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The Philips DVP 5960 player was an 'emergency' DVD-player purchase I made in 2007. My parents, with whom I was due to be spending a fortnight's stay that summer, didn't use their old DVD player which had broken down, and at the time I was in the habit of parking my young daughter in front of the telly to gain a few moments respite - as a result of which she had become somewhat addicted to her various DVDs.
So I bought this for them as a thinly disguised 'present' for about £40 from amazon.co.uk, basically for the sole reason that I'd be able to use it myself when I visited. They were happy enough to give it houseroom however, and my folks, who, over the years have accumulated a three-foot high stack of those free DVDs in cardboard sleeves that get delivered with the newspapers, keep making noises about 'how we must get round to watching all those documentaries about World War 2 and the Margaret Thatcher Years that we got with the papers, someday soon.'
The only criteria I had for selecting the player, which was posted to my folks' house sight unseen, was that it should be (1) relatively inexpensive and (2) be a multi-region player, as a number of my daughter's favourite DVDs were Region 1 ones (ie. formatted for the US). This model satisfied both those criteria.
The Philips DVD player is pretty basic looking: it's got a silver plastic 'chassis' and is about 10 by 18 inches in 'footprint' and less than two inches deep - so pretty slimline all round. There are only the very basic 'play,' 'stop,' 'forward,' 'rewind,' and 'eject' buttons on it, but that's no disaster as for example the DVD player we have at home, despite being over seven years old, now, still has the ground-control-to-Major-Tom type remote, with loads of buttons that I've no idea what purples they serve. In fact, there's even one button on our, complex remote-control that literally, makes your DVD player appear to have stopped working - the screen goes black and the buttons don't work but some sound keeps coming through. ( I spent ages fiddling with the scart leads the other day trying to work out what had gotten wrong before I remembered about the existence of the 'kill DVD' control).
So, back to the Philips DVD player. It's got a port for a USB drive to plug into in the back, and 'HDMI' and 'HD Upscale' functions - I don't know what those are for however. It's a remote-controlled DVD of course, and comes with a grey plastic x2AA battery handset which is unusually rubbish; it's small (about six inches long and half an inch deep) unexpectedly cheap and clunky looking - but the main problem is that the remote DOESN'T HAVE A BUTTON TO LET YOU EJECT THE DISC, ON IT! (Actually, we wasted quite a bit of time searching for one as we simply couldn't believe it wasn't there).
Weird, or what?
I'm aware that if you eject a DVD, you do have to generally get up from your seat to remove it from the player in any case, but for example at our house, there's almost always a sprog rolling toy cars etc. about on the mat in front of the TV, or one or other of us parents mopping fromage frais slicks (dried or recent) up off the carpet, so if you eject a disc using a remote control, you can always say to whoever's on their feet -
"Will you get mummy's disc out of the DVD player, please, before the baby slobbers all over it..."
So I don't understand why this handset, unlike any other DVD handset I've ever seen just sees fit to not have any eject button.
Other than that, it's an easy to use, basic DVD player. It probably won't show images to as sharp a resolution as other, more expensive machines, but as these tend to work to specifications smaller than the human eye can normally detect / with LCD TVs these days, the image resolution's rubbish BECAUSE OF THE TV in any case I don't think that's anything to worry about.
While this particular DVD doesn't appear to be on sale from amazon.co.uk any more, I'm sure you'll be able to pick one up on Ebay with trouble if you really want one. It's no surprise for me to see that what amazon.co.uk DO sell for this DVD is a range of three, different, improved remote controls (all costing between £10 and £13) - which would sort out the one thing this player doesn't have going for it already.
