The Good Sweet styling and ergonomics; picture adjustments; excellent 4:3 performance; good progressive upconversion.
The Bad No aspect-ratio control; no MP3 playback; occasional color streaks; darker in interlaced mode; somewhat noisy picture.
The Bottom Line Its high-end appearance and modest price make Sony's DVP-NS700P an attractive solution for budget progressive-scan shoppers. But a few video gaffes and missing features keep it from outpacing the competition.
Sony's DVP-NS700P is among this year's crop of moderately priced progressive-scan DVD players--a category that's growing increasingly competitive by the month. Like other Sony DVD decks, this player stands apart from the crowd in the look-and-feel department, and it also includes numerous well-implemented features. At same time, however, it lacks a couple of key features, and videophiles with wide-screen TVs may not be completely satisfied with its performance.Sony's DVP-NS700P is among this year's crop of moderately priced progressive-scan DVD players--a category that's growing increasingly competitive by the month. Like other Sony DVD decks, this player stands apart from the crowd in the look-and-feel department, and it also includes numerous well-implemented features. At same time, however, it lacks a couple of key features, and videophiles with wide-screen TVs may not be completely satisfied with its performance.
There's no denying the appeal of the DVP-NS700P's sexy lines and distinctive silver face. The angled drawer opens quietly, and a disc spinning inside makes no noise to interrupt quiet movie passages. A convenient jog/shuttle dial on the front panel for fast-forwarding and rewinding is a nice touch, but it would have been better placed on the remote.
And while we're on the subject of the remote, here's more: even without a jog dial, it's excellent. The buttons are thoughtfully laid out, and we appreciated that the ones that control key functions glow in the dark. The onscreen menu system is also among the best we've seen, with clear icons and context-sensitive text that make it easy for the user to make adjustments. For example, while many players have you reach around back to switch between interlaced and progressive-scan modes, with this player you can make the switch from an onscreen menu.
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