Sony SCD-777ES CD Players

4.73/5 (71 Reviews) MSRP : $3499.00


Product Description

Plays Super Audio Compact Discs and Compact Discs
New Direct Stream Digital® (DSD®) encoding eliminates the distortions of decimation and interpolation filters
Dual Discrete™ optical block with one laser optimized for SACD, another dedicated to CD
Twin fixed pickup laser tracking assembly
Accurate Complementary Pulse Density Modulation (ACP) system for SACD playback
S-TACT Synchronous Time Accuracy Controller reduces clock noise, minimizes jitter
8-output Current Pulse D/A Converter
General Impedance Circuit (GIC) analog filter
24-bit Variable Coefficient digital filter for CD playback
Super-rigid Base Pillar (BP) construction
Anti-resonant 10-mm chassis base, 4.5-mm sidewalls and 5-mm top plate
Die-cast aluminum spindle motor with sapphire and ruby bearings
Floating suspension transport with rubber dampers and 6-mm base plate
4-piece insulator feet with eccentric screw holes
Motorized slide-top loading
Brass disc weight
Aluminum front panel
Two encapsulated R-core power transformers
Optical and coaxial digital outputs for CD
Text display for compatible CDs and SACDs
Remote Commander® wireless remote control


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dan kailukaitis a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Love the product, great SACD, Great CD. All said before. Question? I am getting a lot of "No Disk" readings when putting in a cd. Open it and try again and it plays, anyone else getting this and any solutions> Thanks

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   a great dealer



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by melhsu a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Good SACD sound and build quality..

Its CD presentation has a shaper and more distinct "Frames" and "outlines" at the first few mini seconds of every note and every attacks. But everything within the frames and outlines could be a bit more lush and vibrant. I am talking about a stronger ambiance that is possible with other CDPs that cost less that 777es... besides this, I don't have too much to be picky about.. Also, naturalness and sweetness could be better in other CDP(above is for CD)...

It's SACD sound has a bit cold feelings. I guess if you like your system warm, warmer sounding amps and speakers are a must for both CD and SACD....Yes , speaker can sound warm with mainly Scanspeak or other paper cone and soft dome tweeters...

Overall, both CD and SACD can have a bit more beefy feelings...

No need for me to mention the strength of SACD. All audiophiles have read plenty reviews...

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   used market..audiogo



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mark_nz a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Current System:
Sony SCD-777ES and CDP-XA555ES -> Proceed PAV preamplifier->Plinius 250MK4 amplifier ->Jamo Concert 8 loudspeakers

Sony SCD-777ES CD performance:
Quiet background, smooth, good timing, but lacks body and tonal depth. On direct comparison, bettered by Marantz CD-10 (more body, but less detail) and Sony CDP-XA555ES (better in all areas except not as smooth in tops).

Sony SCD-777ES SACD performance:
Very smooth, did I say smooth, relaxed inviting sound, detailed, but maybe too smooth and still lacks a bit of tonal depth. Bettered by Marantz SA-14 when SCD-777ES was not completely run-in – personal comparisons recommended.

Sony SCD-777ES run-in:
The SCD-777ES took longer to run-in than any other product I have used. Unlike other products that tend to gradually improve, the SCD-777ES has a more definite transition. Before running-in, it sounded thin, lacking in bass punch and wrong in the upper frequencies. After running-in, the bass became tight and fuller while the tops smoothed out. Unfortunately lack of body and tonal depth never quite disappeared.

Sony CDP-XA555ES CD performance:
Warm, well judged tonal balance, excellent timing, but just a slightest of edge on tops.

Marantz SA-14 performance:
On comparison to Sony-777ES, warm, full bodied sound, particularly in bass.

Tweaking the SCD-777ES:
The technical manual shows this to be a well-engineered player. I suspect some of the CD performance problems (lack of body and tonal depth) are due to the over zealous filtering (2 stage GIC filter). I upgraded I/V the opamp from OPA2604 to LM6172 that resulted in a minor gain in detail.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by reese a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the SCD-XA777ES-a SACD multi-channel player. I've only used it in stereo mode so far, which utilizes more DAC's (and gives the best sound)than when using it in multi-channel mode-sound is great for CD's, but simply awesome for SACD. The instruments sound "real"-even the 1959 recording of Miles Davis sounds as if he were in my room-air around the instruments, tremendous soundstage and headroom-it really is unbelievable how great it sounds.CD's on "reference" systems sound like crap-after hearing SACD's its hard to close your eyes and imagine CD's are live. The XA-777ES is built like a tank, not the usual sony crap. Compared to The SCD-1, CD's too close for me to call, sacd's equally awesome-yet 777ES is 1 grand less. One problem-you need 8 interconnects to maximally use the machine: 2 RCA's for the stereo (which uses the most DAC's and gives you the best sound) + 6 for the multichannel mode-unfortunately you CAN'T play multichannel SACD's through the stereo output, and you can't send the stereo SACD's to just 2 of the outputs of the multichannel!! (I think you can send it to 2 channels+ a sub, but I haven't tried that yet-My system:
SCDXA777ES
Integra RDC-7-also an awsesome machine and a bargain-much better than my Rotel RSP 985
Rotel 1095 multichannel AMP
Nautilus 803 fronts
Monster M1001 interconnects
MonsterM1.4S biwire speaker cables
Still looking for a DVD-A player
Definitive Tech BPX surround speakers and Nautilus HTM1 center-not set up yet
Monster power regulator/conditioner
In Summary, I've heard much more expensive systems that don't sound as good -SACD makes that much of a vast difference.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $3600.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by subtitled a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I'll say it again: KEEP THE MACHINE ON at all times and there will be THE END of the "crackling" noise! Mine has been on for about a year and I can't remember the last time I heard a crackle. Or, like someone below has suggested, keep it in a WELL ventilated area OR keep the unit elevated on vibra-pods or such.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000




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