I bought the Philips DVE5960 in Aug 2007 and have had no trouble with it. This sleek, slim, silver DVD player takes up minimal space although it is a bit wider than some other players. It is quite easy to connect and has a USB port as well as HDMI, which enables connection to your computer. This model plays most dvds, since it plays DVD + R, DVD -R, DVD + R/W, DVD - R/W. It can also play pricture CDs (CD-R, CD-R/W). The dvd player comes with it's own remote control with batteries included for your convenience. The menu is user friendly and you can choose to watch movies or view your pictures. There are options to choose from for sound, tv display, language and picture quality. This attractive model is quite reliable and offers good value for the price. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality, modern dvd player that doesn't eat a big hole out of your pocket.
I bought this dvd player after my last one broke. The Phillips DVP 5960 is very reliable! Especially compared to the last one which let me down on numerous occasions. The time taken for the DVD to load doesn't seem to be anything special just rather standard but still does the job and does it well. I haven't really noticed much difference in the display pr sound which it claims is "HDMI". Although it does look very stylish and slim which looks great up against my flat screen tv. I haven't attempted to use the USB slot yet but I'm sure I wont be disappointed as every other function and button seems to work perfectly and as you would expect. The device was very easy to plug in and set up and I could start watching DVD's almost instantly which was a big plus as I had guests arriving later that night.
I've had this dvd/divx player for a while now and would recommend it to anyone
I've had no problems playing any variation of xvid/avi/divx or mpeg file either on disc or via the usb port
Firmware upgrades are available via the Philips website
Anyone buying this model I recommend you 'google' for a site called phunkyfish - there's a lot of useful information on there about this player and some non-philips firmware packs which may be useful if you play divx. I personally have installed the 'Porkupan Firmware' and find the additional features really useful.
This player does everything I want and more and suits my needs brilliantly. I've had it a while now and would recommend it to anyone.
My one criticism - the remote has a really limited range and would have driven me mad if I didn't have a universal remote which incidentally works on code 0539.
Please Note: I also review on Amazon under username Big Bertha and this review (or a version of it) may appear on there
I have had this DVD player for about a year now and, overall, I have to say that I am very pleased with it.
Firstly with regards to its looks, it looks good! It is a silver unit with a black front and a red standby button on the bottom left of the player. The buttons on the front are very basic: it only has 5 button, a USB port and the tray. On the back, you get the usual connections that are expected including, obviously, an HDMI port. The actual player itself is quite wide but very thin (probably thin enough to fit through a letter box)
With regards to the actual player, the main reason I bought it was for its playback capabilities. It plays everything! As far as I've found, there is nothing that it has had trouble with and there are no issues with colours or syncing problems. I mainly play divx's and these work a treat.
The DVD player also upscales with is supposed to be quite a good feature. Personally, I cannot tell the difference between it being upscaled or not but I may just be blind as other people have noticed a difference with it. The player upscales until 1080i so it is not "true" high def.
There are plenty of settings to play around with including sound settings (including sound mode where you can chose the type of sound received like living room, church or arena, as well as night mode), to TV display, picture setting, sleep timer, language settings and sync settings.
The one thing that I do not like about the player is the remote control that comes with it. To be honest it is not overly user friendly. Don't get me wrong, its still fine to use but it could be made better. The main problem with it is the button are very thin and wide which just does not work! Their layout seems fine though, with each button in its logical place.
One problem I have found is that when I am fast forwarding through a divx and play at any point, the dvd player seems to lock up for a second and nothing happens. The image freezes for no more than about 10-15 seconds and when it starts the picture plays but there is no sound. This is resolved by pausing and playing again. Its not a major deal but its still frustrating.
Overall this dvd player is well worth it. The price is very low and it does what it does very well.
With the increasing influence of High Definition and more and more products lining our shelves the demand is now catching up with the technology and budget DVD players with impressive HD upscaling are a cost effective option if you want to grab a piece of the action and enjoy an altogether better audio visual experience.
With an attractive price tag the Philips DVP 5960 boasts a range of features you would expect from a player twice the price. Once connected via a HDMI(High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable you have the option to select the picture resolution or use the automatic setting which will do the job for you, resulting pictures from standard DVD's are noticebaly sharper and colours more vibrant. You will need a HD ready TV to benefit and a large flat screen should do justice to the players impressive image enhancement.
