Universal Players Amherst MA

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Universal Players. You will find informative articles about Universal Players, including "DV-79AVi". Below you will also find local businesses that may provide the products or services you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Amherst, MA that can help answer your questions about Universal Players.

Express Test Service Incorporated
(978) 544-8700
34 R W Moore Ave
Orange, MA
Best Buy
(413) 533-4443
50 Holyoke St
Holyoke, MA
Mon: 10-9:30
Tue: 10-9:30
Wed: 10-9:30
Thurs: 10-9:30
Fri: 10-9:30
Sat: 10-9:30
Sun: 11-7;

Pick Your Flick
(413) 527-0030
74 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA

Data Provided By:
NJB Electronics
(978) 544-6728
48 Camp Rd
Orange, MA

Data Provided By:
iBUYCATS Company
(413) 204-9545
151 Prouty St
Springfield, MA
Best Buy
(413) 587-4011
367 Russell St
Hadley, MA
Mon: 10-9
Tue: 10-9
Wed: 10-9
Thurs: 10-9
Fri: 10-9
Sat: 10-9
Sun: 11-7;

Captain Video
(413) 253-0222
15 Cowles Ln
Amherst, MA

Data Provided By:
Video To Go
(413) 773-1701
50 Federal St
Greenfield, MA

Data Provided By:
Why2k News & Video
(413) 543-6969
265 Pasco Rd
Indian Orchard, MA

Data Provided By:
Best Buy
(508) 771-5170
793 Iyannough Rd
Hyannis, MA
Data Provided By:



DV-79AVi Universal Player

as reviewed by Ed Kobesky




PSB Alpha T.

PrimaLuna ProLogue Two integrated amplifier, Rotel RQ-970 phono stage.

Rega Planar 3 turntable with Linn Basik LVV tonearm and Denon DL-110 cartridge, Rega Planet CD player, Sony DVP-NC875V DVD/SACD player, Pioneer DV-563A universal player.

MonsterCable Interlink 400, 250 and 200 interconnects; AudioQuest Alpha Snake interconnects; MonsterCable XP speaker wire, others.

Record Doctor II record cleaning machine with Disc Doctor brushes, Sennheiser HD580 headphones, Rotel RLC-900 line conditioner.


Just a few short years after the term "universal player" was coined, it's already obsolete. A true universal player would have to read a veritable alphabet soup of new, old, dead and soon-to-be-deceased formats including HD DVD, Blu-Ray, SACD, DVD (Audio and Video) and, of course, CD. In that sense, the Pioneer Elite DV-79AVi is so 2003. Let's call it a multi-format player instead and focus on what it can do, which is play everything except the new hi-res video formats.

The DV-79AVi ($1000) is the current flagship in Pioneer's Elite DVD line, and it's one hell of a nice piece. Though it's not as stout as the company's products that are more legendary (the massive DV-09 comes to mind), it's built like a bank vault compared to mass-market machines. More good news: it's $600 less than the model it replaces, yet it features a substantially beefed-up chassis, and added features like up conversion to 1080i (but not 1080p).

Speaking of features—where to begin? The DV-79AVi has just about every connection you could possible want, and certainly 90% more than I would ever use. I can't imagine bypassing the analog outputs on a player this good, but those looking for the simplest route from A-to-B will appreciate the HDMI output, which transmits the digital signals for everything except SACD, or better still, the i-Link connection that lets you ship everything, including SACD signals, directly to compatible receivers and processors.

A 'Pure Audio' mode goes a step further than most 'video-off' functions. It not only shuts down the player's video circuitry, but it also kills the front panel display, making a significant, audible difference every time I used it. Once engaged by a button on the front panel, it stays engaged until you eject the disc; it can only be activated or deactivated when the player is stopped.

Two processing modes—Legato PRO Conversion and Hi-Bit—can be accessed only via the on-screen menus. That's unfortunate because it makes them virtually impossible to navigate in an audio-only setup like mine. Legato PRO Conversion upsamples, Hi-Bit increases the bit depth, and both operate only during CD playback. You have to experiment to get the best results. Sometimes, using only one o...

Click here to read more from Positive Feedback Online