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I own a Bravia 40" V series and an upgrade in the area was necessary. as HD DVD and blue ray are toddlers, I needed an affordable solution before I go for a HD player in about a year.
so I went for this player - having thoroughly compared it to denon 1730 and pioneer 696AV for about two hours at the dealer, much to their despair. to my surprise, it surpassed the denon in image quality and sounded a bit under but comparable to it. the pioneer was way under my standards, again, as a surprise.
I got home, plugged it and played it. my SD dvds looked like never before. I played batman begins, minority report and madagascar. I was speechless. incredible scaling, sharp crisp image (especially the 3D animation feature), great sound, easy intuitive menu, lots of other features for the price. also played an xvid file from our wedding - worked flawlessly. MP3s and jpegs too. the HDMI connection is a dream AND a must. mind you the cable quality is key here, so go for the better - and the pricier of course (25EUR up). the set is also packed with all the connections you may need for a decent AV rack.
all in all, the best choice for its price in MHO. you can't miss, go for it.
As some of you may know HD TV is here, along with HD DVD and BluRay formats. Due to both these DVD formats still being very new, the equipment is very expensive. So if you want to experience a better picture quality using just your old normal DVDs then this is what you need.
The Sony DVPNS76HS, looks very much like just another DVD player. However it is capable of upscaling your existing DVDS to a level thats close to High Definition. Connecting this DVD through an HDMI connection will give you a much sharper image, remember however these are not true HD so dont try and compare the two.
It is a region 2 DVD player which means you can only play discs that are from UK and Europe. It comes as standard with a remote control, 1 HDMI socket and 1 scart socket. It is also capable of playing back almost all DVD formats, as well as DIVX format for if you have any downloaded movies.
The price of these units are around £69, however you will also need to buy a HDMI cable which runs at about £20. There are other upscaling DVDs on the market, however the sony seems to give you a much sharper and smoother image.