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I got this dvd player when it first came out all those years ago, for it's time it was a very good and gimmicky but as times gone on it's become more and more obselete and as price have come down this shouldn't be first choice anymore.
The player itself is quite bulky and heavy, it's quite long which means I can place all my other electronics on top of it such as my tv. Other than that all it is useful for is playing dvd's and since it's got dirty it's also lost some of that aspect as it skips some scenes or doesn't play them.
The remote control is easy to use and has many functions on it well laid out, unfortunatly with new models coming out and cheaper prices you would probably be better off now getting a newer model with more feature, the ability to record etc. for about the same price I got this.
It was on my shortlist, but was not top. From reading some magazines, and reading some online reviews, then 305 is a very adequate DVD player in regards to functionality. There is no point in going into the tekky stuff as there are other reviews that has that info. As with most of the mainstream Japanese manufacturers, it is not possible to make it DVD region free, without a hardware modification. Hardware modifiation is where the thing needs to be physically opened, and something done inside, usually a special chip added. Some of the Korean, Chinese or European manufacturers make their DVD players updateable through some menu in the players controls, or by inserting a special disc that carries out a firmware update. The reason to have region free is because DVD have special region codes so that only discs bought in Europe can be played on a European machine. The manufacturers do this is because movies are released at different times though out the world. It could be possible that something is still being shown at the movies in Europe, but you can buy it on DVD in the US. With web shopping, it is possible to buy DVDs from overseas sources, usually the US, that are not yer release locally, have extra features on them, or are simply cheaper. (as a FYI, I buy a lot of DVDs onlne at www.dvdsoon.com . They even have free postage to Europe). Getting a region free DVD player was the top of my requirements. So I needed to find one. I live in the Netherlands, so I could source one from the UK. www.richersounds.com for example, but I needed something sooner rather than later, so did not want to wait for the post. My first choice was a Toshiba 220, which is still one of the best DVD players available, and is highly rated by the various Audio Visual Magazines. Second was a LG model, which was also hightly rated, and had an easy region free update available. The Sony was my third choice.
The Sony was the only one from my top 3 available for me in Amsterdam with a region free option. There is an electrical super store here that sells them with a region free modification, and the warranty is still intact. I have to say that it has exceeded my expecations. The quality of the pictures, and the sound is very good. DVDs are digitally encoded, so they need to be converted to the picture and sounds. I am told that reds and blacks are the most difficult. Some movies used to give my previous DVD player (a playstation 2) some problems, with the movie stopping for a split second before restarting. I have even seen this on DVD players at friends houses (The Pacific from Asda Supermarkets, Marantz and Cyberhome). It has only happened once, and that was watching Blade II, which is very dark and has a mega sound track, so is going to stress the decoding. It was really easy to install and use, and the simple remote control also works the basic features on my TV ( it is a Sony, so I would have expect it to!). It also plays music CDs, but the quality of sound is terrible. This I knew about before I bought it, and it is not an issue for me. I have never tried any MP3s with it, so cannot comment. It is a very good DVD player, and it is still on sale, for about 180 Euros region free. Richersounds carry it for a touch more. But there are better players out there right now. The Pioneer 350 model has been rated very highly and the Toshiba is still available.
I am no electronics buff. I love what consumer electronics do for me in terms of entertainment and an easy life, and I'm pretty good at setting them up and using them when I've got them, but I've never had the urge to find out what all those letters, numbers and symbols mean in terms of performance, function and capability. Some I am familiar with, but lots I'm not. Which left me at a bit of a disadvantage when I went out to buy a DVD player. There were literally scores of the things to choose from, at widely differing prices, and as I strolled along the aisle in Comet staring at those information cards that tell you the spec each player I just got more and more confused. There were three things I wanted from my player: 1. It would play DVDs 2. It had a good picture quality 3. It had a good sound quality As every player in the shop matched all three of my criteria, my choice was not made any easier. So in the end I plumped for one that was 'entry level' and was neither the cheapest nor the most expensive. And one that I liked the look of. That one was the Sony DVP NS305, and as I left the shop I had no idea whether or not I'd made the right decision. I still don't know if I could have got more spec for my money, if I could have got one that does things I've never even heard of, or if I could have got one better built. I don't care. I like my Sony DVP NS305 very much and it does everything I require of it very well. The NS305 is classed as an 'entry level' player, which I think means it's suitable for people like me who are new to DVDs and are not looking for the most sophisticated on the market, or one that encompasses the latest capabilities like recording. It is a sleek, slim affair in a nice aluminium shade of silver. It is not fussy looking, but has enough buttons on the unit to get it to function if you can't find your remote
control. The remote control itself is also pretty sleek looking and is very easy to operate with all buttons clearly marked. Everything you need to do, including setting up, can be done via the remote whilst looking at the on-screen graphical instructions and menus. Setting up the player was a doddle, just a mater of a plug and a scart-to-scart link (scart lead not supplied, so do budget for one) and then switching it on and following the instructions to set the clock after I'd tuned in my TV to the DVD station. Playing DVDs is a synch. Pop 'em in the slot and they start to play themselves, presenting you with a menu in seconds. Picking what you want from the menu is again very simple by using the arrow buttons on your remote, and then you're away. In terms of basic playing, it's no different than a VCR in terms of buttons needing to be pressed. My Sony NS305 does more than just play, however. Like video players, it allows me to forward, pause, freeze and search, but unlike a typical video player it does it with much more aplomb and a much higher quality picture. It also - if the film you're watching is capable - lets you change the angle from which you are viewing. The picture quality of my player is superb. I haven't got the best TV around, but my DVD player doesn't let that stop it producing glorious crystal-clear pictures. Sound-wise it's brilliant too, being Dolby Digital 5.1 and also simulating surround sound. It is compatible with Digital Theatre System surround sound should I ever have the money and inclination to require it. The Sony NS305 is a Region 2 player, so plays Region 2 and multi-region/region free DVDs. It also allows playback of both PAL and NTSC discs (region 2) on PAL TVs. Playback wise, my machine will play DVDs, CDs, VCDs, CDRs and CDRWs. It has a 10 bit Video V/A Converter, meaning it converts MPEG2 8-bit resol
ution to reduce obvious signs of digitizing, rendering the film closer to the original movie master. (I have copied that bit straight from the bumpf, in case you're thinking I lied to you about not being an electronics buff). To quote from the bumpf again, it has 24 bit audio sampling which converts the software audio signals, which differs from source to source, into the highest quality. In the case of Audio CD, this results in improved dynamic range and audio quality. So there you are. It supports multiple language options, i.e. it allows playback of audio DVD tracks in various languages. And it supports multiple language subtitles, meaning you can access up to 32 different language subtitles. I guess really my Sony NS305 is a pretty standard DVD player, and that is all that I need. It does everything I want it to and does it well, and looks rather fetching underneath my telly. I'm really pleased with my choice and would recommend it to anyone. I would also recommend that you get it from Comet, especially online at the price of £119.89 with FREE delivery, as I've since seen it elsewhere online at various electrical sites at up to £50 dearer.