Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by DRGL, Feb 4, 2005.
Hi,I've just got given the above DVD player,how do i go about making it multi region?? Thanks
Are you sure it's not the 955? Either way i'm afraid I cant help you with the multi-region, but I would like to know your thoughts on the player, as I am thinking of buying one but cant find any opinions/review on it.
Whoops! Yes it's a 955.Thoughts-none yet as i haven't connected it all up,it's connecting to a Sony HQ100 so progressive mode is out but i'll let you know
Thanks, what I am inetersted in is Picture, sound, and build quality. If you could let me know what it's like in these areas that would be great. I'm not one for all the different formats etc. I'm just after a good solid machine which will last.
All Sony players require a 'Firmware' update. You should be able to find companies on the net that offer the service.
Thanks for that,so the player would need to go somewhere to have this done? No magic handset code?? Thanks,Build quality is goo,i'll report back later
There are no magic handset codes for any Sony players. Most of the bigger manufacturers design the product so it can't be hacked by remote.
Not really given this player a proper going over but first impressions are good. Picture and sound seem spot on (it's got a time delay setting for the sound that cures the HQ100 lip sync problem) There's a nice GUI setup if your connecting it via the dolby 5.1 connectors too. Component out and also a SCART loop through plug if your running out of SCARTS. As for whether it will last,well,it's a Sony so i would say prob. not but you never know!!
DRGL, thanks for the info.
And would you say the build is better than, say a £150 unit? Or is the disc tray flimsy and seem ready to fall of at any time, like budget players?
have you tried speaking to your dealer? most would sell multi-region anyway i think.
Solid built,tray is better than my old Panasonic which was £260. Muti region isn't that big a deal,the player came direct from Sony for nowt so i can't complain!!!
Ok. The sony 955 is quite frankly the best DVD player I have ever had the opportunity to see in action. I have had a fair few in my time! It has now replaced my Arcam unit as its just better in every way I use it.
I dont use it at all for Cd audio or stereo out, only DD/DTS out via optical and it sounds exactly the same as every other DVD player in that way. I personally have never been able to tell any difference between any DVD players on digital optical through my Yamaha AX630se amp and Bose speakers, so cant help you there.
AS for build quality it is superb. The drive tray mechanism is just excellent, it doesn't make a sound. I am spectacularly fussy when it comes to tray noise and the sony is the quietest I've ever encountered. It is also well put together, lovely aluminum fasia on the standard plastic box, well sealed. THe on screen picture is the dogs danglies. I have a plasma and use component out progressive scan, so cant speak for any of the other options. The picture is precise and accurate with no hint of 'jaggies' of other artifacts, when using either PAL of NTSC. Better than the £1000 Arcam its replacing.
I bought it for a combination of quality and DIVX playback, but this is where it falters. It plays back divx 3,4,5 perfectly and much much better than say the pioneer 575, but it does not support XVID. Now seeing that about 99.9999999% of movies and tv shows I download on Bittorrent are in XVID, this renders it suspect, requiring the XVID to be converted to SVCD/DVD first. So if you wanting it for XVid playback get something else, I dont know what mind you, possibly a Kiss player, as they are they only other ones that come close, otherwise, go for it.
I could not have put it better my self poggs.
I am really impressed with this player. Some may say it is over priced.
Not as far as i am concerned. Well built, stunning playback and sound.
I am so pleased with it that I have ordered another 3 to replace the ones that I have in the bedrooms.
I managed to multi-region a DVP-NS930 player, which is the model that the 955 has replaced. I used a Kameleon All-In-One remote using the method below. Alternativly, you can rent a remote that does it from www.dvdchips.co.uk
1. select dvd device on remote
2. hold magic button until rabbit comes out
3. enter device code 0533
program buttons 1..5 with the following codes:
1 - 189
2 - 255
3 - 095
4 - 221
5 - 079
1. hold magic button until rabbit comes out
2. press 994
3. press magic
4. enter 3digit code from above
5. press button (1..5) where to program it
6. repeat steps 1 to 5 for all keys.
have it a go:
1. remove disk, put player on standby
2. press 1,2,3,4,5 - success is displayed and plyer starts up
3. press 1,2,3,4,5 - player shuts down and BINGO!
Having now watched some films i must say what an exccellent bit of kit!! Even bettre when it was FREE from Sony due to all the problems i had with my HQ100 I think i'll get one of those remotes to make it multi region
Good to see a few review on this player now. Looks like it could be my next player.
Any more opinions anyone?
Can someone please confirm if the 955 supports DIVX subtitles?
Also does anyone know if the XVID support can be firmware upgradeable?
Apparently the chipset in the ns955 can do Xvid but its not clear if it requires a firmware update to 'enable it' for general consumption!!. A german site has reported that sony themselves have had it doing Xvid...no one has definitevly indicated if it will or won't out of the box. Caveat emptor!!
btw can we please edit the post name to 955 ;-)
mine wont play Xvid at the moment, but i would like to know if there is a trick to getting it to work
It's say's on the box it will do it and in the setup it gives you a PIN number for it???I've never used it!! What is it??!!lol
DIVX and Xvid are different things 'DRGL'
ooops,i forgot what it DID say on the box!! What are these things then??
DIVX, which this player plays, is a method of compressing a movie file like the ones you download from the internet.
XVID, which is another method, this player does not support out of the box- but is becoming a popular method for movies on the internet
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