The Good DVD-A and HDCD capable; MP3 CD playback support; very good progressive-scan video performance; aspect-ratio control.
The Bad Artifacts in 4:3 interlaced mode; no bass management with DVD-A.
The Bottom Line The added HDCD support and marginally superior design don't give the SD5700 much of a leg up on the lower priced SD4700. But if you can find it for $250 or less, it's worth strongly considering.
The step-up model to Toshiba's , the SD5700 offers all of the same features as its lower-priced sibling and adds DVD-Audio (DVD-A) and High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) support as well as a slightly sleeker look. When we compare the two players' list prices, we'd say that it's not worth spending the extra $100 for those minor bonuses. But since the SD5700 is being heavily discounted online and doesn't really cost all that much more than the SD4700, it's more of a bargain than we initially thought.The step-up model to Toshiba's , the SD5700 offers all of the same features as its lower-priced sibling and adds DVD-Audio (DVD-A) and High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) support as well as a slightly sleeker look. When we compare the two players' list prices, we'd say that it's not worth spending the extra $100 for those minor bonuses. But since the SD5700 is being heavily discounted online and doesn't really cost all that much more than the SD4700, it's more of a bargain than we initially thought.
Instead of the black finish of the SD4700, this model has a silver exterior and a metal casing (as opposed to plastic). The front panel has clean lines and all of the necessary buttons, including a menu control, but we can't say that this is the slickest-looking player, and it won't measure up in the style department to Panasonic's upcoming slim progressive-scan decks.
The slightly bulky remote is the same as the one that's included with the SD4700, only it's gray instead of black. The remote has an annoying flip-up door and lacks backlighting but makes up for these problems with a simple, easily memorized button layout and a responsive minijoystick to move the menu cursor. We also appreciated that the onscreen menus are clean and simple, although there aren't any text explanations of menu items, which would have made navigation even simpler. You also won't find many image-adjustment options, but the picture is so good that we didn't miss them (more on performance later).
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