Sony's top-of-the-line DVD player available for about half-price
As one of the inventors of the format, Sony was one of the first to produce consumer DVD players, and the first to market a high-end model. Sony's DVP-S7000 ($600) has garnered a reputation as a stellar performer, collecting a fistful of awards. Because Sony is about to produce an even better player, it's now possible to get the DVP-S7000 for slightly more than half of what it cost a month ago.
As you'd expect from Sony's top DVD player, the video quality is simply amazing. There are gold-plated RCA jacks in the back for component video output as well as the usual S-video, composite video and stereo RCA outputs. There are also optical and coaxial outputs for Dolby AC-3 surround sound. The DVP-S7000 can take advantage of just about any high-end audio or video features your television and stereo system supports.
The DVP-S7000 has a couple of features I haven't noticed on other players. The first is Parental Control, which lets you determine the rating level of a disc that can be played without entering a code. The other feature is an optional, on-screen meter that displays the current bit rate, i.e., the complexity of the video signal being processed.
Sony's DVP-S7000 has pushed me past the point of no return. If I can help it, I will never go back to a VCR again. I've instantly become spoiled by the razor-sharp freeze frames, great picture quality and fantastic sound. It's definitely going to be a DVD Christmas around our house.
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Pub Date: 12/21/98