Summary: This player was a gift for my father in law a couple years ago. One of ours died, and he didn't need it any more so he gave it to us. It works fine except for one annoying feature we've had almost from the start (we've had it about a year). The problem is the disc drawer won't open about 80% of the time. We either have to get finger nails in the top/sides while hitting the eject button, or by pressing/tapping hard on the top right above the drawer.
Summary: I bought this when I couldn't afford much more. It worked okay, but it has with it several annoyances. First of all, when ever there is a flash of bright light during a movie like an explosion or a quick change of image, the screen flickers. This doesn't happen during regular TV programming. It's rather annoying to have the screen flicker during action sequences so many times. Or when there are flashes of images during an intense scene. Then there is the chirping.
Summary: Given another chance, I would gladly go back and spend the extra $20-30 for a quality DVD player. I quickly began to suspect poor workmanship when I first turned the player on and it told me "no" instead of "on," a small issue but a sign of things to come. It struggles to pick up the signal from the remote, often requiring several attempts for any command, and then takes hesitates for several seconds before responding.
Summary: Just after a few months of owning it I ran into the same audio-dying problem that others have run into, and then it was totally worthless. WTF? Not only that, but also from the day I got it this thing it has never once had the ability to remember the last place I was watching. As soon as I hit stop or turn the unit off, all memory gets lost and the next time I hit Play I'm forced to start all over again from the very beginning of the DVD.
Summary: I bought this thing because I have another Toshiba DVD player (SD-3750) which is a very good DVD player. Unfortunately the 3960 is a terrible DVD player. Even when it worked it was very slow at starting up, seeking, and starting the movie. It quit working about a year after I bought it, specifically the svideo output quit, the audio quit, and all I was left with was composite video out. Not sure about component because I didn't have a tv with that feature.
Summary: I am so completely disappointed with this product. I bought the Toshiba SD-3960 DVD player with "progressive scan" technology two years ago in an attempt to upgrade from my old Sony DVD player. I then foolishly gave my old reliable Sony DVD player to my sister as a gift, and I kept the new Toshiba for myself. What a huge mistake! 2 years later and the unit has never worked correctly.
Summary: I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this, because just as others before me, the player lost sound after less than a year's use. It worked well before that. At least there are subtitles!
Summary: I would give this no stars if that was a choice. I know why this machine is no longer available. It is a lemon through and through. The audio died less than a year from the date of purchase. In addition. the remote is very difficult to operate - too many buttons and directions. My next DVD player will not be a Toshiba.
Summary: The player was working fine, no frills, but working. Then the audio just stopped. Video still plays fine but no audio. I have had two Toshiba DVD players fail on me now. Time to switch brands I guess...