The device is multi-region enabled and In addition to playing most DVD types(DVD+R/W DVD-R/W) you also have the option of playing back DIVX encoded movies which can be burnt to a recordable DVD or stored on a USB drive, which is useful if you have movies on your PC allowing them to be quickly transferred to the player. Photos in high definition JPEG format can be viewed via your TV if you need to and it has the option to play MP3's.
The unit itself looks stylish in sleek black/silver, build quality is good and the buttons on the front display are easy to use. The remote itself is a little fiddly for my taste and can be unresponsive at times, although this is a minor criticism and should be fine once you get used to it.
On the whole the unit offers excellent value for money from a reputable brand and offers some impressive features for the price.
Technnical specifications are as follows:
Aspect ratio: 4:3,16:9
D/A converter: 24 bit, 192 kHz
Playback Media: CD,CD-R/CD-RW,Video CD/SVCD,DVD,DivX,DVD+R/+RW,DVD-R/-RW
Playback Media: CD,MP3-DVD,CD-R/RW,WMA-CD,MP3-CD
Playback Media: CD-R/RW,Picture CD,Kodak Picture CD,DVD+R/+RW,DVD-R/-RW
Multimedia connections: USB memory class device
Rear Connections: Analogue audio Left/Right out,Composite video (CVBS) output,HDMI output,Digital coaxial out,ComponentVideo out Progressive,Scart
Child Protection: Parental Control,Child Lock
Included Accessories: 2 x AAA Batteries,Quick start guide,Remote Control,World Wide Warranty leaflet,User Manual
Set Width: 435
Power supply: 50Hz,240V
D/A converter: 12 bit, 108 MHz
Signal to noise ratio: 100
Compression formats: MPEG1,MPEG2,DivX 3.11,DivX 4.x,DivX 5.x,DivX 6.0,DivX Ultra
Compression format: Dolby Digital,MP3,PCM,WMA
Picture compression format: JPEG
Playback Formats: DivX,MP3,JPEG Still pictures
On-Screen Display languages: English
Set Height: 37
Power consumption: < 10
Picture enhancement: High Def (720p, 1080i),Progressive Scan,Smart Picture,Video upsampling,Video upscaling
Distortion and Noise (1kHz): 85
Video disc playback system: PAL,NTSC
MP3 bit rates: 32 - 256 kbps
Picture enhancement: High Definition Resolution,Flip photos,Rotate,Zoom,Slideshow with MP3 playback
Set Depth: 235
Standby power consumption: < 0.8 W
Crosstalk (1kHz): 100
Packaging Depth: 320
Dynamic Range (1kHz): 90
Packaging Height: 82
Sound System: Dolby Digital
Packaging Width: 490
Frequency response: 30-20000
The Philips DVP5960 is a top player which will suffice for most people looking for an affordable but advanced DVD player. There is a growing trend for DVD recorders and these will slowly replace VHS Recorders. However this DVD doesn't have the capability and thus is catered to a different market. With Phillips you know you are getting a superior product and it is worth paying the few extra quid rather than a non branded or inferior brand, which through many reviews sometimes cause problems for different people.
The best features of this DVD player are:
HDMI Upscaling: Basically this gives a high definition view of your current DVD's provided you have a HD television. Of course this doesn't give the same quality as the new HD DVD's but it certainly is a mark up from playing DVD's on your HD set, because you do seem to get some pixelation. I would say it is similar to those who have played PS2 and PS3 on their high definition television sets. There is a significant difference, HDMI upscaling acts as a middle-way between the two qualities at a fraction of the price of both HD DVD player and HD DVDs. A word of caution in that you will require a HDMI cable to upgrade DVD quality movie to the desired level, this doesnt come with the player and thus it will result in an additional cost and perhaps a change of mind on the purchase if you are on a budget. There remains a concern on some DVDs of viewing screen of 4:3 and 16:9 (widescreen) and some may not configure to your ideals.
