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Panasonic DVD-LS5 Portable DVD Player

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  • Portable widescreen DVD-Video and DVD-Audio player with 5-inch LCD screen and built-in stereo speakers
  • Plays DVD-R, DVD-RAM, CD, and recordable MP3/WMA CDs
  • Multichannel optical digital-audio outputs with DVD-Audio, DTS, and Dolby Digital surround passthrough
  • VSS virtual surround and headphone surround simulate surround sound from two channels
  • Dialogue Enhancer, 2.5 hours battery life from included rechargeable battery; remote control included
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions5.5 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
Item model numberDVD-LS5
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #119,284 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 6, 2003

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DVD-LS5
  • Audio Output Mode: AC-3 (Dolby Digital), Surround Sound
  • Warranty: one year parts & labor. 1-800-211-7262

Product Description

Panasonic's DVD-LS5 offers the versatility of a portable DVD player alongside the performance of a sophisticated home-theater component--and you can use it as both. The player handles DVD-Video, high-resolution DVD-Audio, DVD-R, and DVD-RAM playback, as well as standard and recordable audio CDs, including MP3- and WMA-encoded discs. Its slender, 1-inch chassis holds a 5-inch widescreen (16:9) liquid-crystal display and a built-in rechargeable battery good for about 2.5 hours between charges.

Designed to take full advantage of both audio and traditional video DVD formats, the DVD-LS5 delivers the super high-fidelity (192 kHz/24-bit) sound of DVD-Audio. DVD-Audio software titles offer classic music titles in both multichannel and stereo, though be aware that this model plays discs in stereo only. Most DVD-A discs have compressed Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround tracks, however; these can be passed through the unit's digital-audio output to a compatible surround receiver and speaker system.

Audio features also include DTS and Dolby Digital passthrough, built-in stereo speakers, and Panasonic's Dialogue Enhancer for DVD movie viewing. Advanced Surround Sound (VSS) simulates surround effects from any two speakers or from headphones.

Cinema Mode reduces the detrimental effects of screen glare from ambient light, rendering cinematic colors in pictures that are gentle on the eyes. Further, Cinema Mode improves the visibility of details in dark scenes by automatically adjusting picture contrast.

This player is HighMAT compatible. High-Performance Media Access Technology is a standard co-developed by Panasonic and Microsoft to improve interoperability for digital media programming between PCs and electronics devices. HighMAT provides an efficient method for arranging digital photo, music, and video collections on recordable media.

What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control, AC adapter, audio/video cables, rechargeable battery pack, user's manual, and warranty information.

Product Description

Nothing kills time on the road like watching a favorite flick. This portable DVD player by Panasonic is just the ticket for such enjoyment. Adjust the high-resolution 5” LCD display in a variety of ways for viewing comfort, including folded flat against the player itself. Watch your favorite DVDs or listen to your favorite music on MP3, CD, CD-R or CD-RW. Includes headphone jack, so kids can watch a movie in the backseat while you listen to your own music in the front. Comes with 2-hr. rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and adapter. This versatile unit also hooks up to your family's television at home for use as a traditional DVD player. Imported. 1-13/16Hx5-3/4Wx6-9/16D”.

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With a carry case works well hanging in a car.
Leigh Warren
It was the most streamline and compact, solid feeling, good looking and highly recommended DVD player of this size.
It's amazingly small and light, with the best screen picture quality I have seen.

