Someone posted this on the High Rez Highway.
I received my Sony DVP-NS999ES today via FedEx from Oade. Their customer service is excellent! It's really hard to believe how fast they got this unit to me. Way to go Oade! Anyway, the first thing I notice about the 999 is it's construction. It's not the 'Statement' piece it's predecessor, the S9000ES, is. It's weight (16lbs)and construction is more main stream Sony. It is attractive but doesn't have that expensive look of the 9000. The remote is a fairly large plastic type with a small LCD window at the top to display various functions. Gold plated RCAs litter the back of the unit. The cool visual feature of this player is the ultra thin metal draw that slips out stealthly, begging for a CD, then quietly slips back in under the ilumination of a blue lighted clear window. From here, if you look closely, you can see the CD descend onto the spindle. Pretty cool! On to it's performance.
Redbook CD: Smooth, transparent and plenty of bass weight. In comparison to my Sony X779ES $2000 32lb CD unit, the 999 is more lively, provinding a more illuminated soundscape making the 779 seem dark and closed in. Soundstage dept is almost the same as the 779 but not quite as deep. This could be due to the 779's more laid back nature.
SACD: Unfortunately, I only have the Sony SACD sampler to compare again Redbook but fortunately there is a cut from Miles Davis Kind of Blue on the sampler that I compared to the Redbook version I own. In a word, SACD absolutely trumps the Redbook cut of this track! I still can't believe that a recording this old has this much detail. Cymbals are pristine in precision and realism. The acoustic bass has real weight and body. You can hear the spit in the mouthpiece of Davis's trumpet! Truly amazing!
Video DVD: Compared to my aging Sony S560D DVD player, the first thing I noticed was that the colors in Shrek were more lifelike and not as vivid on the 999. It's almost like the 560 was imparting a Technicolor influence on the picture which is not noticible until you compare it to the 999. Watching the Wizard of Oz, for the first time I noticed how bad the makeup job was done on the wicked witch! Blotchy green and clearly not coating the whole face, the 999's stunning detail retrieval revealed these flaws in her makeup. I also noticed scenes where the witch's castle was clearly a backdrop painting against a forground cluster of trees. This player will reveal detail the 560 glossed over.
Summary: With the exception of the lack of high end build, this is, in my opinion, a state of the art performer that, givin it's $895 street price, should absolutely shame any competitor on a price to performance basis.