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post #1471 of 1495 Old 05-20-2006, 07:52 AM
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I read through the thread and could not find a specific enough answer to know if there is something wrong with either my 975 or my receiver.

I recently borrowed a couple SACD's from my brother and connected three crappy RCA cables to the 975 to try out SACD before buying a good cable. I connected them to my Onkyo TSX989 via its DB-25 to RCA 6 Ch. Cable supplied with my receiver. I set the input on the receiver to Multichannel (the name of the DB-25 connection).

I could not hear the SACD's (tried 4 different ones both stero and multichannel), nor could I hear the SACD speaker set-up tones generated by the Sony 975.

What exactly do I have to select in the Audio menu to play SACD's? I tried everything I could think of but heard nothing. I even unhooked the HDMi and Coaxial cables to make sure that only the Analog 5.1 was connected.

Any ideas are appreciated.

I think I will bring it to the store and see if it works on one of their recievers if your suggestions do not help. It could be the input on my receiver, my DVD player or the cables I used (though I would think I would get sound in some of the speakers if it were the cables). Taking it into the store should help isolate which is the issue (if it is not simply my inability to properly set-up the player in the menu).

Thanks in advance for any ideas you have for me to try. I was really disappointed not to be able to get this to work.
Rather than using the DB25 connector (which I'm not familiar with), can you hook up the 6 RCAs directly to the receiver? I don't believe there's an "on/off" switch on the 975 for the SACD output. Maybe there's a setting in the 989 to turn on the Multich inputs? To me, I'd bet you have a bum connection though.
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Just take a stereo RCA to RCA cable and test the outputs of the Sony with a set of stereo inputs on the receiver. That will tell you if you are getting sound out of the outputs of the Sony.

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aaronwt,
I noticed you have an a HDDVD player. How does the 975 compare with the HDA1 for SD DVDs? How's an upconverted SD DVD from the 975 on your 1080p set? Just curious.
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I use the 975 with 480i on the HDMI out to my VP30 scaler. Going that route it looks excellent on my set. Better than the HDA1 upconversion but neither can come close to the quality of the HD DVD discs.

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... the player's videdo performance (despite the green depression discussed here) ...
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Does any one know if a firmware update ever resolved the green depression issue?
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I use the 975 with 480i on the HDMI out to my VP30 scaler. Going that route it looks excellent on my set. Better than the HDA1 upconversion but neither can come close to the quality of the HD DVD discs.
Thanks. Lucky you. I heard the Toshiba has the tray lock problem like the 975 though...........j/k. :)
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I have the ns975 and got it in late December of 2004. I've got the original (I think firmware) 1.610. It's dead as of tonight. I finished watching a movie, took it out and put another DVD in, and it just won't play it or any other discs I've got. I assume this unit is toast but will call Sony but I'm pretty sure that I'll have to pay all costs to get it repaired.

My question is this (and I've done a lot of searching through this monolithic thread): what sort of costs am I looking at for repair or is it not worth my time and I should just start shopping for another player? I'm not a serious videophile but I do watch a lot of movies - I will not know the diff between a $250 player and a $500 player but I am all HDMI compatible now so want to stay that way. Until it died this player has performed well for my needs (Netflix addict).

Thanks for any advice . . .

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If you go via Sony's repair site it will cost $139 for the repair + shipping. It is cheaper to have it repaired than exchanged. I did mine a couple of months ago. Not a problem since.
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If you go via Sony's repair site it will cost $139 for the repair + shipping. It is cheaper to have it repaired than exchanged. I did mine a couple of months ago. Not a problem since.
Thanks for that info. This DVD player was expensive given its lack of durability. Being dead at 2 years out doesn't inspire me to put another $140 into it when I can run down to BestBuy and have the new DVP-NS75H for less. It sounds like my player lasted longer than a lot of folks' players but still, I'm a bit disappointed in Sony. Last night was the first time I knew of the extensive issues with this unit because mine was pretty reliable up to the point that it just quit. It was sometimes sluggish to respond to open/close, power off commands but I could usually fiddle with it enough to get it to work.

I will get another Sony because I'm usually happy with their products. If this next one lasts 2 years by then HD-DVD or Blueray will be the standard.
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the 975 is the best upscale picture I have seen from all the upscale players I have owned.

does the 975 have to be in warranty to get the new firmware upgrade ? I dont think so. thats the problem these units had. I would complain to sony if they try and charge you given it was there fault and a well known one.

