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      17.05.2002 03:52
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      If you don't already know it then let me tell you Sony is the best. Yes there products may be slightly more expensive than some but you are definitely paying for quality and with this DVD player there is no exception. There are more options and modes to increase your DVD experience than you can shake a stick at. All the latest and greatest picture and audio inhacing including simulated surround sound for those of you without the luxuary of a home cinema system. For those of you with the surround sound system the DVD player has all the connections to get the full 5.1 surround going (can't beat it in my opinion but that's another storey). The design is brilliant, it looks good and it works well too. All the buttons are well labeled and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know which to press without reading the manual. The remote is equally easy to use and can even be used to control your other Sony products which is always useful. The picture and sound quality are second to none and if you are lucky enough to have a plasma TV and surround sound system (Sony of course!) you really could be in the cinema, all you need is the annoying kids with their mobiles going off behind you! If you are on the lookout for a DVD player then this is the one you want. It will do everything you want it to and then some and all in style!

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        05.05.2002 03:53
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        I have been a fan of home cinema for 5 years now. The moment i was shown a dvd in all its glory i was hooked its as simple as that. I allready owned a dvd player this being the pioneer 919 dvd/laserdisc but with the end of laserdisc player manufacturing i decided that i would really like to use the pionner for laserdisc playback and have a stand alone dvd player to handle the new format. I opted for a multiregion sony 725 and to say i am impressed is well a understatement. As soon as the player comes out of the box you get the feeling that this is a very well made piece of equipment , it feels very solid and weighs quite a bit compared to other players i have seen. This is obviously a good start and things just get better again once you have hooked the player up to the tv and fired up a disc. Connection options are very good on this player with 2 scarts (1rgb) 1 svhs and also component outputs which will come in handy if you happen to have a viewing device that can take advantage of them. The 725 also comes with onboard dolby digital decoder and will pass a dts bitstream to a external decoder. Picture and sounds are superb and i cannot find one single fault it is that good. Playback of audio cds is also excellent and i have read reviews that state that the 725 gives the audio performance of a £300-500 cd player!!. As i write this review the 725 has been replaced by the 735 . The main difference is the 735 has a onboard dts decoder but i am told that the audio playbakc on music cds is now not as good so maybe this should be taken into account. I would recommend this player if you can find one new then that would be great but perhaps there are some bargain second hand ones to be had .

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        08.09.2001 22:14

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        i do not have this dvd player. i have a sony one and my sony one is very very good so if you are thinking of buying a dvd player dont buy this one because it might not be very good buy a sony one because the sony one is good and everybody likes sony becasue they made the playstation so buy a sony one instead of this one because a sony one is better probably even though i havent tried this one if somebody has tried this noe tell me and i can write about what they tried

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        02.06.2001 05:47
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        I have owned 3 other top-end DVD players before this and I would recommend Toshiba players for picture quality and Philips for sound. This DVD player is an excellent quality product for the price. It is not that well made. It has a picture quality which will not WOW you like that of a Panasonic model. You might as well buy a good quality one such as this and youll be able to really experience cinema quality. The colours are too bright and the mechanism is a bit noisy! (unusual for a Sony product!) The buttons on the front feel quite solid and feel like they will last if you dont press them too hard. Im not sure that its build quality is up to scratch, though.

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          11.02.2001 05:06
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          As everyone already knows, DVD is the video format of the future. Absolutely any DVD player will blow even the best VCRs out of the water. So, what is the advantage of buying a relatively expensive player like this rather than one of the low-end Samsungs/Wharfedales of this world? In terms of picture and sound quality, the difference between even the very best and very worst DVD players is fairly slight. Sometimes the colours appear a little more vibrant, but you have to see them one after the other to tell the difference. The real advantages, you see, are features and compatability. Were I to buy a cheap DVD player, I would live in constant fear of another 'problem' disc coming out, and not playing on my budget machine. 'The Matrix' was one such disc, and look at all the problems that caused! Basically, it's worth the extra money for the peace of mind. Of course, the build quality is also better. Like most Sony products, it looks very 'solid', and feels as if it's worth the price you paid for it. Additionally, the drive itself is of the highest quality I have ever seen - very quiet, and with great loading times. The two SCART sockets should be enough for anyone, but an S-Video output is also available. Personally, I find that an RGB signal over the SCART gives better results than S-Video, but there are those who disagree. The player has a built in Dolby Digital decoder, but I use the coaxial output (although an optical is also available) for connection to my seperate Yamaha A5 amp. I find that this gives better results than the on-board decoder, and allows me to get DTS sound as well. Overall, an exceptional machine.

