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Philips DVP 5965K
Test Center | 01 November 2006
For : Old and new versions of DivX supported, good quality remote control, HDMI output.
Against : No ID3 support.
This year there has been a healthy participation of DivX/MPEG-4 compatible DVD players in the market. The Philips DVP 5965K is the latest entrant; it can also be bought bundled with 5.1-channel speakers—at a higher price, of course.
Features and performance
The DVP 5965K player supports audio CDs, CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs as well. It is able to playback audio files encoded in the MP3 format or Microsoft’s WMA format. It supports audio that has been encoded at constant as well as variable bitrate. It played all the 320 Kbps files on a USB pen drive without a hitch. However, the USB port provided on the player only supports the FAT32 file system. Video files with the AVI container and encoded with older DivX codecs (3.x,4.x) were also recognized, including the latest version (6.2). These files were encoded at different quality settings also and they played without any perceivable frame drops. However, DivX video encoded at 6000 Kbps, displayed momentary skips. It does not support video encoded at HD settings (720p, 1080i) and does not recognize Microsoft’s WMV format either. The player provides ample audio/video connectivity options. You can use the HDMI interface or the component outputs if you want superior image quality. If you do not have digital speakers, the 5.1-channel RCA connections over the digital coaxial connection can be used.
Build quality and ergonomics
The Philips player’s design is stylish and quite minimalist. The external shell is made of metal and has a brushed feel to it. The underside, like other players, has screws sticking out of the body. The player uses the slot loading mechanism to accept optical discs. Four buttons, including “Eject” comprise of the front panel controls. A 3.5-mm microphone connector is also provided with a volume control on this panel. There is a marked difference in build quality between this one and other cheap variations of ‘MPEG-4’ players. The panel buttons are firm and responsive. The player does not have a composite video output and an optical digital audio output (if you are on the look out for good audio). The remote control is intuitive and easy to learn.
The player supports videos that are encoded with the old as well as new DivX version. Even though it does not support Microsoft’s WMV container, it at least recognizes their WMA format for audio files. It makes for a good buy but the warranty period is too short.