I recently brought a DVD player after many sleepless nights of deciding which one to buy, as there are so many. What made me lean towards Sony is there intensive background knowledge of electrical goods. There precision on detail of good looks with superior sound and quality makes them a strong contender on the DVD market. When i got the DVD home and started to un-pack it, i did have doubts at first, whether to i made the right choice or not. When playing DVD's you do see the quality in the picture and sound and i felt i did make the right choice. To be honest i'm not quite sure about the size and weight of the Sony DV-525 compared to recent DVD players, It tends to be fairly long in height, almost the same size as a video player and just as heavy. Although it is one of the best DVD's on the market and with great value added in as well.
There is an urgency in my title which reflects the fact that this is now an old model, but still availible in places, probably at a knock-down price. The 525 lay at the "one-below-top-of-range" position, lacking some of the features of its bigger brother, but none of the picture quality, which in my book is what I care about. It carries its own surround-sound decoder for Dolby Digital MPEG and DTS, and 6 phono outlets for those who like "spaghetti", but also single co-ax and optical digital outputs for those who don't. I had mine "chipped" from new to play multi- region DVDs as my TV will play an NTSC source. Picture quality is excellent, as is the sound through my Yamaha RX-V596RDS Digital Receiver. Minor Niggles? The book says it won't play any form of "recorded" disk, and the handbook even says so. This rules out CD "compilations" on CD-R's or RW's, and any VCD's made on CD-R's and RW's. But then, in the latter case, you were only going to bore us with your holiday video, weren't you? --------------------------------------------- Revision 10/01/01 It turns out that, after perusal of http://www.vcdhelp.com/, which was a tip passed on to me by David Kaspar, it will play some makes of CD-R and CD-RW. This is certainly true of Traxdata CD-RW's because I made one to test. It won't play any of my existing CD-Rs. The search goes on......... ----------------------------------------- Also, there is minor tendancy for lip-sync to slip ever so slightly, but only sometimes. This can be cleared by pausing and carrying on. This doesn't affect all disks, so I can only assume it's more likely peculiar to the software. The remote is a typical Sony, with the ability to control a television (Sony only). Also it will control the master volume of a wide range of amplifiers, which is nice. It suits me, Sir.
I have owned my Sony DVD player (the 525d) ever since it first came out. I wasn't too familiar with DVD players and wasn't planning on buying one until this one was given to me as a present. As soon as i got it i set it up very very easy to install. As soon as it was set up and ready to be used the first film I watched on it was the matrix. I was shocked to see how clear the graphics were and the sound was the best I’ve ever heard (especially when you have surround sound). I would still highly recommend this DVD player even though its quite old now but is still winning some awards for excellent picture quality and sound quality. I'd give it 10 out of 10.
The adverts on TV began telling me to get into the DVD revolution about a year ago and finally about four months back now I succumbed to its promise of outstanding picture quality and mind blowing sound. So off I went to my nearest retailer to see about getting rigged up. Among the range that I saw, one of these fine machines stood out to me for two reasons. Firstly it was a Sony and the brand name is important as I?ve had no problems with ANY other of my Sony electronics, which most of my home entertainment system already is, and secondly because of the five free DVD?s that were bundled with the player. The 525D isn?t one of those players that comes with shed loads of useless features (zoom been one of them). It does however have all the important stuff at the back ? duel scart, s-video, dts and Dolby to name but a few. This means it sounds awesome linked upto my surround sound system! The Matrix been a favourite for this. A good entry-level machine, that?s been recently updated by Sony to the 535. The only thing it lacks is initial multi-region ability, but as its now classed as an ?old? player, I just got mine chipped for forty-eight quid (pick up, fit and deliver!) not bad at all.
Although this model has now been replaced by the 535 it is still a flawless player. Picture Quality is as good as any of the top of the range players and there are no faults in the audio set-up either. The machines look is practical and functional and while this player may not have lots of useless features (such as zoom) it does not matter as these features are rarely used after the first couple of days of owning a DVD player. This machine should very cheap seeing as it has been upgraded so if you find this amongst the lower priced models snap it up. All in all a great DVD player that belongs with the high priced models.
I bought this DVD player a year ago now and it has done nothing to disappoint me. I'm not one of these audiophiles or DVDphiles. I don't look for really high end kit like Denon but more for quality at a reasonable price. This is why I went for this Sony player although in retrospect I think the 325 model would probably have been just as good. There have been many stories about certain players not being able to play certain discs or having menu problems. The only problem with this player (and other Sony players in this range) is a lip sync problem which they have a firmware upgrade for. I've got 40 odd DVD's and have only just recently come across the problem with Rush Hour. I can't imagine a £1000 player performing noticably better than this player. Overall I can't fault it.