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Philips DVD 963 SA

Philips DVD 963 SA
alaScore 76

72 reviews

Jul, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 reviews of Philips DVD 963 SA. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Philips DVD 963 SA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Philips DVD 963 SA from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

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This summary is based on the products: Philips DVD963SA DVD / SACD PlayerPhilips DVD963SA DVD / SACD Player

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: The Absolute Sound (

Players/Recorders: SACD & DVD-A Players: Philips DVD963SA


The Philips DVD963SA offers almost everything I would ever want in a digital player, including progressive scan DVD playback, multi-channel SACD playback, 96kHz and 192kHz CD up-sampling, MP3 decoding, and CDR/RW playback.Includes a review of the...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: (

Philips DVD963SA DVD Player Reviewed


DVD players have only been on the market for about 5 years now. That's it. It seems like longer because they have made an enormous impact on the entire audio/video/home theater market, and have helped propel the sales of other......

Consumer review by: Proto (

An Audiophiles Delight


Outstanding picture and Sound -CD's, SACD, and DVD-A/video

Poor instructions - sensitive to scratches

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: Steve (

Philips DVD 963SA DVD/CD/SACD Player -- very good


Excellent picture, very good CD and SACD sound

Very occasionally skips on some CD/SACD tracks

Sep, 2003

Consumer review by: fenschmidt (

Great new sensory treat!



There are none IMHO.

Oct, 2004

Consumer review by: quadophile (

3 in 1 treat!


I am not ashamed to admit that in the last two years I have ended up buying three DVD players. The first one was the Philips DVD-761K, which after a year started to misbehave and would not play some of the DVD’s. In frustration (since I was not...

Good in all departments, video circuitry can be turned off, competitive price for the package

Slow transport, display could have been better,

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: moviefan15 (

So Close to Being Excellent.


Backstory: I love movies so, of course, I love watching DVDs. I have gone through several players in ...

Non-progressive image quality is astonishingly good. SACD & CD playback superb, features excellent.

Buggy. Freezes on occasion. But oh, the image quality...

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: nmgridl (

Philips DVD963SA DVD Player


Versatile, Ease of use, Latest technology

Obnoxious display

May, 2003

Consumer review by: nmgridl (

An exceptional unit


I've been waiting for the latest technology to be available at a reasonable price. The DVD963SA is an DVD\CD\SACD (Super Audio CD) player that has it. If you read the spec's and don't understand the technology, just know that for the discriminating...

Versatile, Ease of use, Latest technology

Obnoxious display

May, 2003

Product Specifications

Philips has advanced Super Audio CD sound quality to an even higher reference level with the DVD963SA SACD/DVD player. At the same time this model offers the outstanding home cinema video quality from DVD Video discs, and a higher sampling rate for better CD sound quality. This outstanding and affordably priced unit meets the highest demands of consumers who want a single, convenient player that gives them the unmatched audio fidelity of the Super Audio CD format, together with unsurpassed video playback from DVD Video discs. The Philips' DVD 963SA incorporates a range of significant improvements including Philips' state-of-the-art progressive scan technology, Crystal Clear Pro, the latest 108 MHz video processing, and a sophisticated Motion Correction System using the DCDi chip by Faroudja. This constantly optimizes the picture and corrects for artifacts, resulting in razor-sharp picture quality. Next to these new features, the performance of the DVD 963SA also benefits from further improvements in the components used. The latest digital-to-analog converters (DACs), which are vitally important for sound reproduction quality. The player's op-amps now have a higher speed with a more than 80 MHz bandwidth and ultra-low noise performance, and progressive scan performance has also been improved with the latest Faroudja Deinterlacer. Another innovation in the DVD 963SA brings a significant improvement to playback of consumers' existing collections of standard Audio CD discs. By replacing the standard 44.1 kHz/16 bit sampling with selectable CD Upsampling up to 192 kHz/24 bit, CD sound quality is further enhanced with a smoother and sweeter, almost analog-like quality which is both audibly and measurably superior to normal CD reproduction. Where other SACD players can do no more than simply reproduce Audio CDs at a basic level, the DVD 963SA goes one step further and brings CD sound to a next level. Consumers can choose between 96 kHz and 192 kHz CD Up-sampling options, which allow the best results to be obtained for CD recordings with different characteristics.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Surround Sound Effects:TruSurround 3D Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / DTS decoder
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD+R / DVD+RW / SACD / SVCD / Video CD
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes
Picture Zoom Power:1.33x / 2x / 4x


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips DVD


Color:Silver shadow