Arcam DV88 vs Sony DVP-NS900

Which one would you take?

  • Arcam DV88

    Votes: 25 69.4%
  • Sony DVP-NS900

    Votes: 11 30.6%

  • Total voters
    36

liam_b

Novice Member
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.
 

gringottsdirect

Active Member
Kain,
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.
 

Kain

Active Member
Thanks.

But can you please tell me in what ways is the Philips 962SA/963SA better than the Arcam DV88?
 

Guest
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!

Cheers
Andy
 

Kain

Active Member
The Philips is better in audio too? The DV88 is meant to have audio performance that rivals separates.
 

Kain

Active Member
By the way, has the Philips DVD963SA been released? The Philips dealer here does not have it. What are the differences between the 962 and the 963?
 

gringottsdirect

Active Member
Kain,
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".
 

gringottsdirect

Active Member
Originally posted by Kain
If you could get one of these DVD players for FREE, which one would you take?
By the way, the Sony DVP-NS905 is almost out. See info posted by common here.
 

Kain

Active Member
Originally posted by gringottsdirect

By the way, the Sony DVP-NS905 is almost out. See info posted by common here.
Well, they say that there are only some small changes in the Sony DVP-NS905.
 

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