|Item Weight||4.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.5 x 17 x 1.7 inches|
|Item model number||DVD-S53K|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Built In Decoders||Dolby Digital // DTS decoder|
Panasonic DVD-S53K Up-Converting 1080p DVD Player Black
- 720p output
- Up-conversion to 1080i
- Supports DVD Audio (5.1)
- Dolby Digital and DTS decoders
- Plays DVD-R, CD-R & CD-RW; MP3, WMA, JPEG & MPEG4 playback with on-screen navigator
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The Panasonic DVD-S53K DVD Player is the right addition to your home theater system. It supports 720p and 1080i output, giving you the sharp, gorgeous progressive scan video you want, for the very best picture. The built-in 5.1 support hooks up to your speaker system and lets you feel every sound as if you were really there, in the action of your favorite shows and movies. Playback DVD-RAM discs you make on your computer. Connect it to your home theater easily with the simple HDMI connection. HDMI connection for direct connection to a Plasma, Projector or LCD screen Includes remote
Top customer reviews
Really, just one. I like to burn a few dozen of my music CDs to a DVD in MP3 format at 320/kps. You can fit a LOT of albums on one DVD and not need to buy a CD changer. You just have them queued up on a single DVD.
The S52 had a GREAT method of displaying the foler names on the DVD. Whereas a very long file or folder name would still be truncated, it would display out to 16 characters or so before that would happen.
With the S52, the dual column display is gone, and even worse it seems to display even less than conventional pc 8.3 filenames. A BIG dissapointment, this was one of the major reasons I have been sticking with Panasonic rather than a different brand.
The pros - It's cheaper than the S52 was, and the picture quality is the same. Very nice on my Samsung LCD panel. I wish they would throw in a better tray rather then the composite video/audio cable, which I doubt that anyone on the planet uses, but I have no complaints with playing DVDs on this unit. Plus, it plays Divx files just fine. The S52 would not play Divx files at all.
Bottom line - I have few Divx files and a lot of music CDs. I like the S52 better! Th4e S53 is a nice set, and if you have a lot of Divx files it is obviously better suited to your needs, but for displaying music file names the S52 was vastly superior.
I hope this helps you decide which to choose if you can still pick either or!
The set-up of the S53S is pretty complicated and made worse by the fact that they give you many choices but do not tell you what they are supposed to do in the manual. I had two DVD players already, one standalone and the other built-in the home theater system. Both have progressive scan (convert 480i standard signal to 480P). Because my HDMI cables arrived a couple of days after the S53S, using component cables, I first compared the 480P images from my old players with the S53S. The S53S is much worse. After I received the HDMI cable and 30 minutes of "tuning", it was still a little hard to convince myself that the 1080P image from S53S was really better than the 480P from my old players. The last straw was when I discovered my home theater (also a panasonic) had an HDMI output, and once I connected it, I was amazed to realize that my home theater was capable of doing 1080i conversion already and there was definitely no difference between the 1080P from the S53S and the 1080i from the home theater. I eneded up returning the product.
Bottom line is, take a hard look at what you already have and maybe enable the 480P (or higher) before purchasing. If there is no DVD player that does any up-conversion, this is a good unit to own. Otherwise, you should bear in mind that the up-converted signal is still nowhere near real HD signal. Also, get the HDMI cable. It is less than 10 bucks if you browse Amazon for market place sellers. I do not understand why some people suggest to get a "gold plated" one. HDMI cable is used to transfer digital AV signals and for digital product, the product either works (passes all the "1" and "0"s correctly) or simply does not work (messes up the "1" and "0"s), there is no such thing as noise, degradation, etc any more.
This machine plays nearly every disc - DVDs and all types of CDs (even homemade MP3s, etc). It also plays VCDs and several other exotic, esoteric formats. The upconversion is very good - DVDs look great on our 42" plasma now. The HDMI connectivity is enhanced since our TV and this player are both Panasonic.
I have never found any other DVD player that can play mp3's and mp4's. And these days used ones are very inexpensive.
The navigation (e.g., file names, file name order, number of folders, etc. could be better. I just have to put up with that.