Sony have shipped three new multi-channel SACD-capable DVD-Video players. They are the single-disc DVP-NS500V ($300), the five-disc DVP-NC650V ($400) and DVP-NS900V model ($1,000), which offers progressive DVD-Video output.
All three units are equipped with multi-channel analogue audio outputs for compatibility with multi-channel SACD sources. They also incorporate flexible loudspeaker bass management, CD-R/RW playback, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 channel decoding plus Sony’s Digital Video Enhancer, which provides “…sharper edge detail on video images by minimizing imperfections such as overshooting and ringing.”
Other features include Precision Drive™ 2 System with Dynamic Tilt Compensation to ensure better, faster and more accurate playback of flawed and imperfect DVDs, along with Block Noise Reduction for maximizing picture quality of MPEG2 images by eliminating unwanted artefacts in scenes where gradated images and the movement of objects between two fields are present.
The DVP-NS900V provides a 480P (progressive-scan) output with full 3:2 reverse pull-down conversion powered by a new film-detection system developed by Sony.
“DVD is booming with sales of players and software at record highs,” said Tim Baxter, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Home Entertainment Products Division. “As people increasingly turn to in-home entertainment, the technology behind our new line-up provides a single, complete solution to address the needs of even the most selective home theatre enthusiasts.”