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We bought this DVD player over ten years ago as part of a TV, DVD and video recorder (that last item instantly dates it, who buys vhs anymore) so I cannot give you a price (the whole package was about £1,200 I think which was not exactly cheap) not that it really matters as it is obsolete now however it has been a total workhorse comfortably outlast the TV from a working perspective and the video recorder from a technological prospective, in those ten years it has easily been used probably three times a week and there has never once been a functional failure on it. It comes with its own remote which requires two AA batteries to provide the power. It can play both DVD's and CD's although I have never bothered to try it with the latter. It can be set up with a surround sound system but it did not have Dolby sound with it which I can remember the other half moaning about, as if he could tell the difference. Unlike modern DVD players there is no record option with this model. It is so simple to set up and operate, in fact we have never had to change the settings since the day we got in and what is still great is the picture quality that it produces. The sound is nice and clear and is delivered through the TV speakers via a scart lead. It allows you to scan on two different speeds in order to jump ahead or track back while watching a DVD and the fast speed is pretty quick which is great for avoiding and movie adds that a DVD might have. It is a simple design, an led display at teh front and the rest of the body is silver in coulour. It has an automatic shutdown if left on for too long For sheer longevity this has proven to be an excellent purchase and one that we have never really seen the need to upgrade as we would be doing it just for the sake of it. Certainly when it does pass on to the great electrical heaven I would opt for Sony again.
This player is an entry level DVD player costing around £280. It can play DVDs and audio CDs with the usually features you would expect from todays DVD players, smooth scan and menu setup, but it doesn't have Dolby's 5.1 surround sound circuitry. This player incorporates Virtual Enhanced Sound which is gives you surround sound using just two speakers most modern TV sets have. It also has outputs for 2+1 surround sound using left, right and a subwoofer centre speaker. There is also a Digital Out that connects to a 5.1 surround sound amplifier and if your TV has 5.1 surround sound the DVD player uses that to create surround sound. A great deal of emphasis is placed on surround sound these days and a lot of people forget that a good quality picture is also required. The DVP-S 336 delivers a crystal clear picture with smooth freeze frame, almost to photograph level. So who would by this DVD player. If you have 5.1 surround sound already, in the form of an external amplifier or built into your TV then this player would be ideal for you. The player will deliver the sound to the TV through the SCART lead and the TV's sound circuitry will split it into five channels for you. If you have an external amplifier then you would link the Digital Out from the player to your amplifier. If you have a normal two speaker TV and are not really interested in surround sound this player will also be ideal. With it's Virtual Enhanced Sound you can experiment to see if you would benefit from surround sound without the extra cost. This player will not work with older TV's that don't come with a SCART socket as there is no other way to connect this player to your TV. The player comes with a screensaver built in so that while your playing music CDs the phospor will not burn. I am using this player with a Sony 32" Widescreen TV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound built in. When watching the opening scen e from 'From Dusk Till Dawn' you can visibly feel the juggernaut passing on your left as it rumbles past you. If that isn't surround sound I don't know what is? Being a Sony it is a well made piece of equipment designed to last. The remote control is very easy to understand with a simple layout. If you leave the player on for any length of time without a disk in it then it automatically powers off. The DVD player also features a facility where you can password protect your disks so that young eyes won't be watching your certificate 18 films behind your back.
Wow what a load of dvd players there are on the market! How do you choose which one to buy? Making a decision was really hard when you stand in the store next to the 16-year-old who operates the machine like he's a pilot for NASA. I must admit Sony was the machine I made a beeline for. I already have a sony cinema system for the Tv and call me a coward...Go on. It just makes sense to have a machine from the same manufacturer. Let's face it you could spend as much as your wallet will allow on a DVD player but to be honest I was happy that I had bought somewhere in the middle of the range. Yes there were a few discs thrown in with it and yes there was a credit option in the store but the main thing that sold it to me was the remote controller. I love Sony remotes! They are so push button friendly! My coffee table now has about seven or eight controllers for the devices in my lounge. Four belong to Sony products and are by far and away the most attractive, easy to operate and fun( yes I said fun) to use. As for the sound, picture quality etc of DVD I am already a convert. No I said i won't buy one but after an afternoon at a friends house I was convinced that this was a format I could appreciate and this is the machine that I chose to start that great adventure with....I'd put two big thumbs up if they weren't so busy operating my remotes! Happy Days!
The DVp-S366 is a sleek stylish DVD player finshed in silver to match the Wega tv range. Setting is up for playback was very easy with S-VHS and Scart connections. The picture quality is very sharp, and the on screen display makes navigating DVDs and configuring the sound very easy. The unit does not have a Dolby Digital decoder built in but its is easy to connect to a DD amplifier eg Yamaha DSP5 using a coax cable. It is excellent value for money and is well worth paying the extra £40 to get it converted to multiregion. Well done Sony!