Sony is adding fuel to the already red-hot market for DVD
entertainment with the release of three new DVD-Video players
offering multi-channel Super Audio CD (SACD) playback. Now both
movie and music lovers can experience the highest quality video
and audio performance in one player.
``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 theater enthusiasts.''
According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), sales
this year of both DVD players and DVD software will far exceed
2000 figures, with DVD player sales almost doubling to
approximately 13 million. At this rate, the number of DVD players
sold since their introduction in 1997 could rocket to 27 million.
The newest players include the single-disc DVP-NS500V, the
five-disc DVP- NC650V and DVP-NS900V model, which offers
Continuing the Legacy of Superior Audio
Following last November's successful introduction of the
DVP-S9000ES, the first ``reference standard'' DVD player in the
U.S. with SACD capability, Sony has incorporated the SACD
multi-channel playback feature in the new line. According to
Baxter, SACD represents ``the ultimate in sound quality'' with
proprietary technologies that minimize distortion for a
heightened music experience. Each of the newly available units is
equipped with multi-channel audio outputs for compatibility with
multi-channel sources. They also incorporate flexible speaker
management capability to fit various types of home theater
All three units in the new line also incorporate CD-R/RW playback
for music enthusiasts who enjoy creating and listening to their
own personally recorded music mixes and which is ideal for
consumers looking to replace their current CD systems. And, in
addition to multi-channel SACD playback capability, the new line
features Dolby Digital(TM) and dts® 5.1 channel decoding which
ensures 5.1 connection with receivers.
Delivering Superb DVD-Video Picture Clarity
three models are equipped with Sony's Digital Video Enhancer,
providing sharper edge detail on video images by minimizing
imperfections such as ``overshooting'' and ``ringing.'' The
benefits are even more spectacular when the product is paired
with a high-performance television, such as one of Sony's FD
Trinitron® Wega® XBR® or rear projection Hi-Scan(TM) TV sets.
Other features include Precision Drive(TM) 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 artifacts in scenes where gradated images
and the movement of objects between two fields are present.
A perfect player for a second room or for consumers new to the
DVD market, the entry-level DVP-NS500V offers the added value of
Super Audio CD technology in a simple, comprehensive component.
The DVP-NC650V is ideal as the centerpiece to a full home
entertainment system in an enthusiast's living room.
In addition, Sony's DVP-NS900V model combines ``future-ready
video with future-ready audio,'' according to Baxter. It features
480P (progressive) output with full 3:2 reverse pull-down
conversion powered by a new film- detection system for
well-balanced, progressive conversion for both film and video
The DVP-NS500V, DVP-NC650V, and the DVP-NS900V are all currently
available at retailers for about $300, $400, and $1,000