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Originally Posted by ADU View Post

Digital connections (HDMI) work a bit differently than analog in terms of white & black levels, so you'll probably need to recalibrate the Contrast/Picture and Brightness/Black Enhancement/Black Level settings on the display.

If you don't currently have a calibration disc, some basic setup patterns for this can be found on any THX-mastered DVD (such as the Star Wars films).

Use the STANDARD Custom Picture Mode on the player.

That's what I did and the picture looks pretty good. I know a lot of the people aren't too happy with their player but I think it works great.

The only bummer is that I have a Samsung LCD so I can't use the TV remote to control the DVD player....but some of the Bravia Sync / Samsung Anynet+ work like when you turn the DVD player on and press play, the TV turns on and goes right to DVD input.
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Anyone interesting in Sony DVP NS77H? BB is having it on clearance for $52.99.
post #303 of 314
My BB had it on clearance sale for $49.99 a month ago and I got one. Told a friend to pick one up but he didn't run right down there. When he got there, too late, all gone!

Terrific player for my Samsung HL56A650, I'm very pleased. I'm playing with 1080i/p output but haven't decided which is better. Glad I stumbled across this player ... and thanks for all the info in this thread!
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My NS77 has started freezing/pausing at random during some DVDs for no reason I can tell. No blockies, nothing, it's just as if I had pressed "pause" and then play a few seconds later. No audio glitches, either, and no noises from the transport as if it's seeking or otherwise trying to recover from a read error.

The DVD is pristine - not a mark on it - and plays fine in all my other DVD players including my somewhat picky Denon DVD-3930CI. (The Sony is a bedroom player.)

Anyone experience this, or should I just buy a new player given their near-disposable pricing these days?
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Originally Posted by kucharsk View Post

My NS77 has started freezing/pausing at random during some DVDs for no reason I can tell. No blockies, nothing, it's just as if I had pressed "pause" and then play a few seconds later. No audio glitches, either, and no noises from the transport as if it's seeking or otherwise trying to recover from a read error.

The DVD is pristine - not a mark on it - and plays fine in all my other DVD players including my somewhat picky Denon DVD-3930CI. (The Sony is a bedroom player.)

Anyone experience this, or should I just buy a new player given their near-disposable pricing these days?

I had this DVD player for a year and a half. I use it a lot and I never once had any freezing or pausing problems. Perhaps, your unit is starting to go.
post #306 of 314
Over a year with no hiccups on mine. I think something is wrong with your player.
post #307 of 314
The only problem I’ve had with this player is that it has combing problems. But out the hundreds of DVDs I played, it only had that problem on 2 DVDs. It seems like some DVDs are flagged improperly and this player doesn’t handle that well.
post #308 of 314
1) comb filtering is only applicable when using the composite connection.
2) If combing issues are perceived on only two DVD's out of 100's, then the player probably isn't the source of the problem, but how the video for those DVD's were mastered and has nothing due to "flagging".
post #309 of 314
It's definitely a problem with the way the DVD was mastered, but what I'm saying is that the player doesn't handle the problem well. When I try those two DVDs on other DVD players, the combing problem doesn't occur. I honestly don't know much about flagging per se, but when I researched about combing problems, flagging was the only cause I can find.

It's an unusual problem. At a certain part of the movie, the combing problem would occur and remain that way. If you stop the disc and resume it, the problem goes away. It's as if something on that part of the disc is deactivating the DVD player's deinterlacer or something. Then I guess when you stop & play the DVD, it reactivates again. It's weird, but forgivable as it only happened on 2 DVDs.
post #310 of 314
The combing issues are known. You can spend twice as much on the Oppo and have a player that easily deals with these issue, but for a $75 it does pretty well.
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The combing issues are known. You can spend twice as much on the Oppo and have a player that easily deals with these issue, but for a $75 it does pretty well.

Oh yeah, this player is great for the price I paid. It upscales really well and it even reads many of the scratched up discs I get from Blockbuster. Like I said, the only issue was combing, but it's forgivable. I don't think there's a better $75 player out there.
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The combing issues are known... but for a $75 it does pretty well.

Agreed.

I've noticed combing issues with only a few titles on the 77H and 700H as well, mainly when playing certain TV shows made during the 1990's, which were edited on video without proper attention to maintaining a consistent film cadence. The problem is especially noticeable on early seasons of BtVS and X-Files. You can stop the player and then restart it, and it will usually relock onto the cadence, but it'll begin combing again as soon as it hits another bad edit.

Switching to component/480i and letting the display perform the deinterlacing may work on some displays. Or you could try the Pioneer DV-410V (or maybe the newer Pioneer DV-420) instead. The Pioneer can automatically relock onto the cadence much faster in these kinds of cases than the Sonys. So you'll only see the combing for a split second, if at all. And it's as good a deinterlacer and scaler as the Sonys in other respects (except that the Sonys have a better pause mode).
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Originally Posted by ADU View Post

I've noticed combing issues with only a few titles on the 77H and 700H as well, mainly when playing certain TV shows made during the 1990's, which were edited on video without proper attention to maintaining a consistent film cadence. The problem is especially noticeable on early seasons of BtVS and X-Files. You can stop the player and then restart it, and it will usually relock onto the cadence, but it'll begin combing again as soon as it hits another bad edit.

Oh, so that's what's causing the combing issues on those 2 DVDs I watched. Thanks for clarifying that!
post #314 of 314
I have the combing issues as well on this unit. It occurs on my "I Love Lucy" Season 2 DVD during the animated parts that were edited in. I guess it was due to a bad edit in the video. But what's odd is that I tried the DVDs on my Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player and the combing issue does not occur. Why one Sony unit has an issue while another one doesn't is beyond me....
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