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          08.02.2001 22:42
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            19.01.2001 22:21
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            The DVD player is the video format of our lives and our childrens to follow. I would say that any DVD player will compete at the highest levels with your state of the art video recorders by the simple method of attacking and then punishing. What are the advantages of buying an expensive "video player" I hear you ask, well my answer would be that DVD's are the thing of the future and anybody that has not moved with the times will regret it. The picture and sound quality of this particular player are phenomenal and does outshine many of the others that i have seen even though it is said that the difference between the best and worst DVD players on the market is extremely narrow at the moment. The colours are more vibrant, and the sound quality as crisp and any i have ever heard. Trust me it is V hard to find a fault with this player.The real advantages of the 725 are features and its compatability. The way it is built shows quality in itself and is better than any other model in its field. Like many of Sony's machines it looks very like it can stand by itself and not look small. you are reasured at the expence of the machine and know that those extra few pounds were worth it. The drive of the player is of the highest quality that I know of and have seen as it is whispering quiet and has very quick loading up periods of movies. If I Were to invest in a cheaper DVD player I would not live with the peace of mind that I have adopted with this machine and would of worried whether my disks would of played on my cheaper machine. In the longrun it's worth that extra bit of money for peace of mind's sake. The machine includes 2 scart socket ports which is enough. This player has a built in Dolby Digital decoder, but it can also be linked up to a seperate amplifier which you may borrow off your hifi. An allround performance machine that is built to last.

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            02.12.2000 03:58
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            If you don't have a Sony 725, then you might have to move quickly - From what i've heard recently, there is the chance that Sony might stop making them quite soon. Some say this isn't true as it is still regarded as a current range Sony player because of the differences with the 735, but i have seen the 725 become harder and harder to come by since the 735 was launched. Even if production is to continue for a little while longer - why wait til the last minute?! - this is an awesome player, which you will find hard to match in the 300-500 GBP price range or any other for that matter. If you forget the suberb picture (incorporates a 2 level Digital Noise Reduction and Video Equalizer) and sound (integrated Dolby Digital and MPEG multichannel decoders, digital out) quality for a moment, you will find the range of features on offer are also more than sufficient to meet any dvd enthusiasts needs (some might say there are too many options!). They include - Bookmark function (to remember your favourite points from your dvds); Picture memory (change the start-up and stop background to your favourite image from one of your dvds); Parental control (obvious really); Disc, Title, Chapter and Angle viewer (for easy navigation via seeing the start frame from each of the available on the disc). There a few 'gimmicky' features which you might not be too interested in (who needs strobe playback?!), but there are also some very useful additions such as VES (virtual enhanced surround) - for people who want a surround effect, although they might not have a surround sound system; and the ability to configure the brightness/contrast/colour settings of the output where other players do not always provide it. Operation is generally by the Navigation shuttle control on the remote, which in general is very intuitive and easy to use, but sometimes it can be slightly fiddly (onscreen navigation is a lot simpler than the 735 with it's little sy
            mbols instead of words, though!). There are other nice features, but these are the ones which really stick out and help to place this machine above the crowd. Design is maybe not so good as the newer range of Sony dvd players - but i feel that it does grow on you, but at the end of the day it is the functionality which matters the most (the inclusion of a headphone plug on the front was nice, as well as a good range of connections on the back). Another nice thing about this machine (for many people interested in multiregion dvd) - is that any 725 with an auto-switching or manual modification to allow playback of non-region 2 dvds will not be affected by RCE (regional coding enhanced), the improved region coding system recently unveiled by Warner (but currently only implemented on The Patriot and 'shock!' Thomas and the Magic Railroad) - well, all you Thomas the Tank Engine fans can rest at ease (although it is available in region 2 now), because of the way the 725 interigates dvds to check region, you will have no problems at all with RCE titles. Most importantly of all though, of course, is the picture and sound - but i can definitely assure you that you will not be disappointed (i watch my dvd's on a 10 foot screen using a video projector, and it is absolutely awesome - there are variations between titles, though, according to the quality of the dvd itself - but if you have any doubts, just check out Toy Story 2 or another of the Disney/Pixar CGI animations) - there were problems with lip-synch with older firmware that used to be supplied, but this is nowhere to be seen if you have a recent or new machine, and if you do buy a second-hand machine, you can simply upgrade the firmware in order to solve the problem. At the moment, you should be able to pick up a region 2 725 for as little as 300 pounds or about 350 for a multiregion modified unit - a fantastic price for a fantastic dvd player. ps - Not
            particularly useful apart from to find out the firmware version used if your having problems (unlikely ;)), but i thought i'd add this for any other 725 owners - to access the Sony 725 service menu: With the machine on standby mode and without a disc inserted, on the remote press Title, then Clear, then Power-on (The firmware version is at the bottom of the screen that will appear). Simply turn the power off to exit. btw - DO NOT mess around with any of the options unless you know what your doing!

