i want to joint my voice to this big famous SONY unit review. First, i was not on the used market for a DVD player but for a dedicate good cd player. But searching the web in my
local area i came across a picture of a SONY DVD looking to be the S 7700 or S 7000.
Very exciting i contact the seller who confirm me SONY DVD for sales was a DVP s7700.
At $75 CAD, with remote, mint, wow i jump on it and buy!..The reason i buy this DVD player
same if i was looking for a cd player it because i read this unit made a very good transport
and i have a build in DAC in my Meridian 565 and wanted to be able to use the DAC.
Specially this SONY when new MRSP $1400 and i thing what a big deal at $75???
I decide to do a good DIY digital cable with a Furutech bulk cable FX alpha AG, pure silver
conductor with WBT 0147 RCA plug. And than start the burn in period...
In the start i may said it was not a big improvement as transport over the SONY as cd player.. But after 125 hours of brake in the Furutech silver digital cable at low volume.
Then a METAMORPHOSE WAS BORN
I put my favorite cd at good listening volume and WOW. What a CHANGE!!! This is
by far the best source i got in my system. The DAC in the Meridian 565 is the CS 4328
the same you will found in their 506 cd player and pretty close to the 508 cd CS4329.
What is interesting in my experience it since the burn in period i do'nt feel like i have
a transport going through the cable to a dac. It like a have a COMPLET NEW CD PLAYER
So for a total $218 for the Sony + DIY Furutech cable i'm more than HAPPY..
SONY DVP S 7700 look as a luxury machine. I HIGH recommande both unit
Sony S 7700 and the Meridian 565 amazing HT, 2ch pream and DAC...
Sony DVP S 7700 CD/DVD PLAYER
I bought player second hand on ebay Australia,
I was browsing on ebay looking for SONY ES cd PLAYER,& it come up on the list on ebay, just curious i look at one in my city Brisbane,140 aud just relist for 7 days on ebay,i copy name,
Sony DVP S7700 DVD/CD PLAYER , click (paste) on internet,to search to see review of ths player.many people like it & they become some kind religions ecstasy in they description of this player Sony dvp s 7700 dvd/cd ,than at one moment i went on some website,review of this player in 2002,New player cost $1400 us,review was really good,dvd quality excellent ,Audio quality excellent,Well,if this player was that good i i thought in 2002, must be good in 2013,
it was $1400 us(NEW),NOW I CAN BUY FOR 140AUD,IF I'M LUCKY & LASER IS GOOD
it would be nice present for my self,So i CLICK TO BUY,& PAYED WITH PAYPAL,in the case if something went wrong with Sony player,I contacted seller to pick it up,Next day player was in my hands, Heavy ......very HEAVY,WOW,I THOUGHT it is nearly heavy as my MCINTOSH MVP 861 DVD CD PALYER, back plate of player was COPPER!!!Even all screws was of COPPER!! HOLY MACARONI,Remote control was TYPICAL SONY,MASSIVE & LARGE,I love my music & i have hade many amps SS LIKE MCINTOSH MC2505/,ACCUPHASE C200 PREAMP,AUDIO NOTE L1 TUBE INT AMP,PRIMA LUNA KT88 INT AMP/,speakers i have, are B&W DM14,/ DM2,/ Magnepan MMG, VIENNA ACOUSTIC.
CD PLAYERS ARE MCINTOSH DVD PLAYER 861,YAMAHA CDC 1010,YAMAHA S2000,
TECHICS SL-SP900,DENON 951FA,STUDIO PLAYER,I USUALLY change capacitors clean laser,spray all connections& all pots with deoxit d5i any player /amp/or speakers/,i change all caps on all crossovers of speakers with MUNDORF SUPREME & CLARITY CAPS,Anyway when i opened Sony player,i was hoping to change some old caps with philips/bc or elna sillmic caps,first it hit me with ENTIRELY CHASSIS IS COPPER!!!---TICK& SHINY. Back pc board is protected with extra copper sheet cover in plastic,,to protect pc board from short with copper,all screws are all copper,inside out!!!LASERS are protected with 4 layers of metal,including other pc board on top of laser in sandwich of metal sheets!! Lasers are 2x, one for dvd,picture, second for ONLY AUDIO,i clean lasers with cotton pads,i add up first class grease,(white),no melt high temp one!! I only add up rubber sheets on top of 2 of metal sheets around lasers,no vibration what so ever!!!Power board are full of Elna SILLMIC CAPS!!TRANSFORMAR IS TUKAMURA, (JAPAN) AS SOME OF MCINTOSH CD PLAYER HAVE IT ,INC MY DVD MCINTOSH PLAYER,!!I CHANGE 2 FUSES FOR HI-FI AUDIO GOLD GRADE,ONE IS 1A 250V SECOND IS 2A 250,OUTPUT BOARD IS ALL ELNA SILLMIC GOLD PIN,LEGS CAPS!!!REALLY NOTHING TO IMPROVE IN THIS PLAYER.
