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The remote supplied with the US model of the player i. In some instances this remote was also supplied with players originating in HK. Please see the manuals dv,-919. Review courtesy of HomeCinemaChoice. If, like me, you’re a home cinema fan of a certain age, chances are you’ll have a laser disc collection. Long before S-VHS and VHS hi-fi were invented, LaserVision as it was then termed delivered ‘broadcast’ resolution up to lines and stereo sound with superb dynamics.
Mannual many quality-conscious viewers, it soon became the prime carrier for movies, thanks to Pioneer’s undying efforts to market NTSC-compatible players in Nanual, plus the availability of US titles – albeit ‘under the counter’ or via mail order.
Yet there’s a limit to such development. In today’s DVD climate, who wants an svl-919 inch LD when a five-inch disc delivers so much more? Throughout the land, church bells are tolling as the format slips next to Betamax and the Sinclair C5 in the ‘yesteryear’s curiosity’ display at the Science Museum.
It’s not dead yet, but dvo-919 last kicks of life won’t save it. Alternatively, you can upgrade that clattering ancient dinosaur deck for a shiny new machine that plays LDs and DVDs. The latest of this genre is the? The DVL is Pioneer’s second generation combi. Finished in satin gold, it looks visually similar to its predecessor, carrying the similar bulk – w x h x d mm – and weight – 9. In fact, only the DTS logo tells you it’s a different breed.
The larger tray has indents for inch and eight-inch LDs. The smaller allows loading of three-inch singles.
Front panel controls are minimal. A dimmer button reduces the intensity of the display and there’s also a blue disc illuminator LED.
The latter sounds sexy, yet is utterly inefficient – you can barely find the loading tray, let alone read the disc details in the dark. Around the back there’s a bulge that serves as a housing for the laser mechanism. This jumps to attention as soon as a disc is loaded. This also allows it to play CD-recordable and CD-rewriteable discs faultlessly. Also, you have phono terminals for stereo audio and composite video – plus a 4-pin miniDIN for S-video.
Manuql fine and dandy. Yet xvl-919 something missing. For all their convenience, the scarts lack RGB outputs. The rear panel also has a remote terminal, allowing control via other Pioneer products and a systems switch to suit the colour manuzl of your TV. But as with all DVD decks, its the ‘buried’ features that are more important. On the DVL, menu and mode keys bring setup and special functions – all displayed via onscreen graphics which vary according to the disc loaded.
For DVD setup there are the usual menu languages, parental control, subtitle preferences and 4: More unusually you can set the colour of the background screen with red, green and blue ‘palette’ sliders which are adjustable in 21 steps.
This engages a noise filter for shaving high frequency detail from the picture. A further sonic feature for DVDs is dynamic range control of loud effects during late night listening.
Although slow motion is well supported, there’s not much by way of speeded-up playback. You have a number of other ways of searching scenes. Random play is provided too – this being more useful on audio CDs than movies – and you have repeat. Program playback up to 24 steps is also offered. If you’ve used an old LD player you’ll know that trick play has been disc dependent – only CAV titles allowing these features.
Not so on the A digital frame store gives these functions on CLV titles too. Even better, at the end of a side, the last frame captured is displayed until the next side starts up. A Quick Turn function shortens the time to change from side A to B. However, this function has the disadvantage of switching off the OSDs onscreen displays.
Set in five levels it shows elapsed time, chapter time, title information, subtitle details and, most usefully, a bit rate meter that allows critical viewers to look for digital artefacts at places where the bit rate level is at its lowest.
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A further feature of the onscreen display is that you can optimise it for widescreen. Thus set, the operations indicators are always visible. You also have a screen saver that prevents tube burn should the same OSD be displayed for many hours. With the dv-919 ‘on’, after five minutes a fading bar of colour scans the screen. This is useful for playing DVD audio-only discs that use the higher bit rate for audiophile recordings – such as the small catalogue of titles from Chesky Records and Denon.
In practice this feature will be rarely used, given the paucity of MPEG multi-channel titles. Based on past experience with the predecessor DVL, the newcomer had to be good.
More like Jurassic Murk! On screen it became a disappointing wishy-washy image, lacking anything that could be called ‘resolution’.
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It was worse than a dvl-19 VHS print. To my amazement it looked terrific. To cut a long story short in fact the time it took to read the instruction book the problem was the ‘s LD default of the HQ highly questionable? Basically, such processing reduces noise at the expense of resolution.
In the lab I made some tests. With HQ engaged the spectrum analyzer displayed a wholly unsharp The moral of this tale is to manial HQ totally.
Indeed why has Pioneer bothered with this image-destroying feature at all? On to sharper things. It carries clips from Titanic, Dragonheart, Daylight and many manaul. The few minutes of Titanic were stunning, both visually and audibly. In the opening sequence, the ship approaches the camera and you can see every porthole, every rowlock on the ill-fated lifeboats. That’s assuming you’re using an S-video connection. Viewed as composite, the resolution is sullied by cross-colour bleed.
Close-ups of a French horn shows considerable detail in the instrument, but via the composite feed it appears as a brass mush with purple interference at the edges – all the detail disappears. If you want to know why, check out our lab measurements box overleaf. Sonically, however, this player does an excellent job, especially in DTS mode. The Dragonheart clip had me looking around for signs of leathery wings beating over my coffee table. The separation is stunning.
Sean Connery’s vocals are locked to centre, yet the whoosh of the wings and sound effects of the water meadow engulf you in surround.
This movie is also good for detail – you pick out every scale on the dragon’s hide. Yet strangely, composite and S-video didn’t show the same difference, compared with the Titanic and Mahler sequences.
Again, the soundtrack is stunning.
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Chapter 7, the Hidden Document, brings lifelike surround. As John Goodman taps his way along the walls listening for the concealed safe, you hear the reverberations behind you. On this player, with this disc, you hear just how true-to-life THX stereo surround can be. Yes there are a few. DVDs seem less susceptible. Then there’s the changeover time from the A to B side.
Even with Quick Turn engaged you wait around seconds for it to happen. And if you’ve been playing the Dgl-919 side of an LD then want to play a DVD, you can wait even longer before a picture appears on screen.
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Digging deep into the mechanism revealed why. Finally, there mqnual some embellishments that we might reasonably expect on this machine, given that it’s a third-generation DVD player and a second-generation combi device.
Why doesn’t it play both sides of a DVD? Many discs have 4: And with the advent of ‘flippers’ where you MUST change svl-919 side, surely this machine should cope with them? Then there’s the lack of RGB on the Scart output. Although S-video does deliver great images and is more useful for linking via AV amplifiers it’s a dvvl-919 that this player doesn’t deliver better quality signal output.
Yet the chroma crosstalk – a measurement of colour bleed from chrominance to luminance channels – is no better. And although good, the resolution is not significantly superior either. Upgrading from LD, though, is another matter entirely. If you have an old machine that’s creaking at the edges, this Pioneer is clearly for you. Chances are it has both-sides play and all the features sans DVD offered by this maual.
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