"Very Impressed"on by rjj7711
Pros Picture quality tremendously improved on 95% of my dvds
Cons Minimal improvement on a few older dvds
Summary My original dvd player makes pictures look blurry on my 57" Mitsu HD-TV. (especially in dark and fast sequences). Needless to say, I was very disappointed. I purchased a HD-DVD player but I was disappointed with the movie selections or lack thereof. So, I then purchased the Philips DVP3960 upconverting player ($44 at Wal-Mart) and I AM IMPRESSED. On 95% of the movies I've watched, the picture quality was GREATLY enhanced by clarity, color and NO MORE BLURS!!! (the 5% were older DVD's that showed minimal improvement) However, purchase HDMi cables. I got my 6' cables also at Wal-Mart for $34. If you have a large HD-TV, and I highly recommend it!!!
Pros Plays everything! Featured packed!
Cons None in my opinion
Summary Lets face it... Blu Ray is just too damn expensive and DVD is STILL the king of video format. Few of us actually have the $ to go blow on a overpriced Blu Ray player and on top of that... the choices are limited. I really don't see this changing until computer based Blu Ray burners are reasonable ($50-$75) and the media is affordable. HD-DVD... well, thats soon to be obsolete since its almost been abandoned.
Enter the Phillips DVP3960 DVD Player. It has upscaling to 1080i via HDMI output. It also features component out, digital audio out, standard RCA out, and S-video out. What more could you ask for from a company that had its hand in the cookie jar before the cookies were even invented? Well, how about mp3 support, jpg support and DIVX support? Thats where this hot little DVD player shines! You know all those *wink* DIVX movies you've got on your hard drive? How about putting 6 of em on one DVD and being able to pop that into the Phillips DVD Player and just choose a movie from the menu? Sweet huh? But wait, it gets better... The DVP3960 also adds sound effects such as 3D surround emulation, 6 different reverbs and a ridiculous amount of extras. Sure you might never use that stuff, but its cool that its there if you want it.
Know what else is nice? I've gone through 4 DVD players in the past few years because they get left on by accident and once the movie is over and goes back to the menu, the motor continues to spin the disc, the laser continues to read the disc and one of the two burn out or start to wear out and suddenly your movies start skipping or freezing. No problem with the Phillips unit. If its not playing the movie it will go into standby mode after 15 minutes. This shuts the laser and motor off, but keeps the last saved position (if you paused the movie for an extended period for example).
Pros Played most of what I could burn from my PC as well as DVD and CD just fine. Really good picture quality.
Cons Really tiny remote
Summary Great picture quality and played just about everything I threw in it.
Pros Plays DivX, avi, mpg (and prob more) besides DVD's and CD's
Cons none yet (have only used it a few days)
Summary We got this as a gift so we can watch our US DVD's while living in Europe for a while (stupid region codes!). To our big surprise we're also able to watch .avi, and .mpg files burnt onto DVD's, which is very convenient as we ripped and compressed many of our DVD's before moving to Europe (one HD is so much smaller than 500 DVD's...).
We also like that it's very small, slim and light. No problems whatsoever with the remote or the way it works.
So, we've used it only a short time so far and hence cannot judge its longevity, but so far we're very impressed by its capabilities.
Pros Cheap, HDMI output, Plays scratched CD,s
Cons Looks boxy if screen is too bright
Summary You get what you pay for with this DVD player.
Wishing I would have keep some of my scratched CD's because it plays them OK...