I THOUGHT TO MY SELF, MAN DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING,IT IS OVER ENGINEERED !!
WELL DONE SONY!!II ONLY CHANGED POWER CORD,WHICH WAS TIN CRAPPY CORD WITH PIN CONECTOR,LIKE CHEEP ROOM FAN!!I---I SOLDER CABLE 3X 2.5MM WITH SHIELD, DIRECT TO PCBOARD,I CUT GROUND WIRE,YOU DO NOT NEED ONE!
WITH GOLD POWER PLUG,FOR AUDIO,
I PUT BACK ALL PC BOARDS FIX POWER CABLE,&SONY PLAYER WAS READY WITH NEW FUSES.CLEAN LASERS,& NEW POWER CORD!! I CONNECT OUTPUT FROM SONY PLAYER TO THE AUDIO NOTE L1 TUBE INTEGRATED AMP,AND B&W DM14, ON WOODEN STAND.,FRONT OF PLAYER IS BEAUTIFUL ,FRONT PANEL SLIDE DOWN AND UP LIKE SOME SPACE SHIP WINDOW,CD TRAY IS FAST& QUIT,THAN I PRESS -
PLAY!!!!!!!O MY GOD,,,IT IS JUST BEAUTIFUL SOUND COME FROM PLAYER,EVERY NOTE COME OUT FROM SPEAKERS,IT HAS STAMP OF QUALITY OF THE SONY PLAYER,I PLAYED ALL DAY LONGE THAN I CHANGE AMP,WITH PRIMA LUAN, & MMG SPEAKERS,3D SOUND HIT YOU UP STRATE TO YOUR FACE,CLEAN SOUND & DEEPNESS OF MUSIC,THIS PAYER IS NOT SHY IS NOT SLOW,IT JUST PLAY& GAVE YOU PLEASURE,TO BE HONEST,I CAN NOT HEARD ANY BETTER SOUND FROM MCINTOSH MVP861 AND DOGE 6 CD PLAYER,EVEN DOGE IS TUBE PLAYER!
MY FRIEND COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW GOOD THIS PLAYER IS!!!,ONE SUGGESTION TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SPENDING SO MUCH $$ TO FIND BEST SOUND,REGARDING CD PLAYER, IF YOU LOOKING FOR ONE,DO NOT SPEND 1000-2000 $ FOR CD PLAYER AS I DO,hahahahaha,MY LOST,BUY SOME SONY ES MODEL OF CD PLAYER OR IF YOU ARE LUCKY GET ONE OF THIS PLAYER SONY DVP7700 DVD/CD PLAYER.YOU MADE MY DAY WORTH SMILING,& IM GOING TO SALE ALL MY CD PLAYER,ACCEPT MCINTOSH, GOOD LUCK HUNTERS
I have had this machine for 7 years now. It has taken all the torture it can possibly take from my kids. And since then, it had never been to the workshop. The panel still slides up and down smoothly and the tray still works effortlessly. The design and tiny little buttons are still ahead of today's competition.
The picture and sound quality is amazing. The only issue (after 7 years) is that it was not prepared to play MP3. I hope, the S7700 with return someday with a vengence.
This is a very good-to-excellent DVD player. Video performance is actually a couple of notches lower than its predecessor: the DVP-S7000. this is primarily due to the fact that its LSI Logic MPEG2 decoder does have problems with chroma upsampling. Nowhere near as bad as the C-Cube ZiVA MPEG2 decoders found in players like the Samsung DVD-611, but it is there. However, there are still only a handful of players that properly upsamples the color anyway, such as the decoder found in the Panasonic DVD-RV30 (which remains one of the very best dvd players overall, even to this day).
For progressive scan video, you will have to mate this player with an external progressive scan processor, such as the DVDO iScan VP30. This is a better way to go, anyways, since internal progressive scan processors in most progressive capable DVD players are usually mediocre. There are only a precious handful of modern players that can actually manage progressive scan video decently, such as the Denon DVD-5910 or the Oppo Digital OPDV971H through the DVI output.
Build quality is actually quite good for this player and far superior compared to almost any other modern DVD player produced today. All-metal construction for the chassis along with vibration absorbing composites help to create a resonance-resistant machine, which does help with signal purity and mechanical integrity of the drive itself. The disc drive is of special note since it uses a good selection of parts, including a brushless spindle motor and robust tilt adjustment mechanism and kicker mechanism. Add to this the fact that the circuitry are all arranged in a sensibly logical and organized fashion, which helps further.
