Excerpt: Its not much good at PCM CD play back ( My Arcam CD72 blows it out the window for CD sound quality) but and its a big but its great at high bit 24/192 SACD DTS DVDA playback absoluly stunning but be sure you have a top class system to appreciate, I am a audiophile( Hi Fi nut) and have never used it...
Excerpt: The new high, is of course : DVD Audio. This was the over riding factor when I was looking to upgrade from my older Marantz CD player and Sony DVD player. I wanted a unit capable of playing standard audio CDs, plus the gamut of DVD media, and this puppy has played everything I've ever thrown at it.
Pros: Plays DVD Audio, & everything else, even multiregion !
Excerpt: Experimenting with home entertainment products, I stumbled into a Comet store and started looking around. With an ongoing battle against market leader Sony, and thier overpriced machines, a new manufacturer was to favoured.
Excerpt: With the two new digital formats namley SACD & DVD-A disks on the market that are capable of multichannel high resolution sound Pioneer have come up trumphs with this machine. The DV-656A is one classy performer and capable of playing just about any 5" shiny disk you throw at it.
Excerpt: Pioneer, a long time manufacturer of topquality homecinema equipment, has a reputation to uphold. Leading the laserdisc industry of yesteryear it developed many innovative designs on videocircuitry and today is among the best in DVD-performance. Thus Pioneer’s philosophy on performance is simple.
Excerpt: This is the fourth DVD player I've purchased, and it has the best all round features of any player I've experienced to date in the under £500.00 catagory. Plays literally any disc you throw it's way; DVD Video / DVD Audio / VCD / SACD / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD-RW and your own MP3 discs.
Pros: Plays every type of disc you can throw at it .
Excerpt: Having read a glowing recommendation from the What Hifi Sound and Vision magazine in July 2003, I narrowed my choice of DVD players to 2, the other being a Marantz. Whilst the Pioneer does not have progressive scan, its ability to play a large range of formats (DVD-Audio, SACD, SACD Multi-channel...
Pros: universal player compatible with current and future formats
Summary: I bought this 2nd hand player just to be able to listen to the SACD Bis complete collection of Bach's Orgue music. I must admit to be impressed by the high quality and easiness of working of this not new Pioneer reader conceived to read DVD but great also to be used just a CD HiFi player with a...
Excerpt: Wer kennt das nicht, diese Probleme bei der Suche nach dem Player für audiophile Tonträger. SACD und DVD-Audio machen halt viele neugierig, die hohen Auflösungen und den Mehrkanalton kann man ja beim Hi-Fi Händler antesten und kommt dann nicht mehr davon los.
Pros: Preisleistungsstarker DVD / SACD Allrounder
Cons: Das Einlesen dauert, S - VideoCDs sind problematisch