"Another pathetic, broken DVD changer from Sony"0.5 starson by DaveOCP
Pros: First DVD mega changer with HDMI up conversion
Cons: Everything else
Summary: Its absolutely pathetic that *this* is the best Sony could do. Its just as broken as the last one.
Pioneer's DV-F727 from 1999 is better than the CX985V, and it is still better than the CX995V in 2005. Sony should be embarrased at how terrible this product is.
The Pioneer does not automatically play a disc at start up whether you want it to or not. The Pioneer remembers ALL disc info when discs are moved to different slots or removed from the unit. The Pioneer allows you to view the disc menu while either a CD or DVD is playing. The Pioneer has direct disc access support, and also has proper FF\REV controls on the front panel. It does everything you could want a mega CD\DVD changer to do, with no horrible design faults.
The F727 and Elite DV-F07 were so good, in fact, that Onkyo, Integra, and Marantz put a different front panel on and rebadged the Pioneer units as their own models. No other company would be caught dead putting their name on this piece of junk.
The only problem with the Pioneers is they are six years old, and dont even have progressive scan capability, let alone HDMI HDTV upconversion. Even without all that, there's absolutely no way I'd trade my Elite DV-F07 for this.
Pioneer, please, please, PLEASE update the DV-F07 with all of the advanced features of the DV-59AVi. Its painfully obvious that Sony is totally incompetent when it comes to making mega changers.