Philips, the most respected name in European audio and video, brings that world-class, statethe-art technology and design in the new Philips CD960 compact disc player. The Philips CD960 is truly Philips' Reference Standard CD player. It's a serious audioophile component of outstanding mechanical construction with excellent analog and digital engineering. The Philips CD960 reflects an understated, yet elegant design which will complement the finest ancillary electronics. It's designed as a total system, by engineers who have the "inside" depth of knowledge that comes only from Philips, "The Creators of Compact Disc"

Superior Digital-to-Analogue Conversion. The Philips CD960 features a select high-resolution version of Philips' acclaimed TDA1541 dual 16-bit D/A converter chip. The chip is created for Philips Referrence Standard CD players by a special selection process, producing a chip with superior low-level linearity and improved signalnoise. Close tolerance high-grade polystyrene capacitors are used with the D/ A converter to insure the most accurate conversion. It delivers the maximum information available from the 16 bit CD format.

The Philips TDA1541 is known for its unique chip architecture featurring "Diode-Transistor Bit Switching" requiring no sonic ally degrading "de-glitcher" circuits common in other "high-end" players. This Philips breakthrough design places separate left and right channel converters on a single chip for maximum channel separation (105 dB+), excellent phase linearity (±0.2°) and accurate clock sync over the life of the chip.

Superior Digital Filtering. The Philips CD960's select D/A converter is mated to a Philips 4X oversammpiing digital filter, also specially selected for superior performance. Philips pioneered 4X oversammpling and has included it in its players since the birth of CD; our knowledge of digital filters is unequalled in the industry. Philips digital filtering provides extremely effective elimination of unwanted ultrasonic noise generated in digital circuits by pushing the digital clock frequencies further from the audio band (from 44.1 Khz to 176.4 Khz). The select Philips 7220 dual digital filter used in the Philips CD960 is a new design yielding improvements in distortion, dynamic range and signalnoise, with a dramatic improveement in low-level linearity.

Superior Analogue Electronics. The Philips digital filter and D/ A converter include "response commpensation" which allows the use of a "gentle" third-order "Bessel" analogue filter. This is known to provide less phase shift, better transient response and a flatter frequency response than typical "steep" analogue filters used in other designs. The quality of the analogue filter is a key to sonic excellence. As you'd expect, the analogue filter in the Philips CD960 uses only audiophile-grade components such as "Elna Cerafine" ceramic powder capacitors.
Four separate power supplies are used. Each is optimized to a specific function and designed for analog, digital, servo and display sections. Circuit board design is computer optimized for superior analogue digital isolation with strategically selected grounding points enhanced by copper plated screws for improved grounding and lower noise.

Philips Single-Beam Laser Assembly. A Philips single-beam laser assembly is used which provides lightning quick access and superior disc trackability due to the lower inherent mass of the radial arm system.

Maximum-Strategy Error Correcction. This exclusive Philips single chip decoder uses "Adaptive Error Correction" which has 60 strategies of error correction to correct up to 15 frames of information. Large burst errors up to 8 digital samples long, are concealed by Philips "8 Sample Interpolation".

Specifications Philips cd-960
Typical audio performance
Number of channels 2
Frequency range 2-20.000 Hz
Amplitude Linearity: ± 0.01 dB (20-20.000 Hz)
Phase Linearity ± 0.2º (20-20.000 Hz)
Dynamic Range 96 dB (20-20.000 Hz)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 101 dB (20-20.000 Hz)
Channel Separation 100 dB (20-20.000 Hz)
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0015% (20-20.000 Hz)
Wow and Flutter quartz crystal precision
D/A Conversion quadruple oversampling (176.4 kHz) with digital filter and a 16-bit D/A converter (TDA1541)
Error Correction System Cross Interleaved Reed Solomon Code (CIRC)
Audio Output Level 2V[sub]rms[/sub]
Headphones load impedance 8-1000 ohms

Optical Readout System
Laser semi-conductor AlGaAs
Wavelength 780 nm

Signal Format
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz
Quantization 16 bit linear/channel

Power supply
Mains Voltage see type plate at rear of player
Mains Frequencies 50 and 60 Hz
Power Consumption 30 W apporx.
Safety Requirements IEC

Cabinet, general
Material/finish metal and polystyrene with decorative trim
Dimensions (W x H x D) 420 x 100 x 378 mm
Weight 10 kg approx.