Sony DVPCX995V 400-Disc DVD Mega Changer/Player
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Product Description

Conveniently store your entire DVD library (or all your favorite CDs and Super Audio CDs) in the Sony DVPCX995V 400-disc, progressive scan Mega Changer--the perfect tool for organizing your media library as well as providing extraodinary high definition sound and video to your home theater. It up-scales video to high-definition (1080i/720p) resolution and transmits high quality audio through a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). It also features a redesigned Disc Explorer on-screen graphic interface, providing intuitive and easy access to the expansive disc library. With the ability to conveniently house and sort through 400 media discs, this cool player can eliminate the need for racks and racks of CD and DVD storage.

Picture of DVD-to-TV communication It features Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive circuitry, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 channel outputs, and also offers coaxial and optical digital outputs. It's compatible with DVD-RW/-R/+RW/+R, MP3, JPEG, CD-RW/-R, VCD and SVCD formats--so it can play just about any disc you have from movies and video to music. Other convenience features include multi-disc resume (40 discs), custom parental controls (on all 400 discs), playback memory (400 discs), background graphics that display on your TV while music plays, and a multi-brand remote control.

Tech Talk
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface).
This is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your TV or monitor.
Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive. This feature detects image changes at the pixel level versus other types that detect image changes at the scan line level. Separate algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image to achieve sharper backgrounds and moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.
SACD (Super Audio CD). Super Audio CD is a high-quality audio disc standard in which music is recorded in the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) format (where conventional CDs are recorded in the PCM format). Using a sampling frequency 64 times higher than PCM and with 1-bit quantization, the DSD format provides both a wide frequency range and a wide dynamic range across the audible frequency range, providing music reproduction that's extremely faithful to the original source.
Sony's 3:2 Reverse Pulldown

DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 reverse pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture. Composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

Picture comparing film and video frames

Film and video use different numbers of frames
Conversion from 24 frames to 60 frames can cause motion blur, horizontal lines that flicker on and off, or an unnatural shimmer.

Picture showing standard 3-2 pulldown

3-2 pulldown
The traditional method for converting film images to video for television: Take one film frame and split it into three video frames. Then take another film frame and split it into two video frames. The video frames are classified as odd or even.

DVD players and other electronics then take the 60-frames-per-second video, and send it to a TV for viewing.

Picture showing Sony 3-2 reverse pulldown

3-2 reverse conversion
The process of converting 3-2 video back to movie-quality images at 24 frames per second. This allows the DVD player to combine the correct film frames, reproducing the film's original picture quality and texture.

Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive technology

Precision Cinema Progressive technology uses a 12-bit video DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with high-bandwidth, 108 MHz processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than at the level of whole scan lines. That makes this player's picture more faithful to the source--whether film or video--because it uses separate, optimized algorithms to handle different pixel behaviors. Separate algorithms are also used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.

Picture showing pixel-by-pixel conversion

Picture showing example of pixel-by-pixel conversion

What's in the Box
DVPCX995V DVD player, remote control, batteries, AV cord, printed instructions

Have you got a big collection of DVDs? Sony DVP-CX995V may be the answer for you. It stores up to 400 DVD - SACD(TM) and CD discs. It plays them too! The outstanding storage capacity of Sony's DVP-CX995V 400 Disc Progressive DVD/Super Audio CD Player is perfect for archiving your DVDs - especially in smaller spaces. For instant access to movies and music, select discs from your DVD and CD collection using the easy-to-use onscreen interface. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) streams uncompressed digital audio and video to your TV or home-theater system in one convenient cable. The 400-disc changer is also compatible with DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW media for enhanced use and flexibility. For amazingly clear Super Audio CD sound and Precision Cinema Progressive video, Sony's DVP-CX995V delivers more of your entertainment. Custom Parental Control- 400 Discs Multiple Disc Resume- 40 Discs Custom Picture Mode; Quick Setup Sound Mode - Dolby Digital and dts / 3D Surround / Stereo Disc Explorer On-Screen Graphical User Interface 400 Disc Player With Keyboard Input (IBM PS/2 type) for labeling Precision Cinema Progressive de-interlacer with 3-2 Pulldown Processing Front Panel Buttons, Child Lock, Dynamic Tilt Compensation TV Virtual Surround, Block Noise Reduction (BNR), Display Dimmer Connections - HDMI Connection Output - x1 (R); Component Video Output - 1 (R); S-Video outputs - x2 (R); Composite Video Outputs - x2 (R); Coaxial Audio Digital Output - x1 (R); Optical Audio Output - x1 (R); Multi-Channel Output - x1 (5.1 Channel Rear); RCA Audio Outputs - x2 (R); Unit Dimensions - 17 W x 7.4 H x 21.1 D / Weighs 18.5 lbs Includes Remote Control and Batteries