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2003
Compared to the Chinese imports (Apex, Initial, Cyberhome, etc.), the Panasonic DVD-LS5 is definitely a premium model, and both the price and quality show. If you just want to watch DVDs on the road and don't mind teeny sound or blocky images, the low-end models will serve you well. In fact I love my 8-inch Initial. On the other hand, if you want to truly enjoy a mobile DVD experience, you gotta buy this product.
Better styling and build quality aside, the Panasonic has at least three significant advantages over non-Japanese players: 1) the screen is clearer and offers better viewing angles horizontally, so you can share the joy of DVD with another person; 2) the sound is just incredibly loud for a small player like this, unlike the low-end players -- in fact it feels almost like surround sound in a quiet room; 3) the tilting mechansim is really cool and allows you to adjust the screen angle freely.
The battery snaps to the back (and raises the player a bit) and offers a little over 2 hours of viewing pleasure. All considered, the Panasonic player is also much more portable than the other ones; even with the battery installed we are talking something you can just grab and watch, as opposed to carrying in two hands.
Is the Panasonic worth the extra money over the other players? I definitely think so.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Josh Turchetta on November 16, 2003
For Christmas this year I decided on a portable DVD player as my present. I dont travel very much but I LOVE technology so I figured why not, and so began my quest. I went to various online sites and eventually went out to my local electronics stores to do some research and to see the different players. I visited the usual Wal-Mart and Target, which had decent amount of relatively inexpensive portables on display but none of which were working models. I went to BestBuy to find 3 models on the floor. The one which price wise, was close to the Panasonic, was a Toshiba sd-p1200. It was HORRIBLE, it looked like an Etch-A-Sketch playing a DVD. The other two models, one a Poloroid that wouldnt work, and the other a Mintek which like the Poloroid wouldnt work, looked very cheaply put together and not worth the money. So I decided to move on to Circuit City. Once there I came across this wonderful little DVD player. The Panasonic DVD-LS5. I didn't want something clunky or bulky, and this player fit the bill. It is about the size of a portable CD player. The screen resolution is amazing. It is like a nice LCD computer monitor (albeit a small one). But with just over 500 lines of resolution and a 5 inch widescreen display, it does the DVD's justice. It is lightweight and very quiet. I played two movies back to back (Terminator 3 and Indiana Jones and the last Crusade) and this bad boy didnt even work up a sweat. The entire unit stayed cool and whisper quiet 4 hours after I first turned it on. I used wall power as my battery was not charged yet. Later on I used the battery and got through one 2 hour movie. So the description of 2 hours per charge is accurate. It only takes 2 hours to charge the battery back up and since it is a lithium ion battery there is no need to fully discharge the battery.Read more ›
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2004
The hinge which allows the screen to be tilted broke after about 10 months of heavy use. Unit is still completely useable. So, my only recommendation would be to not overuse the screen tilting function, as it isn't very sturdy.
I received the Panasonic DVD-LS5 for Christmas 2003. Although I had asked for one of the cheaper portable DVD players by Initial or Apex, my wife picked the DVD-LS5, after doing a considerable amount of research.

I'm glad she did, because I've been thrilled with this DVD player. I commute to work via bus, which allows me to watch about one movie each day. The adjustable screen allows for easy viewing, even in crowded conditions. The picture quality is excellent, and I haven't yet had any problems with the player.
For accessories, I would recommend the following, for those who plan to take the player on travel:
1. Case: I use the CD ACC CASE II (Item #9481), from XLARGE.COM. The DVD-LS5 with attached standard battery (CGR H603) fits perfectly into the CD player pack. There is also a CD folder with slots for 8 DVDs or CDs, and a pouch for headphones & accessories.

2. Earbud headphones & splitter: I've got 3 sets of inexpensive earbud headphones, so I can watch with friends, when on a plane, etc. With multiple headphones, you'll need a splitter - I use the RadioShack 3 Channel Headphone Volume Booster.

3. Extra batteries: I've got 2 extra CGR-601 batteries, which last around 4 hours each on standard play, for a total of 10 hours play time on long trips, when combined with the included CGR-603 battery.

4. DVDs: Since I watch up to 5 movies a week, I've found to be a great deal.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2003
I spent hours and hours searching for a portable DVD player and got caught up with everything from price and size to functionality. Let's face it, every feature comes with a trade off and, for me at least, the primary function of a portable DVD player is to BE PORTABLE. The Panasonic DVD-LS5 really delivers.
I looked at all the high end models including the Panasonic DVD-LA95 and the Samsung 10 inch model. All were great but none of them had much in the way of battery life. Usually 2 hours or a bit more. Extra batteries were either very expensive and/or hard to find. The DVD-LS5 is also just over two hours but the batteries are way cheaper.
I was happy to see that the replacement/extra batteries for this unit are easy to find and don't make a major dent on the wallet. The 5 inch screen looked small from the spec sheet but when you see it next to other models at 7 and even 9 inches you can see how rich and clear the picture is. I was amazed to see the clarity with no noticable ghosting or jaggies even when watching high action films. Bigger isn't always better. I found eystrain looking at some of the larger ones for the same money that were not as crisp.
I'll post again later once I have had more time to use the player but the features on the machine are great. It even played DVD+RW! Output to a TV is good but I will have to get the S Video cable to see how nice it really looks. It also has a dual analog/optical out port for sound so you can get surround sound if you have the system to support it. I think it is stereo only via headphones or analog output.
I think Panasonic really has the best line of players out there and with the prices coming down they are fantastic tag along entertainment for the weary train, bus or air traveller.
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