I agree with your comments. I have bought several of these as they show up. Some only cost me $60. People don't realize what they are.
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I am still using Pioneer DV-58AV. Had it modified with
Balanced Digital Out, and Balanced 2 Channel Analog out.
Playback SACD/High Rez. DVD-Audio the Balanced Analog outs.
Playback CD the Balanced Digital out to external tubed DAC.
Play all three through tube Buffer. Never sounded better,
but the SACD/DVD-Audio definitely takes it up more than a few notches.
I am just curious what transports have you compared the Pioneer dv7400 against? What other transports have you used in the past because I am looking to replace my transport in the near future. I did a casual check on Ebay and I see a few listed for parts only and you mention the transport is rated for 37,000 hours which seems a little suspect on quality to me for a industrial product to have so many failures this early. A giant killer is a term thrown around alot about a few digital products as the next best thing. I hope this is one. Thanks..........
To compare the DVD-V7400 to I've used several other CD and DVD players as well a Pioneer Laserdisc transport for comparison. All of them were sold off once the DVD-V7400 took over. We also currently have a Marantz UD5005 Blu Ray which I can use as a transport but I prefer the Pioneer.
You have to remember that the DVD-V7400 is commonly used as an industrial high-reliability DVD player. It will be installed in mobile setups that get moved to conventions, shows, or displays. Failure will of course come if one has been dropped or subjected to an otherwise torturous environment.
For those of you buying these second hand remember that you will NEED either a remote control and a video display or some other method of controlling the transport. We use the video display on our Fosgate FAP-T1 but if that was not an option then we would use an external video monitor. Take time to read the manual because there are several key features and capabilities that you may not know about until you read the manual.
Oandj, I've been looking for a replacement for my Oppo 980H that I could afford and lucky me (so rare) I saw your post. After considering all the responses and comments I went to eBay and lucky me (again!) found a like new one for $129. plus S&H. Should arrive in a week or so.I'll update once it's up and running and I've given a listen. Oh boy!
I received my V7400 this am. The power is now back on here in L. A. and I've just connected the unit via the Lt. and Rt. analog outputs. Their is also a mono and a digital out. I connected the video to setup the unit and found that you can display the use time. The unit is BRAND NEW! It measures about 8.25"w x 16"d x 4.5"h. It will also play 24/96 discs and record DVD. I'll be using it as a transport though. So at this point I'm going to let it do some transporting. I'll be back in a week or so-see ya.
I'm glad that you are as impressed with the V7400 as I am. I should have specified that the analog output is not "unusable" as in it won't work but rather it's not usable for high quality sound compared to just using this machine as a transport. Let us know what you think of the performance and the sound of this unit.
After approximately 120 hrs of burn-in I can say I made a great decision to buy this unit on eBay.My timing was perfect in reading the OP and going to eBay where I found a brand new unit and went for it. It has replaced my Oppo 980H for 2 ch playback. The Oppo will do duty as a SACD/5.1 HDMI source.
Presently I'm running the Pioneer V7400 via Morrow MA1 ic's. Next month I should have enough pennies saved to purchase a MF V-DAC MK2 and Black Cat Veloce coaxal cable.
The first thing I noticed on playing the Pioneer the first time was the soundstage was huge. Bigger, wider deeper and taller. Playing the Mercury Living Presence cd of Howard Hanson's "The Composer and His Orchestra" the instruments were more defined as to location, separation and clarity giving me more musical music. I also played a number of test tones and speaker set-up files resulting in my adjusting the speaker toe-in several degrees which resulted in even more focus to the music. Jazz music really love my Def Tech Mythos STS speakers or the other way round. Of all the kinds of music I play Jazz seem the most real. This is were I can feel the emotion from the music.
As to vocal music I know longer here the sibilance in Diana Krall's voice. Her and Frank Sinatra sound so much more real, clear, clean and present.
Oh, and I'm hearing more low level detail and dynamics. This probably is contributed by the Morrow MA1 ic's that just went over 500 hrs burn-in time.
So, I'm happy with my decision and looking forwards to the next step. The music just keeps getting better and better. What would we do if there were no audio forums?
Keep going forwards.
Pixelphoto I'm so happy that you are enjoying the DVD-V7400! I've found myself re-discovering my CD collection and going back to listen to CDs I purchased a decade ago. The DVD-V7400 is such a great machine and you'll find that with a good DAC it simply comes alive. I'll often get spooked at how good this transport is at conveying the soul and essence of music.
Yes the DVD-V7400 has been discontinued just like many other great transports. Fortunately there were thousands of them made and they are easy to find on ebay. If you dig deep enough you can find new-in-box ones but that's not necessary. The transport is so heavily overbuilt that even a mildly used one still has tens of thousands of hours left. Remember this is a professional/industrial grade machine designed for heavy usage. Just because you find a used one it doesn't mean it is worn out.
Tim, setting it up just requires connecting the video output to a monitor and going through the available menu options to set them correctly for your application. Can't find a free manual online for you, the only one I found was being sold for $70! Not sure if you'll experience any improvement with the digital output after going through the setup, but you have nothing to lose but a few minutes to try it. Best of luck!
Hi all - old thread I know but I just got a v7400 without the remote. Set up a universal remote which is working and hooked up to my TV. Also got the manual but still can't figure out specifically how to get the unit to play a cd - it just flashes green continuously but won't go to cd mode which I believe is supposed to flash orange. Went into the menu and set up 96khz to 48khz? No luck. I wonder if the universal I'm using has enough functions to access the audio function? Any help would be appreciated.