  • 400-disc mega DVD and SACD changer; measures 17 x 7.8 x 21.1 inches (WxHxD)
  • Up-converts video to high-definition (1080i/720p) resolution
  • Compatible with SACD, DVD-RW/-R/+RW/+R, MP3, JPEG, CD-RW/-R, VCD and SVCD formats
  • Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 component, 2 S-Video, 2 composite, 1 coaxial audio, 1 optical audio, 1 multi-channel
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel output

Customer Reviews:

  • Good and not so good
    The not so good is just basic set-up. It can only auto load the details from certain DVDs so you end up putting in the details for about 95% of the disks manually. That adds up to work. Data entry is mind numbing when you are getting paid to do it. When you are doing it for a 100+ DVDs you will swear it's not worth it somewhere through the middle of the task.

    The good. I bought this unit to give me access to my entire DVD collection without having to leave my bed at night. It is well worth what I paid to watch my disks on demand with little effort. After a year I am up to 297 disks. I will purchase another when it fills up. At this point, I can't imagine going back to manually loading my disks one at a time.
    So. A year of use and still very happy with the purchase....more info
  • dvd storage solution
    My purchase of the Sony DVPCX995V 400-disk dvd changer from Amazon make a total of 3 Sony 400-disk changers that I own. The other 2 still work like new. I would recomend this to anyone that likes movies, and did to one of my bestfriends. He and his brother both bought one, and love it. Now some of the negative things that you'll see in other reviews.

    1. That it's too bulky- Yes its a large player, but remember that it holds 400 disks.
    2. That the load time to play a disk is to slow- It is slower then single disk players, but once again it holds 400 not 1.
    3. That the DVD title do not load on most disks- Yes this is true, BUT that is the disk manufacture's fault not Sony's. The player can not read something that is not on the disk.

    Well I hope this helps you decide weather on not to buy this player. ...more info
  • Needs a better menuing system.... seriously.
    I am disappointed that this player doesn't even read the menuing system on most published discs. It takes a very long time to prepare itself....more info
  • Good product
    I am fully satisfied. This product can be improved by Sony further. I am looking forward to Blue Ray version of this product....more info
  • Great Idea But Can't Do It All
    I bought this unit but am sorry to say that it's pretty much useless to me. My main desire was to be able to load the many many DVD photo slide shows I make with Nero 7. With all my other 5 disc DVD changers I am able to pause a slide show and then view each photo one at a time by using the > or < buttons. Sadly on this unit more times than not I am unable to do this. Some slide shows on the menu will allow this but most wont. Shame, I liked the unit otherwise, and am sorry to send it back. It's a great deal for the price and I can put up with it's other shortcomings....more info
  • Very Good product
    The only problem I have is that I still cannot figure out how to use the remote control to put the actual number of the DVD in and get that one instead of having to push the up and down button to get it. But other than that I love it....more info
  • Mega Disappointment
    I purchased it for my sons movies. It doesn't play all my discs. Even new discs. Those same discs play on other players. Aggravating to find a discs with Sony remote. The biggest complaint is it WILL NOT FIT in a media cabinet. It is too long to fit. Mine is sitting in the closet. Don't waste your money....more info
  • Sony 400 Disc Player
    I have both the DVPCX995V and the earlier version of the same machine. I am using them on a HD 63" TV. Picture quality is outstanding for both it is difficult to tell the dif between the 1080i for the 995v or the 480p for the older. Buy a cheap key board to enter info to the DVD text entering & searching is primitive. Create a document on your computer to keep track of title & location. For the price these are the greatest things since sliced bread. As my DVD collection grows I will puy another. If your space is limited watch the size these are very deep units....more info
  • Great product
    Purchased this dvd player from best buy. Initial set up is extremely time consuming but once you have entered all the disc information you can browse by alphabetical/ genre/ category/ or sub folders. It's great. The only problem I have noticred is: Whenever you turn on the dvd player, it automatically starts to play the last disc played, even with auto play function turned off. I want to view discs (library) first, not start playing, then have to stop play before you can view the other discs. picture quality is great using HDMI, the player itself is a little sluggish campared to other dvd players (but only by 2-3 seconds). Overall the player is awesome good job sony!
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  • Sony ain't what it use to be
    In short I loved this device eventhough the muening system sucks. BUT, after a year it stopped working, I've got 250 DVD's installed and it can't READ ONE. What a waste.................more info
  • Own 4 now
    Just purchased my 4th unit, so now I have 4 Sony 995 and a pioneer 300dvd player for music cd; the 4 sonys are DVD use.

