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Sony DAVS550 Owners, needs info

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by pat22, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. pat22

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    Hi,

    I am interested in the Sony DAVS550 to be connected to a projector (either the Z2 or EA500).

    I would I appreciate if some of you have the answers these questions:

    - Can it play DVD+R and DVD+RW?
    - Does it support Pal progressive scan?
    - Does it reads JPG?
    - Is there a multiregion crack available?
    - Is there a PDF of the operating manual available?

    Many thanks
    Patrice
     
  2. DDDavo

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    Ok i can help.

    However you have asked a really hard question.

    Firstly then:
    Sony's aren't advertised as being able to support home media recordable formats except CD-r and rw. However the majority if not all play dvd-r

    The Rw of these formats can be a bit touchy having said that they will probably (probably) play. The + format is another touch and go and i would say that could be risky as its the - format that is more widely supported. Especially +rw. The thing is you have to try it with your player to see!

    Next:
    It does support pal progressive on compnent out (which you should use with a projector for optimum quality)

    It reads a VCD with jpeg pictures burnt onto it

    Some sellers sell multi region versions of this player and you can borrow remotes which unlock it to multi region format for around £20-£30 (forgot the site) however sony themselves don't support multi region versions.

    Manual, sorry don't thinks so. Sony will send replacement booklet form manuals out but i think they will probably charge!
     
  3. pat22

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    Thank you

    Supporting Progressive PAL! That would be great.

    I wasn’t sure as I read that progressive scan was only working for NTSC.

    Patrice
     
  4. DDDavo

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    Right i have just checked that.

    Using component out:
    Set it to progressive and the colour system of the TV is pal, the signal is changed into interlace format automatically.

    I don't use c/out you see. I would check this with some one who can be sure, but i am pretty certain it supports pal progressive
     
  5. bonzobanana

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    The Davs550 has a very nice pal interlace picture plus of course ntsc progressive scan. Your projector will de-interlace this interlace image to progressive scan and this will be a marginal reduction in quality compared to the dvd player de-interlacing. Personally I wouldn't worry about the lack of pal progressive you still get a very clean and detailed component out image that I think you will be very happy with. In comparision the s-video output is a little grainy.

    The DAVS550 is not as flexible at reading other media as many systems out there but as previously stated most good quality dvd-r copies should work but not all. Sony own television program and film production companies and using copied media has never been a priority for them in fact they have often worked against playing copied media.

    The Sony is a nice system if your making use of its component out socketry and its sacd playback is excellent. Its not as dynamic as other systems but its digital amplifer produces a lovely detailed sound. Note that the system isn't as loud as many on the market and its output compares to about a 30 watt per channel analogue amp based home cinema system.
     

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