The disc drive employs Sony's KHS-180A dual lens optical pickup. In addition to two seperate lasers, one for CD and the other for DVD, there are two distinct optical paths with two seperate objective lenses. Although archaic compared to modern dual laser/single lens pickups used today, the KHS-180A does redeem itself by being a highly robust and durable pickup. It is not surprising to see sony players that use these pickups continue to operate even to this day, testament to this pickup's durability. Although not related to this specific model DVD player, an example I have is a DVP-S300 with this same pickup with over 1800 hours of DVD play according to the emergency history in the player's service menu, and it still works with nary a hiccup. And, since the pickup has a section specifically calibrated for CDs, the machine can properly read CD-R media.
Video quality, as noted above, is a couple of nothces below Sony's original reference standard player due to its inability to accurately upsample the chroma. But, unlike some players which is so bad about it that it's obvious, this model Sony is a bit harder to discern in regards to this problem. In other facets in regards to picture quality, this Sony is definitely up there as a reference standard because of what it doesn't do to the video: edge enhancement. There is very little ringing with the video on this player, which means that the player does not attempt to artificially enhance the picture sharpness, which is the case with players from Toshiba and Pioneer. Edge enhancement is contrary to simply displaying the video and showing its true resolution. Playing an anamorphically enhanced disc on the DVP-S7700 (which is the majority of widescreen dvds out there today) with no anamorphic downconversion on a television capable of properly displaying this kind of video will reveal a highly film-like quality full of as much detail as the people who made the DVD were capable of permitting, the level of detail available in the source material, and as much as DVD-Video itself is capable of. Edge enhancement only serves to exaggerate this detail, which can have the negative effect of obscuring finer details in the picture through haloing artifacts.
Now, for those who don't have a television that allows DVD to work to its fullest with anamorphic discs, there is a downconversion capability in the player that makes anamorphic video properly display on a regular television. Many different DVD players deal with this differently than others. Some players, such as Toshiba, deal with it by eliminating various scanlines in the video signal, which restores the proper geometry of the image and maintains some sharpness but causes the "jaggies" in diagonal lines, where this particular type of line would appear disjointed. This Sony player deals with downconversion by interpolating the scanlines, which reduces sharpness somewhat but eliminates the jaggies.
One positive trait of this DVD player is how well it can work as a CD player. More precisely, in the analogue section, its response is rock solid in terms of its neutrality and does not overemphasize or underemphasize any part of the audible spectrum. Most DVD players, and CD players for that matter, do not have a good analogue section, which allows underemphasis and overemphasis of portions of the spectrum, which can yield pleasantly warm or ear-splittingly grating responses as well as anything in between. Unfortunately, there are many who confuse a neutral response as something that is not reference grade and prefer qualities (warmth or "edginess") that are unacceptable in a true reference system.
As a CD transport, it is a very good deck for this purpose with redbook audio due to the quality of the disc drive, its support electronics, and the chassis they were all assembled into. The player will not pass a true 96 kHz signal through the SP/DIF output, however, so be weary of this when attempting to use an outboard D/A converter for playing material encoded with this sample rate.
This player does support DTS tracks in any DTS-featured DVD-Video, so it will pass a DTS track to a surround decoder unlike the DVP-S7000.
This player does not have support outside of the Compact Disc Digial Audio, Video CD (not to be confused with the short-lived analogue LaserVision-spec CD-Video format), and DVD-Video standards. this means that this player is not capable of playing MP3, Windows Media, DivX, or other standards.
Overall, there are players that do have video performance superior to that of this player. the Panasonic DV-RV30 is one such player as it combines the benefit of its excellent MPEG2 decoder and, finally for Panasonic DVD players, a truly reliable disc drive. However, if you like a player that has an asthetic flair that goes beyond more basic machines and do appreciate excellent build quality along with above-average durability, neutral audio with the capability of playing redbook-spec CD-Rs, DTS output capability for DTS DVDs, and excellent video, despite the chroma upsampling shortcoming, then this player is a decent choice.
Since this model is discontinued, make sure any prospective purchase is in proper operating order.
I bought this player based on rave reviews on this site, but atlas, I will never buy another piece of equipment without first doing a in home test (which means buying from brick and mortar stores). I already have a great DVD player, btw, the Panasonic RP82, so I did not buy this machine for the DVD but rather red book audio CD. It just plain sucks. The Panasonic RP91 is even better than it at this respect. I am going to pick up a CA70ES at a local good guy tomorrow to test. In the mean time, this thing is going on Ebay to recover cost.