    The Sonys do the job as we need. We don't use the interconnectivity or the software as it is to cumbersome, just a plain old steno pad with our 1200+ movies written down. We use a Sony wide screen TV with 7 inputs to change to what ever player we want or use PIP to watch 2 players at once.

    Since there really is not much competition in the 400+ DVD players segment of the market, we once again purchase the 4th 995; it gets lower in price each time. (under $300 now) ...more info
  • 400 movies better than HBO
    Cable shows are all reruns With this sony carisel i play 400 movies by the time i get around to 1 again its just like HBO another rerun but atleasd its one i like...And the sony DVPCX995V plays great 180i HD .....more info
  • Shuffle Play Question
    I bought this dvd changer to store my cds and dvds. I'm happy with my purchase, but I've encountered an aggravating glitch.The problem I've run into is trying to shuffle "all" of the cds without including the dvds. When I push shuffle play, it wants to shuffle all the discs in the changer...including the dvds. I can't seem to find the option to shuffle cds only. I've tried going into the folder mode, but when I do this, shuffle play is automatically cancelled, and I can't find an option in the folder mode to return to shuffle play. [...]...more info
  • Wait for the next generation
    My friends had this player and it seemed like a great idea- I was told I could sort through my collection by title/genre- I didn't know you couldn't create your own genre's, (as the list is fairly incomplete) and I didn't know that the order you enter the DVDs is it- it won't sort alphabetically which would be a nice feature....if the DVD has a preprogrammed title- you can't edit it- so for special edition DVDs with more that one DVD per movie, this creates a works fine and is easy to use, but I am sure the next generation will be a little more user friendly in sorting.......more info
  • don't bother "programming" the Sony changer -- use your computer!
    I have been using one of these Sony changers for a couple of years, and have *never* bothered to enter any information into the changer. Who wants to (a) enter the data into a changer, and then (b) hunt down movies by scrolling through hundreds of entries on a small display?

    A far simpler and better solution is to keep track of your movies on a computer. I use the "DVD Profiler" software, which also has an online database of thousands of movies. You install the software on your PC (sorry, no Mac version), and then enter in titles. You can enter using the barcode number, but I prefer to simply start typing the title; it then shows you matches as you go. It then downloads all of the album art, info on actors, directors, etc. to your PC. You can then search for movies using your computer -- or print a list for easy reference.

    When you enter the movies, you will want to also enter (a) the changer number (in case you get another changer :-), and (b) the "slot" for the movie. After you have picked a movie to watch, you simply "dial-in" the disc number on the Sony and you're done.

    A final cool tidbit: DVD Profiler also lets you upload your list of DVDs to your own private "webspace" on their site. You can then access the list from any web device -- such as a Blackberry. Kinda handy when you're at the store, and wonder if you already own title XYZ.

    Point your browser here to see our collection!...more info
  • pretty good
    i just wish it was easier to input dvd names but other than that its great...more info
  • Save Your Money! Buy a Pioneer!
    This is the 2nd of these I bought. First has been working perfectly for more than 5 years, even after the movers brought it halfway across the country in a box with other components. Don't misunderstand, the first one is great! This one is going to be thrown away and replaced with a 300 disc Pioneer. After loading approximately 300 discs in this one, I started burning some CDA format discs using iTunes. Machine would display "Reading TOC" and then move to the next disc. Burn MP3 to the disc with iTunes or Nero 9 and the same thing happens. All the same discs work perfectly in the old machine. Try a commercially produced disc and sometime they read and sometime they don't. Go to the Sonystyle website and they only give you the option of sending it in and getting a refurbished unit in return. They have a web based return process and after filling in serial number, model number, purchase date, reading the disclaimer, and clicking on "Submit" you get a page telling you that the site isn't working (now 5 days of this). Wish I had done my research a little better and read ALL the reviews. Didn't see the Pioneer until too late. Could that have anything to do with Amazon NOT selling the Pioneer changer? AVOID this unstable piece of junk!...more info
  • Very useful product
    We have found this product to be very helpful in storing our DVDs. They aren't getting scratched as much since they are stored in the player itself and the menu screen that lists all of the DVDs has been very helpful in locating the DVDs in the player. We are very happy with our purchase and the price we got from [...]....more info
  • excellent dvd changer
    I have a library of well over 700 dvd's and counting. I have purchased this changer and am very impressed with it. The upconverting is very good when using the HDMI cord. It is very easy to load and easy to use. I recommend using a spread sheet to list the movies and keep it with you so that you can easily jump to a specific movie. I have not tried to load the titles, it just seemed like a lot of work. Using a spreadsheet is very easy and you can jump to any specific number by using the display key. I have not purchased this for music and wll probably never have music in the player.

