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Philips SACD 1000 DVD Player Review

by Dan Banquer December 02, 2003
Philips SACD 1000

Philips SACD 1000

  • Product Name: SACD 1000 SACD/DVD-Video Player
  • Manufacturer: Philips
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 02, 2003 00:00
  • MSRP: $ 1999

Multichannel SACD/DVD-V player (DSD stereo/multichannel)
Formats: SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-Video, Super VCD
Audio outputs: left/right front, left/right surround, center, subwoofer, "stereo."
Maximum output voltage: 2V, ±0.3V
Total harmonic distortion: -58dB, 20Hz-20kHz
Intermodulation distortion: -107dB
Dynamic range: 114dB
SACD S/N ratio: 114dB A-weighted
DVD/CD S/N ratio: >100dB, 1kHz
DVD/CD Dynamic range: >90dB.
Dimensions: 17" (435mm) W x 4.3" (110mm) H x 12.9" (330mm) D
Weight: 22 lbs (10kg)


  • Solid audio performance
  • Great circuitboard layout and design


  • Average video performance
  • No DTS CD support


A friend of mine came up to me a few weeks ago and made the following announcement. " Dan, do you want to borrow my SACD 1000 player with a bunch of SACD hybrid discs for a week?" Talk about an offer you can't refuse. I sat back and did some casual listening using the SACD discs and selected the red book cd output on the Phillips SACD 1000. This allowed me to playback the red book CD layer of the SACD. It sounded like the typical one bit consumer player (which the unit is not) that I have learned to detest over the years. Not enough dynamic range to suit my tastes. I then switched to SACD playback and said to myself, now we are getting somewhere; this has more of the dynamics I am used to and definitely prefer.

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