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Panasonic DVD-S53

Panasonic DVD-S53
alaScore 78

164 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The value for money and usability also get good feedback.

usability, value for money, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DVD-S53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 164 reviews)

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Panasonic DVD-S53 DVD Player Review


Our complete review of Panasonic DVD-S53, a DVD player with HDMI output and capable of playing Divx and MPEG4 files.

Fast to turn on, fast to load movies, fast to start playing movies ; Fast response to commands like previous/next chapter and scan backwards/forward ; Plays Divx and MPEG4 files with outstanding quality ; We could make it region free (even though you...

Remote control can’t control other devices, especially TV sets ; Doesn’t have an optical SPDIF output ; Display shows the current chapter being played, not the running time ; Proved to be incompatible with recordable dual-layer media ; Unit doesn’t...

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Panasonic DVD-S53S/K Review and Prices


Considering an upscaling DVD player like the Panasonic DVD-S53 retails for substantially less than either a Blu-ray or HD DVD player, it can be a solid compromise for consumers who don't want to commit to one of the new high definition formats until a...

HDMI connection, upscaling to 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution, plenty of picture and audio control options, DivX compatible

No USB port, no HDMI cable included

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic DVD-S53


alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 user reviews of Panasonic DVD-S53 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

usability, value for money

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DVD-S53S Up-Converting 1080p DVD Player SilverPanasonic DVD-S53K Up-Converting 1080p DVD Player BlackPanasonic DVD-S53S Up-Converting 1080p DVD Player Silver


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Love the data DVD option


Nice picture. Data DVD option is terrific and much more convenient to view dgital movie clips as no encoding is necessary on the computer first. Just burn files to DVD


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Panasonic DVD-S53K 1080p Up-Converting DVD Player Black


Have not hooked it up yet via hdmi. Will soon.

Looks good, plays everything I throw at it. Hooked up to my 500 gig external, allows me to play all my downloaded xvid movies right into it

Remote, and its a little slow when hooked up to a hardrive

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As good as the First


This device really has made me re-consider ever buying a Blu ray player, until I'm forced to upgrade I won't. I'm perfectly happy with this unit's up-converting ability.

Read my previous review, this one was every bit as good as my first one with the one bonus of this one I ordered from Newegg and it got here muy pronto

The remote control keeps it from getting 5 stars, too bad it's so hard to read the buttons on it. You'll need to have a light on to see the thing, not ideal while watching a movie

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I'm Ordering a Second


Overall probably the best DVD player I've ever owned. I only rated it 4 stars because I guess there's always room for improvement. Having watched my older DVD titles upscaled I'm in NO hurry to buy a Blu-Ray anytime soon. Oh yeah, and Newegg Rocks!

This thing plays almost everything I've put into it. Home made DVD's, DVD's burned to either -/+ RW media, discs that my other DVD players won't read. It impresses me all the time at what it'll read and play ; Up-scaling is amazing also, I've found...

Manual certainly could use work. Luckily I'd rather learn the hard way and not read so not a real issue for me but for some folks, good luck finding out what you want in that thing

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Panasonic DVD


So far, so good. The picture looks great on the 50 in Panasonic plasma with my old DVDs. Buy the HDMI cable for the best picture possible. Free as part of a combo deal on the plasma (which I love)

None to speak of. Came with an RCA video and audio cable

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Panasonic DVD-S53K 1080p Up-Converting DVD Player Black


great dvd player, plays all my burnt dvd's.and hdmi

case feels real flemsy but still good

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Heres the Key!!! 1) Press the function key about 4 times 2)you'll come to "HDMI STATUS" 3)press the arrows until the 480p (or i) is highlighted blue. 4) press enter and it will change color 5)scroll to 1080p! 6)press enter and wait a few seconds, for...

Does what is should

Somewhat difficult to change to 1080p and others

Product Specifications

The DVD-S53K features a 1080p up-conversion function that converts standard definition (720 x 480 pixels) images from DVD sources to high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) images. These up-converted signals draw out the maximum performance of an HDMI-compatible 1080p HDTV, giving you vivid, sharp and exceptionally detailed HD resolution images. And unlike ordinary video up-converters that produce images with thicker edges and decreased sharpness, the HD Enhancer keeps the edges sharp while correcting other parts of the image to produce clear, crisp pictures with outstanding detail. EZ Sync HDAVI Control, which lets you operate all of your home theater components by pressing a single button, is now more convenient than ever. Panasonic models with EZ Sync HDAVI Control (HDAVI Control II) also feature the Seamless GUI (graphical user interface) function and the Surround Sound Optical Terminal Pass-Through function. Incredibly versatile and multi-format-friendly, this DVD player can play back just about any DVD or CD you can throw at it. Specifically, it can play back the following disc formats: DVD-Video, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R (including dual layer), DVD+R (including dual layer), DVD+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, JPEG, MPEG4 and DivX.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.)

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-R DL / DVD-RAM / DVD+R / DVD+R DL / DVD+RW / SVCD / Video CD/CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-RAM / SVCD / DVD+RW / Video CD / DVD+R DL / DVD-R DL
Search Speed:64x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA/WMA / MP3
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DVD