Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
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The 770 is in house. It is a nice player, but the new players are so light and flimsy...I remember the old S7000 and 999ES DVD players, built like tanks, but rather expensive. Even the S500 seemed better built...e.g. heavier and more substantial looking. Up here in Canada, we do not have the option of the ES plyers, no 1000ES and I doubt if we will see the 1700ES.
The remote is backlit for the main player keys and the home, menu, etc. buttons. I wanted the player mostly for multichannel SACD (I have a Pioneer D9 stereo only SACD player that I will use for stereo) and it seems to work well with the Yamaha 861 delevering 5.1 DSD via HDMI. I haven't really listened yet, only confirmed operation. There are on multichannel analogue outputs. The DSD can be set to pass DSD or convert to some flavour of PCM via HDMI (the default).
As to video...I will have to keep using my S760 for video as when passing through the Yamaha, the S770 cannot be forced to pass 24P on to my Pro-111FD. The settings will only deliver 1080p 60 not 1080p 24. THe S760 has three options in the 24P set up, Auto, on and off. The S770 only has 2 options Auto and off. Auto sees the Yamaha and will not do 24 only 60 (even though the Yamaha will indeed pass 24). There is an option in the resolution page for "original" in addition to auto, 480i, 480p etc.. I thought this might pass 1080p 24 from a bul-ray (as it is the "original" recorded format) but no such luck.
So, all in all, it works for it's intended porpose for me, but video is a no go for me. I would have rather ony needed to use one player but in my case mit will not be possible. If sony had put on 2 HDMI like some SD players or left in the 24p ON option!
There is no point in doing video comparisons at the moment as I want 24p.
Hope this is useful information.