Excellent condition. I purchased at audiogon and practically have not used. This is ES high end Sony player. Excellent sound.
This new model, Sony DVP-NS999ES has taken the place of their previous top SACD/DVD video model, the well-known Sony DVD9000ES. It was a model that showed what Sony could build when they wanted to. It weighed almost double the newer NS999ES's modest, but above average fourteen pounds. Weight implies much in players, such as better shielding, less chassis vibration or resonance, beefier or more transformers and so on.
What is a music reviewer to do when he keeps getting fine quality SACD multichannel/surround sound recordings to review from such fine sources as Telarc? In my case I still have a good CD player in the Heart model 6000 OSELE a slight upgrade from Heart's original 6000. From the days of yore I still have the seldom played Toshiba 9200 that will play almost
anything... anything that is except definitely not SACD multi-channel but it does DVD-Audio very fine thank you, as well as very good DVD-Video. That presents a real dilemma as I spent what is called "good money" quite awhile back so I could report on the future audio savior, DVD-Audio discs. Someone forgot to tell the recording companies that the equipment companies are turning out players to handle DVD-Audio discs. All the logic was there, even Joe Six-Pack and Sally White-Wine had heard of DVD! A little step of promotion from DVD-Video for the best in (watching movies) to or adding
DVD-Audio for the best in music listening was all it would have taken. How could the advisers for and CEO's of the large companies been so blind (or was it stupid?). I guess they are still contented playing their 8-track tapes.
Well, this reviewer wound up "biting that famous bullet" while shelling out even more "good money" for a good SACD multichannel player. The rewards of my decision ultimately go to the Sony Corporation. Known for their ability to make as fine a line of audio or video products as any company, large or small, in the world, unfortunately they only bother to do it once in a while. They make their money and corporate profits from selling tons of very adequate "me-too" products. They are perceived as being a company that is either stubborn or slow moving at best. People far more knowledgeable than I, think and believe (and I do agree) that Sony and eventually everyone would benefit if Sony would almost give away their SACD licensing fees (hardware and software) and add DVD-Audio to their multitude of players. What better way to show the world that SACD is better than