i disagree with utdeep. i paid $120 for a new d777 back in '97 and have never heard a pcdp that comes close. 1st and foremost it has amazing sound. easily the quietest pcdp i've heard (i've been through maybe 10 pcdps in my life, starting with the sony d33 which i still have (and it works) from the early eighties, including a couple of recommended panasonic models), even at high volumes or with the 10 sec esp on (i never really need to use the anti skip though, my player hardly skips at all even when walking around downtown) there is NO hiss at all, and i use super revealing headphones like the v6 and e888. the headphone amp in the d777 is amazing, 15mw per channel, and right now i'm listening to my d777 through my cd1700 cans without an amp and it sounds much much better than it should. bass is tight and musical, and across the frequency spectrum the sound is very even and engaging. nothing really jumps out as being too warm or bright. the line out on the d777 has even a wider frequency response than the headphone jack, and an airier quality to the sound too. what i'm really impressed by is the d777's wide stereo stage, especially compared to the panasonics i've owned.
the batteries were included in the price of the discman, so i don't know why utdeep is complaining about their price. the gumsticks in my d777 have been going strong these last 4 years through hundreds of recharges. the external battery pack attaches to the back of the unit and adds only a little more to the size; it still fits in the case just fine with the external pack. the case itself is very sturdy and despite the years of daily use my d777 is almost scratch free because of it.
the remote is nice, although i had to repair mine twice--because i had broken it through use, not because of a design flaw. my main gripe about the d777 remote is the use of a micro-plug. you have to use an adapter to use a 1/8" miniplug headphone, but the adapter is only about $10. if you turn the volume on the d777 up to 8 or so and attenuate the volume to the heapdhones using the remote you get lots of current (i.e. fuller bodied sound) for sensative cans like the v6 and cd1700--with this setting i never have to use mega bass. i encourage everyone who owns a d777 to try this. the other gripe i have is there are some functions that you can only access from the remote (like play modes). other than that i like the remote and it not having a backlight seems a rather minor point to me, as i have never once missed it.
the build quality (despite the rumors to the contrary) on the d777 is very good. the lid is made from the same vectran/biocellulose material in their cd1700 & cd3000 headphone drivers. i don't know why sony did this, except it is very sturdy and light, and perhaps has vibration dampening properties too, who knows? the design of the player is the apex of elegance. when i change cds in public (like the record store) i have gotten many comments on it ("wow, that's a sleek little player", etc.). i know... who cares what it looks like, how does it sound? well, ferraris drive very well, and look good too, so why not?
the d777 is not a perfect discman (but comes damn close
), but my experience with pcdps (almost 20 years now) and my attempts to find something better have shown me i am very lucky to have a d777. enjoy it purk, and if you take good care of it you will be in pcdp bliss for years to come.