Every Sony made item I've bought has either not worked correctly when new or failed in warrantry then been repaired then failed again or most often failed just out of warranty. Digital products like DVD, MD, Handicam and Digicam seem to be the worst for this, trouble is that Sony's stuff normally looks pretty nice and works well when it works!
Now I just refuse to even consider buying anything with anything to do with Sony and I advise everyone I know to avoid it too. It took them years to get a good reputation in the 70s now they're throwing it away.
Sony DVP-NS900 disappeared in U.K., something to do with a problem with RGB switching, it's back now with the problem fixed (say Sony).
I tried one compared to an Arcam Diva 88 some months ago, and thought the picture and sound playing DVDs was superior with the Sony.
If they were both free I would take the Arcam, sell it and buy a Philips DVD962SA/DVD963SA.
I would not buy the Sony or the Arcam.
Disregarding SACD playback, the Philips is worth the money purely on DVD performance. The U.S. and U.K. versions are not the same specification, as with the Sony.
If you want an Arcam, the FMJ-DV27 is superb for picture and sound but does not have SACD playback, also it is much more expensive @£1600 ish.
Try and see them in action yourself, it is your opinion that really counts.
Agreed, had a DV88 (with progressive scan upgrade), now got the 962SA and it's at least as good on video performance and SACD is fantastic. For £550 the philips is a bloody bargain, why anyone would pay £1300 for the DV88 with progressive upgrade when they could pay £550 for the 962SA is beyond me!
Dealers in U.K. should receive the newer model in the next month or so. (Unless it is pushed back, often happens.)
Arcam Diva 88 CD replay is good (for a DVD player), but if you are serious about CD buy a quality CD player, such as Arcam, you will hear substantial benefits.
There are many DVD players that offer CD replay equal to the 88, remember it's been around for a while now. If you are interested in SACD, try the Philips, demo with your own CDs, see what you think.
For the money, for your purpose, the Philips DVD962SA/DVD963SA is "the one".