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              04.11.2000 04:24

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              I Bought this player approx. a year ago, at the time this was a very difficult item to get hold of. Once unboxed and connected up, numerous refferals to the hefty manuals and after countless hours of head-scratching, to my A-V amp, another Sony marvel(STRDB925, I sat and watched Godzilla with amazement. The picture and sound quality were fantastic, not only with DVD's but with audio CD's as well. I had spent alot of time shopping for a good player to compliment my AV setup, but as we all know, it always seems better in the show room. This player was just as good at home. I have also played DTS DVD's and CD's on my system and found the format to be much more superior than dolby digital. The only gripe I have with the player is the remote commander, huge 80's style thing.

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              29.10.2000 21:27
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              As everyone already knows, DVD is the video format of the future. Absolutely any DVD player will blow even the best VCRs out of the water. So, what is the advantage of buying a relatively expensive player like this rather than one of the low-end Samsungs/Wharfedales of this world? In terms of picture and sound quality, the difference between even the very best and very worst DVD players is fairly slight. Sometimes the colours appear a little more vibrant, but you have to see them one after the other to tell the difference. The real advantages, you see, are features and compatability. Were I to buy a cheap DVD player, I would live in constant fear of another 'problem' disc coming out, and not playing on my budget machine. 'The Matrix' was one such disc, and look at all the problems that caused! Basically, it's worth the extra money for the peace of mind. Of course, the build quality is also better. Like most Sony products, it looks very 'solid', and feels as if it's worth the price you paid for it. Additionally, the drive itself is of the highest quality I have ever seen - very quiet, and with great loading times. The two SCART sockets should be enough for anyone, but an S-Video output is also available. Personally, I find that an RGB signal over the SCART gives better results than S-Video, but there are those who disagree. The player has a built in Dolby Digital decoder, but I use the coaxial output (although an optical is also available) for connection to my seperate Yamaha A5 amp. I find that this gives better results than the on-board decoder, and allows me to get DTS sound as well. Overall, an exceptional machine.

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                20.10.2000 05:16
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                I was concerned about buying a DVD player after reading all the reviews about problems and incompatibility, but this player has shown no signs of malfunctioning whatsoever. I don't know of another player that offers so much value, but this DVD player is worth the money. I know £399 is quite expensive, but you get what you pay for so buy the best. This unit is very easy to use, and presents an outstanding picture. The remote control is easy to use and has all DVD controls available, were some DVD players don’t. It is slightly softer than some of the other players, but I prefer a slightly softened picture to the jagged lines. The manual is easy to understand. I highly recommend this player, and it's a Sony product.

