Can anyone comment on the v.s.s headphone option of the Panasonic F87

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  1. Gordon Moore

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    I'm looking at this player...I was curious how capable the heaphone surround option is on this (does it work)?

    Sort of?
    Not all all?
    do you get a sense of space or is it more like an expanded stereo circuit ala Q-Sound?

    I'm on headphones quite often and receivers with dolby headphone are few and far between (and expensive). I already have a set of cans (HD-580's) so new headphones similar to what sony and pioneer offers with the processor isn't an option nor cost effective.

    Can anyone comment if the v.s.s headphone circuit works okay?

    It's not a make or break type thing I was just curious.

    Thanks for any replies
     
  2. Andrew Pratt

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    Gord you're more then welcome to try that feature on my Denon as it has a headphone jack with volume control. Just bring over your headphones the next time you're over.
     
  3. Gordon Moore

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    Sounds good Andrew, will do [​IMG]

    Can any one specifically comment on the Panny?
     
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    I'll give it a try today and let you know what I think.
     
  5. Gordon Moore

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    Awesome Thanks [​IMG]
     
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    I got over to my friend's place and did not have a headphone ADAPTER! DOH. Will have to try it tomorrow.
     
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    You might want to look into this Denon receiver which has the Dolby Headphone feature:

    http://www.dolby.com/Consumer/Person...ound/Products/

    I picked one up for $299 which included two speakers and the receiver. (Do a search on the Internet. There are many places selling this unit for the same price.)

    I also own the Pioneer wireless Dolby Headphone system. It's quite nice, but as you mentioned includes a pair of headphones which you don't need.

    Either the Denon or the Pioneer work great with third-party headphones.

    I've got a couple of Panasonic players which have the V.S.S. feature and the times I played around with it, it worked okay. It wasn't as good as Dolby headphone, which I consider the best sounding 5.1 headphone experience. I'd rate V.S.S. maybe a cut above Q-sound.
     
  8. Gordon Moore

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    Hmmm, that Denon is an interesting option. Thanks for mentioning it.
     
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    Whats this? Another reason why I should pick up a DVD F87? I have headphones I use sometimes and that would be a neat feature.
     
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    Tried out the two modes today. Pretty cool, but not really the same feeling as true surround. It gives a very good sense of spaciousness, but not entirely as if there were sounds coming from behind you. Overall a nice feature, but not a selling point for me.

    So far, it seems to be a very good budget changer.
     
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    ..yep and again, I personally won't be using its de-interlacing, so I'll pick one up very soon.
     
  12. Gordon Moore

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    Thanks for throwing in your comments and taking the time to look into this John. I really appreciate it [​IMG]
     

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