The DVD deck plays a variety of optical content, including DVD-Video, DVD-R, audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and video CD, as well as MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) music files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. A 4-head, hi-fi VCR gives you exciting stereo playback for your entire library of VHS tapes; it'll even play S-VHS tapes (at regular VHS quality). You can also copy non-Macrovision-protected DVDs to videotape--just the thing for sharing your computer-edited, DVD-based home movies with loved ones.
Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p and 720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using two or three times the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The SD-V592 also performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal (Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive). DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown reversal digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.
The DVD deck's JPEG viewer makes it easy to watch custom slide shows from digital photos burned to recordable CDs. The unit's array of home-theater-ready video connections includes composite-, S-video, and ColorStream Pro component-video outputs, with the VCR and DVD components sharing the composite-video and RF video outputs--especially convenient if you'll be using this device with a TV that only has RF or composite-video inputs. The DVD player's internal digital-to-analog audio converter (DAC) works at 24-bit, 192 kHz resolution to ensure optimum sonic quality from a range of digital program material; the video DAC operates at a high, 12-bit/54 MHz resolution.
One set of left/right analog-audio outputs (DVD/VCR) channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals from DVDs can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (1 each RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. In addition, readily accessible front-panel AV inputs permit easy connection for a game console or a camcorder for simple dubbing of home movies to the VHS deck.
For enhanced picture quality during VHS playback, the 4-head hi-fi VCR uses a pair of 19-micron video heads, which deliver exceptional (near SP) picture quality of content recorded and played back in the extended play (EP) mode. Commercial skip lets you pass over commercials during playback. Other features include 1-year, 8-event programming, high-speed (200x) rewind and fast-forward, index skip, auto head cleaner, and auto clock set--no more flashing "12:00".
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link the set with any AV source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.
What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and a coaxial video cable.