DV7600 to replace a defunct Pioneer laserdisc player that I'd picked
up in Japan on my travels many moons ago.
The player upscales standard DVD films to the 1080i format (not quite
the whole 1080p hog). The video performance is astonishing although I
must admit that I don't have much to compare it with. The upscaled video
is not quite as good as the picture on Sky HD but is significantly
better than the standard DVD quality. The player even upscales disks
where the video has been compressed to fit on the disk: just
occasionally a bit of 'blocking' but emininently watchable nevertheless.
The player provides Tru-Surround (which gives pseudo surround sound) for
people (like me) who play film audio through their two channel audio set
This is where the player comes into it's own. The audio performance is
incredible to my ears (I play the audio through an antequated Marantz
PM80 amplifier and B&W Matrix 2S2 speakers). I had thought that I would
need to buy a bespoke CD player for audio CD's: however, the DV7600
blows the socks off my old Pioneer laserdisc (which I thought was
respectable with it's 1-bit DAC) and I believe it may not be necessary
The DV7600 will play MP3's recorded onto writeable CD's (but not those
on DVD's strangely enough) although lower bitrates do't do the system
justice. The DV7600 does not handle variable bit rate MP3's either.
If I have one criticism of the player it is that there is a delay of a
second or so when you press a button on the remote control. This doesn't
bother me now I'm used to it but those more testosterone challenged out
there may prefer something that reacts a little quicker.