DivX compatibility: This for me is the best feature. DivX has become a very important video format in recent years, generally you can you use it to reduce the size of a DVD (up to 4.7gb) onto a CD (700mb) and the loss of quality is not that appreciable. Nowadays many television programmes are available on the internet (both legal and illegal content), of course for the legal content it is preferable to many to download programmes off the net and use the USB feature of the DVD to transport the video file and watch in on a television. It certainly beats sitting infront of a computer for over an hour. I have yet to fully test this feature and for the non-techies it maybe an irrelevant feature because they may not even know what DivX is, let alone what to do with it but for some it is incredibly helpful. The USB feature may be misleading to some as not all files will be able to be played. Indeed only those which are coded by the DivX format will play. The most popular files mpegs, wmv etc.. will not automatically play and certainly the low quality video files available on the net will leave the user disappointed.
The DVD player is aesthetically pleasing, like most models available today it is slimline and doesn't occupy to much space. The player is not a mutli-region one, however like most DVD players available there is a method of changing this should this be required with the information freely available on the net. There isnt too much wrong with this player and for those looking for a DVD player which is cheap but still has modern features then you cant go wrong with this.
The Philips DVP5960 HDMI DVD is a lovely player. It has an attractive slim sleek look about it. It certainly looks the part set up in my ultra stylish pad. It doesn't take up too much space under the TV. I mean, it keeps to itself, it doesn't intrude. It has a laid back kind of a feel, but at the same time fits snuggly into the post modern contemporary setting.
Setting it up was very easy, in fact I would even say that it was easy peasy. You just have to plug the cable into TV. If you have a home cinema system then you can attach speakers via inputs at its lovely rear. I simply use the speakers from my TV and the sound quality is just as good as the original TV sound as far as I can make out. The instructions for setting up the device were quite easy to follow.
This DVD player comes complete with HDMI which stands for High Definition Multi-media Interface. It is a direct digital connection that can carry digital HD video as well as digital multi-channel audio. By eliminating the conversion to analogue signals it delivers perfect picture and sound quality. Unfortunately, as I don't have access to HDMI TV, I am unable to comment on the picture quality.
Another feature is Video Upscaling that allows you to increase the resolution of SD (Standard Definition) video signals that DVD uses to HD (High Definition). This is suppose to allow more details and a better picture. It also has DivX Ultra that combines DivX playback with features such as integrated subtitles, multiple audio languages, multiple tracks and menus.
One of the main reasons why I bought this player was its multi format playability that allows you to play most disc formats. It also includes Picture CD is a CD-R or CD-RW disc on which you can store your MP3 and digital pictures. When inserting a Picture CD in the DVD player, a screen menu will pop up with your collected JPEG's and/or MP3 files on the disc. Just select the music and picture files you wish to enjoy and press play or OK. The onscreen menu is very simple to use. The machine lets you watch your pictures on TV and play your tracks at the same time. The remote is comfortable enough and the buttons are not too fiddly.
Overall I'd easily recommend this DVD player, especialy at the low price at which I bought it (Amazon £70)
~~ Some Technical Details ~~
Picture / Display
Aspect ratio : 4:3 , 16:9
Picture enhancement : High Def (720p, 1080i) , Progressive scan , Smart Picture , Video Upsampling , Video upscaling , Flip photos , Rotate , Zoom , Slideshow with MP3 playback , High Definition Resolution
Rear Connections : Analogue audio left / right out , Composite video (CVBS) output , HDMI output , Digital coaxial out , Component video out progressive , Scart
Included accessories : 2 x AAA Batteries , Quick start guide , Remote control , World-Wide Warranty leaflet , User manual
Set Width : 435 mm
Set Height : 37 mm
Set Depth : 235 mm
Power supply : 50Hz , 240V
Power consumption : < 10 W
Standby power consumption : < 0.8 W
© Zmugzy February 2007
originally published on Ciao under the name Nazuku