"Best bang for the buck"5.0 starson by decalradio
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).