I believe all they did to mine was upgrade the firmware. its a great sounding SACD player too.
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The Sony eService site shows that an exchange for a refurbed unit of same or comparable value is $182.54 and repair is $133. Being that it made it past the 90 days/1 year warranty period they technically owe me nothing and I think those are the options that I have with Sony. I don't see them doing me any favors.

I probably overpaid for this unit when I first purchased it for $299 though I did buy it pretty early. Spending another $133 on it makes it an even more expensive unit. I lose no matter what I do really, and so I will be shopping for a new unit with similar features for what it would cost to repair this one. If I find that Sony will repair it for much less then I'll do it and keep it as a backup or sell it.
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What did the new firmware address, and what number is it.. 1.07, 1.08 etc.
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It's been along while since I last used the password feature probably since I first got it in the mail but seeing as how I forgot it, is there any chance for me to set it to something else or is it a complete loss? Password is for Parental Controls on the player.

Nevermind, figured it out. For reference though, it should be noted to go to password and input the numbers 199703. It'll reset and ask for a new 4-digit number. :rolleyes:
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What's a 975 worth now? I think I might sell mine since I don't plan on watching many DVDs any more. I only bought it since it will output 480i ove rthe HDMI and send the 6.1 sound over HDMI also. But since i will be rarely watching Sd DVDS I can just use my Denon 2200 for that now. So what do you think I could get for my 975 in pristine conditiion?

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count me in for an HDMI failure.
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What's a 975 worth now? I think I might sell mine since I don't plan on watching many DVDs any more. I only bought it since it will output 480i ove rthe HDMI and send the 6.1 sound over HDMI also. But since i will be rarely watching Sd DVDS I can just use my Denon 2200 for that now. So what do you think I could get for my 975 in pristine conditiion?
I know you were using the 975 for 480i HDMI, but isn't the Denon 2200 better than the 975 for 480p component?

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The U.S. models of the 975 cannot be made region free. The region is hard coded in the unit.
So then this won't work on my US bought 975?

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Anyone know if the DVP-NS71HP at costco the same player as the 975?
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Thanks for answering many qestions bout the 975 as well as opening eyes to all else. Great forum.

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So then this won't work on my US bought 975?

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks.ph...ony+DVP-NS975V
Can anyone confirm the region free hack indeed works? I have a bunch of R3 DVDs that I would love to play in my living room.

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The Sony NS-series remote control hack also works for this player, just tested and made mine region-free. Enter 11 22 33 44 55, player says "SUCCESS", and again 11 22 33 44 55.
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It didn't work when I tried it, but it could just be me.
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Hi Paul,

I've read plenty of equipment reviews on your dvd player (Sony DVP NS975V) and despite the negative reviews, I'm willing to take a chance on it for it's virtues. I know that this model is discontinued at this time, but do you know where I could possibly pick one up.
Secondly, do you believe the faults on it are mainly a firmware issue?

Your advice would be most appreciated.

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What's a 975 worth now? I think I might sell mine since I don't plan on watching many DVDs any more. I only bought it since it will output 480i ove rthe HDMI and send the 6.1 sound over HDMI also. But since i will be rarely watching Sd DVDS I can just use my Denon 2200 for that now. So what do you think I could get for my 975 in pristine conditiion?

Hi Aaron, I may be interested in your player. Just a few questions:
When did you purchase it?
How often did you use it?
Do you happen to know what firmware version is installed.

Given the numerous problems with this unit, I'm just a little weary of buying a unit that may choose to die with it's new owner.

Thanks,
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yokim I think I might sell mine since I don't plan on watching many DVDs any more. I only bought it since it will output 480i ove rthe HDMI and send the 6.1 sound over HDMI also.
Im pretty sure you cant get 480i over hdmi :confused: It only says 480p-720p-1080i, on mine over hdmi.
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I have the ns975 and got it in late December of 2004. I've got the original (I think firmware) 1.610. It's dead as of tonight. I finished watching a movie, took it out and put another DVD in, and it just won't play it or any other discs I've got. I assume this unit is toast but will call Sony but I'm pretty sure that I'll have to pay all costs to get it repaired.

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Thanks for any advice . . .

John

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