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Sony DVP-NC85H/B

post #1 of 25
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I've considered this DVD player for when I finally get around to purchasing a flat screen LCD (most likely the Samsung 4692 but I haven't fully decided yet). I haven't seen any blatantly negative comments on it, and in fact its reviews are better than Sony's single disc player. Just want one with HDMI (which this has) for upconversion. Do you guys think this would be a good choice?

Another reason I want this is because it's cheaper and also, I have a Philips DVD-R80 recorder which records beautifully, but its player functions are atrocious (it constantly skips chapters at layer changes and its menu functions are confusing, plus it gets ridiculously hot, so I'd rather purchase another standalone player along with having a separate machine for recording.

Anyone own one of these? I also like the disc-changer ability since I tend to bring a few DVDs with me if I'm going to be stuck in a room for a while, so I like the added feature of being able to keep more than one movie in the player if I have to. Link to the player is below:

Sony DVP-NC85H/B
post #2 of 25
I just bought this DVD player a few days ago. I received my HDMI cable today from Monoprice.com and hooked it up to my Panasonic 50" Plasma. You have to tweak the settings on the DVD player a little. The audio settings are set on something other than Digital and DTS. I have the optical cable going to my HK 7200. I really like the 5 DVD-CD disc changer. I have not tweaked the upconversion settings yet. CC had them $15 off last week online and they still do. I had it held at my local CC. I'd recommend it and if you do not like it, take it back.
post #3 of 25
Lots of info about the NC85 in the NS75 thread...
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=639621
(I've asked the mods to change the title)
post #4 of 25
Lets keep this thread going about the new Sony DVP-NC85H/B.
post #5 of 25
I have really liked my 85 so far! I have it hooked up to a Panny TC32LX60 32" LCD (just recently fixed the red push) and am getting some really lovely images out of the combination.

I had a pleasant suprise with the exchange button last night. Didn't know you could pull discs out while not interrrupting playback.
post #6 of 25
Have had my NC85 for 2 days, tried it with HDMI and with Component on my Akai 42in. HD plasma.. Component looks better than the other progressive scan players i have used, HDMI looks AWESOME..

HDMI 2x1 switch w/ remote coming from monoprice today, hopefully it works with my setup..

So far i am impressed... Only thing that is odd is the zoom as others have mentioned.
post #7 of 25
I've had the DVP-NC85H/B for about a month and it plays DVDs and CDs flawlessly. Connected via HDMI/DVI monoprice cable to the TV and coax to the HK 635 receiver. I had the previous model (DVP-NC80H/B) which did not have upconversion or HDMI. Even my wife noticed the difference

alinski...
post #8 of 25
Update:

Got the 85H hooked up through the monoprice 2x1 switch, upconverts and still looks great, no handshake issues.

Watched "Saw 2" last night.. definitly not nearly the quality of Sin City or some of the other well mastered DVD's but it looked better than my previous prog-scan / component out player...

I guess you can't really fault the player though, if the DVD was not mastered well, there is only so much you can do to make it look good.
post #9 of 25
Finally got a TV to go with my 85H. Even with RCA video and audio it looks pretty good. When I get home from work I have a HDMI (for tv) and a Toslink (for receiver) to hook up. I can't wait to see the improvement over the RCA cables. It' like Christmas in June!!!!
post #10 of 25
I hooked mine up via hdmi in parallel to the old pio HTIB changer (still using it for dolby/dts amp duty with coax input) on it's S-video connection. Having that for an A/B comparison is quite a shocking difference!

post #11 of 25
I have the 85H hooked up to a Westy 37w3 via DVI+audio (using HDMI->DVI converter and analog audio cables) and the picture is incredible at 1080i. The transport is silent (unlike my previous Toshiba) and even the disc change noise is not nearly as loud as I thought it would be based on the overblown reports here in the forums.

Overall, a well spent $ on the player to feed the 1080p display. I particularly like the audio sync adjustment to get voices lined up right.
post #12 of 25
In case anyone is interested, I've discovered that the Sony CD changer discrete disc remote codes work on the DVP-NC85H (for direct access to discs 1-5). There are also discrete on/off.

