Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by andypandy, Jan 28, 2003.
Does anyone know of any...?
I was looking for some reviews recently but couldn't find any online. Not much help but if you didn't see it, the 905 won an award a couple of months ago in the HiFiChoice 2002 awards.
The conclusion at the end of the review stated 'In a field of strong contenders the 905 has got what it takes to stand out, providing unbettered sound and oicture quality for the money'
I found these when I was researching DVD players a couple of weeks ago:
If you have any other questions then ask away because I bought one and had it for a week.
Here is a thread I started a little while ago.
However, to summarise:
* I was trying to choose between the Sony 905 and the Philips 963SA.
* I need NTSC/PAL conversion because I have an old PAL TV and a bunch of R1 DVDs.
* The Philips performs this standards conversion but the Sony does not.
What is perhaps most important for you to know is that if it were not for the lack of this feature, I would have been very happy with the Sony. It sounded very good with SACD and CD, the picture was very clear/sharp/detailed with DVDs, it looks very nice (brushed aluminium facia, blue LED for multichannel), and was easy to use.
Here is a link to some specs and large pictures of the Sony 905...
I've got a 905 and I really like it, you can read some of my comments here
The outputs vary depending on what country the player is bought in, the UK version doesn't have component output but it has RGB/S-Video capable scart output and an AUX scart pass through and 1 mini din s-video output.
The AUS version has component video output, 2 s-video's but no progressive.
The Jap version has component video output, 2 s-video outputs, D1-D2 digital video output, is progressive, and comes in gold.
I also been thinking of one of these DVD players to replace my Pioneer 636. As I dont get drop shadow on the THX test on the Pioneer and I know this sony shows it and hoping to get a much better colour and picture than what I get now, even though i cant really fault my pioneer 636 it a damn good player done me well
Heres a picture of the 12bit 108mhz Noise Shaped video D/A converter (woo!)
I finally put the Samsung 709 (God bless it) out to pasture on Friday night and picked up the Sony 905V at the Sony shop in Willis Street, Wellington. I paid $1100 NZ. I'm really pleased with it. Movies look great and cds sound very good - overall there is a noticable improvement over the 709 which served me well over the last three years.
Bobby1, that about £370 UK Pounds. I presume it was multi-region ?
I originally started into the DVD world with the 709 - the Sony 905 is light years ahead and must be one of the top players around - aside from the ridiculously priced players - i.e over £1000 !
I understand it to be multi region. I only have region 4 discs so I haven't been able to check. Black Hawk Down really looks fabulous on this player, all my DVDs do but I seemed to notice this the most. Everything seems sharper and there appears to be more detail. I don't have the videofile lingo but I'm sure I'm seeing things in shadows and dark areas that were otherwise just presented as black. Mygirlfriend, who really doesn't give a hoot about such things, even noticed the improvement.
The UK 905 doesn't have component outputs? Is this correct? Why would Sony remove this feature?
because there isn't room for both scart connectors and component output on the back.
The question is whether it's better to have another Scart socket or components - Obviously Sony asked only themselves this and came up with the money saving option
I'd rather have the second scart input personally, so I can daisy chain but this will change when I get a progressive display. Component output in the UK is only starting to take off what with progressive PAL only just being made viable... Very few interlaced (normal) TV's have component inputs in the UK.
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