SONY DVP-S7700 Question

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  1. Daniel_M

    Daniel_M Stunt Coordinator

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    I recently tried to do a video lineup

    with the Video Essentials DVD and

    had trouble with the pluge test. I could

    not see the "blacker than black" test signal.

    With the DVD came a notice which said........

    "The established method for setting the brightness

    control as described in Video Essentials requires

    a stripe of picture information that goes below black.

    Even though such image information is encoded and

    preserved in this DVD, most FIRST GENERATION players

    are not capable of repoducing it."

    My question is: does anybody know if the Sony DVP-S7700

    is considered a first generation player.

    I have a Sony CRT front projector which is highly

    accurate and I have noticed on some films a loss

    of information in dark areas that cannot be resolved

    by adjusting brightness or contrast, same with the

    V.E. pluge test.

    Time for a new DVD player?

    Da
     
  2. KeithH

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    Daniel, the Sony DVP-S7700 is not a first-generation DVD player. Sony made the 'S7000 before it (circa 1998) that didn't offer digital output of DTS bitstreams. In any event, I don't think the '7700 passes PLUGE, but I am not an expert on the subject. Where is John Kotches when you need him? [​IMG] In any event, it probably is time to buy a new DVD player if you are not happy with the picture quality you are seeing from the 'S7700. Some of today's players offer better interlaced picture quality for less money than what the 'S7700 cost you. Some even offer progressive-scan video output and/or SACD or DVD-Audio for less than what you paid for the 'S7700. That's the way things go in this hobby/obssession, I'm afraid. [​IMG]
     
  3. James Miller

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  4. Daniel_M

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    Keith,

    Yes the S7700 was fairly expensive when I bought

    it 31/2 years ago, about $1800 cdn. if I remember.

    This pluge problem could be the projector but

    I doubt it. I guess the only way to be sure is

    to get my hands on a new model DVD player and

    put it through some tests. Trouble is, everyone I

    know is still in VHS land. Maybe I can find a dealer

    who will let me try before I buy.

    Dan
     
  5. KeithH

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    James,

    What is your budget? That's a good place to start. You may find that some DVD players for $200-300 offer excellent picture quality, but are lacking on the audio side.

    Daniel,

    I'm not a projector or PLUGE expert, so I can't begin to suggest where the fault for your PLUGE problem lies. Maybe others can offer some ideas. In any event, you may find a dealer that will allow you to demo a DVD player at home if you leave a credit card number or a minimal deposit. They would more likely do that with a demo unit than new-in-box unit. Of course, any reputable dealer will have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose in buying a new unit to test out at home.
     
  6. James Miller

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    My budget is $300-400. In that area. Video is the top priority, with audio a close second... Recently moved to 5.1 and honestly am not THAT impressed. It wasn't the sea change I expected. For my tastes the money would have been better spent on saving for an anamorphic capable monitor...

    Since I could only get back
     

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