Sony DVP-NS330 DVD Player
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Unpacking - Control Menu
The european retail package includes the unit, the remote control, two batteries,
and the stereo with video cable. We would like to see a coaxial
cable included as well.
On the unit's front panel, we can see the power
button on the left, and on the right the eject button placed next to the
knob. On the right also are the stop and pause buttons. Lower are the
the "PICTURE MODE" and the "SURROUND" shortcut buttons.
Below we can see the inside of the NS-330, after opening
the cover, an action which is not recommended since you avoid the manufacturer's
warranty. (Click on the image for an enlarged view).
Below are the two main chips used in the unit.
On the rear panel are the audio/video outputs. Analytically
there are: a coaxial (digital) audio output, a stereo audio output (L & R)
with video and last the universal (Scart) line out. There is no 5.1CH
decoder, but this is something we wouldn't necessarily expect to find on
a low-priced DVD player.
For excellent sound, we recommend you use the coaxial output for digital
sound, with the use of an A/V 5.1CH (or more) amplifier. Sony offers a wide
variety of home theater solutions.
If you are about to connect the DVD player straight to your
TV you can use one of the two provided connections, composite video
output and audio (RCA), or the scart, which also includes stereo
we would like to note the lack of an S-Video output.
retail package also includes the remote control. Click on the image for an
enlarged view. It is a very ergonomic control and simple to use. It also
provides control over your TV, as well as control of the majority of
the player's functions.
Below is the main screen from the player, the first one you see every time
you turn the player on.
Below are some pictures from the unit's menu. As can been seen, there are
some settings that can be accomplished during playback. Easy track/chapter
navigation, picture and sound settings are included in the
In addition, parental control is available for password-protecting the player,
bit rate information can be displayed on screen, and subtitle language is
For accessing the advanced menu illustrated below, playback must
The player can play MP3 files. Sony provides a convenient and user-friendly
menu for fast navigation through the MP3 files or folders on a data disc
(CD-R/RW). Below is an example with an MP3 audio CD where there are two different
folders. In the
is shown the
disc, and in the second the submenu.
The player's settings menu is very easy to learn and it is
similar to that of most of the Sony players.