Summary: I purchased the Phillips DVD-963SA after the advent of SACD. This was one of the first affordable machines available. Through Amazon, it was here in days. I was pleasantly surprised with the audio qualities of the normal 2 channel CD format. It's the best sounding machine I've owned or heard, for that matter. I found someone Online that offers modifications to further 'improves' these units, so I was about to send it off to him, when it stopped functioning, period.
Summary: I purposely waited a year to write this review to see if any of the issues mentioned previously arose. The unit I purchased was a demo, to boot, and had seen service for over a year before I came to own it. That said, the unit has performed flawlessly with the minor exception of an inherent unforgiveness for MP3 playback; which for me is a minor consideration.
Summary: The sound is of this machine is very good, in stereo and surround. Very high value for your money. But with a Van Medevoort modification (200 euro) it sounds better then brilliant. The about 100 Van Medevoort modifications are on componentlevel and mechanical. Contact them on www.vanmedevoort.com, for your local reseller.
Summary: This is a very good DVD player. But it has an additional feature which makes it very special: in addition to DVDs and regular CDs, it plays the new SACDs -- which are the finest sounding recordings currently available. When conventional CDs became available they displaced LPs in the marketplace because of their small size and the fact that their sound did not degrade with the ticks and pops that even the best-maintained LPs eventually acquire.
Summary: When I recieved my Philips 963SA SACD player, I was not immediately aware of its potential. Although I did not buy it to use as DVD player, I had to read through a complicated instruction book to find that it needed to be set up with a television in order to switch off many of the video functions and arrive at its purest output.
Excerpt: J'ai posséder le modèle 763 sa avant, mais celui est supérieur en qualité vidéo en connexion yuv et l'audio est très bon au temps en mp3 avec le dac et aussi sur les cd audio et bien sûr super audio cd/stéréo ou multicanal.