Philips CD960

1 9 8 7 1987
1 9 8 9 1989

Cutting edge and true high-end - in black-is-black looks : this is the Philips CD960 and... the Marantz CD-94.
The same, in all.

There's a TOS optical fiber output in the CD960, and very select parts, and an integrated amplifier for the cans' output, and a single TDA1541 d/a.
Minus the preamp/volume function, XLR outputs and supplementary transformers, the CD960 in fact holds a complete DAC960 !

The TOS however isn't really one, like that of the CDA-94 v1 and the CD-94 v1 : it's optical and red but doesn't use the regular Toshiba TX-176 / RX-176 terminals.
Wavelength also is at 800nm instead of the TOShiba standardized 780nm.

Unlike the Mrantz version which hid everything under a discrete front door, the Philips CD960 has a retractable lap / lip / flap which uncovers the programming and repeat modes. Like a CD650 only not as cute.
The display is also quite a display, leaning toward the X-Mas tree.

However, crucially crucial, beyond looks and design trends (or taste) : there is a CDM CDM1 mechanism in this very 1980s-ish design.

Praised as Absolute Spitzenklasse and Referenz in Germany in 1987 - as a drive the CD960 still is at least that much. And it will continue to be so until... 2192 ?



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Philips CD960 specifications
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Frequency response : 2Hz...20Khz (± 0,1dB)
Dynamic range : > 96dB
S/N ratio : > 101dB (1Khz)
Channel separation : > 100dB (1Khz)
THD : 0,0015% (1Khz, including noise)
Phase linearity : ± 0,2° (20Hz...20Khz)
Analogue output level : 2V (at MSB)
Headphones output : 8...1000 Ohm
Digital outputs : 1x coaxial 75 Ohm
1x optical (800nm)
PC : 30W
Dimensions : 42 x 10 x 37,8cm
Weight : 10kg.
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