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Panasonic DVD-S97S Progressive Scan DVD Player Silver

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  • Advanced progressive-scan DVD player
  • HDMI connection provides high-quality, uncompressed digital audio/video signal transmission
  • DVD-Audio playback provides 6 channels of incredibly powerful and realistic surround sound
  • Enhanced bass sound when an optional subwoofer is connected to the DVD player
  • Optical Digital output for DTS and Dolby Digital surround sound
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: DVD-S97S
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: One year parts and ninety days labor

Product Description

Most people think of their DVD player simply as a movie machine. This DVD player not only plays prerecorded DVDs and DVD-R2/DVD-RAM discs, but also plays CD, CDR and CDRW - including CDR and CDRW with recorded MP3 and WMA files. HDMI offers a new high-performance digital standard for outstanding video and sound. It's also more convenient. HDMI carries high-quality digital video and audio over the same thin cable, allowing you to run one cable from your DVD player to an HDMI-compatible TV or home theater receiver. 1 Coaxial and 1 Optical Digital Audio Outputs 5.1-Channel Surround Sound Audio Output, Subwoofer Output, 2-Ch. Audio Output Slow and Fast Audio Playback 216MHz/11-Bit Video D/A Converter 192kHz/24-Bit Audio D/A Converter Remote Control Included MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) Playback Capability on recorded discs 4 - 3 Shrink Function with Letterbox Zoom and Shift MPEG Digital Noise Reduction (Mosquito/Block/3D) with Depth Enhancer Variable and Auto Zoom slect modes Picture Control - Brightness, Color, Contrast, Gamma Correction, Sharpness Black Level Control Advanced Surround, Headphone Surround (V.S.S.), Dialog Enhancer Dynamic Range Compression Channel Balance Control, Delay Time Control Audio Only Function (Video Circuit OFF) Direct Navigator, Playlist Playback, Quick Replay Hi Speed Scan (x100) Progress Indicator HighMAT Compatible (Level 2), Gamma Correction Position Memory (Up to 5 Discs) Sleep Timer, Quick Guide Setup, Energy Star Compliant Audio/JPEG Navigation Menu Dimensions (H x W x D) 2-5/16 x 16-15/16 x 10-1/16 Inches / Weight 5.3 lbs Color - Silver

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Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight8.7 pounds
Product Dimensions15.7 x 16.9 x 2.4 inches
Item model numberDVD-S97S
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
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Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #391,088 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableFebruary 4, 2004
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on December 2, 2004
There are so many progressive-scan DVD players out there nowadays -- with some costing less than $35 -- one must wonder what's the point of spending more than $100 on a DVD player. The answer, not surprisingly, is you get what you pay for.

In the case of the Panasonic DVD-S97 DVD player, you are getting every penny's worth, if your goal is to get the best possible picture quality out of DVD movies. Of course, if you are still using a standard analog TV, you won't see the kind of high quality we HDTV owners do. To get the max out of the player, you need an HDMI-capable HDTV monitor and need an HDMI cable. The all-digital connection does two things: 1) transmit the video (and audio) signal in digital, and 2) allows the Panasonic's upconverter to work.

The upconverter basically converts the NTSC resolution on today's DVDs to HDTV resolution. It's pretty much like digital zoom on your digital camera. Does it work? Surprisingly, it does in many cases. At least it will not degrade your picture quality (unless you have the expensive but poor-quality Samsung HD841 which amazingly manages to *degrade* video quality). The Panasonic is a consistent performer that helps you take advantage of your HDTV monitor... until the day HD DVD arrives.

The Panasonic is solidly built and easy to operate. Its superb video output is what makes it a five-star DVD player that's also very affordable.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By ReubenR on November 17, 2004
I agree with the previous reviewer. This unit was well worth the wait! If you have a Bravo D1, this stellar unit will make your V, Inc. toy look like the piece of garbage it is! The Panasonic's loader is fast and reliable (unlike the Bravo DVD players), the remote control is responsive and accurate (unlike the Bravo DVD players), and the picture is wonderful. Lots and lots of features, including "remember where I am" for up to FIVE DVDs! (One note about this, though - if you just press stop and turn off your unit, the DVD player doesn't remember where you left off. You have to manually store your place in one of the five allotted memory spots.) The HDMI is great, which I use with a DVI adapter since my Sony TV doesn't have HDMI. I recommend reading the manual (as difficult as Panasonic makes it!) to find all the excellent features this unit has to offer. Highly recommended! Throw your V, Inc. Bravo DVD player in the trash and get this Panasonic S97 Silver DVD player!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By F. S. White on October 2, 2005
To anyone interested in this product, I received my Panasonic S97S DVD player a little over a week ago in anticipation of my new HDTV purchase. I was lined up to buy the Sony KDP-57WS655 RP CRT HDTV and wanted a DVD player with HDMI upconversion. From all the research I did, many reviews pointed positively to this item so I took a chance and purchased online from Vann's. For $270 with shipping inc, how could I lose? The player arrived a day early and well packaged. Kudos to Vanns. My TV arrived 3 days later and the hookup was complete in less than 5 minutes with the HDMI connection. I was impressed with the appearance of the player. Felt solid and looked very sharp out of the box. The player is lightening fast to any prompts from either the included remote or the front panel controls. I also had a Sharp DVD recorder hooked up to the TV via component cables with progressive scan output. The Sharp player could not touch this Panasonic. The quick setup feature was a great way to get up and running in a hurry. The 480p output was not bad. Better than the Sharp. It took some fooling around to find the upconversion controls, but once reset to 1080i output, WOW. The pic quality on some DVD's rivaled that of some of my HD broadcasts. Particularly, the animated features. Just watched Robots with my kids yesterday. The color rendering and seamless transition of the picture even had my wife saying WOW. She is not easily impressed by electronic toys. This player also has a multitude of adjustments for customizing picture settings. This can be of help for anybody who does't want to mess with their TV's settings. The 720p output, in my opinion, does not look as good to me as the 1080i. My set's native resolution is 1080i, which may account for this.Read more ›
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I had to get another DVD player when my last Panasonic unit (an RP62 model which gave me 3.25 years of faithful service and outstanding DVD quality) pooped out, via the dreaded "H07" error message. Hopefully that problem won't crop up with this player.

So, I turned to Panasonic once more for another DVD machine....and chose this top-of-the-line (circa 2005-2006) little beauty -- the DVD-S97S model.

I couldn't be more pleased with the operation, performance, functionality, and overall user-friendliness of the S97 Progressive Scan DVD-Video/DVD-Audio Player from Panasonic.

I like pretty much everything about this sleek baby (with the exception of not being able to view the "time elapsed" function and the "chapter" information on the front of the display at the same time). You can view either of those things; but you've got to toggle between the choices via the "FL Select" key on the remote control (just below the "DVD Power On/Off" button).

The S97 unit I received (which arrived with lightning-like speed from "One Call" in May 2006) defaulted to the "Number Display" for the front-of-the-unit LED visuals, instead of the "Time Display". But, thankfully, I was finally able to figure out how to get the Elapsed Time to display on the LED monitor (after initially being disappointed by this seeming lack of functionality). Just thought I'd mention that here, in case other buyers of this product have suffered from the same "Why Can't I Get This Thing To Show The Time Indicator?" problem that I encountered before discovering how to fix it. The solution was in the Owner's Manual all along; I just didn't notice it for a little while.
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