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                  17.09.2000 23:06
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                  This player, quite simply has the lot! For starters, the picture qiality is better than I have ever seen on any DVD player, while the sound reproduction is phenominal! Its a Class act in the two main areas that matter, and for all the players I have seen, nothign can come close to matching it. Not only that, but the features and setiings on this player is mind blowing, and for features, this player blows away all competition (including the inferior 725 also by Sony). The remote control is fantastc, and the whole performance of the machine is simply second to none. In short, this is the best DVD player on the market, and personally, no amount of money could buy you a better DVD player!

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                    17.09.2000 16:09
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                    I upgraded from a cheaper machine to the Sony dvd725 and I must admit I didn't think that there would be such a difference in overall quality between the two machines. The Sony is quite a good looking machine that is available in standard black or brushed silver finish. The first thing that strikes you when you spin a dvd in the Sony is the bright vivid colours that it outputs, the whites are outstanding (look like they've been washed with persil) the picture is vibrant to say the least, it would be difficult to imagine the picture could be better. The sony has an onboard 5.1 decoder so you can hook it up to your amp that has 5.1 pre-outs and enjoy dolby digital sound at its best without shelling out for a dedicated amp. There is also included some of Sony's brilliant dsp modes to enhance the sound further, which are usually only found on Sony's amps. I must point out though that the Sony does not have an onboard DTS decoder, it can only have a dts signal pass through it from another source. The on screen displays are a plenty too with options I have never seen on cheaper machines, you can even see how many bits per second the sony is transferring,probably options we wouldn't normally use, but at least they are there...you have options to reduce picture noise (helps sometimes if the disc may have colour staining)all other standard features are there too, bookmarking,muti-angle viewing, disc labelling etc. the remote included with the 725 it has to be said is a bit of a brick, but it has to be said it has everything you need to enjoy the features from your armchair...including a nifty jog shuttle to advance the frames one by one, it go's nicely too if you have a sony tv or amp as it will control various functions of these too... All in all you cannot go too far wrong with this machine, especially at some of the prices it has been seen recently....£299 or £349 with multi region....but then again Sony have bought
                    out an updated machine the SONY 735..so expect the 725 to dissappear in the near future

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                      28.08.2000 20:01

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                      For many years i have worked on sony products with admiration in my opinion if you pay a little more for a product you will usually get more peace of mind.This dvd player as you would expect is a digital marvel it will play n.t.s.c. discs and will do an abundance of things on screen.the picture is as clear and crisp as a summer sky.Digital is the future and if you have the equipment to set this up to then sit back with a friend(or a pet) and watch thier faces as you simulate cinema technology in your front room.

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                      27.08.2000 00:58

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                      Being new to the world of DVD, I spent a lot of time reading various articles and reviews on the players available. One make seemed to stand out from the others, Sony. With the make decided it was then came to down to selecting the model. I decided to go for the Sony 725 with it wealth of functions and superior sound functions. The slimmer 735 was also an option but the 725 beat it on price. Having received the player I must say it lives fully up to the reviews. The picture quality is excellent, as is the sound quality. I have it linked up to a Sony Pro Logic TV, and although not the full Dolby Digital 5.1, it is impressive all the same. The player was easy to install and the set-up menus are a joy althout the remote control is a bit bulky. A downside is the navigator buttons on the remote control. It can be a bit awkward to press select without moving the navigator button up or down. The remote does have basic TV functions, and not just for Sony TV’s, which saves fishing around for the TV remote to adjust the volume. The player itself has a wealth of connection options for Scart, S-Video etc, and you can specify your speaker set-up via the menus to get the best from them. All-in-all this is a very impressive machine which I would recommend to anyone.

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