S&V 999 DVD Player
In June of 2005 I purchased an S&V model 999 DVD Player from Foodtown (a large supermarket chain here in New Zealand). The instruction manual was a bit skimpy and so I've put together this page to help other owners.
Note: The information on this page is for the S&V 999 DVD Player. Since I purchased my player I have seen newer S&V models being sold (i.e. a portable model and model S&V 4313 with a built-in card reader and USB port). I have received many queries from people about these newer models but I have been unable to help as I know nothing about these other models! The information on this page may or may not work for them; I can't give advice about these other models.
Manual: The manual is 30 pages long and covers setting up the player, using the remote, basic operations and trouble shooting. No mention is made about the JPEG picture functions, MP3's, Karaoke, etc. Hopefully this page will give you more info about these functions.
Manufacturer: Until I purchased this DVD player I had never heard of S&V. Along with this DVD player Foodtown were also selling S&V TV's and mini-stereo's. Searching the Internet didn't reveal anything about S&V (other than it's a widely used abbreviation for Sound & Vision Magazine).
Support for the S&V 999 DVD Player is provided by Yale Appliance Group Pty Ltd, who are an Australian company. Their support phone numbers are:
The Yale Appliance Group website says: "Yale Appliance Group represents leading international brands, however we are also Australia's premier supplier of Private Labeled products with the ability to source, brand and supply an extensive range of electronic products and whitegoods." From this I gather that "S&V" is just a brand name and Yale Appliance Group have just re-branded generic no-name products. I gather that this is quite common with electronic appliances.
Internal Info: Opening up the DVD player reveals a Sunplus SPHE8200A and SPHE6300A chipset combination on the motherboard. Also included are a pair of Samsung K4S161622H-UC60 16M bit SDRAM chips and an EON EN29F040A-70PC 4M bit (512K x 8-bit) EEPROM flash memory. Unfortunately I can find very little information about this Sunplus chipset as it does not seem to be as widely used as the ESS and Mediatek chipsets. Here are a few sites with some info:
Region Unlock: The S&V999 DVD player has a Region 4 logo on the back of it and the manual says "Regional codes are printed on the rear panel of the DVD Player, only DVD disc with same code can be played". After some hunting on the Internet I found that there is a standard Sunplus unlock code which works for this player:
The "9735" code also works without having to open the tray, but there must be no disc in the player for it to work.
I found that my DVD player was already set to Region 0, which should allow playback from all regions.
I've been advised that the above region unlock information also works on the following S&V models: 4313, 228, 1005, 3270.
S&V Portable DVD Model S&V 12627: The following region unlock instructions were sent to me for the S&V 12627 Portable:
S&V 999c Model: A couple of people have reported to me that the above region unlock trick doesn't work on the S&V 999c model. The secret menu appears but it's impossible to access the "Region" option. I don't know how to get around this problem for this model.
S&V Portable DVD Model S&V 19262: I've had a report that the above region unlock trick doesn't work on the S&V 19262 model.
S&V 301415 Model: I've had a report that the above region unlock trick doesn't work on the S&V 301415 model. Keying 5168 while having the tray open will access an information screen but you can't access the "Region" settings.
VCD and SVCD Playback Control (PBC): Both VCD 2.0 (Video Compact Disc) and SVCD 1.0 (Super Video Compact Disc) have a facility known as "Playback Control" (PBC). This allows VCD and SVCD discs to offer interactive menus and the user may control the playback, a bit like interactive DVD menus but the only keys allowed are Next, Previous, Default (usually the Play button), Return (usually the Stop button) and the numeric keys.
The S&V 999 player disables PBC when a VCD or SVCD disc is inserted. Thus any menu is ignored and the video on the disc is started automatically. To enable PBC you should press the PBC key on the remote before you insert the disc. This is a rather annoying "feature".
JPEG, MP3 and MPEG Playback: The specifications mention JPEG and MP3 playback, but the manual makes no mention of this. After some experimentation I have discovered that you can insert a CD or DVD (I can confirm that CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW all work ok) that contains JPEG pics, MP3 audio files or MPEG video files. The player will then build a list of all the files on the disc and present you with a simple file viewer.
Other keys to use while in MP3 mode:
Other keys to use while in JPEG mode:
MPEG mode lets you play MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files. This means you can view MPEG files that you've created yourself or downloaded from the Internet without having to author a proper DVD. Use the file listing to select which MPEG file to view (note that the file extension must be ".mpg" as ".mpeg" will not work) and press ENTER to start watching it. While you're watching you can use most of the normal DVD playback keys (reverse, forward, slow, zoom, etc). Note that you can only watch MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoded video files; AVI, WMA, RM, ASF, etc won't work.
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