the display needed to be tweaked for the device, even though the interfaces were the same.
4. Programming titles is too hard. Its easier to use an excel spreadsheet.
-> Excel is a fine tool with a PC behind it that costs 2 or 3 times what the dvd lib costs, not even counting the cost of the software. The programming is simple and easy if you use the ps2 keyboard. Sure cut & paste functions would be nice as well as some sort of backup copy, but this is not a PC!! Its not much more trouble than creating the excel spreadsheet & the functionality of the menu is part of the reason that you have the library in the first place. So why wouldn't you use it? I just loaded the dvd's and wrote down a list as I put them in. Then I went thru and entered them into the folder menu in a couple of sittings. Piece of cake.
5. Could not get picture using hdmi -- dvi converter
-> I used an hdmi -->dvi cable and got an excellent picture except that there was a single pixel "snow" line down the left edge on my plasma panel. I have since ordered the hdmi interface card for my panel. Don't have it yet. Signal conversions are always a crap-shoot.
6. won't play DVD+/-R disks properly.
-> I have tried a couple & they worked perfectly. Both +R & -R. I will update this post if I find any problems.
7. Takes long time to retrieve the disc
-> Are you kidding? The fetch time is very reasonable. How long does it that you to thumb thru your dvd storage shelf, select a dvd, remove it from the case, open the dvd player, put it in the dvd player, close the player and start the disk? I bet the library will beat you every time.
Bottom line: This is not a perfect product but it does the job that it was intended to do and does it well. Could there be other features or could it operate exactly as I want it to, --of course, but overall it is an excellent product at a reasonable price. I highly recommend it. I should give it a 10 to offset some of the ridiculously low scores some other raters gave it, but by the rating scale it deserves a 9.
(Apologies for the lengthy post but there was much to say about a device that you entrust your entire dvd collection to and spend a fair amount of time setting up and learning.)
Pros Organization - 400 discs, HDMI output
Cons Good luck playing DVD+R or DVD-R discs
Summary When I first saw this new unit I was pretty exicted. One place to store and watch all of my DVD's and CD's. First mega changer with HDMI output. Nice look to the unit. I think I got a pretty good deal on it too. Paid $318 and recieved a $50 rebate off of that.
Got the unit home a hooked it up. Easy enough. Loaded about 15 DVD+R discs just to try it out and play around with it. It only played 1 out of 15 discs and attempted to play one other but then wouldn't play it again. Now my other 2 Sony DVD players play ALL of these discs fine with NO problems but for some reason this unit didn't feel like it.
So I thought I would try some DVD-R discs. It played most of these but with problems. My 2 other newer Sony's and a 5 year old Pioneer plays ALL of these DVD-R discs no problem but not this unit.
I have my 5 year old Pioneer hooked up to the same TV and it looked 10 times better. I was really bummed because I liked the concept of the player. I gave up after a week and took it back.
I didn't even attempt programming titles into this thing. I read the directions on how to do it and didn't bother. Much easier to start and Excel spreadsheet.
If you only plan on watching regular DVD movies on this unit I think it's great and would recommend it. And if you don't care about programming the movie titles.
If you plan on playing any DVD-R or DVD+R discs I would definitely NOT recommend this unit.
I am really bummed and hope Sony makes a second attempt to work out the glitches.