    It is quite large, 20 inches deep. it will not fit in a conventional entertainment center. I have one with paper backing so it was easy to cut the backing off where the changer was to go, it does not fall out or move.

    It changes movies quickly using my method and is quiet. I am very impresses and pleased with this machine.

    ...more info
  • Multipe Changers
    This is an excelent DVD changer for its price. It is actually my 3rd and I also have other sony 300 & 400 disk changers as well as a Pioneer 300 disk changer. Because I have multiple changers, the ability to select a different remote base code allows me to control each of the changers independently. Also, the step and slow modes are very superior to the Pioneer. The one feature that the 400 disk players don't have is an Eazy Play slot....more info
  • I had no idea...
    I had no idea of just how many 400 discs really is. I started loading discs a couple of days after my purchase arrived. I think the first day I got maybe twenty or so loaded...

    Now every DVD I own is in the changer (with the exception of some that are recorded on both sides) and I have more than half of the slots sitting empty.

    So I suppose the biggest problem is going to be affording another 225 discs...

    Programing was simple enough. Play is excellent. Video and audio quality are superb. (I hooked the player up via HDMI cables to a Sony amp/recvr and a Sony TV.)

    I think my next purchase will be a Logitech remote......more info
  • Catastrophic Failure
    If you purchase this product, I recommend an extended warrantee. I have has mine for a year and a half and suddenly after starting to read a DVD it failed and tried to read each subsequent DVD in turn and failing with each until I powered it off. When I moved the DVDs to a second and older changer, Sony's 875P, they all played with no problem. The problem does not appear to be mechanical or due to dust/dirt but rather a failure in the electronics. Eighteen month to failure is very short considering Sony's reputation. Of course the warrantee is one year and the cost of the exchange program is almost as much as buying a new one....more info
  • scratches Discs-BEWARE!
  • GARY
  • Sony DVPCX995 400 Disk Player
    I bought this machine for the convenience of having all my DVD's in one easy place to access. I used it once weekly for 14 months and it froze up and would not read any disk. It was out of warranty and Sony said it would have to come back to the factory and I would be sent a refurbished unit at a cost of $300.00. I ordered another unit new in the box for $30 less from Amazon. I do not feel this unit lasted long enough for the money. This unit was installed in a home theater; was not moved or exposed to any situation that would damage it. Based on my research it appears this is a very common problem that many users are having. I love the convenience so much that I am willing to try one more unit. I do not recommend this unit to anyone else based on reliability. That said, the picture quality is very good and ease of operation was simple. The unit is very slow changing from one disk to another. Plenty of time to make popcorn. ...more info
  • A great product
    A saw this product at a friends house and immediately wanted it. I checked the price locally at various electronic stores and the price at Amazon was $150 less, so I ordered it. It is a great product and the internal storage for 400 discs saved me a lot of space that was being used for my DVDs and CDs in their jackets. A highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Returned...dvd player skipped on many of my movies.
    Returned the Sony DVPCX995V 400-Disc DVD Mega Changer/Player because it skipped scenes on many of my dvd's. I could put the dvd in another player and it would play fine.
    I liked the organization of my movies and would repurchase this player if Sony worked out the bugs! ...more info
  • Nice Player for 1 year - Junk the next!!!!!!!!!
    After living with the Sony DVD changer for a couple weeks you can see its weaknesses pretty easily. 1) The software is poor, 2) The remote has a switch to access an additional 5 buttons?- Not smart. 3) You can't view and sort movies by their pictures- even though it has the ability to take a snap shot of any frame of the movie. 4) Takes quite a while to load the dvd's into memory. I had heard that most dvd's title's won't be read by the player- but I was even more disappointed when it read about 10 out of 60 titles. DVD shrink/Title writer software has some nice ways around it- but it's pretty lame that DVD makers haven't gotten on board with putting simple title & artist info on the DVD so it could read it. Considering the price- I still consider the downsides worth the purchase. It has cleaned up the total mess we had with dvd's going in and out- especially with our kids wanting to see multiple dvd's/day. And take heed to the size of this puppy- It is as deep or deeper than most cabinets. I had to cut out the back of my rack in order for this thing to fit. I really wish Sony would dedicate some time to this player because it really could be something amazing if they would just take some time.

