Toshiba SD-4960 Universal Disc Player At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Toshiba SD-4960

Outputs: Video: component (1), S-video (1), composite (1)
Audio: optical digital (1), coaxial digital (1),
5.1-channel analog (1), stereo analog (1)
Inputs: Video: none
Audio: none
Additional: none

Compatible Playback Formats: SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD, DVD-R, CD, CD-R/-RW, MP3/WMA, JPEG
Possible Playback Resolutions: 480p/480i
Built-in Decoding: SACD, DVD-Audio, Dolby Digital, MPEG
Video D/A Converter: 10-bit/54-megahertz
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit/192-kilohertz
Bass Management for Analog Outputs: Yes for both SACD and DVD-Audio
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 1.8 x 17 x 8.1
Weight (pounds): 4.1
Price: $199


Toshiba SD-4960

Build Quality: 89
On par for the class
Quality internal components for the price

Value: 93
DVD-Audio, SACD, and progressive scanning for a small price tag
It doesn't cost much more than a comparable DVD-Video-only player

Features: 93
Multichannel DVD-Audio and SACD with bass management
Progressive component video output with 3:2 pulldown

Performance: 90
Solid audio performance through the digital and analog outputs
Solid video performance without any major issues

Ergonomics: 90
A good remote, but it's not backlit
The onscreen menu is quick and easy

Overall Rating: 91
An excellent place to start for those who want to dip a toe in the DVD-Audio and SACD waters. The SD-4960 does most everything well, nothing poorly, and offers a lot for $199.

General Information
SD-4960 Universal Disc Player, $199
Toshiba America Consumer Products
(800) 631-3811
Dealer Locator Code TOS

(800) 631-3811