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Philips DVD 963 SA

Philips DVD 963 SA
alaScore 77

77 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Philips DVD 963 SA. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, 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 77/100 = 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, 2018

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

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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......

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An Audiophiles Delight


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

Poor instructions - sensitive to scratches

Mar, 2004

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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

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Philips DVD963SA DVD Players


Very good stuff. For the price it's just faboulous. Sound is pretty accurate, though always in an enjoyable way. Bass is average, but mids and highs are beautifully smooth, especially in the 192 KHZ upsampling mode. Video very very good. All in all...

Aug, 2017

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Philips DVD963SA DVD Players


One must turn the video bypass circuitry off (front panel switch) to hear the best CD sound.

Jan, 2010

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Philips DVD963SA DVD Players


When I had initially purchased this player it was the source for a Harman Kardon Signature 2.0/2.1 setup. In this setup it faired quite well against the H/K onboard DAC's, and an Arcam CD72. But in the my stereo system the player show that when it...

Aug, 2005

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Philips DVD963SA DVD Players


I read numerous online reviews of this machine, and some stated that this player was not reliable. Well, I have to admit that my player has played flawlessly since day one. It has by far exceeded my expectations in every way. I wanted to try super...

Nov, 2004

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Great new sensory treat!



There are none IMHO.

Oct, 2004

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Philips DVD963SA DVD Players


I have been into audio for more than thirty years and have owned a tremedous amount of audio related products. This Philips DVD 963SA being my latest and quite possibly the greatest in respect of the price I paid. My system is a bit more than ordinary....

Jul, 2004

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