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post #31 of 213
Does the Philips DVD-963sa also do DVD-A?

Hmmm, anyone else thinking "tube output stage mod?"
post #32 of 213
I have found specifications and a picture of the player at this link:
http://www.dvd-forum.ch/Hardware/heim.htm

First though it might be a misspelling of the earlier Philips model 962 but they mention upsumpling so it seems not.
They mention a price of 799 Swiss Francs which should be about $550. This is not a shop and it seem to be a directory of models with links to resellers. It may be prerelease information

Hope the picture will show up somewhere, has never tried this before.
post #33 of 213
Maybe Tuberoller can tell us if this looks like the model he auditioned:



edit: I think this is a nice looking unit!
post #34 of 213
I'm very interested in this player, as an upgrade to my existing dvd player (basic Toshiba SD-2200). So, in this case, I'm also concerned w/ video features and quality, in addition to getting good hi-rez playback. This could be a killer home theater player. Question: Will this player perform good bass management for DVD-A and SACD output (assuming it has both)?
post #35 of 213
Quote:
Originally posted by dhwilkin
I'm very interested in this player, as an upgrade to my existing dvd player (basic Toshiba SD-2200). So, in this case, I'm also concerned w/ video features and quality, in addition to getting good hi-rez playback. This could be a killer home theater player.

Lol............I'm seriously thinking about getting one ONLY for cd and SACD playback. I doubt that it will ever even be connected as a video source, given that I already have a Sony 7000 (with switches) and a 9000ES.
Strange world that exists for audio/video equipment today that results in me likely buying a dvd player to replace the Sony XA20ES that I use for serious music listening with headphones!
post #36 of 213
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by RickG
Maybe Tuberoller can tell us if this looks like the model he auditioned:



edit: I think this is a nice looking unit!

That's it!
post #37 of 213
Talked to J & R here in NYC and a salesman said they expect the units in about 1 week. I take this figure with a grain of salesman's salt. The real time frame may be 2-3 weeks (I hope). Approx. $399.00 US
post #38 of 213
Does anyone know if this player will be using the faroudja chipset?
post #39 of 213
...the hell is DCDI???
Is that the upsampling logo?

Man, that thing has more logos on it than some of the Hondaracerwanabes running around here.

I still want one, as long as it doesn't have a "type R" sticker on it anywhere.


gerG
post #40 of 213
Damn you Tuberoller!

You just love to dangle them pretty toys in front of our face. And the worse part is, they almost always seem to be within reach (relatively affordable). At least that's what I say to myself (and only a month or so of cup o' noodle living).
post #41 of 213
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by darkclouds
Damn you Tuberoller!

You just love to dangle them pretty toys in front of our face. And the worse part is, they almost always seem to be within reach (relatively affordable). At least that's what I say to myself (and only a month or so of cup o' noodle living).

That's the point Bro! Why do you think I call them "awesome budget component alerts"? I think that great-sounding, low-priced gear is the best stuff going.it's easy enough to build great sounding gear to a higher price point,but when the good stuff is priced below $500.00 is when I get pumped over it.I don't think many people will be disappointed by this player.
post #42 of 213
Hi Tuberoller, I'm getting back to earth after the Chicago meeting and trying to keep the audio fever under control

When I thought I had it figured out and my mind set on the Music Hall MMF25, you come up with what sounds to be another great player at unbelievable price point. I really like the Music Halls sound comparing to the players I have heard (not counting the Revox E-46). Very spacious, bright (in the crisp edge, good energy meaning), very alive, crisp detail. I did some a/b testing of this player with of Rega Jupiter 2000 and while the Rega is very detailed and enjoyable, it sounded allot more laid-back. I definitely prefer the sound of the Music Hall with both Grado 325s and Senn 600s and my Creek OBH11-SE and outlaw ICs.

Now for the tough question. I know you have heard the Philips player some time ago but if you could try to reach back in memory and try to compare it to the Music Hall. Was it similar in its presentation? Which player does the Philips sound most similar to? I have the cash for the purchase and don't know what to do. On one hand I want to run out and get the Music Hall but Philips, depending on how it sounds,' seems to be a much better deal with its SACD support. Sure I would have to wait maybe as long as another month but if its worth it then I guess I will live.
post #43 of 213
Are there many other "upsampling" cd players out there? I recall a very pricey Musical Fidelity model, but thats about it.
Any chance of Philips doing just an CD/SACD version of this? I dont need another dvd player too. Still, at THIS price, and given how highly you regard it, Tuberoller, I'll likely buy it anyway.
post #44 of 213
Here's the J&R link. They sent me an email still quoting $399.

O.k., I get the Philips, should I sell the 500 or the 775?
post #45 of 213
Tuberoller: How would you compare the DVD963SA to the Musical Fidelity ACr3 player? Perhaps I've been stopping myself from buying that thing for a reason.
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