    Revised Review: 1/20/09

    Well- After barely a year my player is no longer working. It was never heavily used or mistreated and now the picture is divided into 4 areas 2 being duplicate. I tried everything to try and reset the output to no avail- even loading new firmware. Looks like I'll be trying the HORRIBLE warranty route to see if Sony will stand behind their product even though it's 2 weeks out of warranty. After reading the rest of the 1 year reviews- I'm not hopeful. I will update again with my experience. ...more info
  • great value .. slow on loading ...
    400 disc capacity for $300 ! great value ... upconvert to hd.

    The only real negative thing is the loading/changing of discs..
    be ready to wait 30+ secs for that, also if you enter disc info into the unit, you'll lose it (power failure or unplugged).

    but hey, $300 for all, makes this quit the deal.

    ...more info
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    I use the Sony DVD player with a Pioneer Kuro 60 inch plasma TV. The picture quality produced by that combination is very good. It is close enough to the quality of my Blue Ray player, that I continue to buy DVD's as well as some Blue Ray disks. The Sony player takes longer than I expected to load and begin playing a disk, but the picture quality is worth the wait, and the sound quality is also very good. I would recommend this product to anyone who owns a rather large collection of DVD's.

    By the way, I have read other reviewers' suggestions to use Excel to catalog the DVD's loaded in the Sony player. I recommend using Access instead. With Access, I can sort my DVD's by title, genre, actors, year produced, rating, and my subjective quality score. It is fun to invite friends to select the movie of their choice by any of those categories, then simply use the remote control to play the movie selected.

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  • Very useful product and relatively painless to use
    This is a great space-saver for DVD and/or CD collections that start to get into the 100+ range. Bought this for my Dad and he loves it - loves the idea of being able to sit down, turn on the on-screen menu and sort/browse for the DVD he wants to watch without ever having to get up and hassle with fumbling to the put it in the DVD player, take it out, put it away, etc.

    Other reviews said something about their discs getting scratched. As of this review which is about a few weeks post-buying this product, I cannot possibly fathom how the machine would scratch the discs; it must have been careless use and abuse or not knowing how to handle DVDs/CDs by the user. This is a lower-end Sony machine, so while it does not have all of the most expensive gold-plated connections and parts, it is a solidly engineered and manufactured system. You load the discs into a circular carousel *vertically* which is how I'm suspecting the users scratched their own discs through negligence.

    The keyboard entry system and on-screen GUI for categorizing, organizing, and editing disc information is a little bit primitive for my taste, but the point is it works.

    The system does NOT have random access to the movies stored in the system. Meaning one cannot say "I want to play disc #250", punch in 2-5-0-Enter on the remote and load disc #250. That would be a nice additional feature for those of us with movie library catalogs that we maintain. The way the system is set up now, if you want to get to a particular movie you know you've got stored in the system, you must go through and browse for it using the supplied on-screen interface. This is actually nice visually, and if you want to browse by genre, or title, or even disc number. You can certainly jump by 1 or 10 discs at a time to get to the disc number you want, but random access would be a nice addition.

    Overall though, for what this product's intended purpose, it's solid, a real time-saver, and quite functional. I'd even go as far to say that I'd buy another one at this price if my Dad collects another 400 DVDs!...more info
  • Fantastic machine!
    I bought this machine with some trepidation after reading some of the reviews, but I was desperate to get all those discs off my coffee table! I must say it is one of the best electronics buys I have ever made. It is seamless. Yes, it takes a little patience to learn the software but after a couple of days everything is very intuitive. Yes, loading speed is a little slow and Sony in hindsight could have done a couple of things better but come on, it's $300! And by the way, I accidently unplugged it for a couple of days this winter and guess what? All of my title entries were still there. Beautiful. My only problem is it's almost full and I've got to figure a way to hook up another one in series. It's the next best thing to having a $10,000 server. ...more info
  • Sony DVPCX995V DVD Player
    The video quality from this DVD player looks great on my Bravia 1080p screen. I haven't tried the 1080i upscale capability but have ordered an HDMI cable and hope to try it soon. My only gripe is that the software is slow and it takes a long time to change between discs. Otherwise it is nice to be able to label all discs so you know where everything is....more info
  • Would not recommend this product
    This unit has some serious memory issues. Just got two of these products and lost all of the titles after one week of operation, on one of the units. Sony Tech Support, at the first level, told me simply re-enter all the information. There is no way that I will go through this unless Sony comes up with a fix. This problem has nothing to do with power loss since the units are connected to a UPS. A UPS should not be required anyway since the memory is supposed to non-volatile. The players have some firmware problem that mess up memory intermittently.

    I am in discussions with Sony to elevate this issue and to come up with a firmware fix.
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