Here's a newbie's first question!
I've recently purchased a NS999ES, and have been trying it out on various DVDs. Generally I can confirm the various reports that people have posted here, of an excellent picture but with some problems, such as the chroma bug in Toy Story, and the shimmering blinds in ET. Both of those are mild enough for me to keep the NS999ES, except for one thing.
I have a few boxes of television shows which have been released on DVDs, for example "Star Trek, The Next Generation." This is of course was originally created as video material.
On both the Star Trek shows and on another series, "Stargate SG1," there is a very strange and peculiar artifact that shows up frequently and very visibly when using the progressive output from the NS999ES. On some of the boundaries when a camera shot changes from one point-of-view to another, there is a momentary flash which for an instant covers the whole screen, and then is gone.
This is quite visible and very distracting, to the point that I simply cannot watch these DVDs in progressive mode. When I switch to interlaced, the effect is reduced, but interestingly the degree of reduction differs with the particular point on the DVD. At some places, it is reduced but still visible; at other places, it is all but gone.
I'd like to ask the other readers here to see if they can duplicate this behavior or not on their NS999ES, if perhaps they have the following disk. The artifact appears generally on all of the shows of all of the disks of the "Star Trek, The Next Generation" and "Stargate SG1", but for simplicity let me identify a set of points on the first episode of the first season of "Star Trek, The Next Generation", located on the first DVD of the boxed set. The episode (#721) is called "Encounter at Farpoint."
Time Point: Spoken text preceding (or following) the flash:
00315 Picard: "but I am informed that a highly experienced"
00418 Data: "slide, creep, skulk, pussyfoot"
00551 Q: just before "Thou are notified"
00751 Q: "you're still a dangerous savage child-race"
00850 Yar: "I can't just stand here and let"
00852 (another flash)
00902 Q: "enemies to fight out there too"
00920 Picard: "eager to prosecute, to judge"
In interlaced mode, the flashes at point 00418, 00751, and 00850 seem mostly gone to me, while the other ones are merely lessened. Oddly, it also seems to be dependent on how far before the flash one begins the playing!
I have tried these same DVDs on an older and far cheaper Sony DVD player, the DVP NS 300, which is only interlaced, and it shows none of these problems whatsoever.
For completeness, let me mention that I am feeding the component video output of the NS999ES to a Denon 3802 AVR which switches the video and audio and sends the component video to a Sony Wega KV-32HV600 direct-view television. The NS999ES puts out a 16:9 ratio picture, and the 32HV600 recognizes that and does vertical compression to pretend to be a 16:9 display (although it is actually 4:3!), accurately showing all scan lines in proper proportion.
So if anyone can test this on their NS999ES, please let me know if you see it too, or not. It could perhaps be a bad individual player I have, in which case I need to know to return it soon while I have time. Or it could be a more general issue, in which case people need to know that this player may not be good for such video-based material.