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Returning a Sony DVP-CX995V
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Post 1 made on Friday May 19, 2006 at 08:12
Long Time Member
January 2006
I've given up. I am returning the Sony DVP-CX995V I purchased a week ago from Best Buy. The menus for handling CD's is a bad joke and the disk explorer loses info to easily. The unit seems to be designed for DVD's with needs for handling audio CD's (tracks etc.) ignored. Moreover, with all the comments about jamming, well, I’ve given up.

I would like to implement a full feature “jukebox” for my 350 plus CD’s. I have an old TS1000 Pronto and an old but still well functioning Sony Vaio laptop for control. Playing DVD’s would be nice but is not required. I have a Neodigits up converting DVD player that nicely ignores copy protection and plays all my DVD’s at 1080i.

I had a 300 disk Pioneer Elite DV F07 unit for some years and my friends, when partying, could use the wheel jog function programmed on the Pronto to get to a disk. Then they could enter the track number on the Pronto for the song of interest. People would need to wait until the current song was done, but the unit changed disks rapidly. I kept a disk/track list in a notebook (managed via excel) on the coffee table in front of the HDTV for this. I usually trained someone at the beginning of the party on how to play songs and this info would get passed around and people could play music until the wee hours. There were no menus that were conditional on previous menus so if someone walked/danced in front of the Pronto it did not get lost. This unit started jamming and neither Pioneer nor the repair depot was successful at fixing it. It is now in the trash, and given Pioneers level of support I’ll not likely buy Pioneer again.

It would seem, now that I need a new CD changer, I should go for title/artist/song control instead of cross referenced disk and track number from a paper notebook.

I’ve seen ads for PC based software that talks to CD mega changers through an RS-232 port (via infrared also).

Does anyone have experience with the PC software or know where I can go to find out more about it. How well does the RS232 control work?

On full control (titles & songs like a Jukebox) with the Pronto, the changer, it seems, needs simple straightforward commands to be able to effectively control it (via the Pronto). It needs a simple button for “Disk”. It will then accept the disk number (and Enter Command). Then it needs a simple button for “Track”. It will then accept the track number (and Enter Command). Then you hit the “Play” Button. It should not start playing disks on power up. Moreover, if you hit the “Disk” button without hitting the track or play button it resets and gets the new disk. It also needs queuing software so that if it’s playing a track (song) it will take the new disk, track commands and queue them until the current track is done. It should hold maybe up to 10 or 20 disks/tracks in the queue.

The Sony DVP-CX995V fails on all this spectacularly. The on screen menus require you to cursor around to get to the point of inputting disk numbers and tracks, and the disk explorer is useless. Moreover, it also takes forever to change disks. I programmed the Pronto to do the various commands and cursor movements to try to automate the thing but there are to many conditional situations, including menu status and cursor positions to make it work reliably. In a party situation, people walking/ dancing in front of the HDTV, or if one is moving the Pronto around a bit, commands are lost and then both the user and the Pronto are lost.

I’m aware of the SuperNudeList stuff and can do my own programming. I’m still learning about this fine solution for the Pronto. Also, the PC based stuffs looks interesting as, for about $30 one can get a nice user interface with disk info and tracks and the “apparent” ability to call up a song just like the “juke boxes” of old.

Can anyone out there help shed light on all this, both controllers and CD players that are Intelligent Remote Controller friendly.


Keith Lingenfelter
Post 2 made on Monday July 3, 2006 at 19:10
Lurking Member
July 2006
I also would be interested in any replies to this thread.

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