On my One For All remote, I use CD setup code 0000 (for Sony). I'm sure there are pronto codes available for Sony CD changers.
post #13 of 25
anyone know if the NC85H is able to play both PAL and NTSC dvd's? I don't see anything in the specs about it and it's critical for me to be able to play both. thanks for the feedback
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by depeche View Post

anyone know if the NC85H is able to play both PAL and NTSC dvd's? I don't see anything in the specs about it and it's critical for me to be able to play both. thanks for the feedback

If it's like the NS75H (single disc version), the answer is no (NTSC, Region 1, only). It should be in the manual - on one of the early pages, under "Features" (???, IIRC). You should be able to download the manual (PDF) from the Sony web site.

If you need PAL too, your best bet is the Oppo 970H (if you need both Component and HDMI outputs). If you don't need the Component outputs, the Oppo 971H is a little more versatile player (compared to the 970H, but it's more expensive). Neither of the Oppo's are changers, however.
post #15 of 25
I just picked one of these players up this past weekend. I just love the PQ when running through an HDMI cable to my 1280p JVC HDTV. But something that's starting to get to me, and something that I haven't seen any mention of in any review, is that my player takes a painfully long time to load a DVD. When you put a disc in, it takes a good 1 to 2 full minutes with a flashing "Loading" message before it will start to play. All of my previous DVD players (including some from Sony) would load a DVD in a matter of a few seconds, not minutes.

Is my player defective or is this normal for this model?
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Volitar Prime View Post

I just picked one of these players up this past weekend. I just love the PQ when running through an HDMI cable to my 1280p JVC HDTV. But something that's starting to get to me, and something that I haven't seen any mention of in any review, is that my player takes a painfully long time to load a DVD. When you put a disc in, it takes a good 1 to 2 full minutes with a flashing "Loading" message before it will start to play. All of my previous DVD players (including some from Sony) would load a DVD in a matter of a few seconds, not minutes.

Is my player defective or is this normal for this model?

Hi Volitar P,
I've noticed the same slow startup. It seems a bit faster after the disc's initial load though and nicely picks up where you left off (if you don't hit the Stop button twice when stopping play on that disc).

I too am impressed by the pic quality, but had to futz with the settings before it looked right. Anyway, if you've got kids this player is great. Discs 1-4: Nemo, Ice Age, Monster, Inc., Baby Einstein. Ha ha! It also plays DVD+-R. So I've copied these movies from my collection and removed all menus for 'quick load' and 'safe keeping' from scratches.
post #17 of 25
Maybe we could get Kris Deering to eval. this player.
post #18 of 25
Hi guys..

any more update to this player..

Just pick up one at the sony outlet store for $89.. I just thought it was a nice looking player and its a 5 disc.. that is why I got it..

but haven't hook it up yet.. waiting on my 1080p tv to arrive..


I'm wonder is it ok to hook this up with the monoprice HDMI 1.3a Category 2 Certified Cable work without any issues?

thx
post #19 of 25
I've had one of these babies for over a year now hooked up to my 27" non Samjunk crt hdtv with Monoprice hdmi cables-I love the picture-although like afore mentioned-you have to tweek the settings to get the best picture-I have a new Denon 5 disc carasol player that cost me 250 bucks-this Sony actually has a better picture-go figure?
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by zrdb View Post

I've had one of these babies for over a year now hooked up to my 27" non Samjunk crt hdtv with Monoprice hdmi cables-I love the picture-although like afore mentioned-you have to tweek the settings to get the best picture-I have a new Denon 5 disc carasol player that cost me 250 bucks-this Sony actually has a better picture-go figure?


nice..

now with that said..

do you have the setting to get the best picture from the sony player?

I'll be hooking it to my 46XBR2
post #21 of 25
I turned off all the "image enhancing" features like bnr, set the sharpness to #1, set the custom picture settings with a caliberation disc, for me the best quality image is at 720P-yours might be 1080I. Hope this helps a little.
post #22 of 25
on the dvd player itself..


do you have it set with progressive scan on or off..

and

at what mhz? do you have it at . 49 (i think) or 96?
post #23 of 25
Well-if you're gonna watch either 480P or 720P-set the dvd player for progressive scan-set the audio for 96 mhz.
post #24 of 25
kool.. I'll give that a try
post #25 of 25
does this player need any type of firmware update. i see some other player have them..

just wondering
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